Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Life is a fast ride.

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January is hitting its stride and that makes me realize that this year, 2018, will slide to December 31st too quickly. In fact, old sledding hills have now become ski jumps covered with black ice.

When did this happen? What should I do during 2018 acceleration?

Obviously, nothing can be done to slow time down. It is what it is.

What we all must do is to examine and activate these most necessary requirements: Gratitude, Faithfulness, and Honesty. Why these, you may ask. These three weave through all aspects of living, encompassing our entire existence.

Gratitude may be silent in most lives.  What we have now is not of our own doing at all, because this has been gifted to us by God.  Yes, everyone has had to work for everything, no doubt about that. The difference is that our drive is nailed into our DNA, into our thought processes.  This is part of who we are. And this comes from God.

Be grateful and give thanks.

Be faithful in all things.  When we are faithful to who we are and what we believe, when we are faithful to those we love, and when we are faithful to paths and goals laid out before us, life moves along. Faith gives all the strength needed.

Be faithful and hold onto your faith.

Honesty. This is huge.  It is not just telling the truth to those around us, it is about being honest with ourselves. Admit it, we would like to believe that we will finish the garage cleanup in one afternoon dictated by someone in the family, we know that is pie in the sky.  Be honest. Look at the mirror and see that 50 pounds will not drop off in one year.

Honesty is a personal attribute, to be developed personally. Others wrestling with honesty have nothing to do with the honesty in your own life.

Be honest to yourself and those around you.

Gratitude, Faithfulness, and Honesty are daily goals and always a work in process.  Fasten your skis and grip your poles because life is a fast ride.




22 comments:

  1. 3 good ones to have all year and into the many more. Although I pretend to be a rhyming cat, so I have to lie a little lol

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    1. A rhyming cat is a extension of who you are, so it is not a lie. You are Pat, with three important attributes.

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  2. Yup, time keeps on slipping into the future...

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    1. Fifty years ago I was in highschool, not thinking about where I would be now. An interesting 5 decades have become my present, and I thank God that He has shown me where to go. Thankful.

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  3. Amen! We need gratitude, faithfulness, and honesty in all things, no matter what is happening.

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  4. Lying to myself, hmmm, I could be guilty of that at times.

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    1. That is probably the hardest attribute to hold onto. I want to see myself differently than I truly am. You have many people with you.

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  5. Amen sister.....life is a jet fueled turbulent trip...fasten your seat belts....the landing is a bitch too.

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    1. Life is a blur sometimes, on some days. I am thankful to live through this, knowing that landing will come suddenly.

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  6. according to some magazine articles, 50 pounds can be dropped in one year, but I wouldn't like to try it myself, starvation doesn't sound like fun.
    I do wish life would slow down a bit though.

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    1. The slow-down won't happen, sadly. Starving will not either, at least not in our house.

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  7. Amen to all that! And the ski run gets steeper every year!

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    1. It is good that there are escalators and elevators, otherwise I would not make it to the top. Going down the ski jump is another matter.

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  8. Thought provoking. Gratitude is a gift which keeps giving. Honesty a work in progress. Faithfulness/integrity ditto.

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  9. Hi Susan,

    All very good points to focus on, my friend. I shall ski along the slopes of sincerity.

    Gary

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  10. Great points here ...
    I agree when you say "Gratitude, Faithfulness, and Honesty are daily goals"

    All the best Jan

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  11. Great post. Honesty is so important when trying to make progress with our creative outlets. I am finally getting back to things and I feel God is helping me really see where I am at and how I have changed. And I'm grateful.

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    1. Good to see your name! Doing a daily check-up with God is necessary in all lives.

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