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Friday, March 15, 2013
Getting Out Of My Own Way
Today interestingly enough, I awakened with my usual practice of observing the incredible majesty and beautiful wonders of the world in which I lovingly reside. As I began to reflect on these things I was motivated to share those thoughts with my friends via my social networking media. My message was short and fashioned in both a question and a statement. It went something like this; If you woke up this morning and are able to read this, while living in the land of the free and the home of the brave... need I say more?
Thank you Lord, for the freedom to do what I want today, I said to myself.
Later on, I wondered outside towards my backyard and gazed wearily at all the unfinished work that still needed to be done. My initial response to this visually mountainous feat was a simple and resounding....Uggh! Lord, give me the strength.
I considered taking the easy route out by turning around and going back to bed, but a few favorite words of wisdom echoed in my mind, hitting me like a ton of bricks.
The first words of wisdom was a quote by Thomas Edison, which states, "Opportunities are missed by most people because they are dressed in overalls and often looks like work". I remember this statement helping me to avoid procrastination, when I considered starting my at home business.
The next wise words showed up in the form of a larger brick, quoted by J.G. Holland which stated, "God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into the nest. This reminded me that although gifts are nice to get, some gifts are better appreciated when they are earned.
Then just as I was filtering through all of this, suddenly there it was, another brick of wisdom was hurling itself rapidly in my direction. This time it came from my friend Marty, who faithfully authors a blog titled, Aphorisms of the day. This particular aphorism was quite appropriately stating that, " Suppose Hercules had thought about his labors first.... Fortunately, for him, he just went out and did them.
So, I blinked, cleared my head, sent up some more praise, got busy and went in believing that if this task was worth me doing, it would definitely be worth me doing... RIGHT the first time.
Now, I don't have to ponder on it anymore...
Besides, blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
Posted by Clarence at 3:51 PM
Labels: Change, Motivation
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This is a great post!ReplyDelete
I struggle dreadfully with procrastination and have to work quite hard at keeping focussed. For me the difficulty is getting started.
Once I am off the starting blocks, i am fine and will see the task through. I have a quote by a gut called Gary Zukov "If you wait for the motivation to come before you get started, you will wait for ever; but if you willingly make a start, the motivation will come".
Smiles and blessings
Hello Ladygoodwood, It is a pleasure and honor to have you visit and give such incredible comments. I love the quote and will save and reflect on it as often as humanly possible. Thanks and hope to see you again real soon.ReplyDelete
Clarence, what a pleasant surprise to come here and read not only your inspiring post but to realize we have in fact been inspiring each other. Your closing remark: "Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night"-is an absolute classic and one I'm going to remember for a long time.ReplyDelete
Hello NP, Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this post. The true blessing lies within the friendship we share via the blogging network. I am always inspired by your committment to the "Aphorisms" you write. I'm sure I can speak for the masses of your readers who feel the same way.ReplyDelete
Hello friend! All right? Lie down and sleep without worry in the head is great, more is not always possible. at the thought of global warming, violence around the world often makes me lose sleep.ReplyDelete
Hello Nice Veloso, first thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and to leave comments. I often think about the things that trouble you and cause you anxiety, but I have learned that there will always be things in my surroundings that I can not change or control. The peace comes form knowing that my faith is strong and I make an effort to positively impact those things within my direct influence and then I pray for "ALL" the aforementioned. I pray you find peace.ReplyDelete
Very nice post. In India we say for God 'When you did not have teeth, he gave milk in the mother's breast and when you get teeth, you will get grain, too'. But definitely you would need to earn that grain yourself. LoveReplyDelete
Thank you Swami Balendu for visiting and commenting on my blog. Isn't it wonderful to know that we all have our Father's love and although we are granted a bounty of provisions, we are held to the same spiritual standards..." To be thankful and love each other." Hope you'll visit again real soon.ReplyDelete