Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly – St. Francis De Sales
You are fine just the way you are. Perfect in your imperfection! In the everyday quest to get through life, we sometimes forget that we really do have all we need. When we acknowledge our errors and face up to our shortcomings, no one else can use them against us.Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you – Maya Angelou. Most of us know exactly what it is that creates the pain, confusion and stagnation in our lives. Stop doing the things that create it!
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly – St Francis De Sales. If we truly realized how precious the gift of life is, we would not waste a moment trying to improve it. Its about taking what we have and doing as much as we can with it. Its about learning and growing. Know thy ideal and live for that; for every soul must give an account for its own self – Paramhansa Yogananda. Our bodies have been freed, now we must train our minds to believe it.
We have been taught to accept fear, lack, sorrow and restriction as part of everyday life. We are afraid to make demands on life because we believe we can’t have what we want. If only we could think like a child again, we would find the freedom we gave up to become adults.
Your chief adversary comes to teach you a lesson. Your most difficult challenge strengthens your survival skills. Your greatest fear deepens your faith. Your weakest ability beckons you to grow. Only you can determine how you will respond. It is our concern over what others say, do and think about us that imprisons our mind, body and spirit. We owe it to ourselves to choose a way and ask for it – and it shall be given to you – Mathew 7:7. It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow – Ralph Ellison. Since your mind will respond to what is said to you, speak to the conditions in your life. When they are wanted, give thanks. When they are unwanted, demand that they change. No one but you can ever be held accountable for what you do.
Its not your environment. Its not you history. Its not your education or ability. It is the quality of your mind that predicts your future.
January theme from my daily devotional – Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant.