☕ Get your coffee (or beverage of your choice), sit back, and enjoy.
🙂Ah yes! This is my yearly statement to my children. I normally do this at the very end of the year but I feel a need to do it now ... and keep it going perpetually so it can be revisited whenever one feels the need to do so(😉). It has been passed around from person to person all over the world for many, many years. Each time I retype it, I think of more stuff to add. This year has been a particularly challenging one. I have grown and I have learned. There have been many changes … some out of necessity and others out of my control. I continue to hold to the philosophy that as much as I enjoy people or mankind in general, if something or someone doesn’t enhance my life experience, I must remove that thing or person from my life … then move on in a positive way. Other things remain a huge thorn in my side which I must figure out how to remove – maybe the coming hours, days, months or the coming year will take care of this ... but that’s life in the continuum. 🌞
🤔 I try to remember things in this message all of the time, but sometimes it’s hard. I tend to find myself reading it from time to time to help my own focus. Anyway, here it is my children – reprinted for your reading pleasure ... and for your own reference. So, take some time; sit back; relax; and get your coffee or water because the writer in me is turned up a notch or two. 🤗 (By the way, if you wish to share this with your friends & associates, that's fine. I'll leave it here so that anyone can read it. Just remind them this is not something up for debate or deep analysis or to be picked apart or any of the other things that keep decent messages of hope, peace & self-improvement from being heard. As with everything we do, this offering is intended to encourage👍 -- not discourage.)
☮️Remember that these are only words of encouragement, so don’t get offended. If anything applies, I stand on my normal disclaimer that any resemblance is purely coincidental. 😀 They are words passed on to me and things learned through experiences which have helped me create a clearer path to my future. (Yes I admit that I am still trying to get it right & growing as a person!😉)
❤️ The first thing I want you to know is that I love you dearly, no matter what. I love you when you are right or even if you do wrong. What is wrong in one eye might be right in another eye; and what is right in one eye might be wrong in another — so it is always wise to keep things in perspective and be careful how we discern certain matters. People react to situations differently, so rather than finding fault or blame I must approach each challenge with grace, reasoning, concern, and care. 🔎 Okay, sometimes we forget grace, but we find it right away.
😐 Thus, I may not approve, but I still love you and ask the Lord to keep his hand on you and his angels with you. I might not agree, but I continue to love you. I will not cast dispersions upon you because I do love you and I understand that not any one of us is perfect. Life is a work in progress.
🔺You each have your own special talents and your own special ways. 😉 That’s okay with me because I have my specialness, too. That’s what makes you the unique person that you are. Believe it or not I learn from you, so it’s not what I might teach you, but what you teach me. I know that with the spirit of kindness, understanding, humility, and love we are going to make it.
😌 We cannot correct everything. Some things are as they are and some people are as they are. Those things, actions, people that are beyond our control must not be allowed to control us. Life is too short for that.
🙂 Forgive as you wish to be forgiven. Living in the past is not a good thing. Learn from the past and do not allow it to dictate the future. We must live in the present and remember that a journey still lies ahead.
👫👫 You must have the right mix of people with whom to deal. When you have it, then stick together because if you don’t, all is lost. When your spirit is low, rely on family and friends. Great wisdom can be found in others. Too much is being torn apart in the world, but we are going to build and stay strong. Always be kind and respectful. Even if things do not go right, stay graceful and respectful in your fury. Do step up to the plate should it become necessary to correct a wrong.
💡 Our goal in life is not to be miserable, not to make anyone else miserable, and not to be distasteful, unkind people — but to be a beacon of light for each life we encounter. If you set a course for misery, you will find it. I know that we as humans do not and will not always agree but if we can agree to disagree in honor, love, and respect, we have beat the meanness that seems to lurk about in the essence of mankind’s existence.
😎 That is not to say that you cannot be angry, hurt, or disappointed. And it is not to say that you won’t make mistakes because we all do. Those attest to our “humanness” and keep us in check; they are bound to happen. How we handle these matters defines who we are as people. We want each life we touch to be enhanced by the experience. However, know that these are tests of our goodness and faith. We will not allow bad things in our life to define who we really are. If we make a mistake, we will recognize that and try not to make it again. It is more important to show that you are sorry than to say it. We must learn to weather the storms and come through victoriously.
