“Many things are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”–John Wooden
Arguably the greatest basketball coach to have ever lived. John Wooden instilled in his players more than just fame. He taught them to be a gentleman, put their studies at UCLA above basketball. The dressed in a shirt and tie before games. Any profanity on the court put you on the bench.
Coach Wooden taught his players how to live the life of a true gentleman above all. A man of God that reminds us of their legacy to simply be good folks.
With God first in his life, faith ever present. A man who lived with a wife he adored, educated kids was his real passion, created some of the best players to have ever played in the NBA, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and Bill Walton just to name a couple.
Have faith it’s that simple! Follow the examples of people like John Wooden, who lived life. Put God first in your life!
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”–Dolly Parton
I laughed when I read that quote because it’s so true. If you want the beautiful rainbows in life, you have to take the rain with it.
Sometimes the rain comes in the form a thunderstorm. When the storm comes keeping thoughts on the rainbow and not the rain. Focusing on the outcome (the rainbow). If you can put up with the rain, the storms that come, on the other side of that is the joy you prayed for.
Take time to view the beauty around you. If you want to have real and lasting change. Take time to appreciate the simple things. Sunsets, sunrise, rain, snow, kids playing, dog parks, you can visit parks to take a moment to just be in the moment.
Being present in the moment is something I learned later in life and at some cost. Life can get hectic, bills, stress at work, you could fill in dozens of more distractions.
What do we mean by being present in the moment? If your children are tugging on you to pay attention to them. When your mind is somewhere else, focused on how you’re going to pay the rent, for example. Kids can sense when you’re not paying total attention.
Even a spouse can sense when you are not really there. The mind is sifting through tons of garbage, not what is at hand. Just, not paying attention.
It’s easy to justify the stress overtaking the moment. “If I don’t focus on my work, we don’t eat.” That very well may be true to a point. Eight o’clock at night business is closed, you can give your spouse, or children some of your time.
Being able to be present at the moment with family is precious. You can’t get back time, ever! What I learned the hard way is that your stress will be there in the morning, why not leave it at the front door. Easier said than done!
Here are some things I do today so that I can be present at the moment:
Stress if I allow overtaking my brain, makes matters worse. Learn to harness your fear. If you freak out, that is precisely what your Universe will deliver to you!
Meditate daily. Learn to relax, focus your mind. It’s in these moments solutions will come to you. Peace will come to you!
Breathe, you heard me breathe. During the day, stop and breathe. Take a couple deep cleansing breaths and then breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this for about a minute only. Try it you will be amazed.
Prioritize time for your family. They’re way more important than ANYTHING else you could be focused on. Happy breeds Happy in your home! You bring the stress and guess what, that’s what the family gets, stress. Stop it!
Take a walk. I am not talking about going to the gym to take a step. Get outside and clear your head. Enjoy the world around you. Learn to relax. Walking helps to do this. This is not a workout walk, this is holding the hand of your spouse walk.
Don’t put this off until tomorrow, next month, you need to give this gift to yourself. Time is more precious than we imagine while stressed out. If you can’t be present at the moment for your family voluntarily, what would happen if heaven forbid you were forced to focus. A health reason, someone got injured, you could find time then.
Don’t waste this precious time in your life focused on the bills, work stress, hell everyone has that. Give those that love you, YOU! Don’t tell your children you’re too busy. Don’t tell your spouse you’re too busy.
Unaquivicably, I can tell you that all the stress, worry, I brought too my life didn’t make tinkers damn in the final outcome. Meaning, it only brought more of the same full frontal stress!
Praying as part of your everyday regimen. Did you pray today, why not? If you did well for you.
Why is praying daily so important?
Great way to stay in faith.
Take a moment to believe for what you want from your life.
Keeps you in communication with God. Always a good thing!
Being humble before God.
Embracing the feelings of prayers being answered, showing gratitude.
Just a few in a vast list of reasons that prayer can and should be a part of your everyday life.
Letting God know you’re there as it were. I take what I call prayer walks in the morning times to simply talk to God. Funny note if people see me walking they probably think I forgot to take my medication, talking to myself.
God, knows when I am talking to him from my heart. It helps me start my day. Focused on what is essential. Then I simply let God handle it. Not always easy for me, sometimes I feel like he needs my help. Not so much!
If you let life unfold before you staying in faith, the blessings are immeasurable. For times when you think if you don’t jump in everything will come to an end. DON’T! Stay in faith even when you don’t see anything but a disaster. Let it play out, let God know you are grateful that he has blessed you with the answer, Even when you can’t see it yet.
This is why you pray. Stay in faith, be grateful for the answered prayer before it manifests and doesn’t beg. You don’t have to ask God for anything. For example, someone close to you gets horrible health news. Don’t ask God to save them, thank God that he did keep them. Pray for healing and restoration. Just don’t beg for it, you don’t have to beg!
You also don’t have to promise God; “If you just get me through this, I will never ____.”
Make prayer a part of your everyday life. If you have kids pray with them. Married, pray with your spouse. Most importantly make sure you and God stay connected.
Without hesitation, I can tell you adopted pets are lovely. If your family is considering a pet, I hope you will consider adopting before you make a final choice. I am a happy adopting pet owner!
To have a successful pet adoption experience here a few things you need to do:
What type of lifestyle does your family have? Active, somber, children, other pets? Choose pet bread that matches your families lifestyle.
Do you have a budget set aside for pet care and maintenance? Vet bills, food, preventative medicine?
Does your landlord allow for pets, if so what is the deposit?
Do you have time to take care of the animal? Pets get destructive because of separation anxiety or boredom. Make sure you can take your pet for walks, dog park visits and so on.
If you have children make sure, they’re not allergic to pet dander, cats or the like. Some small children do have animal allergies.
Before you just wander into a Pet Shelter or Humane Society, do some homework. Some dog breeds have tons of energy if your family is not able to play with dogs like this, get them lots of exercises. Honestly, it may not be a good fit. Lots of people love Lab’s but don’t realize these are water dogs who like to play.
Glitzy & Sammy
Breeds have different temperaments, the biggest failure in owning a pet is getting a breed that requires more than families are able to give. The good news with a little research and right questions at the Shelter you can choose the right dog for your family.