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#266: A Reason For Living

Monday, March 22, 2010

Many times in our lives we feel defeated, unwanted, unsuccessful. Maybe it's during our journey to weight loss and better health when we have a temporary setback. Maybe it's in our relationships with others or in our work.

But there definitely are times when we do not feel our best.

What do we do then?

I suggest we step back and count our blessings, celebrate living and submit ourselves to the universal power that exists that is much, much greater than ourselves. Sure, we can detail our physical blessings -- eyesight, hearing, etc., if we have them -- but there is a spiritual blessing we should also be thankful for and which will carry us out of the depths of our occasional despair.

Remember the Biblical story of the rich man related in Mark 10? From the outside his life seemed full. He had wealth, power and status. But on the inside his life was shallow. This rich, young ruler was bored. He sensed that something was missing, yet he could not bear to give up his wealth for that he lacked. In the story, when asked to give up his possessions to follow Jesus, the man refused. He was too tied to his material life to see that a spiritual life was more important than physical things and celebrity.

Simply watching ocean tides, viewing a mountain vista or the beauty of a butterfly, seeing the innocence of young children or smiling at the playful antics of little puppies and kittens will expose us to an essence of life that will restore our spirits.

When the next downtime hits, let's try to focus our minds on the miracle of life itself. If we submit ourselves to the essential goodness of the universe, we will realize the blessings that have been bestowed on all of us.

Doing so will reassure us that our temporary problems will not last and that better times will again soon come our way.
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    Beautiful, Lou. Simply beautiful.
    3995 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Awesome thoughts. I try to live by that every day and what a difference it has made in my outlook! Thanks for sharing.

    3995 days ago
    "The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles” unknow
    3996 days ago
    What a perfect blog for me to read today because I am feeling totally unmotivated at the moment! And, as usual, you are correct, I do need to step back for a moment and think about all the blessings in my life, hopefully that will put me back into perspective.

    Thanks Lou! I needed that! emoticon

    3996 days ago
    Excellent writing! Thanks! -- Sam
    3996 days ago
    An attitude of gratitude is always the RX that I need when I am feeling down. That, and remember that PRAYER is the answer to all the problems that I face. Thanks for an excellent blog. Love, Dawn
    3996 days ago
    Thank you. Had a rotten day yesterday, so I really needed this.
    3996 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    I thank God several times every day for where He has brought me out of since knowing Him as Lord and Savior. Great blog, Lou
    3996 days ago
  • no profile photo PAYDAY10
    I am so thankful for the many blessings God has provided. He provides many we take for granted. I think the body I abused through eating without using moderation. Yes, if we are not careful, we can even use our blessings to the extreme. All too often; we have to learn from our poor choices. Now I am trying to correct my past mistakes by making better choices in that area. Thank God, so far, so good. I am glad we have a loving, patient and forgiving Lord.
    3996 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Lou thank you .Keep posting your great blog. Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3996 days ago
    "But there definitely are times when we do not feel our best.
    What do we do then?"

    I know, I know! We read this totally awesome book by Napoleon Hill that Lou recommended. :-)

    I wanted to thank you again for your book recommendations the other day. I've ordered all of them (must have been desperate...). Spent all weekend reading Napoleon Hill and I am totally blown away by this book. While I'm pretty sure it won't make me a millionaire :-), there is so much that I can take away from this awesome piece of literature. Besides the affirmations I thoroughly enjoy the stories. History comes alive.

    It's absolutely flabbergasting that, even though this was written 3/4 of a century ago, most of his observations still hold true today. Now only to find that 2-cent-breakfast!

    Thanks for your inspiring blogs.
    3996 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    3996 days ago
    God has blessed us with so much, especially His son, Jesus Christ. We are privileged to have a personal relationship with Him.

    God bless,
    3996 days ago
    Lou, you are so right! I've been really fighting my negative feelings lately, and it's so easy to let those thoughts just run out of control! Today, at lunch, I just wanted to go sit in a private place and close my eyes for the half hour that was left. But, since Drex and I share our car, I had no such place. Instead, I played some relaxing music and took a nice, 1/2 hour walk around the university neighborhood. Wow, did I ever feel better after watching birds in transit, trees begin to bud, and clouds floating overhead on a very sunny Spring day! God's creation is the thing that keeps my faith strong, and I thank Him.
    3996 days ago
    God blessed us with the "simple pleasures" in life, such as those you mentioned, for a reason! It reminds me of the saying, "Take time to stop and smell the roses along the way". There are always things that come up in our lives that could really leave us feeling down, if we let them. Thanks for the reminder that there are many daily reminders of God's love for us!

    3996 days ago
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