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Are you saying yes when you should be saying no? Let’s change the script!

 

“The big moments in your life are made up by the little decisions you make.” ~ Lisa Nichols

So what are you telling yourself? What are you telling others? These questions stopped me in my tracks and even reminded me somehow of an admonition from my granny to never put negative words out into the environment because  our words were our truth.  Maybe if she had wrapped up her advice as nicely as Lisa Nichols does in this powerful message shared here, I may have taken her more seriously.

Today I definitely stand guilty as accused because now I am more aware that people really do believe whatever I say as my truth, even when in reality the truth may be very different. For example, they ask me if I am doing fine and I say yes. They ask me to volunteer for a project and I say yes. They ask me to sacrifice my standards and I say yes. They ask me if I’m OK with what they are saying or doing and I say yes.

How many yeses over a period of time add up and add up until an individual becomes overwhelmed and depressed? What would happen if said individual was brave and honest enough to answer NO?

Lisa’s story is powerful. As you listen ask yourself the questions I asked me: what are you really saying and is it your truth? As you try to answer always remember that it’s never too late to re-calibrate, re-set, re-group and/or re-generate … never!

Can you relate? Do you know someone guilty of always saying yes? Just a few additional questions to think about; share your answers with us. In the meantime you can also learn more about Lisa Nichols.

 


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The Unique “Faces” of Tokyo, Japan

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Kon'nichiwa dear friend!

Hello from Tokyo, Japan where I am for a few days. Stay tuned for a full update on my visit but in the meantime, I’m sharing some of the unique ‘faces’ I’ve seen so far (mainly in response to the WordPress Photo Challenge).

Tokyo Japan, face of girl at airport selling perfume in poster

Face on a row of posters at the airport as we walked to the arrivals hall.

tokyo japan, cooks

The faces of two chefs as they prepared our meals.

geisha girl mannequin at mall

Thought her face was absolutely beautiful.

tokyo japan performers musicians

The faces of musicians as they played Japanese music.

female temple visitor with umbrella tokyo japan

Even though the rain is falling her face still looks kind of happy.

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“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
~ St. Jerome

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
~ Walt Whitman

“The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Click here to see more facial interpretations.

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God’s Love Endures Forever

 

Photo by Gale E

Photo by Gale E

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

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Many of us have a lot going on right now in our lives. You may be unemployed in spite of sending out hundreds of job applications. You may be living paycheck to paycheck because it’s hard to make ends meet due to inflation. You may be tired of going over the same thing with your children because it’s hard to keep talking and talking and talking. You may be tired of dealing with the same back-stabbing co-workers (or fellow church goers – because you will find some  of these people in church too) day in and day out. You may simply be tired of being tired.

BUT there is much to be thankful for! There’s life, health, friendships, family, working bodies, eyes that see, arms that can hug and hold … you get the picture.  I have learnt that one of the most powerful things a person can do is to give thanks to God while in the middle of overwhelming stressful situations. The peace in the midst of the storm cannot be explained nor can I really describe the calm that embraces you as a result.  All I can recommend is that you try it for yourself and let me know how you feel afterwards.

You can click on the link to read a few more thankful thoughts and there are more here too but even as I leave you now, I encourage you to go out and give thanks to the Lord because He is more than good – He’s simply awesome!

Love cards for Mom