I have been seeing a lot of positive messages on my news feed on Facebook this week . This particular one caught my attention and made me sit up while reading it.
It is true that we don’t need so many things in life. Many things that we dream of owning are superfluous. The item that you have is actually junk which you hoard as you assumed that it was important in your life.
Many a times we are so caught up in the rat race and wanting more that it causes us to be frustrated. We are sometimes green with envy as we perceive others having more then us. Other people seem to be able to have it all as compared to us. Good things and wealth comes their way effortless as compared to the struggles that we have go through.
Having such negative thoughts in one’s mind causes one to feel small. You start to discount all the achievements that you have gotten so far and devalue yourself in the process. You start to feel inferior and may even shy away from other people wishing to be distant instead of the spot light where others may openly mock your inefficiencies and shortcomings.
You sometimes start to feel depressed and/ or paranoid and it seems that the whole world is against you with nothing ever going right for you.
Like the toxins in a viper’s fangs, the negativity has penetrated throughout your body with that single “bite”. Your vision is clouded and you have fallen into the trap of materialism.
If you do not take action and address your state of mind you may lose yourself in a downward spiral of greed and covet things that do not belong to us.
There is no need to have it all..
Make the best of all YOU have.
GOD gives you what you need. Not what you desire and yearn for which doesn’t not give any real value to your life. It is up to you to decide what you want to do with the blessing that you have already received.
There will always be other people that are better or worst of if you want to compare your current status with others. There is no end to comparison and it will certainly not make one a better person if you indulge yourself in such petty behavior.
It is up to YOU to decide what you want to do with the talents and abilities that you already have to live the life that you want. Be appreciative with what you have given to you and take action to grow and develop yourself as you plan what to do with your remaining time here on this earth.
I strongly believe that it is possible to find solutions to any problems or challenges which come my way. Even with the limited resources that I have on hand it is still possible to do a good job and complete the tasks that have been given to me.
You just have to take action and DO IT!! Everything is – achievable. Even though what you do may not meet the so called “standards” of others but knowing that you have taken your best shot and put in effort there is no need to feel bad and have regrets afterwards.
Now at the age of 36 I have come to a stage where the acknowledgement of others and their praises are not that important to me No doubt it certainly feels good to be praised and have others appreciate what you are doing but that is not the key driving factor for me anymore.
What I seek the genuine recognition from GOD and my immediate family more then the false praises and artificial attention given by acquaintances. I do not need to have my ego stroked by others and indulge in flattery as such moment of “greatness” are only temporarily and fleeting.
I live my life based on GOD’s teachings. What is more important is doing what I am expected to do and also making the best of all that I have.
If there is anything which I want to do and I don’t have the relevant skills I will self study or seek out the experts in that field for guidance.
If I want to bake/cook something and I am not able to get it right the first time I would try the same recipe again the following week and tweak it to see where the failure was at the last time.
I’m not perfect and a constant work in progress. I’m sure that many of you reading the post would agree with this statement. Every new day is a new opportunity to refine myself and polish myself so that I will be “perfect” in the eyes of the LORD.
What is your favourite quote?