We Want, and then We Want

You know, it’s funny that it is our natural, human inclination to focus with laserlike precision on the very things that we want but don’t have, believe we deserve but have yet to grasp, seek with fervor only to be left empty handed.

When we are not in a relationship it seems as though everywhere we turn we see couples, living, breathing advertisements and previews of that elusive situation in which we imagine ourselves to one day be. We crave it, long for it, and allow our desire for it to fill us to near expulsion of our sanity.

When we are in a relationship it seems as though we can never find enough “me time,” space, or whatever convenient descriptor that we think to use to indicate our need for separation, even in a temporary and healthy sense.

We want what we don’t have, and just like that we elevate what we don’t have to a greater level of importance and value than the treasure for which we once fought, sacrificed, and prayed so hard to possess. We shift our focus, and in so doing we relinquish our peace, choosing instead to embrace a false sense of lack. 

That’s right. False. Why false? Because the reality is that the sense of lack that we experience is one of perspective rather than a tangible, reality in which we are immersed. It’s a shift in perspective. Just. Like. That.

The good thing about a shift in perspective, though, is that we can shift it back. Now, because we are all individuals that process of shifting our perspective back will look different, and for some it may be easier done than it is for others. But for each and every one of us it always begins with a choice, an active decision to face the reality of the situation, decide what we truly want and value, and then move in that direction. The choice is ours. May we choose well. #lovebythedrop

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Heavy Hearts

So much tragedy. So much uncertainty. So much chaos. This world that we live in…this world. I know that the Bible speaks of the last days…the days in which we are living, describing in detail the very types of events that we are unfortunately experiencing and to which we are bearing witness. 

Yet, even with the Bible shedding such clear light on the reality of what it is to live in this fallen world, at this time, it is still immensely shocking when these types of tragic events come to pass.

Through it all I still pray for peace, harmony, and togetherness, and my focus is still on Christ. There is so much that is unable to be understood, unable to be grasped, and unable to be logically processed. But through it all God is still with us and He is still Love. Love and peace to us all #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #46

rest

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we should never allow ourselves to be so busy that we do not take the time to rest. I have spent a good portion of my life being busy – working multiple jobs, participating in numerous organizations, and keeping a fairly active social calendar. And even though I have not been nearly as active as some other people have, I have come to realize that it’s not how busy I am compared to other people that matters, but rather yet it’s how busy I am compared to how busy I am supposed to be that matters.

Now, certainly there are activities and events that we need to take care of and participate in for various reasons, and sometimes there will be moments when we need to push ourselves and maybe even burn that midnight oil so to speak. But in all of our busyness we must remember to take good care of ourselves, which especially includes taking the time to rest.

When we make it a point to supply our bodies with the rest that they need, we often find that we think in a more clear manner, we have more energy, joy, and peace, and we handle things in ways that generate results of a higher quality. So, the next time that we find ourselves contemplating forgoing that full night of sleep or even bypassing that lunch break, hopefully we will remember how crucial it is that we treat our bodies well by balancing out our busyness with much needed rest. #lovebythedrop