“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”

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When we have a task or project to do, what we get out of a task, or even daily life, depends on our “might.”

The author of this verse, possibly Solomon, suggests that we link the work we do with our hands with “might.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word might as “the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable.”

The last part of that sentence gives us insight as to the potential meaning of this verse; “power”, “energy” and finally, “to which one is capable”

Have you ever know anyone who brought energy and even synergy to almost any situation they were involved with? Bringing energy into a situation not only empowers ourselves to perform at our peak; it also empowers others to perform at their best as well. 

To bring energy into a situation means that we may view the situation differently; we reframe it and look for the hidden possibilities or hidden opportunities, both within ourselves and others. 

Who do you know that empowers you and brings energy into a situation? Think about ways that we can do the same; the results “might” surprise you.

Be  well,

Ben

 

What to put on each Morning…

When you buy a calendar, it has specific dates mentioned on it that people use to celebrate certain events.

We look forward to certain holidays such as the fourth of July and Memorial day, as that is a time that we get to get together with family or friends and maybe have a picnic.

And then there are holidays that we may not be aware of, however, it is still a time for us to celebrate.

Wednesday August 21st is considered Senior Citizen Day. That is a day to remember all the accomplishments of older adults.

For example, approximately 10 million persons age 65+ volunteer at some type of organization. What is the #1 organization? Church, then hospitals and schools.

If we didn’t have volunteers, many places, such as churches or schools, wouldn’t be able to function.

It’s important for us to remember and celebrate certain events in our lives, such as birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays.

It’s also important to remember and celebrate all of the little events in our lives as well such as our friendships that we have made over the years or things that we have accomplished.

Our lives are stories that are being written every day; it’s important that we look back and celebrate the history that makes up lives.

Some of us have lived through some difficult times, either financially, or maybe have had challenges with friends or family.

We can reflect and celebrate on where we are now in our lives.

We can start with the words “Thank God.”

Thank God that I am able to see my friends every day. Thank God that I have a comfortable place to live. Thank God that I have a life full of great memories.

Have you ever sent a card to someone, or maybe a small gift, and they didn’t contact you to say “Thank you?”

They may have appreciated what you did for them, though they didn’t take the time to say “Thank you”. Maybe they forgot to let you know they received it, or maybe they simply didn’t think to say “thank you.”

We like to know that when we do something for others, it is acknowledged and appreciated.

And “Thank you” is one of those words that is kind of hard to define. Thank you means, thanks, or giving thanks.

Thank you means that we appreciate what we have and not dwell on what we don’t have.

Thank you means that we have a mini-celebration to appreciate the moment that we are grateful.

We know that our lives change as we get older. There are things that we can’t do now that we could do when we were younger, and there are things that we can do now that we couldn’t do when we were younger.

As much as I would like to be able to do somersaults down a steep grassy hill on a warm summer’s day, I know that if I do that now, I’ll probably have to lay on the ground for an hour to stop my head from spinning.

Is it possible to be thankful for the unpleasant things in our lives as well?

We know that research says that when someone is sick or injured, their healing depends on their attitude.

If they dwell on being sick or injured, and don’t dwell on healing, then it might take longer to heal, or there might be other health problems because of their outlook.

We are very fortunate to have the medicine and the doctors that we do now. Even though we may not like have health problems, we are much better off now than early in the century.

How can we possibly celebrate and be thankful when things are not going so well?

Abraham Lincoln said “we can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes produce roses.”

Abraham Lincoln is telling us that we will find what we are looking for in situations.

If we are looking for thorns in life, then we will find them.

If we are looking for roses, then we will find them as well.

What we celebrate and are thankful for depends on what we are looking for.

When we wake up in the morning, no matter what is going to happen that day, we get to experience the day and everything that comes with it.

There might be sun or clouds, or roses or thorns.

When we wake up each morning, we decide what kind of clothes we are going to wear.

We pick out the colors and fabrics, and sometimes that makes us happy and sets the mood for the day.

Let us also pick out something to celebrate each day and be thankful for those things that we have and not dwell on what we don’t have.

Choose something in your life that you are grateful for, and find a reason to celebrate.

Be well,

Ben

Take Up Your Mat and Walk…

When someone has a physical injury, such as a broken arm, it’s obvious what needs to be done to fix it.
One goes to the hospital, has an X-ray and then gets their arm set.

However, if someone is injured emotionally or spiritually, it may not be obvious what needs to be done to “fix it.”
A spiritual or emotional injury can be just as devastating as a physical problem.
Our spirits are very fragile and can be damaged, just like our bodies can be .

Jesus understood that people are damaged spiritually when He gave us the beatitudes.
“Blessed is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Being injured spiritually or emotionally usually means that something has happened that is beyond what we can cope with or recover from at the time.
An important step to healing emotionally or even healing from a physical problem is to remember that our healing is about us, and how to start the healing process.

