There is no use to be longing for the things you THINK you are ENTITLED to. Like a perfect job or an amazing relationship or a fit size 2 figure. These kinds of accomplishments take effort and sometimes a lot more than most people are willing to put forth. If you are not committing the time and energy necessary to achieve them they are not going to just fall out of the sky and into your lap. Is your current job making you miserable, is your Love life making you unhappy or is it non-existent, is your belly soft and flabby? Then, it is time to stop feeling sorry for yourself or wishing for things to be different or praying for miracles. Miracles happen, and God grants us many blessings each day, but He too expects us to do some work as well. Miracles don’t happen without help. So today, do something that will get you closer to your WISH, DREAM… update a resume, call someone up you’ve been wanting to see for a long time and ask them out for a date or try speed dating for a fun change! Hire a personal trainer to get back into fitness, change your nutritional habits. This coming month of August, identify one area of your life you want to improve, then GO OUT THERE AND DO IT!
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that that situation is over, you cannot move forward. ~ ♥ Steve Maraboli
However, regarding the truth above mentioned; although I agree, there is more to be reckoned with. If you can beyond the pain and the inability to forgive, decide to make amends and move forward in that way… it is possible unless the other person or the situation does not allow it. Forgiving and forgetting are much more difficult executed than they are when spoken with wisdom & compassion, hope & faith. It is about rebuilding and it is about healing. Sometimes we must choose to heal within the ordeal. We must choose to create our own HAPPYness everyday.
Honesty is saying what we know or suspect to be real, even when we don’t like the consequences. Because most deception is actually self deception, true honesty requires that we recognize our natural human inclination for fooling ourselves. In particular, honesty requires that we guard against self-serving biases: our tendency to seek confirmation for what we already believe while ignoring contradictory evidence; our tendency to put blame on others and take credit for ourselves; our tendency to think that what is good for us is good for the world our tendency to point the finger of blame at others for something which you think is wrong all the while doing presicely the thing you condemn and beleive it’s ok for yourself to do.
Honesty is a lifetime process of catching ourselves in falsehood and, however reluctantly, turning away from it.
There she lay sideways on the four-post bed staring out the window for hours. Occasionally she coughed and moaned in pain. The air in the bedroom was thick with the scent of illness and the corners appeared darker as if shadows awaiting their prey in the night. The poorly lit room did not reveal the growth of mold descending the walls like the rotting veins of dying corpse.
He came to tend to her. She had been sick since the fall. It was winter now just a few days after Christmas. She spoke softly to him, with little strength she had: “Do you see the yellow tree in the parkway?” “Yes, of course.” he answered softly while holding her hand. “When the last leaf falls, I will leave you.” she said gently squeezing his hand and, he was devastated.
She never knew what type of tree it was but always loved the way the leaves turned yellow in the fall. And admired it mostly at night when under the street lamplight the leaves glimmered like gold. The yellow tree had only but few leaves left on its thin wintry branches. And while she lay sleeping he painted for her a landscape on the window.
Days passed, leaves fell and, the scent of rot heavily burdened the room the call of death circled above. She stared out the window for days waiting for the last leaf to fall.
New years day came and he went to see her filled with optimism. He found her lying there sideways on the four-post bed with her back facing the window, her last breath gone. He had painted her a Yellow Tree, the last leaf immovable, never to fall. But she died consumed in waiting.
Poem based on the short story “The Last Leaf” written by O. Henry. __________________________________ Written by: Lillian Last Revised Sat, Aug 8th, 2009 Midnight
In Happiness as in Love, not all is always perfect
Although… many, wish to believe their fruit is completely ripe, sweet, and delicious and; their tree only bears excellent fruit. Let us not be fakes! Attempting to pretend what it is not! When at the highest of our Happiness peak, the highest fruit plunges to its dismay into the cold hard ground beneath it and becomes bruised or broken. Let us not ignore the spoiled and the rotten fruit of our tree. Happiness and Love the same are never perfect. There are both rottenness of the mind of the heart within our souls and sometimes the flesh. Other times there are blissful moments that permeate our lives entirely; however, these are only for a brief moment.
Let us not fall prey to imaginary tales of happy lives filled with Happiness and Love. Instead, let us live for the good moments. Let us enjoy the sweet fruit and let us clean up the debris surrounding the trunk of our tree, so that the whole does not become foul with distasteful and bitter fruit.
Hypocrites! Let us not be.
Life is filled with joy, let us make the best from the fruit which bears these moments and share them candidly with the world around us, so as to bring illumination to others and enjoyment of the Fruit of Life, which leads us all on the same journey toward Love and Happiness.
Written by Lillian Last 1/12/2010 Edited 1/17/2010
 Hyp-o-crite [híppә krít] Definition: somebody feigning high principles: somebody who pretends to have admirable principles, beliefs, or feelings but behaves otherwise.
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