Do Not be Discouraged!!

I have been given a gift; a wonderful gift. It is the gift of determination. When I was younger, some people mistook it for stubbornness. As I grew, some thought it was DRIVE, then ambition….then strength. The truth is though, it is none of these. It is simple determination. That does not mean that I wake up everyday with the ability to get everything done that I would like to. What it means is that throughout my life, I have had dreams and goals that have been put on the back burner, but have NEVER gone away. The determination kicks in and I realize it’s time. I bring them forward and work on them and sure enough they begin to become what they were always meant to be.

Why do I share this with you? Because as I sit here this morning I realize I haven’t written in a while. I hadn’t written because I was busy. I was living my life and building my dreams. The “balance” I’ve been looking for is happening. My business is growing and I am developing it slowly while still making time for my family and friends. It hasn’t been easy and my kids are often the ones who throw that balance off….asking for more and more while doing as little as possible for anyone… including themselves. (Human nature I guess, but something that has to be addressed.)

The joy though, is that I see it and am able to confront it head on with time and energy that I seemed to never have before. So what does this mean to you? It means, so what that you’ve left things on the back burner. If you feel in your heart the time is now…bring them to the forefront of your life. It isn’t too late. Determination to me means holding on when others would have long since have given up.

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Lift them up

As I sit here this morning, I have a need to share a wonderful message that Joel Olsteen talked about today. He spoke about loyalty and how important it is to basically “have your loved ones’ backs”. It was an interesting message because at first it almost sounded like we deny they have a problem, but the more I listened the more I wanted to share it.

The main message is this, we are not always going to agree with the decisions of our friends or family. We will often see and are upset by mistakes we see them make. However, that does not mean we go out into the world and tell everyone how wrong they are. We don’t need to advertise the fact that someone we know and love is screwing up. Instead we need to focus on the fact that we love them and want to help them. We speak well of them and do our best to guide them in the right direction. Notice I did not say, we deny the existence of the problem. Behind closed doors, we can call them on their mistakes. We can encourage them to make the changes they need to make. However, in public we support them and lift them up.

In light of the day, I’d like to remind everyone to do the same thing for our troops. It doesn’t matter what you believe about any battles we are fighting as a country. The men and women who signed up to serve our country are there sacrificing everything to maintain our freedoms. They lose time with their loved ones. They risk losing their health and sanity….and those are the lucky ones. Many, far too many, lose their lives to protect our rights.

Lift them up. Support them no matter what you believe. Give them your love and respect. If you disagree with the battles we are fighting, speak your mind to the politicians….not our soldiers. They’re doing what they’ve been commanded to do which is always SUPPOSED to be in the best interest of our country. They themselves may not always agree with the mission. That does not mean they can refuse it. Do not make their job harder. Love them! Support them and give them your loyalty. Nothing feels better in this world than to know that someone you’re fighting for “HAS YOUR BACK TOO!!”

Have a great week everyone!!!