In the New Testament, there was a man who had been crippled for 38 years. He had been waiting next to a pool of water that was thought to be a healing pool.
Every time that the water was stirred up, it seemed that an angel of the Lord was in the water healing people.

For 38 years, he kept trying to get into this pool of water. His mind was not focused on healing; his mind was focused on getting into the pool of water.
“I’ve got to get into that pool of water. I won’t be healed unless I get into that pool of water.”

When he sees Jesus walking toward him, he calls out to Jesus and explains that he needs someone to help him get into the pool of water.
Jesus calls back to the man and says “take up your mat and walk.”
In other words, pick up your mat and be healed.

Jesus didn’t tell the man how to get into the pool of water; He told him that he was healed and to resume his life.

For us to be healed from a spiritual or physical problem, we have to understand that our healing is about us; we need to prepare to be healed, make time for ourselves and have a vision of what our healing will be.

Be well,

Ben

I Stand Corrected…

When we are typing a document, or even a text message on a smart-phone, most programs auto-correct what we are typing. In takes what we type and changes it to what should be grammatically correct.  Sometimes this works just fine; sometimes it changes words that should not be changed.

How would our lives be if we have an “auto-correction” feature, in that, if we started to make an unwise decision, we would immediately be put on a different path? It sounds like it might be helpful. We could never make a wrong decision again because we would immediately “stand corrected.”

Though as intriguing as this might be,  there are rarely any “wrong decisions”; there are “life decisions.”

Being filled with wisdom, intelligence and understanding comes from making those life decisions.

What is important to remember is that we are going to make decisions that might not be the best for us, but that is OK. The key is to remember that when this happens, we forgive ourselves, and others if needed, and move on.

Next week we will talk about time.

Be well,

Ben

Greater Than or Less than?

When we consider new opportunities in our lives, we may hesitate to take the first step because the fear of disappointment may be greater than the reward of succeeding.

To succeed at something doesn’t necessarily mean that it turned out just the way we had hoped; it means that, whether or not we met our goal, we learned from our experience. An analogy would be taking a set of keys and trying each one until it unlocks a door. If the first key doesn’t fit, we wouldn’t stop there; we would keep trying all of the keys until one finally opened the door.

Though what is important to remember is that the experience, our experience, is just that; it’s our experience. It’s about us, not what someone else says or thinks.

Imagine if we made all of our decisions in life based on what others thought. We would quickly become the shaking ship at the bottom of the ocean; a nervous wreck.

Instead of thinking of what we need to succeed, think about what we already possess to succeed. Is the fear of disappointment greater than or less than the reward for succeeding, and more importantly, the reward for trying.

If at first you don’t succeed, it means that learning is still taking place.

Think about the ritual of spring cleaning. We get rid of those things for which we no longer have a use for. Consider doing that for our Greater Than or Less Than example. When it comes to achieving a goal in life, consider getting rid of the negative inner thoughts that contribute to the fear of disappointment; replace them with the reward of succeeding. 

Next week we will talk about auto-corrections.

Be well,

Ben

I Can Only Imagine…

“Unless you change and become like children…”

Children typically have vivid imaginations. They know how to pretend. Make believe. Create from nothing.

Children can think about how a situation is now, and how they would like it to be through the use of play and pretending. They can visualize what they want through imagination.

A very powerful coaching tool is called possibilities thinking. Think of a situation that you would like to change, and then make a list of the possibilities, even if they might not make sense at first.

This tool opens our minds up to using our imaginations, pretending and most importantly, believing in what we want the future to be like.

When we start to list possibilities, we start to imagine what the future would be like if we imagine -> visualize -> prepare. 

Have you ever heard of a new business and thought: “Why didn’t I think of that?” Someone thought of “that” through the use of imagination and creativity; possibilities thinking.

Think of a goal that you want to reach five years from now. Maybe it’s starting your own business or changing careers. Now, imagine what advice you, five years from now, would give the you today. What would say? What suggestions would you give to yourself? The possibilities are endless.

Next week we will talk about spring cleaning.

Be well,

Ben

A Restoration in Progress

“He Restoreth My Soul.”

Does your life have a low, medium or high setting when it comes to the amount of energy needed to get through the day? How do we adjust physically and emotionally when a 12 hour day needs to be packed into 8 hours?

While it is important to take care of our bodies physically, it is equally important to take care of ourselves spiritually; our spirits guide our bodies.

If are spirits are lifted, then we have a positive day. If our spirits are down, it may spread to other areas of our lives.

How do we restore our spirits when they become weak? The word restore has the root word of “rest” in it. Just as our bodies need to rest physically to prepare for a new day, our spirits need to rest as well to prepare for an “emotional balance.”

This may require us to listen to a certain type of calming music, or even affirmations, on the way to work to prepare for the day, or sometimes, the same needs to happen at night to help remove the draining thoughts from the day.

Redirect. Re-frame. Relax. Re-energize. Restore.

Next week we will talk about imaginations.

Be well,

Ben