I don’t know how many of you are as tired of the craze of “share and you’ll have good luck,” etc. I have had about enough of it. I shall put it in words. I do not understand how sharing someone’s post is going to give you luck, good or bad. The ones that really get me are the ones that say, “If you love God, share this and he will bless you.” I wrote to the person who sent me the one I received that said, “If you love God, share this and he will do you a fav.”
I wrote back, “If you want a favor from God get on your knees and pray for it.” God already knows what we need. That post makes it seem you can bargain with God. I love God. I read his word daily. How is my sharing a post like this going to aid me or anyone else? It could send the wrong impression that God is like a supermarket where you can just tell him what you want and it will be delivered. It cheapens the concept of what God stands for. If I need something I’ll as God directly without sharing what amounts to a chain letter. I don’t do chain letters and I don’t share these sort of posts unless I find it worthy of being shared.
I’ve had a lot of time in waiting rooms this week to sit and think. My glucose is high. All my other tests are good. Stress is a big factor in raising my glucose level. So I’ve spent a lot of time assessing where that stress is coming from. I just passed my 70th birthday. I don’t feel any older than I did at 69. Actually, my health has improved. But there is the pain I live with everyday. I would guess that also affects my glucose level. I decided to do something to reduce the stress.
I’m retired; my own boss. Any deadlines I have now are self imposed. With that in mind, I am going to rearrange my priorities. Writing is still high on that list but without the pressure of trying to do thing within a time frame. Well, maybe a loose time frame. Nothing is carved in stone. I am not seeking to achieve worldwide acclaim or write a million seller. I shall be the one who decides what is good for me. If I hurt too bad to work, I’ll curl up on the sofa with my heating pad. Nothing I’m doing is so important that it can’t wait until I feel better. I’m going to keep doing what I do but at a slower pace.
I’m still going to keep in touch with the friends I’ve made online. I’m going to transform my writing from something I dread to something I can once again enjoy. I don’t have to answer to anyone but God and myself. I’m not hurting anybody by slowing down. I’m helping myself to better mental and emotional health.
Self improvement has been a philosphy of mine as far back as I can remember. It has grown with me or I have grown with it. If I got a low grade at school, I strove to do better the next time. I follow that journey of self improvement today.
In order to know what I need to do to improve myself, I must know what I need to amend. That’s where self analysis comes in. Every now and then I take a step back and look at myself mentally. If I see something I don’t like, I make plans to change it. If I have a bad experience, I figure out the cause and try to avoid a repeat of that experince.
Life is a learning experience. If we don’t learn from our mistakes we are likely to repeat them. It has been a long journey for me. Even in the darkest hours, I have had hope. Every journey begins with the first step and one step at a time afterward.
Some improvements are simple; others take more time and endeavors to succeed. These changes don’t just drop out of the sky. It takes work and committement to yourself to achieve your goals. If you fall down, pick up and go on. Sometimes it is a battle of endurance.
Don’t miss the small successes. Put together they can be a huge success.
If you can’t figure out the problems, ask for help from someone you trust. Knowing you are making a difference in your future can make it all worthwhile.