The Gardener knows…

Have you ever watched the process of a gardener as he plants his seed?

The gardener understands that in order for a seed to produce a harvest, it must first grow down, before it shoots up. This is the picture of what a dream looks like, and in fact this can be applied to many situations, work, life, relationships.

In order for something to grow, and become a reality in our lives there is a process. Often this process can go in the complete opposite direction than we hoped it would, but understand this:

“Just because something looks impossible, doesn’t mean it is impossible.”

Our perception can trick us if we only look at the moment we inserted the seed, and return when it is fully grown.

There will be businesses that flourish faster than others, in the same way there will be careers and lives, which seem to accelerate beyond you at times, but don’t compare. Appearances can be deceiving. Just keep running your own race, and understand that there is a process for everyone…

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Having big hope and big faith requires more than our emotions

Isn’t it funny how we can have the best of days, and the toughest days all at the same time?

Every day is a battle right now, and I would like to be real enough to say that tonight my emotions are not in the mood.

I talk about believing, having faith, and thinking positive in every area of life; and whilst I truly believe in this with all my heart. The truth is we are human beings at the end of the day, our emotions can sometimes get in the way.

To my understanding there are two ways we can choose to live our lives:

1. Choose to live a life by our feelings, for ourselves, caught up in the web of materialism.

2. Or we can choose to live a life bigger than ourselves, and embark on a journey that doesn’t just seek to gain for themselves, but to gain (having impact) for their families, and the lives of others.

The truth is that if we should choose to live by the second option… It is flipping hard, and really does require us to sit down, and count the cost. Although I personally choose the second that doesn’t mean I won’t feel the way I do this evening, which is frustrated by the unknown.

What do you do when you see that dream, or desire happen for other people, and yet for you things seem to remain in the distance? I guess it comes down to two things: Are you willing to remove those high expectations we can often place on ourselves, and are we willing to persevere and believe anyway?

Well, no!!! Not tonight!! But I’m sure in the morning I’ll feel different. lol

Please understand this is just a moment of realness, and (humour) whilst I could have easily refrained from sharing this. It would be unrealistic if you read my blog often enough, to say that doing the right thing feels good on every occasion. It really doesn’t, but what I do believe (and shall encourage myself with) is that good things come to those who wait… Timing is everything.

Living in a fast food generation, you can at least imagine how much of a challenge this can be. Thank the Lord these are only moments, which will pass; and when I wake tomorrow I will have enough faith to pick myself up and believe again.

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:

“We really can do the right thing, think the right thing, and believe in the right thing, even when it still feels wrong!” Joyce Meyers

“The best is yet to come.” Brian Houston

“Let us not lose heart!”

Taking time to avoid burning out.

I don’t know about you, or where you sit in life, but the world I see seems to have gone on this speedy travelator that people find hard to stop. Caught in a trap of never being satisfied, always comparing themselves to others, and disconcertingly transforming ourselves into digital avatars; and at the same time loosing touch with immediate world around us, (the people living next door).

Do I believe in social media? Of course I do. It’s a great tool? Yes, but it should never be a substitute for the real deal, building true relationships with real people, traveling to real places. Gosh, we don’t even need to move from our comfort chairs anymore. The world has uploaded itself onto a digital platform, called the internet.

Is the internet bad? No. I love the doors it has opened, however; I do believe there are elements of this digitally drive world that do more damage than good. For example; it’s pretty easy to spend hours on social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter, and there are many people that do; but what are we really sowing into by doing that?

I hope there’s purpose in it, because time is valuable. Better yet, it’s a gift, and there are too many distractions out there that can easily taper our vision, and lead us away from our purpose ever so slightly. You can miss the mark by a millimeter, and you have still missed the mark. Please note, missing the mark is in reference to loosing focus, and in no way shape or form reflects the value of a person. I believe that everyone reading this is unique, beautiful and has a purpose that they are either living out, or on the journey of discovery.

So what’s your purpose? Have you thought about it? It’s OK if you don’t have it all figured out, I’m just sharing my heart tonight, which is just as challenging for me as it is for any reader.

What has lead you to where you are today? Are you in the right career, or relationship for the right reasons?  Where are you spending time most? The idea is not to get us to doubt what is good, but to press home that taking time to stop, appreciate and reflect is    vital to avoid a burn out.

