We Can Choose

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“Don’t let the difficulties of your life change your goals, because achieving your goals can change your life.”―  Anurag Prakash Ray

 

I can choose to look at a glass as half empty or half full

Every circumstance I face…can either help me stretch, or I can resist the pull

I can either face my obstacles, or I can flee

Make the most of the day, or wallow in self-pity

I can choose peace, inspire others, encourage & ignite

Or,  I can choose war, create chaos, stir anger & strife

I can choose to be driven by lust, selfishness & greed

Or,  I  can choose to share, love & assist others in need

 

So, what will it be?  Which pathway will you choose…

I choose…. to be Enlivening

What  about  YOU?

©2016  J.L Hunt

 

 

Beautiful Summer Pics

Hello everyone. 🙂  I love beautiful scenery, so decided to share some of my favorite pics I discovered from across the globe…enjoy!

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Also, feel free to share your own summer pics…just post your link in the comments, I’d  love to view them 🙂

I Believe…

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Here’s a great article I’d like to share…so sit back, relax, & read slowly…

 

I Believe… 
That you can do something in an instant 
that can forever change your life.

I Believe…
That true friendship can continue to grow, 
even over the longest distance. 
Same goes for true love.

I Believe…
In God & the power of prayer.

I Believe…
That no matter how good a friend is, 
they may hurt you every once in a while 
and you must be prepared to forgive them for that.

I Believe… 
That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe…
That our background and circumstances 
may have influenced who we are, 
but we are responsible for who we become.

 

I Believe…
That heroes are the everyday people who do what has to be done when it needs 
to be done, regardless of the consequences. 

I Believe…
That it isn’t always enough 
to forgive & to be forgiven by others. 
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…
That you don’t have to have credentials on the wall 
to be considered a wise human being.

I Believe…
That sometimes it may take longer 
to become the person you truly want to be.

I Believe…
That you should always leave loved ones with 
loving words.  It may be the last time you see them

I Believe…
Love is the most powerful force on earth 
and the most beautiful.

 

What do YOU believe?

 

 

Becoming Diamonds

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel as if I am being “crushed”.  I’m going through some really difficult times in my life right now, & some days are just more challenging to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So, the other day I decided to distract myself by going to the mall, to try to get my mind off other things.  While walking around looking at various items, my eye caught the most beautiful diamond that was on display.  As, I’ve stated before, I LOVE to look at beautiful things, especially things with a little bling!  I remember how it sparkled & shined…it was just amazing.

Have you ever really thought about what it takes to make a diamond?  Most of us just bask in the beauty of things, & do not really take the time to ponder about what happens behind the scenes.  To summarize, a  diamond is made from carbon, which has to be under extreme high temperatures of heat & thousands of pounds of pressure in order to form.  There’s an extreme process that has to first take place before you can see the end results of the beautiful rock that draws such eye catching attention in all of its glory.
Hmm…Think about that for a moment.  How many of you feel as if you’re being crushed under the pressures of life?  How many of you are experiencing the high temperatures to the max?
Life knocks you down, kicks you around…& sometimes you feel like if you receive just one more notice or call with disappointing news…you will just Scream!  
Well, I am here to encourage you today, that there is a GEM inside of you! So, stand under the pressure…endure through the high temps of life.  Don’t let go, don’t give up…but go through the process…& come out…Finished, Polished, Shining Brightly for all to see…Show the world…       

YOUR BLING!  (Click below to also hear an inspiring song, “Diamonds” by Hawk Nelson)

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”― Julie Andrews

 

Just Breathe

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“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”― Walter Hagen

 

 

I love beautiful things  

The flowers & trees, birds singing in the breeze  

I can really get caught up in nature & all its splendor…

When I take the time to just sit & wonder

 

Life can sometimes get so busy & crazy,

It can be rather difficult to slow down & just be lazy

But I challenge you today, take some time to refresh…

Slow down & just take a breath

 

Breathe in the freshness of life…

You’re still here, so there are many reasons to fight…

Fight for your peace, your joy, to maintain your sanity,

Don’t just do it for you,

It will benefit ALL of humanity

 

So, pray for strength to repel life’s stress…

And slow down, & take a rest.  

Look up at the sky, the birds, the trees…

Be thankful, be free,

And Just……Breathe ©2016  J. L. Hunt

Click to also hear an inspiring song, “Breathe” by  Jonny Diaz 

 

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Growing Pains

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I love to get daily inspirational words & quotes in my personal inbox. Today’s quote, I have to admit, hit home with me in a huge way… & I’d like to share my thoughts with you in case some of you can relate. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love to try & experience new things, I really like to feel I’m in control when it comes to certain areas of my life.  If something appears too stressful or difficult, I tend to shun or shy away from & avoid it as much as possible.  I suppose this is a natural reaction.  A lot of people don’t like to feel out-of-place or out of sorts when it comes to learning a new skill or meeting new people.   I have struggled immensely with this, although I have improved I think over the last few years.

I remember back when I was in high school, I took a drama class & was given a scene to carry out in front of the class.  I said my lines with emotion & conviction & was praised overwhelmingly by my teacher at the time.  She also suggested that I try out for a stage play that was coming up, per she felt I was, “that good”.   I remember my exact thoughts…sure, I performed in front of the class & that was scary enough, but on stage?  That would be a nightmare!  I wasn’t very talkative, except around my close friends, so the idea of standing in front of the entire school was just TOO much to handle. I immediately tried to make excuses as to why I didn’t think I would be able to follow through & do it, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer & practically drafted me into doing the play.  Long story short, I was great!  I received a standing ovation & basically everyone in the school new my name afterwards.

I  often go back to this memory to get out of my own way when faced with a current new challenge that feels “overwhelming” to me.  Although I still try to sometimes “make excuses”, I’m realizing that some of my best experiences happened after I was willing to step out & try something different or look at something differently.  Yes, life can be disappointing at times & very painful, but also during these times, I think our best selves are being shaped & carved during the process & if you allow it…can eventually blossom to something beautiful.

Please share your thoughts…