Today’s Gem of Insight #157

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that guarding our hearts is not just a good thing to do, it’s essential. When thinking about what it means to guard our hearts, most of us probably think of the importance of being precise and careful about what we allow to enter into our hearts, who we allow to occupy our time, space, and world, as well as what we allow ourselves to be exposed to and influenced by, and that is certainly part of it. 

In addition to being cautious about what we allow to enter into our hearts, we also need to be cautious about what we allow to leave our hearts. Sometimes we, through circumstances and experiences, find ourselves so focused on protecting ourselves and our hearts that we don’t realize that we are allowing the goodness, faith, and moral and ethical sensibilities that we possess to leak out and dissipate. And then we wonder why we feel restless, troubled, and are suddenly “not feeling like ourselves or acting like ourselves.”

So, as we focus on guarding our hearts and protecting our peace, joy, and overall wellbeing, let’s remember that our hearts have both an entrance and an exit. May we be ever-mindful of what we allow to enter, as well as what we allow to leave our hearts as we live the abundant life that we were created to live. ❤ #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #156

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that no matter how much we fight it, we all age. I remember thinking, as a teenager, that it would be a long time before I started to keenly note the aging process. I was young, spry, and able to do just about anything that I wanted to do physically without much effort. And at a time when I had yet to become acquainted with the stress of earning a living and tackling many of the adventurous tasks associated with adulthood, life was…easy.

Yet, I distinctly remember taking note of a few surprising things that didn’t occur until right around my thirtieth birthday (which wasn’t all that long ago, but that’s neither here nor there) – let’s just say that appearance-related changes occurred that I had not experienced before, and seemingly overnight. Though I was caught a little off guard, I went with the flow and just accepted that I was getting a little older, all the while telling myself that it was okay.

As the next few years went by, though, I noticed a little ache here, an uncomfortable feeling there when I sat a certain way, and a few other unexpected indicators that I was becoming older, still. And at this point, now, I have wrapped my head around the fact that with every second I am aging, and I’m sure that many of you have reached that point (or will reach it someday…just give it a little time).

Did I appreciate the aging process early on? No. As a matter of fact, I’m still not that keen on it. But I do appreciate the fact that I am still here, and that, with time and experience, I am becoming wiser and more seasoned. And, now that I think about it, that suits me just fine 🙂 #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #155

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we should never allow ourselves to be overly concerned with what other people think about us. The truth of the matter is that people will think whatever they choose to think. That’s just the way that it is. And sometimes what they think will be right on point with the truth, and sometimes it will not.

The good news is that we do not have to allow ourselves to be concerned with that. Yes, the majority of us probably would prefer that other people think highly of us. And there really isn’t anything wrong with that. However, we cannot control what others think of us, nor should we want to do so. What others think is their business, not ours. And that’s just the way that I like it 🙂 #lovebythedrop