Stop Rushing Things That Need Time to Grow

Patience is a virtue a wait won’t hurt you. We’ve heard it all before on the subject of patience. I don’t know about you but this has been one of those VERY challenging areas in life for me. But what I am learning is Faith ain’t Faith if it’s not backed with patience.

I’ve heard quotes like patience is not the ability to wait but to keep a good attitude while waiting. But how do I do that when I want it badly and I want it NOW?!? Like right right now. How does one have a good attitude when it feels like their being denied their treasure? Or their necessity like food on the table, roof over their head, or lights on or car paid? Money in their pocket?

How am I supposed to have a good attitude? I’ve learned that some things need time to grow and if I can exercise patience and not attempt to rush it then not only will it be the best/optimal outcome but it will unfold in such a way that all parties involved will benefit resulting in a win/win.

I think the key to having a good attitude lies in entertaining one’s self while they wait. And the best way to do to that is to turn our attention to the things we CAN control such as taking care of our health via diet and exercise, increasing strength and endurance, learning a new subject, gardening, photography, visiting a museum, walks/runs/hikes in nature, connecting with friends/family, de-cluttering our living space, learning a new hobby/trade, mastering a character trait, joining a social group, volunteering, etc.

The list is endless. We need to cultivate the habit of redirecting our attention to enjoyment and fulfillment and before you know it the time has passed and divine timing has answered our prayers and supplications. It is true patience is a virtue and a wait won’t hurt you.

Stickability!

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In this hasty society and microwave generation, I believe we have lost our stickability.  We no longer have the patience needed to see our dreams, ideas, wishes come to fruition.  And by patience I mean it in it’s highest form.  Which means being able to wait with a fresh, hopeful, buoyant heart, amusing yourself meanwhile, keeping your purpose always firm, but not dwelling on it in anxiety and suspense.

Whew!  That’s a mouthful isn’t it?  But sitckability is the master key and it requires patience.  The first requirement for patience is controlled imagination.  It is difficult to cultivate and maintain stickability if we allow our imagination to run rampant in such a way that it creates confusion, anxiety, and worry.

We must consciously use our imagination to transform.  What is it that you want?  Does your inner talk feed your imagination in such a  way that it matches what you want?  Have you explored what your feelings will be upon fruition of whatever it is that you desire?

Franklin Covey says to begin with the end in mind.  I think this quote also applies to stickability because the more you can see the end results in your imagination of your wish fulfilled, more of what you want will materialize in your world.

How do we master this art of stickability?  I’m glad you asked.  For thirty days, try this experiment from The Strangest Secret:

  1. Write what you want most on an index card. On the back, put the scripture Mt. 7:7-8.  Read this often with optimism and hope throughout the day.  Definitely read it in the morning when you first arise and at night before you go to bed.
  2. Do more than you have to at work, home, etc.
  3. Give more of yourself.
  4. Save 10% of your earnings.
  5. Stop thinking about what it is you fear.  Each time a fearful or negative thought comes into your mind, replace it with a mental picture of your positive and worthwhile goal.

To reinforce your stickability, practice sticking with anything you start….a choice, task, project until it’s completed.  Remember, stickability (persistent desire or demand) in thought for the better is the real force, impelling evolution from the lower to the higher.

Try it for thirty days and learn how to think yourself to success!

Cheers! ♥♥♥

The Power to See It Through

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First it was Candy Crush,  now it’s Words with Friends.  I learn so much about myself playing these game apps on my phone.   From the game Words with Friends I have learned the power of seeing it through.  I have been down by as much as 100 points in Words with Friends and the nice little game generator have delivered me letters to go on and win the game in the end.

LOL!  So naturally I thought about life because so many times the current situation staring us in our face can yield overwhelming evidence that we’re not going to get whatever it is we desire.   And, far too often we cease taking action and having the power to see it through.

I can’t tell you how many people have resigned right in the middle of a game just because I have a 60 point or more lead on them.  And, just like those players, many of us in life do the same thing we quit, we resign, we stop taking action just because the current situation appears to be saying you’ll never get what you want.

