BelieveDo (ch 23) – Choose to Live Differently

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 23

Do words cause us to act, or is it the nuances that surround them?  Do they develop from nothingness, on their own, or are they caused in our minds by the greatness of the Universe and its purposes?  We are trapped in between the greatness that exists and the mediocrity that tries so strongly to drag us down with it.

We can step above those surroundings and draw unto the purposes that wait for us to awaken and realize their existence.  By our words, we propose we are aware of supreme ideas that control the Universe, but our actions sometimes reveal otherwise.  We squabble for bits of faded glory, when we could be reaching and living toward the wholeness and grandeur that awaits.

If we would simply look beyond the immediate – beyond the tangible – we would lay hold of intangible, yet meaningful parts of life, construct them, and make them tangible.    It is possible to live in that manner, yet so few choose to do so.

Those who choose to live differently – to go down that path of overcoming – will not have many companions during the venture.  Yet, those who are on the same path are also of the same character and stature.  So, if you go, you will find good company.

Carefully consider the options, and then purposefully choose which way you want to live.  However, if you continue to hesitate and refuse to choose, you will still have chosen.   Avoidance doesn’t negate the existence of the option – it only dictates a singular route that you may dislike.

Follow through on what you start.  Finish well.  A lot of people start things that they don’t finish.  Not finishing things can lead to a frustrating set of days, which could turn into a frustrating life.

We’ve all seen people who just seem to be grumpy all the time.  Don’t be like them.  Follow through on what you start.  In the days that stretch out before you, you will find the purpose you were meant to live, if you don’t already know what it is.

Live differently.

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BelieveDo (ch 22) – Tenacity

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 22

Tenacity is stubbornness with a purpose.  In order to achieve different things, you need to have a certain amount of tenacity.  Most things aren’t going to be given to you, so you’ll have to work at them until you succeed.

Giving up along the way may seem like an option, but don’t take it.  Leave that for the people who are happy with the status quo.

When you’re tenacious, you’ll go the extra mile, do the extra part, or stand a little longer than other people will.  How badly you want something will add to your tenacity.  There’s not a magic formula for making yourself more tenacious, but tenacity does “kick in” when you need it.

It’s almost like a switch flips in your head – stubbornness makes you dig your heels into the ground, and the reason you’re fighting so hard keeps you focused on achieving your goal.  It just happens.  The primal part of your human spirit rises up out of the modern, technological fluff and overcomes all circumstances to win.

Nurses and doctors see it all the time with patients in hospitals who have a reason to live: they can literally be “on their deathbed” one day and be completely turned around the next.  The will to live kicks in and spurs on the rest of the body.  The body starts to fight and wins.

Patients who aren’t ready to die, yet, have the tenacity to overcome their situations and strike back at death’s calling.  They’ve harbored energy and have summoned strength from deep places.  They bring that fight to the surface and command their bodies to live.

The spirit is greater than the flesh, by far.  We command our bodies to be subject to the demands of the mind and can overcome all obstacles.

Live out the tenacity that’s already in you.  Let your spirit shine forth into the world and into the lives of others.

Be tenacious!

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