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William Burroughs once said, “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change.”
From analyst to catalyst:
Webster’s defines desperate this way: driven to or resulting from loss of hope; offering little chance for improvement; hopeless. To become so desperate can either be a good turning point or can become a point of destruction in our lives. When we become so downcast that we realize something has to change, and we become sick and tired of being sick and tired, only then will we decide to make good changes in our lives.
From destruction to construction:
It’s actually a good thing when we discover that some of our behaviors are creating destruction and hurt. That’s when we can adjust our thinking and our attitudes. We shouldn’t allow circumstances to get so bad that we make foolish decisions out of desperation. The bottom line is that sinking so low that you become discouraged may not be the best place to be, but if viewed from the right perspective, it could be the catalyst to cause long-lasting transformations in our lives.
Let’s continue to grow and develop our character and our way of life so as to live peaceably with ourselves and others if possible.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:32 AM CDT
Distractions will always keep us from doing the most important things in life.
Distractions will basically cause us to miss the mark, the goal. There are good distractions as well as bad ones. We can get distracted doing good things — maybe helping a charity, volunteering at fundraisers for good causes — whatever they are, if they keep us from the most important stuff in our life, then they can become harmful.
A distraction is something that takes your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing. If you just can’t keep from checking your email every ten seconds, that’s a distraction that’s going to interfere with doing your work. It will cause you to be late, miss deadlines of getting your work done on time. So, we need to eliminate distractions where we can to be able to focus on the task at hand.
One way to eliminate distractions is by turning off smartphone notifications. Begin to do the most dreaded duties first thing in the morning. Eliminate or minimize negative people in your life. Take a break, get up and stretch, walk. Then get right back to the task at hand.
Just thinking about eliminating distractions, and doing a few things, can help you be more productive and stay focused.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 10:12 AM CDT
Change is something so many resist, but change is necessary for growth.
Change is inevitable:
Change the way you think. Change the way you do something. It’s inevitable; without it there will be no progress. When something is not working, we have to be open to change so we can make the necessary adjustments to be productive again. Change may occur when you find a better way — a more proficient way — to do something. Sometimes change is forced on you. A spouse dies, an illness happens. So, change is a part of life for all who want to continue to grow and develop, to keep living productively.
Enemies of change:
Some of its enemies are being too comfortable, settling for less, or thinking, It is good enough. Too many of us settle for average instead of pursuing greatness and growth. When I started working out, I had to change my lifestyle. I had to make workout times a priority. I had to come to the conclusion that they were important. Then, as I began working out, I started liking it — liking the results. But getting me there took a long time. I regret that. Regret is so awful. It means I should have done, or not done, something.
Change is constant:
As you serve the Lord, there is constant change. The way you talk, the way you think, the way you act are all being renewed. So, let’s purpose to be open to change, and be aware that a lot of times we resist it only because it’s change.
Change can be a good thing — it could mean you are growing, developing, and becoming more successful.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 @ 8:16 AM CDT