The Power of Resilience

A word that I never gave much thought to, until recently, is the word “resilient.”  The more I looked into the word, the more I wanted it as one of the words to describe myself.

To be resilient means 1. Bouncing back; rebounding; 2. returning to the original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched; 3. recovering steadily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.

When we go through challenging times, it is not so much that we are not affected by the events but that we can cope with adversity and use the challenges that face us to forge strength, prosperity, joy, and wholeness in our lives.

When we are resilient, we can endure the hardships without breaking, take any action needed, and solve problems as they arise.

Resilience is a powerful trait to have because life will, from time to time, present us with adversity.  It’s hard to be human and not have challenges, but it is what we do with what we are given, that determines the true character of someone.

May we all grow in our resilience during these times and emerge with stronger souls, so we will always be able to bounce back from whatever life gives us.

Quote of the Week

“I can be changed by what happens to me.  But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Maya Angelou

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Beginning the Day

How are you holding up?  If you have a firm spiritual practice, chances are you are doing OK.  

If your spiritual life is missing something, by now, the whole Covid19 thing is getting pretty old. 

I know, for me, that I have a daily reprieve from all the stress based on my spiritual condition.  It is a daily reprieve, so each day can be different from the day before.  I don’t know about you, but some days I can handle things a lot better than other days.  

That’s because some days I spend the time in the morning connecting to my Higher Power through praying, reading, and meditating.  Other days I get up and rush through the morning.

It doesn’t take a genius to see the correlation between what I do in the morning and the quality of my day.

Knowing this, you would think I would not leave the house without being fully connected but some days, that is just what happens.  The result is never good.

I have decided, I cannot afford not to be prepared properly for the day with everything going on in the world.  Can you?

Quote of the Week

“Begin each day with optimism and end each day with forgiveness.  Happiness in life begins and ends within your heart.”

Doe Zantamata

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The Gift of Today

Here we are in September already!  

I don’t know about you, but it seems this year has flown by.  It might be because life has been anything but normal.  Plans have been changed, hugs from our friends and loved ones have been missing, contact with people has changed, seeing smiles are impossible behind the masks, and for many – jobs have been lost, finances strained – in other words lives have been disrupted.  

But despair not, because things are changing again.  For those involved in a church, churches are opening up again but the way they will look will be different.  Malls are also opening but the way they do business is changing as well.  Some jobs are returning, and more people than ever are working from home and learning how to deal with being with their families 24/7. 

I believe that these changes are an indication that things are going to get better.  I refuse to waste a day worrying about what will happen in a few months.  Life is too short to spend today in fear and apprehension of tomorrow regarding this virus and pandemic.  

Each day when we wake up, we are given the gift of another day.  That means another day to love, to feel joy, to grow, and to see what adventures life has in store of us.  Take time to appreciate your now, this moment in time will never be repeated.  Enjoy the gifts you have now because life can only truly be lived one day at a time.

Quote of the Week

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”  Bill Keane

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The One Constant of Life

One of the constants in life is that everything changes.  No matter how hard we work to keep things as they are, we cannot stop change from happening in our lives and in the world.  

Last year at this time, could you have even imagined our world would look as it does today.  That face masks would be the norm, that you could not attend your place of worship, that so many people would be out of work, so many businesses would be closed, that children would not be able to play outside and be kids and that school would no longer be in a building but in a computer?

Even more so, when this began, did you think it would be lasting as long as it has?  The good news is that at some point it will end.  No matter how things might look, the fact that all things have a beginning, a middle, and an end can bring tears to our eyes when it is something good, it is also true of things that are negative.

The Great Depression did end, as did World War I and II.  Winter ends to bring forth Spring, but that too ends.  Is it so hot now, you feel like you are melting?  Wait some time and it will be so cold you will be praying for it to be hot again.

Therefore, if things are getting to you now, cheer up – this too shall pass!  That is the great Fact of Life and the one constant of life that never changes.

Quote of the Week

“Everything changes but change itself.  Everything flows and nothing remains the same…You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on.”

Heraclitus

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As We Think

How are you doing spiritually during these times that are creating challenges we have had no experience dealing with in the past?  Is our faith strong enough that it can maintain us even when times are difficult?

Are we using our spiritual practices and beliefs to practical use – day by day – in good or bad weather?  There is an acid test to answer that question and it is a simple one.  That question is –  Can we stay in emotional balance, and live our lives to good purpose under all conditions?

Do you have the faith that works only when things are going well for you?  How do some people seem to go through even the toughest times with ease and grace?  Are they using the power of their mind in a positive and effective way?

It is one of Unity’s basic principles that we determine the quality of our life by the proper use of our minds.  I am not saying that our minds created this pandemic or the economic challenges of this time, but our minds determine how we will get through difficulties.

The Buddha said that “The mind is everything – what you think, you become.”  Wow, and here we thought that it was “it” or “them” that made us who and what we are.

Instead of spending time blaming people or conditions, we should be spending time doing denials and affirmations, praying, meditating, expressing gratitude, and watching our thoughts for self-defeating, negative ideas about ourselves, and our life. 

Quote of the Week

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can better his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”                                                                             William James

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