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Having Faith Is Scary! 

I’ve always heard the sayings, “it just takes a little faith, step out on faith,  & where is your faith?”  The bible constantly talks about faith.  One passage states, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains” (Matthew 17:20).

Recently, I’ve had to “step out on faith” and it wasn’t an easy decision to make.  Actually, it was very terrifying. I’m still terrified.  A friend & I were saying it would be awesome to have a little preview into the future. We don’t want to know every single detail, we just want to know things will be ok as for the outcome of the decision being made.  This may be why psychics are so popular, and rich.

Faith has been defined as, confidence or trust in a person or thing; faith in another’s ability.   So, what this tells me is the decision I make rest solely on what or who I believe in as a higher power.  That’s some scary s***!  I don’t know for sure you’re real, I don’t know for sure that this thing is going to work out, I don’t even know that this is the decision that I really want to make but that doesn’t matter because I’ve been groomed all my life to trust YOU…not MYSELF?

This blog post could go in 10,000 different directions from here but let’s just stick to these three!

  1. Believe in yourself!  Know that you got this, not your parents, your spouse, or even God.  Know that you without a shadow of a doubt can and will succeed in the decision you have made.
  2. Be prepared!  Prepare yourself for greater things because this is why you made that major decision right?  Right!  If you’re going between jobs, be prepared with a few coins stashed or at least have that “financial” talk with your spouse in case things move slow.  Be prepared for number three.
  3. Don’t listen to the haters/naysayers.  If you’ve got number one then go for it!  We won’t always be prepared because…that’s life.  You don’t know what’s coming your way so you can’t prepare for that.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

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The confidence is that belief you have, whether in yourself or a higher power.  The future/outcome is the thing you cannot see.  There would be no need for faith if we already new the outcome.  Having faith, amongst other things, makes life interesting instead of boring and predictable.

Yes having faith is scary but without it we would not dare to change things.

If it were not for sadness how would you know when you are happy?

If it were not for sickness how would you know when you are healthy?

If it were not for darkness how would you appreciate the sunlight?

The positive and the negative balance each other…the yin and the yang.

60 Faith Based Scriptures

~SMILE~

 

 

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Posted in At the Office, life, work

DAY DREAMERS

We all know someone who speaks beyond highly of his/herself.  Like the one who is a bagger at the local grocery store but portrays himself as manager of grocery distribution.   It’s great to think highly of yourself because you want to be somebody but don’t lie or put others down for your own gratification.

I had a conversation with an associate fairly recently who down played my position at work.  It didn’t bother me because it happens ALL the time.  We were talking about clothes & I didn’t like what I had on that day, I didn’t feel like it was “business casual” enough.   This person says “well, with your position it really doesn’t matter what you wear.”  Wait a minute was that shade? It sure was.

THROWING SHADE

As the conversation went on, I noticed that I was talking less and they were talking more and more.  Since they figured I was a nobody, they began to fatten their resume right before my eyes.  Every now and then I would throw in a random question to see how big their head would get before exploding.  I will ask you the same question three times, three different ways, just to see if you catch it.  It cracks me up to play dumb with a true dummy who has no idea I’m actually playing with their intelligence.

It’s wonderful to imagine yourself doing more important things in life, on your job, etc.  When you imagine those things it helps you to set goals to reach.  Sometimes people get lost in their imagination & it only becomes a reality in their mind.  In order to make it seem real, those people have to minimize others.

When you stop daydreaming and start making those dreams a reality, call me.

~SMILE~

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Take A Day Off

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                  January 28, 2016

I really don’t feel like doing anything today.  It’s chilly outside & it’s pouring down rain.  I just want to curl up in my bed with my love & my coffee. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it?

Well, truthfully, I can’t afford to do those things.  The bills have to get paid & if I don’t go to work how will they get paid?  Relax!  It’s ok to take a day off, trust me!  I’m guilty of never taking a day off.  I feel as though the work won’t get done unless I’m there.  I’m right, it doesn’t! That’s not my problem.

If you are sick, tired, or just want a day off… take it!   Most companies offer PTO, Paid Time Off.  Which means you have WORKED for this time.  YOU’VE EARNED IT!  Don’t feel guilty about taking a day off.  If you die today, that company will not shut its doors.  It will continue on as if you never existed!

~SMILE~

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Why I salute the military!

Happy Veterans Day to our beautiful men and women of the military!

I never had a true respect or understanding for the military until I started working with senior citizens who were retired veterans.  These old people always wanted to play the piano and sing old patriotic songs.  For years, every Friday in the facility I work, the residents wore red for the soldiers.  EVERY FREAKING FRIDAY!  I thought I was bleeding there was so much red on Fridays!  Red shirts, red shoes, red hats, red hair, and red draws (underwear)!  Where did they get all this red?  I currently own five red pieces of clothing, a pair of red socks, one pair of panties, one red gown, and two red t-shirts.  That’s all I have!

One day, after we had just finished an activity, I asked a group of residents why they were so patriotic.  They asked me what I meant.  I explained to them that growing up no one in my family was active military.  I had a friend whose uncle was in the army and my uncle was in the army for 31 days but could not go further because of his eyesight.  I currently have a nephew in the military but that’s it!  I grew up in a small town in South Carolina but now I live in a military town, meaning there is a full fledge army base here.  EVERYBODY in this town is in the military, is a military brat or is married/related to someone in the military.  It’s pretty serious around here.  The group of residents explained that they survived the Great Depression and have seen war after war.  Boys becoming Soldiers, housewives becoming mechanics, and the rich become poor.  They saw it all and the one thing that kept the country going was everyone working together.  While the soldiers were away fighting for everyone’s rights, their sisters, wives, and mothers were home fighting to keep the country and economy running.

After that talk, my eyes were opened and I saw America and the military differently.  Today at work, we had our annual Veterans Day luncheon to honor our residents for their service in the military.  Each resident was allowed to say a few words about their time in the military and what it mean to them to serve their country.  It was a very humbling experience to listen to two ninety plus year old men recall their duties during WWII with such clarity as if it were just yesterday but struggle day-to-day with things we take for granted.  Things such as having the strength to stand long enough to shower,  shave their face without their hand shaking, and remembering how to tell time.  These are OUR men and women, OUR soldiers.  They were once someone’s baby, someone’s husband or wife, and they are someone’s father or mother.  How dare we leave them hungry, cold, and begging for help.

They gave up everything they knew and loved to serve this country.  Choosing to go into the military is such a selfless act.  Today I took a few minutes to speak to all of the residents directly from my heart.  I shared with them the love and respect I grew for soldiers by listening to their stories of heroism but to them it was just “what needed to be done”.  The military isn’t just about fighting wars, protecting boards, etc.  It’s about turning someone’s little boy or girl into a human being.  Teaching them to have love and respect for others regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or financial status.  As well as teaching them to love, respect and believe in his/herself.  For someone who has never seen me, never spoken or heard my name before, risk their life for me makes me proud to be an American.  For this, I salute the military!

~SMILE~