Today’s Gem of Insight #133

DSC_0390_Iván_Melenchón_Serrano_MorgueFileToday’s insight journey led me to the idea that sometimes it is more important to expand our comfort zone rather than step outside of it. It is common to hear people encouraging others to step outside of their comfort zone in an effort to convince them to try new things, meet new people, and open themselves up to new experiences, and that is to be commended. However, oftentimes, those individuals who are convinced to step outside of their comfort zone after a period of time simply end up re-entering their comfort zone and continuing on with their lives as before.

Yet, can you imagine what life would be like if those same individuals were to expand their comfort zone, whether slightly or drastically, and then commit to maintaining that expansion? Consider the new encounters, experiences, and opportunities that they might have, encounters, experiences, and opportunities that they would not likely have come to know had they not taken that leap and expanded their zone of familiarity.

Though expanding one’s comfort zone can be a challenge, especially if the individual is not accustomed to doing so, the quality that such an act will add to that individual’s life will more than make up for the effort that has been invested. In short, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and in this case, the gain is more than worth the venture. #lovebythedrop
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Today’s Gem of Insight #119

successToday’s insight journey led me to the idea that what we think is success is not always success. We often imagine that being successful means having lots of money, notoriety, status, power, and, in some cases, even fame. And certainly those elements may accompany successful lives, but only as mere byproducts.

You see, true success is not measured by the things that you have, but rather by what you do with the resources that you possess and which motives and perspectives you adopt as you make use of those resources. For example, we often look to the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Theresa, who, though they each possessed different resources, were not extremely well-to-do from a material standpoint. Yet, they both used what they had in positives ways, and through their efforts reached a world that was hurting, in need, and suffering. 

Let’s face it, the legacy that we leave behind once our time on earth is done is not going to be qualified by what we had while we were here, but rather by what we did with what we had and how we did it. 

This is my definition of success, and it is one that has been useful to me in more ways than one. However, I would like to know what your definitions of success are and how those definitions of success have shaped your lives. Please feel free to comment, as I enjoy learning about your perspectives and experiences. Be blessed! #lovebythedrop

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