The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 
     My friend Laura used to tell me that I am like a bowling pin -- I get knocked down and then bounce right back up again. 
 
     Sophie Tucker said: 
     "Success is the gratitude in the eyes,
          of a friend who has fallen,
       and you've helped to rise".
 
     Sophie also said:
    "At various times I admit,
          I get down in the dumps,
          way down in the dumps.
      But its up to me
           to snap myself right out of it".
 
     The Frank Sinatra song says:
     "Whenever I find
         I've fallen flat on my face,
      I pick myself up
         and get back in the race".
 
     My long time friend Susie Shepherd sums it up with two words: 
      "Feelings pass".
 
     In times of grief, discouragement, and even anger, no matter how overwhelming those  feelings are -- in time they pass.  Joy returns when you move on with your life. Put past disappointments behind and thereby open up a door for new friends and/or opportunities.
 
     Forgive those who have hurt you.  Wish them well even though they may no longer be in your life. Holding on to grudges can cause physical and emotional illness. 
 
     A bad situation arises -- it becomes a problem.  John Hagee says:
     "Our reaction to the problem determines how long we stay in the problem." 
 
     Rev. Jean Darnall said:
     "Never let bitterness poison the flower of God's grace". 
 
     It is human to react with anger -- even the negative emotion of jealousy is part of being human.  Yet, to hang on to anger and jealousy can be destructive if we allow these feelings to remain. The key to happiness is to let them go.  The way to do this is to get on with your life and find new interests. 
 
     On the other hand, do not suppress emotions of anger and jealousy. Bring them out in the open and deal with them in a healthy way.  Own up to the feelings by talking to a friend, mentor, or counselor if you must.  Then let the negative feelings go -- refuse to continue to think about, or talk about, them.  Put  unpleasant experiences behind you, just as if they never happened.  You will soon  discover that you are back in a positive, loving and giving space.
 
     In Philippians 3:13 &14, Paul declares:
     "...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus". 
 
     Jesus said:
     "No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God". (Luke 9:62)
 
     I love the Message paraphrase of Jesus' words:

 

     "No procrastination.  No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow  Seize the day".

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