I discovered long ago 'voicing" my thoughts through handwriting, clarity was often found in the moment of personal reflection and decisions. Journaling has been such a huge personal benefit in my private world for many years. I literally have stacks of journals crammed full of my life lessons as it was well modeled by my father.
A counselor once told me the habit of journaling created powerful growth patterns in mental processing circumstances, inner questions, personal challenges, solutions found, wins listed, impacting quotes, teachings, heartfelt prayers, bible meditations, & music lyrics.
I have read with interest recent studies, listened to conversational podcasts, and multiple resources bringing this age old lifestyle pattern back into vogue. In my daily habits, writing is considered high value to document personal vision with insight & reflection.
I am privileged to hold my fathers journals written through part of his adult years 1950-1990's, cherishing them deeply. I love the authenticity by which he wrote, to see how he would think, process, reflect, reach for resources, he was never satisfied to remain stuck or stale. He did not sugar coat painful experiences, neither did he allow himself to wallow in self pity or victim status. In his 80's he was still eager to learn new talents, share love and care to the lives of many others. Whether it be international mission work, entrepreneurial craftsmanship, cherishing your wife over 50 years, loving your family, loyalty to friends, adventure to discover nature, & in your lifetime service of others.
Favorite Foods... Eggs every morning & Steak at the "The Sizzlers"
Favorite Music... Anything my Mom would play on piano or organ.
I wish to honor his memory today, my Fathers birthday on Feb 24 having passed many years ago.
"Thanks Daddy, you are so lovingly missed & remembered, your true legacy lives on....."
" ..Some great occasion will depend on what we are.. the result of previous years of self-discipline"
-H.P Lidden "The Law of Reflection" The 15 Invaluable Law of Growth - John C Maxwell
FREEDOM: COURAGEOUS ACTION TO LIVE OUT TRUTH' -MEG-
How often do I find myself wrestling in my mind & emotions .. projecting a gloomy future into the current moment. Do I stop to question, what is truth?
Do I ask questions that may help me to discover an alternative route that will diminish assumptions? This is no easy task, a mental melt down with intentional mindfulness that requires regular journal notes, prayer & personal reflections.
This internal process may not be visible to those around, as we take pride in the masks we wear in our survival mode. Somewhere in my healing journey, I found benefits for committing to a lifestyle shift, interjecting "Push Pause" on feelings tending to spiral into sadness, discouragement, helplessness, hopelessness, sinking into depression. They grip at the mind pulling the heart towards isolation, pushing away resources designed to encourage, or caring people placed on the path to strengthen.
I share a recent moment of wrestling that brought clarity & confidence to my soul. The word "FREE" was the focus to declare TRUTH to my eyes, mind, heart and soul. Standing on the beach, soft sand between my toes, warmth of sunshine touching my skin, slowly breathing ocean air, a perfect atmosphere to practice proving my thoughts.
In my search to identify inaccurate perceptions & distortions, I asked myself these questions;
I am "FREE", Why don't I FEEL FREE?
How would my life look different if I LIVED FREE... would I FEEL it?
"FREE" Written in the Sand.. Truth but not feeling it
Break off Lies... Break chains.. No more.. No longer!
Declare Freedom for I and my loved ones
Here in between.. In the middle .. The adjustment of Waiting.. Waiting to find Balance...
Slow Healing, Incremental steps, one in front of another.
My Focus? How will I prepare to Live Free?
Will I mourn the familiar? Higher is Calling.
Walk Away from the Known. Explore. Breathe
One day I'm found busy... Living in FREEDOM
Look at my reflection .. New takes priority
Healing now Complete
Scars have faded
Free has come to stay..
A Monumental Moment...Celebrate ..Go in Confidence
"FREEDOM: Courageous Action to LIVE out TRUTH -MEG-
I know for a fact I don't want to stay stuck living old habits, rehashing negative, but instead pivot to
abundant possibilities. Whatever circumstances, I will choose 'Faith over Fear', finding strength and guidance in ancient Bible writings: "It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, Do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
My study led me to ancient biblical history of the Israel nation living in Egypt 400 years. What was once comfort turned into long endured slavery. God heard their agonized prayers and intervened. As their release was negotiated to leave Egypt, it took 40 years for the slave mentality to be shaken.
The mentality included cleaning up complaining attitudes, stubborn hearts, growth
into maturity, and learn the way forward into their destiny. I take these lessons
to heart as I reflect on their release from slavery and abuse, moving through the
process to purge slave mentality from my heart and life.
My personal prayer to "Release" toxic habits, toxic relationships, toxic thoughts,
toxic waste in my mind and body, & encourage others in their journey. I know I heard...
"Calling You Out... YOU...Yes YOU..." "Surviving" to "THRIVING"
My journey is often sealed with music... these resources bring strength to the soul.
Matthew West "Take Heart"
Toby mac "On the Edge of My Seat"
Jeremy Camp "Out of My Hands"
"Nothing can happen through you until it happens to you" - John C Maxwell
Today I chose to get even more serious about finding multiple reasons and excuses to consume large amounts of yellow nature in my "eat color" focus. My habit for some time includes adding slices of citrus, lemon, lime, & orange to water, smoothies or lightly squeezing over menu items.
I had run across the idea that pineapple may knock out side effects of arthritis such as painful joint inflammation. That sounded really great so I was spurred to find out even more benefits originating from pineapple fields of Costa Rica.
Science has documented many reasons to indulge in Pineapple as it is loaded with Vitamin C, strengthens your bones & connective tissues with plenty of manganese.
In addition to being rich in vitamins, it brings enzymes & antioxidants close while boosting the immune system, and these days we are all looking to boost personal immunities. Pineapples promote healthy digestion with its fiber & water content...may even ward off indigestion.
Delicious & sweet with only 74 calories per cup of pineapple chunks with juice dripping down your cheeks makes it even better.
Yellow is the color focus, so think tropical while making time to color your world. Slowing it down from the frantic pace, inhale deeply, while yellow pineapple evokes sunny, cheery feelings, warm & delicious. I discovered sometime back that sunshine became my favorite accessory, all part of the atmosphere to relax, and chill out for a time.
The delicious smoothie shown blends health and wellness into natures bounty, avocado, acai, chai seeds, apple, banana, blueberries, pineapple, hibiscus tea, cucumber, ginger, nuts & coconut water blended easily with a small Ninja. Your body loves each and every ingredient bringing health and vitality to your day.
Sending out cheers from your RFA Real Food Advocate, MEG sharing from Fort Lauderdale Florida. The humidity is rising today, it is time to go on that energizing bike ride before the rain clouds burst.
"Do not wait for a change of environment before you act. Cause a change through action.
You can act upon your present environment so as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment."
"The Science of Getting Rich" - Wallace D Wattles
Mental Nutrition for Significance .... Your RFA Real Food Advocate ; MEG John Maxwell Team
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.