Determination vs. Obsession

Ever had a goal that you absolutely had to reach, or an idea that you just were compelled to make happen? Life gives us many opportunities and allows us to go after whatever our hearts desire.

Some people are more laid back and work towards what they want at a slower and more carefree pace and others are strongly determined from the beginning and won’t stop until they have what they sought after. I am one of those people. Sometimes I focus so much on what I want that I expend all my energy until I have it.

Determination after a while can start to feel almost like an obsession. We live and breathe our desire and at some point it may be all we can think of and focus on. Our minds can really run away on us and we can lose ourselves. We must remember to keep control over ourselves and not let our minds run wild and become so wrapped up in our desires!

Dancing in the Future

There is a quote by Bil Keane “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” For most of our lives, we have been told to live in the present and not focus too much on the past, or future, just live in the moment and enjoy what is in front of us right now. As hard as this is, it really is important in life.

For me personally, especially lately, I have found myself focused more on the future, sometimes the past, and not so much the present. Ideally I would love to change that. How can we enjoy life and live in the moment if we are stuck somewhere else? I think about the past a lot because I enjoy recalling those memories, or wonder how things could have been if I had done things differently, I think about the future because I am excited about what’s to come and curious how things will unfold, yet what I really should focus on is the here and now.

It is great to have goals and great to look to the future and make plans, yet we need to remember the present moment and enjoy all that it has to offer. We can make plans for the future and dream of the kind of life we want, yet things are ever-changing. There’s no harm in dancing in the future, just remember to come back and enjoy today!

Happiness

Life is going to take us down many roads, some will be smooth-sailing, some detours, and some roadblocks. No matter what life throws at us, we have the power to look at the situation in the best way possible. This is not easy of course, but can really help create more happiness in your life.

I am the kind of person that needs a goal, something to work towards, something to look forward to in order to be happy. I suppose many, or even most of us are this way. Find something that sets your soul on fire and makes you passionate about life, find something that makes you get out of bed in the morning and that makes you look forward to coming home in the evenings. Happiness in life is one of life’s greatest treasures. Get involved in something new to break the monotony and bring some joy and excitement into your life! I wish you all the happiness in the world and all of your heart’s desires.

Neighbors

What a year this has been for all of us. This has been a year of big change and growth, a year of facing fears and uncertainty. In the midst of chaos, there is some beauty that lies. As with all things, there is a silver lining no matter how small.

I live in a community surrounded by many homes, so we have lots of neighbors. We are very fortunate that everyone has been so pleasant to live next to, because as we all know, you can’t pick your neighbors when you move into a new house! We have lived here for many years and seen neighbors move in and move out, some have been here as long as we have. We have always been kind and courteous to our neighbors, but typically haven’t gotten too close to anyone, all of our neighbors are pretty much this way, but Covid has changed things. Several of our neighbors and even our family have gone through big things this year and out of nowhere we have all been there for each other. It has been really great to have that neighborly support and to keep paying it forward. It is so nice how people randomly do acts of kindness. I feel times like this really draw people closer.

Keep paying the good deeds forward, help out your family, friends, neighbors, a total stranger. Unity is how we will get through the tough times. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a beautiful day and weekend!

A Message For Me

The world around us is in constant communication with us. If we take time to notice, there are signs and messages meant for us to discover. Some messages are blatantly obvious and others are more subtle, but each are important to us as we navigate through life.

For over six months now, I have seen 11:11 on the clock at least once, but sometimes twice a day. This number I have always referred to as the “make a wish” number, but it wasn’t until I started seeing it all the time that I learned of another possible meaning. Apparently the numbers 11:11 are strongly connected to the spiritual world and when seen, are a sign that you are on the right life path. I of course was happy to hear this! The interesting thing is that now I am aware of this, one would think that I would stop seeing 11:11, however I don’t, it doesn’t stop no matter how busy I am, it’s still there. Maybe I have not discovered its full meaning, or maybe it’s merely a strange coincidence.

Some of you may not believe in these sorts of messages, everyone is different, but for those of you that do, are there any other meanings of 11:11 that you know of? Have you ever received a message from Above that drew your attention? Please feel free to share!