Today’s Gem of Insight #82


Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that life really is much easier when we learn from the mistakes that others have made rather than constantly insisting on making our own. While growing up I heard adults say things like “learn from my mistakes” and “pay attention so that you can live a life that is better than mine.” And though I realized that those adults had my best interest at heart, it was not until I became an adult and experienced some heavy duty circumstances of my own that I truly came to appreciate those statements. And after becoming an adult and finding myself well on my way to becoming a mature young lady, I reached the understanding that I could still learn a number of things in life without having to experience everything directly – I did not have to enter into a certain type of dating relationship to learn the lessons that can come out of that, just as I did not have to work for a certain type of boss in order to glean the lessons that can come from that.

Now, I will not say that I have always made the best use of this gem of a method, but the times that I have put it into practice have proved to be very beneficial. And, yes, there are some things that we simply will not grab ahold of until we experience them for ourselves. Unfortunately, that is just how we tend to operate at times as human beings – not because we cannot help it, but because we tend to be a little stubborn. But if we will allow ourselves to truly grasp and implement this concept of learning from the mistakes of others, we really can live better quality lives than we ever thought possible. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #46


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

Today’s Gem of Insight #30


Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that it’s important to be entirely present in any given moment. Like most of us, I have experienced my fair share of moments when I have not completely given my attention to whatever or whomever I was interacting with at the moment. That is certainly something of which I am not proud. And though I, as well as many of you I would guess, have had the best of intentions and have not ever wanted to fail to extend to something or someone the attention that it or they deserve, the truth of the matter is that even innocent attempts at multitasking or moments of misguided focus can make it impossible to remain fully present in any given moment.

Now, I know that our lives are saturated with fascinating and often helpful technology that makes it possible for us to be constantly connected to the people in our lives and the ventures that occupy our schedules. And, to a certain extent, that level of connectivity can be periodically necessary. However, regardless of the number of demands that are on our lives and the amount of responsibility that we have, it is essential that we recognize those moments in which we need to set our ability to multitask and daydream to the side and instead focus on the task or person seeking our attention in the present moment. Is it easier said than done? Yes. But is it worth the effort? Absolutely. #lovebythedrop