Updated: Jan 31, 2021
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Are you an adventurer?
I wish I were. But adventures usually take too long, and they can require a lot of faith, vision, and work. Often they present with unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes, they are even SCARY! Who else is hunkered down in their comfort zone and not a fan of change?! If it's true that misery loves company, then let's hear it for STUCK!
As it turns out, LIFE is really one grand, colossal adventure! So, I guess, whether we realize it or not, all of us are a conglomerate of brave and fearless adventurers, although some do escapades much better than others. But while we don't all have to be leaping tall buildings or careening off a mountaintop, there are things we can do to freshen our routines and spice up a new year.
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Take a different rode home.
Small changes can give us a different outlook. Simply driving a different route brings new scenery to view.
Even doing something we might usually avoid, like greeting a complete stranger with "hello," or "how's it going," can give us a little bounce when we see the goodness in people, since most respond positively to friendliness and kindness.
Volunteering at a local animal shelter, soup kitchen, or house of worship is fulfilling because it helps us briefly escape our own concerns and experience the reward of focusing on others' needs.
Many times we make a "safe" choice because we fear "risk," but choosing to try something unfamiliar or intimidating will expand our perspectives and contribute to personal growth.
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These are uncertain times.
We've already experienced changes this year, some good and some not so much. For me, there is an added level of anxiety when things feel out of my control. I have to continually remind myself of the admonition: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5 (KJV).
Life doesn't make sense.
I recently heard of a man who reported that he felt as though he had been punched in the stomach when his dad was diagnosed with cancer but battled on through to victory, only to be diagnosed with Lou Garret's disease afterwards. Often, we can relate to these shattering feelings from similar experiences in our own lives. But, while many things in life don't seem to make sense to us, they do to God. He knows the beginning to the end and we have to trust his plan and his timing. He will turn challenges into celebrations. We just have to remember to not ask, "Why me," but "What am I suppose to do, and what should I be learning from this?" We may discover wonderful, supportive lifelong friends through a trial, learn new everlasting truths, develop or strengthen a personal relationship with God, bring someone else to Him, or increase the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual skills of faith, hope, charity, understanding, patience, endurance, cheer, problem-solving, service, discernment, motivation, inspiration, gratitude, and love.
Draw closer to God.
I know I'm taking the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with God this year. Maybe troubled times will bring more hope, happiness, and healing to all of us, as we lean on God and each other. Thank you for your positive influence in my life and, as always, happy trails to you along the 2021 path leading to your joy and success!