Mind Mapping

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Plutarch (46-120 A.D.) wrote, “Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.

So how are you faring with the challenge of shifting your mental conversation to a brighter, more positive one than it has been in the past?

Are you catching negativity before you sense it in your mood or your words or even in your body?

If you are, good for you!  That is progress!

 

I read an idea recently about choosing one area of your life that you usually think negatively about, and starting with a short amount of time, create a “negative-free zone” around that one topic.  So you might decide that for two minutes every hour or every morning and night or every day, you are going to consciously choose to think positively about that topic for two minutes. If this amount of time seems too difficult, pray for strength and ability!  We have to start somewhere.  And surely, if there is any battle that God would want to help us win, it is this one.  If you have the faith, call on angels to assist you!  Those may be the ones you live beside in your family or those unseen.

When you have crossed that hurdle of two minutes of peace, you can make the time a bit longer or more frequent.  As the days go by, you can eventually create a boundary that you will no longer think negatively about that subject at all.

 

Feel good?  What a relief that will be right?

After that success, you can branch out into other topics that have been plaguing your mind with down and depressing thoughts, and cut them out little by little until your positive mindset is flowing out to every topic of conversation you are having with yourself!  Wow!

What happens is nothing short of miraculous.

It’s as if a dam inside gradually let’s go, little by little and then breaks.  The places of stuck, sticky, dark and demeaning energy find their way out.  They loosen and let go and you are no longer under their influence. You have chosen, step by step, thought by thought, to banish them from you.  Truly, they were never worthy of you at all!

This process opens up new space!  Space that is free and clear and just the right fertile soil for the light and airy, sweet and satisfying thoughts and their attendant emotions and feelings to come flowing into their place with their healing and sanctifying power.

Chains fall off.  Insecurity slips away.  Confidence and humility begin to reign. {Yes, they are really companions!}

 

All this comes into being by making just one, small and simple, yet intentional change.  Laying down one small boundary, “I will not allow myself to think negatively for two minutes about ___________.”

The truth is, all real growth happens in minute and subtle ways, and every big change is just choosing small bits of light over darkness for a period of time.  And with God’s help, sometimes that time-frame is far less than we think it will be!

I offer you my love and my heartfelt appreciation for all of the good you desire and all of the miracles you are putting into motion every single day.  You care and you love and you build and you bless and you serve and you sacrifice; and that makes all the difference.

Sincerely,

Jacque

 

 

Sleep!

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It’s simple and inexpensive.  You can get it at Walmart! And, oh, the sleep is lovely and sound.

I have been a light sleeper through my adult life and have struggled to stay asleep.  I learned about Valerian root and it has been a Godsend.

Read up on this lovely supplement and maybe it will give you a little help when you need it!

Best wishes for a healthy summer!

Jacque

P.S. You must take responsibility for your health decisions because as you know, I am not a doctor. That said, I must be responsible for myself as well. Take care!

Make Today Count

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You know the old saying, “No success can compensate for failure in the home?”  That admonition has given me pause on many, many occasions, and kept me going back time and again to embracing my role as a wife and mother and community leader over and over again.

Taken one way, it can kind of sound like, don’t blow it!

On the other hand, one thing this inspired thought says to me is, there isn’t anything else that will bring you as much joy as finding success in your relationships at home!

There are satisfying rewards in many endeavors.  Creative opportunities and money-making ventures can be exciting, and sometimes necessary, but finding success in those activities doesn’t  touch the happiness and peace of having solid relationships with those we love.

And having solid relationships takes time.  A lot of time.  And not a small amount of sacrifice and constant efforts to maintain our focus on what matters most to us.

So I guess the bottom line is, don’t take your eyes off the prize!

 

I hope today you can take a moment to exult in the opportunity you have to build a family, something of such enduring, inspiring and joyful value that it is worth our greatest efforts.

What a blessed opportunity.

May God bless your efforts today!

Jacque

 

Worthy of Help

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It’s risky business being human isn’t it?

And working on making real and lasting connections with others can be tricky and a bit worrisome!

Do you find that you’re going about your life, doing pretty well and then all of a sudden you find that you need help with something? Do you freeze and feel awkward about asking for help? Does that make you feel “less than?” But then, do you hesitate to lend a helping hand or offer to help someone else? Probably not!

Well, what if you or I truly need help?  What should we do? Try to over-extend and wear ourselves out? Let things slide and try to play catch-up later? Crawl into a hole and let the thought of what needs to be done bury us until I have come to a complete halt and unable to do anything?

What do you think?

Is it ok to ask for help?  Are you somehow less of an adult, less of a woman, less of a mother, less of a wife, less of a person if you let someone know you need assistance?

 

I think the difficulty sometimes is showing vulnerability.  Or maybe it’s that we fear we may seem “needy.” Maybe it’s not wanting to feel obligated to offer help to someone else in the future or in other words, indebted to them.

A woman I heard talking about, BRAVING, or learning to make connections with others, (and I wish I written their name by the note I made to myself!), made this statement: “If we devalue ourselves for asking for help, then we will devalue others when they need help.”  (And can’t we feel it when that devaluing attitude is present when we are on the receiving end of things?)

She said that, besides asking for, or offering help, there are many things we can do to cultivate real human connections that will help us to have healthy, life-affirming connections with our friends and family.

We can continue to learn to have greater love for ourselves; greater trust in others; more ability to guard the vulnerability of others by keeping their confidences; more practice at doing what we say we will do; taking responsibility for our words, actions and mistakes and cultivate an attitude of assuming the best about our friends and their motives.

It is a lonely and insecure world when we try to live in it alone.  Heaven help us to learn, by baby steps if necessary, to love and to be loved.

My love and best wishes to you my friend.

Jacque

P.S. If you know who came up with BRAVING, please comment so that we can give them kuddos!

Walden Wisdom

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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

Henry David Thoreau