It is a waste of time for me to compare myself in any way to anyone else. My path is different from any other person on the earth and so is yours. We are happiest when we are in our sweet spot, doing our own thing in the best way we possibly can. I am different. I am okay that I am unique. It is safe for me to be myself and start shining.
Yesterday there were two annoying flies buzzing around my kitchen. I have no idea how they found their way into my abode, but I wanted them out! In the scriptures that morning I had read the following scripture:
“All things bear record of me.” (Moses 6:63)
I take the scriptures literally, so when it says “all things,” I believe God means ALL things. I had determined that when faced with less than ideal or annoying situations, I would ask myself how my circumstances could bear record of Him.
So as the flies flew around my head, I stopped to think how do these little bugs bear record of God.
My first thought was that flies keep us humble (they bug us just enough to let us know we are not in control!), but that is not the right answer. Internet research taught me that flies have a more important purpose than bugging us humans. Flies are tasked with being part of the ecosystem and consume waste and dead animals. Were it not for flies, the earth could be filled with millions of years of waste! So while I thought flies were meant to annoy me, they actually perform an essential service.
The fly lesson is that while we sometimes feel that we are facing an annoying problem, in actuality that very problem may be part of a bigger plan that is for our greatest good. The good news is that we can release our annoyances in a quick energy session and move right into feelings of gratitude. When we can shift our energy into a spirit of gratitude, life flows easier and our problems quickly resolve.
“It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.” –M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Challenges and problems are part of this life. Both are inevitable and each of us eventually have the opportunity to decide how we will deal with the challenges that come our way. Lately, I have had some challenges but I am grateful because I know that I grow through new experiences. Here are some affirmations to use when you find yourself facing a new challenge.
- I am courageous.
- I am wise.
- I use my courage and wisdom to create solutions.
- I am teachable.
- I am growing spiritually and mentally.
- I am patient.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about myself and develop new strengths.
- I am creating a better future.
- I am a problem solver.
- I have all the talents and resources I need to resolve this challenge today.
- I am open to learning and growing.
- I am happy to have experiences that allow me to grow and develop into my best self.
- I rise to meet life’s challenges.
Print this list and post in your home for those moments you need to remember your strengths.
Feed the kids. Clean the house. Fulfill civic responsibilities. Create. Be involved in your neighborhood. Exercise. Eat healthy. Connect with your spouse or significant other. Increase your spirituality. Build your business. Take time to serve another. Run the errands. Pay the bills. Enjoy some personal time. Meet friends for dinner.
There are so many good, necessary, and important things vying for both our time and attention. Everyone has to prioritize their time, and it becomes a major juggling act to make even the basics happen. And then there are the people who know they were born to do something big. These people know they have a purpose and feel driven to achieve their dreams and goals. Everyone on the earth has a purpose, a mission to perform, and gifts that only they can bring to the world. The only difference for the people living with a purpose is that they have connected to their mission. They know what they were born to do and they CANNOT rest until they fulfill that mission. People with a purpose feel the pressures of the juggling act in astute ways and their desire to successfully fulfill their purpose can become a stumbling block as they try to throw one more ball into the mix.
Perhaps you feel driven to write a book, to open a new business, start a website or create a charity organization. Maybe the promptings you are receiving are simple but you still can’t figure out how to work one more thing into your busy life. Jugglers find a rhythm and the greatest jugglers keep adding one ball after another and manage to keep them all going at the same time, their touches becoming lighter and faster all the time.
I accept that I only have the same 24 hours that everyone else has to work with, yet there are things I feel driven to do. As I rely on myself and try to juggle more and more, I find I grow weary. I start to feel burdened and overwhelmed. I quickly start dropping balls everywhere and then can’t seem to get them picked up and back in the air!
Fortunately, I do not have to rely on myself as I add more and more balls into my juggling act! The balls I am trying to juggle include my family, each family member’s individual needs, my household responsibilities, church duties, personal spiritual development, clients, business projects, people, and more! It is far to overwhelming to do it all by myself. I have learned to rely on Heaven’s infinite help. I constantly check in with Heaven and find out which balls I need to juggle. I then only focus on the things, people, or activities that He has confirmed are the most important on any given day. Some days I focus more on my family, and other days my focus turns to business projects, church service, or perhaps even a certain individual. I let Heavenly Father toss me the balls He wants me to juggle each day, and then I visualize Him catching all of my other balls and keeping them in motion for me. I know that his capabilities are far greater than mine. He knows which balls need my highest priority and attention and which balls can be left alone for a day or two or month even. As we work in tandem to keep my (our) balls in the air, He sometimes tosses in a ball or opportunity that is unexpected. I am always surprised as pockets of time open up for me and I am able to “juggle” more than I thought I possibly could.
Occasionally, I have tried to bring in my own extra balls. I have become distracted with things that do not fit into the balance Heavenly Father and I created together. I usually feel the imbalance as stress mounts and I realize I am juggling too many of the wrong things. A correction is made, I repent, and then I go back to submitting to His will and guidance. When I am in harmony with His will, I am able to juggle more and more. Like a superior juggler, my touch on each”ball” becomes lighter and requires less of me, and I am able to bring more joy to myself and others.