😀 We are not on this earth to be unhappy and depressed. We must find our happiness and truth. If we look very closely, our happiness is right there … we just have to open our hearts and minds to be able to receive that happiness and receive our blessings.
📚 Read more than a computer screen or a phone screen to help develop a more distinct frame of reference. Keep your thoughts honest, and your actions pure. Protect your good name. One’s reputation is a most sacred asset. Exercise both your mind and body. Both will suffer from neglect. I have learned that the hard way. Take care of yourself now and “self” will take care of you later.
👦👧 You are fresh in life and your experiences arouse the wonder of life. Enjoy your youth and take pride in everything that you do. Always remember to be mindful of what you do for each action begets a reaction which could be positive or negative. 🌱The seed you plant today will grow tomorrow. Karma is an awesome force to be reckoned with. Did I ever mention that how we treat the lesser among us and how we treat each other says more about our character than we can ever write in volumes of books?
⏰Don’t squander time even though you believe you will live forever for you never know when you will be called. Live with passion but do not become blinded by it. At the same time, remember that the heart is sometimes wiser than the head. 💜Love does not hurt others; sin does.
💃🏻Keep preoccupied with a profession whatever it might be. It will guard you from mischief. But do not be afraid to try new things. Above all, do not become a slave to your duties. Many a rich man has died poor in spirit caused by the chains of his debts.
🏃🏃 Flee from temptations of the soul, mind and body. Don’t hang around others that have bad spirits; it can only taint yours. Do not be tempted by material things. There's nothing wrong with having stuff, but don’t let that drive you. Mostly, think about tolerance and empathy. Keep your compassion for others. 🙏Pray, for there is certainly a greater power than we know. Read and study throughout your life. 📙Your education will continue until the day you die. There is a lesson to be learned in every moment we live. We are products of the Lord’s blessings and should live that way in our hearts. It’s hard sometimes (don’t I know) but if we get back to that path we will be fine. That is not to say that every day is going to be a good day and that everything we do will bring us joy. It simply means to stay focused on your goal no matter how hard it seems sometimes.
👩🕰👨Prepare for your future now. That means today, tomorrow, and all the time after. If you are not where you want to be this year’s end, get your plans together for a different next year. We must learn to save and invest. 😐Sometimes it is wise to say “no” to others even though it might hurt. Now don’t let anybody go hungry … I’m not talking about that at all. 🍔Sometimes you have to split a sandwich 4 ways rather than eat the whole thing yourself. It’s okay to help and share the wealth or anything else you have. The Lord teaches us to be generous. 💵However, how can you help someone and give them your last dollar when you won’t be able to pay for the roof over your own head or pay your utility bill or 🥗put food on your own table? How can you help someone when you know it will leave you totally vulnerable economically? You will be the one suffering in the end. 🙄Thus, use common sense when giving.
💰If you cannot help someone financially or otherwise, he/she will have to understand. 😌If they don't, too bad. Don't feel guilty. Saying “no” does not diminish your capacity as a human being and certainly does not make you less of a person. In fact, I learned that when I say “no” now, people understand and respect my position. So let me be clear on this my children, helping others and sharing is fine but you have to find a balance. 👀 And by no means let anyone use and/or abuse your generosity. 🎨🖌Do not paint yourself into a corner from which you cannot emerge.
🤝 Treat others as you wish to be treated. People say “forgive and forget.” I say forgive but don’t forget because forgetting causes one to repeat.💡 Remember there are always options and choices in life, even when it seems like there are not. 📖Turn the page! Today is a new day and the beginning of the rest of your life. Life is about trial and error but don’t do something that you already know is wrong or that you feel is wrong. 😟If you've been on a downward spiral or you've been despondent this year, it is time to make some changes for the better. 😊In other words, if things did not bode well previous to reading this, that’s okay because we are all going to think differently and act differently to create more positive outcomes - from this point forward.
🏖 If, however, you've had a fantastic year whereby everything is great going into the new year, Yay! … but let’s see how we can make it even greater in the new year. 🎈🎉🎈
💜💜 Love to all and the best of everything and every good blessing for this year and every second and minute and day and year to come. —
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