21 Days #shutterhappy Day Two.

Day Two.

A favorite shirt and watch.

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21 Days #shutterhappy Day One.

Day One.

Morning Coffee.

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January 20th 2017, Inauguration

So it has been a long time since I have posted, but today I rekindled a habit that I have not done for a long time. I took the day off, took Nicole to school and headed off to Starbucks with my laptop and notebook in tow. Had some breakfast and a coffee and have preceded to sit down and enjoy the start to my morning. I use to do this on a weekly basis but when my job changed I could not do it any longer. So it was very nice today to be able to have this opportunity to do it again. To boot the weather was sunny and slightly warm! Bonus! I think the start to a nice day.
 
An interesting day nevertheless. Today is the inauguration of a new President in the United States and I would think a monumental shift in policies and thinking in Washington. Time of course will tell what will happen, but against many peoples wishes it has happened and better or for worse we will now have to live with it.
 
Which, brings my thinking into where are we are going. Where are we as a collective human society heading? The human world today still has much turmoil and unstainable situations. It is a test of large proportions and one that we still have a quite a ways to go. I am reminded of Bahaullah's promise of the
Most Great Peace. Humankind must recognize the Oneness of Humanity and that we are all the same. Until this can be done, it makes many things difficult. The promising thing is that we see that in so many places today. Yes, it is not world wide, bigotry and racism is still out there but we have come a long way in a short time and this gives promise. Promise in that we can make it to the Most Great Peace. People need to look towards the Creator, whoever or however you choose that to be, but there is and must be a higher purpose than our basic existence as it is. If we choose to explore what that is, maybe, just maybe we will discover something that we did not know, something that will bring us together and bring us to realize that humankind has a great purpose and reason to be here.
 
In Abdul-Baha's words:
He said that man must recognize the oneness of humanity, for all in origin belong to the same household and all are servants of the same God.
 
From <http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-6.html>
 
Here is a link to a good article in the
Huffington Post about A Bahai Vision for World Peace.

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Patience

Patience, is something that needs to be learnt and practiced. Not always so easy, and sometimes you have to stop yourself and seriously think about it and then reaffirm it and make yourself analyze the situation and then rethink and remind. Some of things I am trying to make myself do more of. I came to the realization that you need to be patient for various things, we cannot have everything right now. It just is not possible nor is it practicable. 

Things will come as they are needed. Sometimes you need that belief that it will come when it is ready and not until then. Maybe I am just not capable or equipped to handle something if it comes at the wrong time. We are part of a bigger picture and living in a world of energy. We have to interact with that energy and become in phase with it. Things will begin to happen then. 

Being patient is one of those, know when to pick your moments and when to take advantage of them. They will come and they will present themselves to you. You just have to be in tune and recognize them. That is being in that energy groove and watching for it to come. Somethings you cannot control and you will have to put it out there in the energy field and see what happens. Analyze your results and make changes to see what occurs next.

Patience, ahh what a virtue to have. When things are not going your way, you are failing at what you are trying to achieve, but you have to keep going, don't give up, don't walk away from it. Persevere, be PATIENT! It will come, just keep working on different approaches. Different tactics or however you would like to call it. But keep calm and stay in control. It really helps to write it down and to anaylze it. Patience teaches you control, knowing your own tendencies and how to handle these better.

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience. - Baha'u'llah

Tell me what your techniques are for handling patience. What do you do to stay focused?



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Fear

I read an interesting article and comment on fear today. Actually it was an email that was sent to me my Ramit Sethi. It talked a lot about why fear stops us from doing things. It really resonated with me as I thought about my own circumstances and situation. Having just taken a leap of faith and deciding to start my own business. I really reflected on that and on my friends and their situations. I saw that maybe finally I had taken that leap and left behind the chains of my fear for not doing this for so long ago. I had a feeling like maybe I was finally in control and had taken that hardest first step and put myself out there. How liberating it is. And also how strangling that fear can be to hold you back and stop you from taking your dreams to the next level.

So what is that holds us back like that, what is it that paralyzes us and prevents us from doing these things? I think I have asked myself that for a long time. There just seems to be this thing and I can't quantify what it is and it is just always not that easy to release. You can sometimes read as many uplifting quotes, blogs, readings, emails etc but you still find yourself getting stuck. I guess what I am saying is that I understand what it is like. I feel great that I finally let this one event go for me, but I also understand that it will not be the last. I will have to face more fears and conquer them. That is part of life, having Faith and taking that next step to move to a higher level.

Acknowledging those fears can be a major step forward and posting them publicly even more so. So for myself, it was I don't have time, or I don't have the knowledge to do this, or where do I start. I don't deserve it can be one of the biggest ones too. These are mine what are yours and what can we do to stop these and believe in ourselves and our hidden abilities.

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