I agree with the author H.E. Fosdick when he said “The power to see life through to a great conclusion is obviously a matter of patience, and patience is of all virtues one of the most difficult to achieve.” Man, however, likes the microwave way better; he is naturally impatient.  Far too often we want what we want when we want it and unfortunately more times than not we fail to carry on until the finish line.

We like things done that way …pop it in, press a few buttons, wait a few minutes, and presto…ready for consumption!  However, with this attitude we often unfit ourselves to live because it only serves to create resistance to the current situation in our lives.  And, as the popular saying goes “what we resists persists”.

I find the reason why I don’t get myself in a tizzy and have the power to see it through to the end in my Words with Friends game is because I have no attachments to a particular outcome.  I play the game because I enjoy playing it and it’s my main motivation for playing.

I wonder how life might be different for me if I had similar patience and detachment to things I want out of life.  I bet my new found attitude would be “I will persist until I succeed!”  And, I bet as a result I would take action, action, action and eventually I would succeed.  I guess all in all Words with Friends has taught me that patience and detachment are the fuel needed to power us to see it through.

Looks like James would agree with me based on his writings in James 1:2-4 in the Bible.  James says “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Seems like James is saying it’s ALL good. And, for us to avoid calling score too soon based on whatever compelling evidence may be yielded at any given point in time in our current situation.  James is admonishing us to have the power to see it through.

What situation in your life is calling you to have the power to see it through?

Can you Remain Unmoving?

patienceI absolutely love love love this quote.  And, depending upon my frame of mind it can say something different to me each time I read it.  Today it says to me can I remain unmoving?  What does it means to remain unmoving?  One of the official definitions define unmoving as not stirring any emotion.  That’s the one I want to focus on.

My takeaway from this quote today is can I remain still in my emotions until the right action arises of itself.  In other words, can I resist taking score too soon and jumping to conclusions which in turn will stir my emotions.  I think this has been one of the challenging things for me to master in this lifetime…to remain still in my emotions regardless of what I’m observing in my current reality and having the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear.

I wonder what it is about the human mind that resists the time-frame called now (what is).  Why do we think somehow we will finally reach a static destination that will be the “end all”  “be all” and everything will magically be copacetic?  There is no such destination because as soon as we reach whatever our mind tells us is the new “end all” “be all” destination, we will probably do cartwheels and celebrate all of five minutes before we’re restless and in search of the next “end all” “be all”.

In and of itself there is nothing wrong with wanting more.  I believe it is in our DNA to want more.  I think the problem arises in what we choose to do in the moments in between what is and what we desire.  When we choose to resist what is and say to ourselves on some level what is shouldn’t be, we create pain and suffering for ourselves.  When we adopt this attitude in these moments we are not choosing to remain unmoving.  And, we literally drive ourselves and others batshit crazy.

However, when we learn to remain unmoving (still in our emotions) regardless of the circumstances that’s when the real magic happens.  And, what we will discover is that the in-between time is shortened between what is and what we desire.  The children of Israel illustrate this point very well.  Because they couldn’t remain unmoving (still in their emotions) they extended moving from what is (the wilderness) to what they desired (the promised land).

And the result was ‘what is’ (the wilderness) was extended by forty years before they received what they desired (the promised land).  What helps us to remain unmoving?  According to the Bible, having faith and trust in God.  Again, when I’m referencing the Bible it’s not to push religion but to push spiritual practices that I believe helps us to renew our faith and learn to be happy and feel joy regardless of our life circumstances.

I Cor 15:58 admonishes us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  Psalms 62:5-7 encourages us to  wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.

Therefore, I’m reminded today that it is all good.   And to remain unmoving because God/Universe is always conspiring to bless me with my desires and always has my back.  Therefore, with full confidence in God/Universe yes I can have the patience to wait until the muddle  settles and the water is clear.  And, yes I can remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself.

 

Day 23 – In the Meantime…….

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I believe in the meantime is the most challenging part of manifesting.  I describe in the meantime to be the period between making up your mind you really, really, really want something and it manifesting.   It’s during this time that so many people quit.  Oftentimes, the day before the miracle happens.  It especially gets challenging when it appears nothing is happening at all!  Or, many things appear to be happening but they end up being false manifestations.  This is why during this time we really can’t judge anything by appearances but must stay steadfast to the vision until it manifests in our physical reality.

