Today’s Gem of Insight #114

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that sometimes it takes a while and a few tries to find the right fit. In this world where so much focus is placed on experiencing instant gratification it can be a challenge to give things time and attempt the same things multiple times in order to obtain the desired outcome. Yet, sometimes that is exactly what we need to do, as there will be times when patiently waiting is the best course of action, just as there will be times when executing multiple attempts at achieving something will bring about the exact course of events that is needed.

Sure, it can be very enjoyable to obtain what we want right away and without having to invest much effort. But more often than not, the greatest sense of enjoyment will surface in times when we have had to wait, hope, believe, and work for something. So let’s not discount the importance of waiting and making multiple attempts at achieving something. Doing so just may introduce us to our best day yet. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Insight #77

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that patience really is a virtue. We all have our moments when we wish that certain outcomes would occur at a much faster rate than they do, whether it’s that we want to receive a promotion that we have had our eye on for a while, we want to get married, or maybe it’s even something as simple as wanting traffic to move quicker so that we can make it to the movie theater on time. Whatever the case may be, we have all had our moments when we have wanted something to happen sooner rather than later.

In those instances, as with most other times in our lives, we have a choice: we can either exhibit patience and maintain our peace while we wait for whatever the outcome is going to be to manifest itself, or we can become frustrated and try to rush things along and risk throwing things out of whack. The choice is ours.

I am sure that we have all heard people say that “patience is a virtue” at some point in our lives, and that more than likely the times in which we have heard that phrase spoken were times when it was the last thing that we felt like hearing. After all, when a person really wants something to happen, are they typically in the mood to hear that they need to be patient and just let things happen as they are supposed to? Generally, the answer is no.

However, there is wisdom in exhibiting patience. As I have indicated on this blog before, if something is meant for us, then it will happen. And making the choice to become impatient and to try to rush things along will only cause us to experience situations that are of less quality than the ones which we were intended to experience. In addition, allowing ourselves to become impatient robs us of our peace and joy, and prevents us from enjoying the moments that lead up to the outcome that awaits us.

So, when we hear someone mention the phrase “patience is a virtue,” we might as well simply nod our heads, take a step back, and allow things to happen in due course. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #31

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Today I am thankful for love. Without love nothing worthwhile would be possible. We all define love in different ways, and my goal here is to give you a little bit of insight into what my view of love is. You probably already have an idea of what my take on love is based on the contents of this blog. To me, love is the appreciation of people, things (both tangible and intangible), and the expression of that appreciation in a way that is genuine and honest.

So many people use the word “love” casually and seemingly without giving it much though, and that is rather sad. Love is not something that is casual, and it is not something that should be referred to without thought and evaluation. Love carries with it the foundational ideas of commitment, permanence, compassion, consideration, thoughtfulness and dedication. Love is not about fulfilling the desires of the person purporting to love, it is about wanting the best for the one whom that person professes to love and actively treating the person whom that person professes to love in a way that demonstrates that. Love is a choice, not a feeling.

When I think of love and the act of loving, i immediately think of the description of love that is provided in the Bible: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT). And in considering this definition it is evident that love possesses characteristics that are not typically in line with the inherent nature of most human beings – human beings typically are not extremely patient and kind, are often jealous, boastful, proud and rude. They also have a tendency to be irritable, hold grudges, and are somehow drawn to the presence of injustice rather than being repelled by it, and instead fight the exhibition of truth. They are often quick to give up, thrown in the towel, lose faith and hope, and exhibit an allegiance that is conditional.

This, my friends, is the reason why the world is in the state that it is in. Instead of fighting against our natural human tendencies that are in direct opposition to love and what it seeks to express, we embrace the very deceptive characteristics that push us further and further away from love. Love requires work. Love requires an active determination to do what is right even when doing what is wrong would be easier. It requires us to put others before ourselves and cease focusing solely on our agendas, what we want, and what will work best for us. It demands commitment on our behalf, as it will not accept a halfhearted effort from us. And this seems to be something that most people are not willing to embrace because it is easier to remain self-centered and passively maneuver through life expressing a concern for others that is completely contingent upon things going our way.

I encourage everyone out there to set themselves aside for a while, even if it’s just for one day, and actively focus on meeting the needs of others (whether it be through the extension of a smile, buying someone lunch, taking the time to listen to someone who needs to be heard, etc.) and on exhibiting the characteristics detailed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. If we all make a concerted effort to do this, imagine the positive and loving hand and footprints that we will leave throughout society. We will transform our world of chaos, selfishness and inequality into the paradise that we all hope for and seek. We will be walking billboards of love. We will give love a face, a voice, a touch, and an infectious physical presence. #lovebythedrop