I believe that where your heart is, (i.e. where you spend your time, money, thoughts), is your treasure is. So, lets make sure we’re sowing the right seeds into the right ground, so that tomorrow’s harvest will be a great one.

Who do you say you are?

If you were to sum yourself, or your business up in three words what words would you choose? Discovering our identity, and purpose in life are the two most commonly searched for answers; by everyone. These are what I call, the big two, and they are:

1. Who do you say you I am?

2. What am I here to do?

Whether these particular phrases strike a chord with you, or not. I guarantee that at some point in your life, you have asked yourself these two questions on one or more occasions; and in some shape or form. Directly, or indirectly. Knowing the answer to both is not a simple flick of a switch, but a journey made up of adventure, trials and tribulations. This is journey of a life time.

So here’s a few thoughts to get us thinking along the way:

  • The more we understand who we are. The greater peace, happiness, and success we will have in every area of life.
  • What do you stand for? What are your strengths? Those things your good at? What do you value, and believe in? Everyone believes in something. Positive, or negative.

Before we build anything in life, it’s vital that we know who we are; more importantly that we believe in who we are. Failure to do so results in comparison, disappointment, and the lose of heart – Not a good combination.

 

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.” Richard R Grant.

 

People don’t have journals anymore, they have profiles

For anyone who says they don’t journal, I beg to differ. Over 800 billion people are active on Facebook, over 90 million users on Google+, which I imagine has taken a sharp rise since the announcement, Search Your World was made by Google, back in January; and lets not forget Twitters big news this week, as it reached its 500th million user mark on Wednesday.

We may not write in our traditional leather bound journals anymore, but we are recording every day via our timeline, twitter feed, sharing, liking, following and of course our SEO friend +1’s. All of which is taking place before we create a blog; or ‘online diary’ as they are often referred too. Everything we do, like, know, smell or touch today is being documented online via our computer, tablets, and or smartphones – and it’s not just the devices either, but the social platforms we participate in.

This can be a good thing, and it can also be a bad thing depending on who’s looking at it. The truth of the matter is we are all documenting more about our lives online today than ever before. Whether that information is being recorded by you, or by someone else about you or your company that’s a matter for another blog…

Please leave your thoughts, comments down below or hop on over to our Facebook page, and  hello!

Chocolate Souffle

Below is a picture of the beautifully presented dessert served up by my local Chinese resturant, not so long ago, labelled on the menu as Chocolate Souffle. If you’re a wordsmith then you will have noticed the deliberate typo in today’s title to co-inside with today’s story.

Souffle, and soufflé (which I can presume was the intended spelling) hold two very different meanings.

According to my dictionary, souffle represents the murmuring, or blowing sound heard through a stethoscope, and soufflé, which many will recognize as the light spongy dessert made typically, by adding flavoured egg yolks to stiffly beaten egg whites are agreeably independent.

Besides the small typing error, which I could easily overlook. It was the description tag that let me down. There was no gooey chocolate centre. Let this be a lesson that just because something looks good, doesn’t mean it tastes good. Don’t get me wrong, I love this restaurant for what it is. However; I am a dessert queen, and as good as this baby looks, it was a little overcooked on the inside.

To gain a winning dessert in life, business or campaign; “taste must be married to luke.” In other words, our work, our relationships, our words and our actions must carry authenticity.

The Opportune Moment

The opportune moment are those moments in time that require a decision to be taken, or a choice to be made that could very well be the defining factor to that particular part of the journey you are on. Literally, you could apply this to any area. We’ve all had defining moments before, from the moment you choose your subjects in high school, to the decision you made to leave school, go to university, go on a date with your partner. We make choices every day that define our tomorrow, it’s just sometimes we don’t see the results until we’re further down the line.

 

Anything worth building in life requires a choice, and with that choice comes the understanding of a time frame that will undoubtedly take you in one direction, or another. Time frames are crucial because they determine the amount of time a project, or campaign, or dream needs in order for growth, and fruition. The thought I want to share, stir and leave you with today is; Are you prepared for those moments in life that suddenly appear? The unexpected opportunities that life has a way of thrusting upon us, demanding a decision in one way, or in another. I wonder…