Travel Light

Where do you want to go in life? My desire is to go far, running with endurance and stamina. With this in mind, I must consider the preparation, the cost, the attitudes, the destination and travel companions that will either impede, impact, or impair my travel.

The Preparation

Whenever I travel, I make a list of the items that I plan to take with me and the things that I don’t want to forget to do before I leave. I intentionally plan to pack light because the more weight that I carry in my bags, the slower I am able to move. I am also weighted down and find it harder to move. And it more costly. The same is true in my life’s journey. If I want to go far, my baggage must be light. I cannot carry people and their issues, negativity, unforgiveness, or people who want to accompany me while kicking and screaming all the way. I will prepare educationally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically to be able to make the long journey through life.

The Cost

Trips can be very expensive, so I usually surf the net to find the cheapest rates while still enjoying the finest hotels, gourmet meals, and sights. While travelling through life, I can enjoy the journey with the least cost to my emotions, finances, and spirit by making sure that I surf the net of the Holy Spirit, the experiences of those who have been where I’m trying to go, and wise counsel. Sites like Travelocity and Priceline save me more, stress, and worry. The trip through life can be less expensive when you plan to cut the costs.

The Attitudes

When I travel, I have a spirit of adventure. I want to meet new people. I want to eat good food. I want to stay as long as possible. I want to have fun. I have the same attitude about my journey through life. God has so much beauty for us to see. There are interesting, positive people who are on the same journey who have goals and interests that are similar to mine. There are people who are further along who can show me the way to go, paths to avoid and who can expose me to things that I have not experienced. There are good books to read. There is more revelation in the Bible that I have not heard or seen. I want to feast at the banquet table of my destiny and purpose with an attitude of gratitude and expectation.

The Destination

I’ve been on cruises. I’ve been to tropical islands. I’ve been to other countries. I want to travel to Europe. I want to travel to Africa. There are so many places to go and to see. But, when it’s all said and done, my ultimate goal is Heaven. So, as I travel on my life’s journey, I must use each destination as a mile traveled toward my ultimate destination, using them as opportunities to get others to join me on the journey. I am an ambassador of Christ and heaven. Therefore, my travel partners cannot impede, impair. Or negatively impact my travel. If you want to go where I’m going, pack light and let’s go!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Un-pack your bags for the Journey

 

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My friend, how often is it that we focus so much on getting to a destination that we fail to enjoy the journey? I know, I know. Life is hectic and fast paced. But, wouldn’t it be a shame to arrive and realize that there was scenery along the way that we missed. Often at the end of life or in the journey toward our goals and purpose, we miss so much. We focus on the bumps in the road, the detours and even the Nay Sayers who say that we shouldn’t even take the journey. But, when we travel Interstate and roads toward planned trips and  destinations, we continue to travel in spite of the inevitable and eternal construction, the detours and the bumps in the road. Airplanes have delays and turbulence. Bus trips are long and taxing. Train rides are filled with people that we may not care to be around. Travel by ship runs into rough seas and storms.. Yet, we buy the tickets and sign up for the ride, anyway.

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Let me encourage you to do the same on the road of life. But, un-pack your bags for the journey. You only get one carry-the one that will include all of  your life skills to manage turbulence, rough seas, and storms of life. What skills should you pack in this carry-on that must be with you at all times?  Of course, you can’t leave it unattended, because just like in commercial travel, unattended bags can lead to big trouble for us.  Someone else gets the opportunity to control our life and travel!

Pack the ability to manage your emotions without letting them manage you.  Pack some financial management so that the world of consumerism doesn’t consume you. Pack some love and time for your family. Pack some focus so that you can plan and execute the travel plan to your destination.  And, don’t forget some time management so that you won’t sleep through your stops along the way-stops for rejuvenation, connections, and mentoring appointments.

Don’t foget to unpack negativity and negative people. Unpack anger and unforgiveness. Unpack self-doubt and most of all, the words “I can’t”. This heavy baggage will only delay your arrival at your destination.

So, how can you make the journey  of life toward our education, marriage happiness, our healthy and well-mannered children, our career, and our journey toward our eternal destination more enjoyable? The same way that we make our travel by car, plane, bus, or train more enjoyable. We take with us things or do things that will make the trip pleasant. We take games and books. We talk to each other. We listen to music. We listen to podcasts. We eat. Wow! In the spiritual, we can do the same things. Talk to God as you journey. He’ll order your steps and be your GPS. Learn to play the game of life, recognizing that there will be bumps in the road, trials and tribulations, sorrow as well as joy. No one is exempt. Spend travel time listening to and reading things that will feed and nourish your soul. And, by all means, eat healthy. Eat of the Word of God as well as foods that are healthy for your temple (body). Smell the flowers along the way and be a flower on someone else’s journey with your smile and kind words.

