Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pass Love On…

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If you think back, you most likely will remember a time someone reached out to you with a kind gesture that warmed your heart. Most times this gesture is unexpected and does not warrant a favor in return. We live in a world where people suffer loss, endure abuse,  live in poverty or with depression and do not know what to do. Someone you work with may even be going through a difficult situation, endeavoring to hold up strong. Wondering what you can do?  Please choose to “Pass Love On”, below are some ways to do so:

1. Be Tolerant:  An act of kindness could be as simple as tolerating someone’s “annoying”  behavior, you really do not know what they are going through. I once read a story of a man on the New York subway, it was early in the morning and every one was enjoying a quiet peaceful ride until this man and his 3 boys came on-board. The children were quite restless and their father did not make any effort to check them.  At some point, one of the passengers got tired of the noise and chaos the children were making and was about to give the father his candid opinion. He decided to start by asking where their mother was, the man took a deep breathe and responded that she died that morning and they just left the hospital. That response completely changed the other passenger’s perspective, the children were not really noisy after all. You really do not know what the person next to you, and a act of kindness might be as simple as being more accommodating.

2. Be Generous: Pass love on by extending a hand of kindness to someone in need. You can financially support a cause you believe in or engage in a sporting event to raise funds for charity. It could even be something as simple as buying a cup of coffee for someone. Make it your goal to put a smile on someone’s lips this week, you never know, you may be providing someone with a reason to live.

Though it sounds really simple choosing to enrich other people is very gratifying and transformational (it changes you to be a stronger and more compassionate person).  Make it a great week and don’t forget to pass love on!
 
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Create Opportunities…

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There are times in life when a seemingly perfect opportunity presents itself and it is not even perceived as an opportunity until it is long gone. You may have heard people say:   “Once  the right opportunity to present itself and I will return to college or start a business. Should we really wait for opportunities? This may be a coincidence but opportunities seem to present itself to people that are actively doing something not those waiting. To create the opportunities you desire, these two tips are important:

1. Change the way you think: It all starts with your perceptions, think possibilities, see possibilities and you will change what happens around you.

Think about this scenario:

A young man, Shawn, who dropped out of high school seven years ago,  recently got laid off his job. He has no technical skills whatsoever, and has had difficulty getting jobs from time to time. He is frustrated about looking for jobs almost every 8 months but does not know what to do.

Shawn can sit down and think about all the frustrations in his life right now and the ones he endured in the past. He could even take it further by looking for people in his life that could be held responsible for his current predicament. This thought pattern may lead to bitterness and resentment among other things. One thing is certain, this thought pattern will not lead him out of his current predicament.

Alternatively, he can decide to think of the possibility of a bright future, not limited by his past pain or misfortune but shaped by his determination to succeed. Taking responsibility for his life and determined to make a change, he can start engaging in activities that will add value to him.  Taking the right steps out of the problem starts by changing the way he thinks. Thinking more about what can be done with what you have rather than focus on what was done or not done in the past.

2. Change what you say: as simple as this sounds, it is very powerful. Our words create our reality. Instead of speaking defeating words that will dampen your morale, stand up and declare what you desire for your life! These positive declarations will energize you and beyond that shape your future.

What opportunities do you desire? Start creating those opportunities today by changing the way you think about the situation and what you say about it.

New Beginnings!

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Every single time I think about Easter, I cannot help thinking about new beginnings.  Irrespective of what your past may have been or what you may have done before now, you can  move ahead to a fresh start and a brighter future. At the cross, an ultimate prize was paid to bring joy, peace, love, redemption and a fresh start to all humanity.

Have you ever looked back at some decisions you have made in the past and wish you could go back and do things differently. The decision may have been poor and accompanied with grave consequences, stop beating up yourself over it all. Embrace the redemptive power of the cross, which forgives and provides new opportunities. Dwelling on past mistakes will not change anything, it will only keep you stuck in the past. As you read this post, make a decision to change your future for the better by opening your heart to God’s love expressed in his son.

The sacrifice at the cross symbolizes the ultimate expression of God’s love. All you need to embrace God’s love is saying a simple prayer asking him to come into your heart, forgive your past and give you a fresh start. Making a decision to embrace God’s love has immerse benefits. Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to experience him as my guide, my best friend, my comforter and my ultimate source of inspiration. You can experience that as well because the price has been paid for you at the cross. Happy Easter!

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