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When we avoid judging appearances in the meantime, it will really help us from feeding the silence with negativity.  Sitting around doing nothing while waiting for our manifestations is setting ourselves us to feed our doubts, worries, insecurities, and fears.   Not to mention it provides ample time to misjudge appearances.  As illustrated in the picture above, we may think we have a lot more than we really have or think we have a lot less than we really we have.  I also interpret this picture to mean it may appear as if nothing is happening when in actuality the Universe is busy conspiring to help us.  But, we just can’t see it yet.

However, if we are busy taking action it will prevent us from causing ourselves needless suffering in the meantime.  Action is the best antidote to any negative emotions that may arise when life conditions don’t equal our vision of how things should be, and we feel like we have no control to change it.  There are three common pitfalls we must avoid in the meantime and action will help us to avoid all three.

The three common pitfalls in the meantime are as follows:

  1. Thinking the appearance is permanent.  No matter how convincing appearances may be, no matter how intense it seems, it’s going to have to end.  It may not end when you want, and it may not end the way you expected, but it will end.  We do not always have control over life circumstances, but failing to recognize that we can control meaning is what causes us to suffer.  Antidote: take action to reframe the meaning to shift our attitudes.

A change in attitude is a change of position on the playing field of life.  The game of life is not being  played out there in what we call time and space; the real moves in the game of life take place within, on the playing field of the mind. – Neville Goddard

2. Thinking the appearance is pervasive. “Because this relationship is over, my whole life is messed up.  Because my finances are messed up, I have no life.”  Nothing is pervasive.  It just appears that way because we have a tendency to keep saying it’s that way.  Whatever appears to be happening, it doesn’t have to affect everything.  As long as we are alive, we can take action to change the way we are thinking about it.  Antidote: For instance, instead of saying my whole life is messed up because a relationship is over, we can take action and refocus on ourselves, our goals, and what makes us happy.  Instead of saying I don’t have a life because of financial constraints, we can take action and incorporate more things in our life that don’t require money and show ourselves we do have a life.

The smallest change in perspective can transform a life.  What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around? – Oprah

3. Thinking the appearance is personal.  “It’s something wrong with me.  Why is life so unfair to me?  They are intentionally trying to stop me, hold me back, put a stumbling block in my way.”  When we mistakenly believe we are our behaviors, we are not going to change it because we don’t think we can.  It’s an identity issue. Antidote:  We can take action and focus on our strengths and position ourselves to engage in using our strengths more often.  In other words, take action and accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives.

Authentic power is building something inside of you, which you cannot lose and that no one can take from you. – Gary Zukav

 

What actions can you take in the meantime to breed confidence and courage?  What actions can you take to go out and get busy to conquer your fears?

In DUE Season

Stress makes you believe that everything
has to happen right now.
Faith reassures you that everything
will happen in God’s timing!
– Unknown

Time is the container that holds the beauty of life. All of life is a succession of seasons of TIME (This Is My Entrance or This Is My Exit). We are continuously entering into and out of diverse experiences. There are two realms of time – natural and seasons of supernatural. Seasons of life encompass but are not limited to growth, empowerment, planting, harvesting, and dormancy.

We observe all plants and humans have seasons of dormancy. Yet it appears to be the season of dormancy that causes us the most trouble. However, Divine Unstoppable Energy (DUE) Season is usually preceded by dormancy. In a world of microwaves and instant messages, we have been conditioned to immediate gratification. And, expect immediate results.

Like spoiled children, we tend to get upset when things don’t happen according to our desired timetable which is natural timing. We need to learn to cultivate patience and focus on God’s Perfect timing for our life. God’s supernatural timing is 1,000 times better and bigger than we could ever imagine.

DUE season is God’s supernatural timing. So, let us not become weary and start relying on our power but let’s rely on God’s power. When we patiently wait for DUE season our desires manifest easily, effortlessly, and expediently.  When we are in our season of dormancy we must remember to stand steadfast in faith, affirm our desires, and practice the art of acting as if.   Galations 6:9 says it best….“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Are you in a season of dormancy?  If so, share with us how you are staying strong and optimistic as you wait for your DUE season.


Today, I trust and appreciate divine timing as I await for my desires to unfold.