Today’s Gem of Insight #86

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that it is better to focus on solutions rather than problems. I am certain that we all have heard that statement mentioned at some point, and depending on which side of that statement we have found ourselves, hearing it either invoked positive emotions or negative ones in us.

And to some of us, that statement may only be that, a mere statement. But for those of us who personally know what it is like to focus on our problems, as well as what it is like to focus on solutions, we know that greater success comes from concentrating on solutions rather than problems, because when we concentrate on our problems we prevent ourselves from taking notice of the blessings that surface for the purpose of helping us to deal with our problems. Yet, when we focus on solutions instead of problems, we leave ourselves open to additional opportunities that surface because of the approach that we use when dealing with the problems that come our way.

So, the next time that a problem rears its head, let’s not allow that problem to cause us to shift our focus from solutions. After all, problems are temporary, but solutions can yield results that last a lifetime. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #85

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that it is okay that we are not experts. Sometimes we think that just because we have studied a certain subject, have experience in a certain area, or interact with certain people that we should know much more than we do and that we should be so much better at something than we are. However, if we are not careful, thoughts like that can lead to us making comparisons of ourselves and others, and we all know where that can lead.

Certainly, at times, the thoughts that we should know more about something or that we should be better at doing something are birthed out of statements that others make and thoughts and views that others have regarding us. And, for the most part, we have no control over that. However, just because someone else may think that we are more knowledgeable about something than we are or that we are able to do more than we can, that does not mean that we have to allow those thoughts and views to affect us negatively.

In fact, oftentimes, the mere fact that the people in our lives come to us with these types of thoughts and views is a demonstration of the fact that they are confident in our skills and abilities, they trust our judgment, and they think highly of us, which are all good things. So, as long as we make it a point to keep things in perspective, continue to engage people in an honest manner, and do everything with excellence (rather than perfection) as our goal, we will make it possible for our specialized talents and abilities to shine through and bless others in the process. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #72

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that stress is not necessarily just par for the course. We often tell ourselves that stress is just to be expected when we pursue a certain type of career, open ourselves up to various opportunities, or even choose to become a part of select relationships.

The interesting thing, though, is that stress is not mandatory, no matter what we tell ourselves. It is our approach to situations and circumstances, our perspective, and the things that we tell ourselves that determine whether or not stress will factor into the equation.

So, when we find ourselves feeling stressed or wondering why stress seems to be rearing its head in our lives without its presence being desired, we need to check our approach, perspective, and the contents of our self-talk and find out at which point we opened the door and gave stress the invite to enter into our lives. #lovebythedrop