Saturday, October 12, 2013
A Still Tongue Keeps a Wise Head
TGFW - Thank God for the Weekend!
So, I've made a commitment to update my blog and continue working on my book at least once a week for the rest of the year. There's no gym in my routine anymore so I have no excuses...hoping to start my cardio routine soon...will keep you posted on my progress.
It's been a while since I sat outside and soaked in the cool sights and sounds of nature...so for the first time in months, I am doing just that. I've slowed down long enough to enjoy it. I've missed this: hummingbirds, blue birds, doves and birds of all variety, the trees and the cool afternoon air is so relaxing. I can even hear the odd sheep and goat way into the distance:) I've grown so accustomed to it over the past few months that it's almost a part of life now.
Based on my different interactions, I've come to realize that perception is a hellava thing...Sometimes you never know what someone is thinking, why they may do or say certain things or react the way they do. Certainly 'you give what you get' most times but despite your good intentions, not all the time people may respond favourably to what you project. Your gestures may be interpreted incorrectly or people may carry with them their own biases, insecurities and misgivings that may impede a smooth interpersonal relationship. When two people do not see eye-to-eye however, only rationale and calm communication can quiet the waters...along with one party putting aside their ego for a brief moment to bring peace.
Then again, others may feign affinity for a number of reasons based on the situation. Perhaps because of fear, or tolerance or just for the sake of getting along. The question is: do you play along, or do you draw the line between peaceful relations and deceit. I guess it depends on the individual and the situation, so as to determine what is the wisest thing to do given the circumstances. Many times we may have to make a conscious effort to hold our tongue but as we realize as time progresses that life is a game. The winners are the ones who learn all the right lessons in time for the test(s).
Yes life is about lessons. I am learning daily...along with the next person I would imagine. We learn from each other whether we want to admit it or not. Many things remain an enigma to me...but I'm figuring out the mysteries as I grow and evolve from one year to the next. When we stop to listen...really listen, we can harness the power within and around us to work in our favour.
Food for Thought:
Life is short: Soak in every last drop. Don't procrastinate with your dreams and ambitions.
Everything in this life is temporary...except for the trees, birds, seas and flowers. Don't waste your energy fighting petty battles, make peace not war. After one time is two. "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalms 30:5
Spend time with the people you love the most. Don't pay lip service: show them how much you care in small but meaningful ways. Exercise tolerance and empathy with others. Make peace with your God at the end of every day. And bring change to your world with love.