Spring Cleaning

No matter how cold or dreary the winter, with spring comes hope, optimism, and renewal, a time for personal and spiritual growth.

 

Spring is my favorite season, and each year, I look forward to the ground hog’s answer to this question: More winter or an early spring?

The winters are long and brutually cold here in the Midwest and around late February, I begin to get anxious for a change. Many times, I have marked off the days that signify winter’s end, knowing full well that ‘ole man winter’ doesn’t go away on a set day or time.

No matter how cold or dreary the winter, with spring comes hope optimism, and renewal, a time for personal and spiritual growth.

Spring is also the time to refresh our spirits and renew our commitments to grow ourselves in some meaningful way.
Each of us knows which area (s) of our lives that need a “spring cleaning,” and if we are not quite sure, we should ask those with whom we spend  the most time.
When we decide to work on that area or those areas, we will see noticeable improvements; others will too.

Let’s get started on our spring cleaning early, so that we can enjoy the wonderful, carefree days of summer knowing that not only are we where we want to be in our lives, we are also where we should be as well.

What to Do Next?
1. Decide to do your spring cleaning early;
2. Identify the area(s) of your life needing an over haul;
3. If you are not sure where to start, ask your loved ones for help;
4. Work on improving the identified area(s) until you or your loved one see noticeable improvements;
5. Enjoy the rest of spring and the carefree days of summer.

5 Ways to Validate Yourself During Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, in the USA, the perfect time to celebrate and validate yourself and women everywhere!

 

Today, women are recognized, honored, and respected  for the many valuable contributions made over the decades, but we know this was not always true.

Marches, protests, sit-ins, and other actions were necessary to draw attention to our plight that would force a change in the laws which hindered our progress.

Now, we women are found in all levels of leadership, from presidents and ceo’s  of giant corporations to small classes of children, and everything in between.

Because these successes were hard won, they must be acknowledged, and since March is Women’s History Month,  in the US, it is the perfect time  to celebrate and validate yourself and women everywhere!

The meaning of the word validate as it appears in The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, has similar connotations, and two of them caught my attention; they are: ”to  support” and “to recognize”.

The month of March is a fitting time to begin the support and recognition of yourself and all of the wonderful women you know. This can be done in any number of  ways,  but these five (5), I believe, are especially effective:

1. Encourage the women you know who are on the  cutting edge in large corporations and those who are stay at home moms;

2. Provide physical and/or financial resources when you  know their efforts benefit you and women in general;

3. Get your family members and friends to support their campaigns, corporate positions, etc;

4. Keep up with what is happening in their lives and affairs that directly affect you and others you know;

5. Let them know you are supportive; ask them what you can do to help; tell them what you are doing already.

Of course there are countless other things you can do, but if you begin with these five, you will not only tell them, but you will show them how much you appreciate their efforts, and in validating them with your support and recognition of their work, you will also celebrate  and validate yourself !

 

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NOW!

NOW!

Now is the acceptable time to do all that you can do.

This second, this moment, is all that has been given to you

And me, to all of us here.

We must embrace the now by making our selections clear,

Resolute, and firm!

Do not doubt or second guess your choice.

Speak boldly, and with a loud voice

Proclaim your worth, your value, and right to exist

Without a word of explanation to anyone in your midst.

Now is the time to soar, to fly like eagles high,

To hone your skills, test your wings, to try.

You can make this  world better.

NOW !

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What Are You Afraid Of ?

Fears, we all have them, and we all wrestle with them throughout our lives, but until we develop the courage to confront them, to look the monsters in the eyes, they will continue to consume most of our waking hours and days.

Fear cripples personal growth and development more than any other singular thing because it keeps you from carrying out the daily actions necessary for growth and success. You must face your fear, no matter how great or overwhelming it appears, before you can become the person you were created to be.

Granted, this task will not be an easy one, and it will not happen overnight, but the decision to face your fear can be determined quickly, especially when you take notice of how fears hinder personal growth and development.

Decide now, today! to face your fears; insist on seeing them for what they are: great opportunities for personal growth, a better future, as well as a springboard to serving  others, not only in your network, niche, or circle, but also in the  world.

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

* Identify your greatest fear(s);
* Create daily actions to help you overcome it(them);
* Ask someone who is concerned about your well-being and
success to help you;
* Work diligently on overcoming your fear(s) until you have
mastered it(them);
* Celebrate the small victories you experience along the way.

What are you doing to confront and overcome your fear(s)? Leave a comment.

A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

by Barbara J. Henry

Trust, the belief that good will prevail

Over all evil by and by.

It is knowing that God witnesses everything

With His powerful, all seeing eye

That searches up and down the land.

No need to worry, fear, or become dismayed;

God created the world, and the foundation He laid

Will stand forever!

Trust Him; take hold of His laws and His hand,

And know that you are not alone.

God is Lord! Savior! King!

He still occupies the throne

That binds heaven, and each of us

To Him, now, and for all eternity!

 

 

 

 

 

With all of the turmoil in the world, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus on the good- until we return to hope, and our trust in God to set

all things right- in His time.

 

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