Thursday, May 24, 2018

Is It Okay to Give Up?


-Yes.  We all do at some point in our lives and it (more than likely ) may be more than once.  Then the question is do we want to keep striving forward or are we just way too beat up and tired to even try anymore?  The answer is, it's up to us and there's no shame whether it's a yes or a no.

What can I tell you about this thing called Life?  Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the word Enigma.  Enigma means:  Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained.  (The Free Dictionary).

Okay, I think we can all agree that Life is unpredictable, a roller coaster, complicated, complex, difficult, baffling, and a whole host of other things yet we're all right smack dab in the middle of it.  So, do we continue to ignore it or start engaging with it because that's what Life wants you to do.   

One thing we need, in order to move forward, is a plan.   I cannot emphasize this enough.

When we're haphazard in our approach to things and then it blows up in our faces, we really can't complain or blame others.  Leaving things to chance means that things will start to unravel and take on a life of their own and we will find, regrettably, that many will not be to our liking.     

A bunch of you just graduated from high school.  Congratulations on your accomplishment!  Now what?  Where do you go from here?  Now is a good time to do an assessment of yourselves and put a plan together.  Are you off to college or a job or a technical school or are you just hanging out?

What, exactly, do you plan to do with the rest of your life?  

Will you continue to be just an observer, sitting on the sidelines, or decide that Life needs your super special qualifications and jump in with both feet?

Will you be in control of your life or continue to leave it up to chance?  

Many of you have a passion for something and know where you're going, what you want to do.  Many of you are still trying to figure out where you fit in.  Each one of us is unique and equipped with our own timetable.

In some cases it takes Humpty Dumpty to fall off the wall in order to put all the pieces back together. 

In either case remember this, you are not a throw away, no matter what you've been through, no matter how many stupid things you did.   

You are a valuable piece of the puzzle and once you connect with your purpose the pieces will come together and nothing will stop you.

Remember, you're not here by chance but on purpose so get going. 

So get going. 

I believe in you.
     ~ Blessings,
               Nightshade 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Little Big Shots - 11-year-old Kaylee Slays "Hallelujah" with Pentatonix...

I've Got Your Back, Do You Have Mine?

Trust:  Dependence on something, Hope

Examples of trust:

1.  When your parents let you borrow the car. 
2.  Confidence in knowing you will do the right thing.  
3. Tying the knot.
4. Telling your dog to stay put.
5. Knowing the sun will rise tomorrow. 
6.  Faith in God. 
7. Trust in the future.
8. Trusting yourself.
9. Teamwork.
10. A baby.  

Today many people don't know what trust is.  Too many broken homes, too many broken lives and too many broken promises are all they've known.  How can you trust anyone when all you've been around are only those people who know how to use you for their own selfish purposes?  They don't care who they hurt only their egos.       

Developing trust is two fold.  It is something we learn, over time and something that is teachable. 

We can go only so far in this world, on our own, but with support from others we can go further. 

Teamwork is a big part of military training because if you can't trust your teammates in the thick of battle to do their jobs then where does that leave the mission and, more importantly, you? 
Goes for civilian life, too.  If you've been tasked with a project and deadline, you can go it alone for a while but isn't it better to have a group of people around you can count on (trust) to help you get the job done?

What about sports?  This is another example of where successful teamwork is required to win the game whether it be basketball, football or baseball. 

Do you trust yourself?  Do you have friends you can trust?

Has anyone in your life promised you something and then let you down? 

Remember, You are creating your future, one day at a time and trust is a big part of it.  Without trust you are going to have an even harder time accomplishing things.

So take a moment and reflect on this, "Trust that you have the skills to succeed and that whatever you hope for (trust) and work toward will turn out exactly the way you envisioned it.   
     ~ Blessings,
          Nightshade