Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pep Talk: "Lift a Spirit"

Whenever blessed to have the opportunity to stand before a group of people and encourage them, the topic of change, and how to effectively deal with it, always is addressed.
Ya know, those unexpected things in life, those unwanted things in life appearing at just the wrong time and leave us saddened and shocked. For example, the recent movie-theater shooting draws all the headlines as the media saturates our lives with coverage of funerals, recoveries and the constant - perhaps futile - question pointing toward, “Why?”
One grieving mother of a young woman who perished that horrific moment summed it up well when interviewed by stating, “It is so SENSELESS.”
Amen to that sister. The point is this, each and every one of us usually has something going on in life challenging our emotional, physical, financial or spiritual well-being. It’s, unfortunately, just the way life is. We are frequently shocked and saddened. However, this Pep Talk is offered to encourage you, and others, to not allow whatever is occurring right now, subdue you.
We must keep faith in ourselves that within our souls lies resolve, defined as “a firm determination to do something,” to weather the storm. Trying times always, at least in my cranium conjure a visual of folks in the path of hurricanes “batting down the hatches.” We know the future is going to be rough and uncertain but we’re preparing to the best of our abilities to survive and, ultimately, thrive despite what ails us.
Recovery from adversity ain’t gonna happen unless we believe it’s possible. It gets tough to maintain a positive attitude when the road gets rocky. That’s why it’s wonderful to have folks around us who can lift our spirits in the trying time. Be that type of person this week, okay?
Recently, while cleaning up around the Victory Productions office, I ran across a letter a friend had sent me years ago. I was struggling with the fallout from divorce - emotionally wounded. My buddy, Billy Mac from Hackensack, would say, of those predicaments from life, “You gotta lie down and bleed a little before rising to fight again.” Well, I was darn lucky to have another wonderful friend who cared enough about me to send, framed, a poem of hope. At this moment, it’s shared with you in hopes it lifts a spirit, or two, in your world. The beautiful prose is titled, Twenty-Four Things to Remember...and One Thing to Never Forget:
Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.
Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.
Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, your prize.
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problems, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take life too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot, goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people, together.
Realize that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health, hope, happiness and hugs.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don’t forget....for even a day...
how very special you are...
especially to me.
Many years ago, a human being knew I was struggling and took the time to copy this poem, print it, frame it, then send my way. Obviously it had significance, I saved it. Lucky for me, it was unearthed during a recent cleansing of the office. It still means the world to me. It lifted my spirit. Thanks Stuffers.
Be that kind of friend for someone this week. We all know someone struggling with illness, loss of loved one, divorce or job loss. Send them the above poem.
It sure meant the world to me. I dunno, just a simple dude from Missouri, but who knows, maybe it will lift the spirit of someone in your world too.
Do it!

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