The Power of Words

When I was in college, I had a professor who would begin each lesson with the word of the day.  Usually, it was a word that I had never heard of.  Therefore, I would have to quickly look up the definition.  In the beginning, I would get annoyed and irritated by this teaching method.  However, by the middle of the semester, I found myself eager and excited to hear a new word.

You see, what I didn’t realize at the time is that Mr. Calhoun was sowing seeds.  After he planted the seed of a new word, it would grow; as I grabbed my pocket dictionary to look the word up for its meaning.  Therefore, with every word, I would gain knowledge.

Unexpectedly, I began utilizing those very words in conversations, research papers and briefs.  Those words became a part of my every day conversations.  Those words became a part of my vocabulary….a part of me.

Throughout life, I have learned the power of words.  The right words have uplifted, motivated, and encouraged me.  The wrong words have discouraged, upset and frustrated me.  I’m sure that you have experienced the same.  But can I share something with you?  Although the wrong words have power, you don’t have to receive them.  Instead, use those words to propel you into your purpose.  Let them serve as a match that ignites your passion that leads to your destiny.

Here’s an example……

It’s Just Not Worth It……

Lately, various individuals have presented me with opportunities to become offended.  However, I continue to have the same epiphany.  It’s just not worth it!!!!!!!

It seems like it has taken me years to realize this powerful concept.  it’s just not worth my time, energy and mental capacity to allow people to offend me.  People are flawed.  Therefore, if I allow someone else’s negativity to impact mine, then I’m giving that individual control over me.

Now, this didn’t happen instantly.  This has become a life-long lesson.  One that still requires me to remember, it’s just not worth it.  God created us with feelings and emotions.  However, He never meant us to be led by our feelings and emotions.  Feelings/Emotions are like the degrees on a thermometer.  They let us know where we’re at that period of time.  Give that situation some time and you may find that…it’s just not worth it.

It’s not worth getting upset.  It’s not worth another sleepless night.  It’s not worth losing your appetite.  The goal should always be to acknowledge the thought and feeling; but not let them affect you or your behavior.

So, the next time someone presents you with this horrible opportunity.  Repeat after me, “It’s Just Not Worth It.”  And, keep living abundantly 🙂

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Change.

When I was younger, I couldn’t understand how a person could stay in the same position, drive the same car and live in the same house for 20 years.  To me, a person like that was playing it safe and allowing life to pass them by.  I knew life had so much more to offer.  So, I guess I’ve always been open to change.

However, as I’ve gotten older, I realize the difference to being open to something and actually living that thing that you’re open to.  Now, I understand how change sometimes, ugh…well, sucks!!!  Change is hard.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It takes you out of your comfort zone, away from what you’re accustomed and to some places that you don’t want to go (or in my case, never wanted to return to.)

Change also requires faith; not the George Michael type of faith.  The Abraham type of faith.  The trust and belief in God that no matter where you want to go, what you want to do and how you want to do it; His plan is better.

So, if you’re going through change, like I am.  If you’re in a place you don’t want to be, I challenge you to embrace it.  I challenge you to accept the fact that God’s plan for your life will leave you more satisfied and fulfilled than you ever imagined.

And in the meantime, if you’re not going through change, I leave you the infamous words of Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come.”  So get ready!!!!

The View

I arrived so early, at the Airport, that I had my choice of seats.  I immediately walked toward the wall of beautiful glass windows.  The planes were in my backdrop with the morning sun about to break through the clouds.  The view was so beautiful that I started to move seats to enjoy it.  

 

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However, my previous flight had been cancelled.  So, I needed to pay close attention and focus on the matter at hand…boarding my flight.  As the sun began to rise, I saw the reflection in the windows on the other side of the Airport.  

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It was at that time that God blessed me with a word.  As you live abundantly, there will be times that you want to sit back and enjoy the view.  However, you cannot because you have to focus and tend to your business.  

During those times, you backdrop will be beautiful.  But, your view seems cluttered, dull and ugly.  If you continue to do your work, those around you will see the beauty surrounding you because of your diligence, perseverance and steadfastness. 

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If you faint not, you will eventually see what others have seen all along.  The sun will rise and you will see the beauty that is your own reflection.  So hold on and keep living abundantly!!!

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In Loving Memory of Dr. Maya Angelou

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For years, Dr. Maya Angelou’s words have soothed my soul, healed my heart and blessed my spirit.  Therefore, in her honor, I wanted to share a quote by her that changed my perspective, perception and reality.  I hope it does the same for you!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style ~ Dr. Maya Angelou”

 

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