Hurry Up and Wait!

Long-term Results in an Instantaneous World

Can you believe how impatient we’ve become? I just made myself a cup of hot chocolate, with miniature marshmallows, of course. No, I didn’t heat the milk in a saucepan over the stove. I stuck it in the microwave.

Less than two minutes later I’m thinking, What’s taking it so long to get hot?

Not too many years ago I would have needed a block of chocolate to shave off; melted the chocolate over a low heat; and, then gently added the milk while stirring continuously for several minutes.

Young people growing up today have no concept of life without a microwave; phones that were only in one room and didn’t leave the house; long-distance and international calls that went over cables, not the Internet, and cost a fortune; or, banking that had to be done only in person. Times have changed!

And yet, we can become so invested in instantaneous gratification that we forget some things still take time. (Take it from a gardener – I know!) Are there areas of your life that are getting you anxious because you’re not seeing the results you want? Here’s what Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about that:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

One trick that we can all employ is to enjoy the moment, as well as making sure what we are doing in that moment is what we want to do. If we are working in a place that we hate; if we are living in a home we can stand; or, if we are in a relationship that’s over-stayed its welcome, then it’s hard to enjoy the moment.

To create a life worth living we must focus on what we want, not what we don’t want. We do this by planting seeds now that will grow into the results we want to reap. Consider your thoughts right now. Are they in line with want you want?

If so, plant those seeds, nurture them, and enjoy the harvest when it arrives. If not, it may be time to change your thinking to change your life – both for now and the future!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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How Successful Do You Want to Be?

I Believe In You

Do you believe in yourself? I mean, do you trust your decisions, and feel that you have control of your direction in life?

It’s not wrong to doubt ourselves. In fact, self-doubt can work to our benefit by exposing attitudes we still have that no longer serve us.

Admitting we don’t have the knowledge or skills required for a new career we want can make us decide to go back to school. Acknowledging we can’t do everything alone opens a door inviting others to help us.

But if we don’t have at least some trust in our own abilities, success can elude us. Norman Vincent Peale, the well-known author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” said it this way:

When people believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success.

One major point of encouragement we can give ourselves is that we are never alone. We are all part of, or rather a unique expression of, a power that is greater than us. One energy flows through everything seen and unseen; it runs through our every cell in our body.

This power comes with the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of universal consciousness. It’s truly the biggest, invisible library we can imagine, gathering together the history and information of the cosmos through all time.

The beloved religious science practitioner and pastoral care minister, the Rev. Dr. Juanita Dunn, used to say to me, “Within you, dear child, is the Knower that knows. You do not have to have the answers. Just believe that the Knower does.”

You answers are within you. When we feel that we “don’t know what we want” we can remind ourselves that if we don’t know then who would? We get to chart our course. Nothing is predestined; and, any decisions we find that haven’t panned out the way we expected can be altered. We can almost always “choose again.”

Choose wisely. Know that you have within you the power to change whatever your circumstance is should you desire to do so. The power of decisions in the past has resulted in our present. If it’s not to our liking, change it. Believe in yourself. Believe you have the power within you to affect change in your life.

I believe in you! You can do it! I’m just amazed at how friggin’ fantastic you look doing it!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

Copyright © 2018 Terry Drew Karanen. All rights reserved.
This message may be re-printed, copied and/or forwarded without permission, as long as the content is not altered in any way and credit is given to the author.