How do you handle criticism?
How do you handle criticism?
Today I want to share with you my annual State of the Heart Address.
Last year, I made a vow to myself that no matter what happened, I would make a choice to wrap myself up in a Love Bubble. My Love Bubble has been a tremendous eye opener. It has opened my eyes to blessings that I wasn’t able to see before. My Love Bubble has literally changed my life, world, and spirit.
So this Valentine’s Day is unlike any other. I have a greater appreciation for myself and everything in my life. During the darker moments of my life last year, the only thing that changed was my thinking. Through my thoughts, I thought myself a beautiful existence. Through my thoughts, I thought myself bigger than any circumstance. Through my thoughts, I thought myself as love and the desire to be a blessing to others. Lastly, through my thoughts, I thought myself blessed beyond measure! And today, I am all of these things, through my thoughts!
What is your State of the Heart report?
Lately, living in Memphis, Tennessee has come with many challenges and heartaches. A couple of weeks ago, the Mighty Mississippi River flooded many of our homes, businesses, and local attractions. Many of us were shocked to see just how damaging those waters had become. Now that the waters are receding, we are left to cope with the millions of dollars in damages that wind and water have produced.
Despite the long hard road ahead, I have observed one powerful blessing. That blessing is unity. Memphis has long been known for its history of racial tension and the great divide between ethnic groups. However, in the wake of our tragedy and misfortune, it has not gone unappreciated that the strong winds of change have come to rain down the beautiful blessing of uniting together to help one another through life’s storms.
I truly have been blessed. I have only lost my internet service. But what I do have I give with a free and happy heart. Sometimes, just allowing others to know you care is worth its weight in gold.
How do you help others in their time of need?
In this season of my life, I am thankful for the little things.
This helps me to keep a balanced life. So today, I am
thankful for my health, laughter, and the ability to rise
above negative circumstances. So far, this year has given
me many challenges. Many of them felt hopeless. But I’m
still standing and feeling like a conqueror. I am thankful for
life and the ability to live it.
What are you thankful for?
Colors can make us blind!
Music can make us deaf!
Flavors can destroy our taste!
Possessions can close our options!
Racing can make us mad
And its rewards obstruct our peace!
Thus, the wise
fill the inner gut
rather than the eyes,
always sacrificing the superficial
for the essential.
Lao Tzu- Tao Te Ching
Does your lifestyle come with a tremendous pricetag? Do you find yourself purchasing the latest gadget in order to feel better about yourself, only to find that you are still unhappy?
Finding healthy and fulfilling ways to nourish our spirits is essential to a healthy lifestyle. You will know that you are living the good life when freedom is a constant companion.
Are you ready to be free?
To LET GO does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To LET GO is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To LET GO is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequenses.
To LET GO is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To LET GO is not to try to change or blame another, it’s to make the most of myself.
To LET GO is not to care for, but to care about.
To LET GO is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To LET GO is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To LET GO is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but allow others to affect their own destinies.
To LET GO is not to be protective, it’s to permit another to face reality.
To LET GO is not to deny, but to accept.
To LET GO is not to nag,scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To LET GO is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To LET GO is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To LET GO is to fear and love more.
Have you LET GO?
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her. She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see
the world, I would marry you.”
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her
He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine.”
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who
was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t
Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone
who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who went
too early to heaven.
Before whining about the distance you drive- Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on
your face and think: you’re alive and still around.
How do you show your love to others?