We’re all on this highway of life. When I pass your way, make my journey more pleasant. I’ll be sure to do the same for you. Peace! And, until next time, be blessed.

 

The Long Goodbye

She said nothing.

He said nothing.

Yet, the silent conversation between them spoke volumes. Well punctuated sentences, long paragraphs. Profound. This was the beginning of goodbye; the end of a long  journey together; the beginning of one that she must now continue alone. Both realizing their mortality. Doctor with limited abilities. Patient with limited ability to perpetuate life. God with all ability.

As they held hands and looked into each others’ eyes-husband and wife-they both spoke the same language: faith, love, hope,  it’s in God’s hands now. Mom has chosen hospice. No more chemo. “Thank you, Doctor, for all you’ve done”.

I punctuated the silence with my own premature grief. “Mom, say something. Are you sure this is what you want?” ‘Yes, I’m sure. I’ve lived a good life. I know my body. It’s time'”.

More silence. No tears, Just Screaming Silence! Deafening silence!

Dad watched. Blank stare; yet all the lines were filled in on his pages. “I’m not ready” written over and over again, line after line.

The doctor breaks the silence. “Stay as long as you need to”, as he left, closing the door behind him. And, we did. as we prepared for the journey ahead.

 

Bounce Back After Setbacks

How many times have you started a diet, a new way of thinking, or tried something new and then a setback occurs and you just go back to the way you were?
Don’t worry; you are not the only one!
Setbacks and difficulties occur all of the time – they are a natural activity of life!
There are two ways of facing difficulties.You either change or alter the difficulty or you can alter yourself to be able to deal with the difficulty.

Deal with difficulties correctly and you will enhance your confidence; deal with them incorrectly and they can do some serious damage to your self worth.

Choose YOUR response to issues and difficulties

 When you are faced with any setback , your ability to deal with it can be changed into a position of strength by asking yourself some positive, empowering questions.
There is an unwritten rule that says:

Ask your mind a stupid question and you will get a stupid answer!

So, if after setback you ask yourself something like:

“Why does this always happen to me; I never have any luck?

Your mind will probably come out with:

“Because you are useless and good things do not happen to you!”

Sound familiar?

Instead, if you ask yourself a positive, empowering question like:

“What did I learn from this setback that will help and empower me next time?”

Your mind will kick into solution mode and help.

Here are some rules and things to think about when setbacks do occur:

  • Acknowledge that it has happened. Don’t hide from it. These things happen. So what?
  • What positive empowering questions can you ask yourself?

What is good about this situation?

How can I make the most of this situation?

What can I learn from it?

What are the facts about this problem?

How can we make it a successful outcome?

What could I have done differently?

  • Acknowledge that setbacks occur in everyone’s life and you are not being singled out.
  • View them as a challenge to overcome rather than an issue or problem.

Think about the negative dis-empowering thoughts that you think on a regular basis after a setback.

What new empowering questions could you ask yourself to give some better answers!
Write these down now and make them a habit.

You are on your way to a more empowered life. Continue to build your life daily. It’s a process, my friend!

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Thank You Veterans

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I remember the times when I was on planes and everyone on the airplane clapped and cheered when uniformed soldiers entered the airplaine. thanking them as they passed on the way to their seats. I remember all the times that I’ve said “Thank You” as I passed their table in a restaurant or in a store. I especially remember my father and how he must have felt on the cold battlefields during the Korean War before the use of computers, advanced battle planning and weaponry. I’m sure that the physical and emotional toll, however, is the same no matter what branch of the service or what war; time away from family and friends, missing special milestones, being at home to enjoy modern conveniences, and simple pleasures such as grabbing a hamburger or a movie. I remember today as we as a nation collectively say “thank you” and remember your sacrifices that keep us a free nation.  I say “thank you to those of you who serve and have served this great nation. I say “thank you” to the spouses, parents, grandparents, children, and other relatives who share you with us. I thank the homeless veterans  who others seem to have forgotten. I thank those with PTSD who continue to give of their psyche. Thank you for all that you do and have done. May God bless each and every one of you and may God bless the U.S.A.