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Hope Revisited

 

What is hope? Hope is holding onto a belief of a positive future. It is having faith. It is trusting that everything will be alright. The anticipation of a positive outcome or event can also define hope. Everything will turn out for the best. Hope is to wish for something with the expectation of its fulfillment. Can hope lead to disappointment? Maybe, but I would rather be hopeful than despondent or in a state of despair. There is more joy in hope.

On hope, the wisdom of the following express what I, too, believe.

Albert Einstein stated: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Thomas Jefferson expressed: “My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.

My question to you is: what are your hopes? Never stop hoping.  (from January 22, 2012)

These words still hold true for me now. Hope is optimistic! Hope gives one something for which to strive. Giving up hope is failing to try to live a life of possibility.

Why go down that road to despair and depression? Even if a situation seems hopeless, you gain so much more in reaching for the winning outcomes and experiencing life. We will lose/fail one hundred percent of those things we never attempt. Failure only occurs when we stop trying. Hope keeps our hearts blissful. It is that positive anticipation that drives our life purpose.

You decide, what are your personal gains or losses to hope? Do the gains out-measure the losses? I have a feeling that they do.

 

I wish I knew then what I know now…

 

I am upon the Eve of my Birthday. This is a great time to reflect upon the things I know NOW that I wish I knew five, ten or more years ago. The idea for this article evolved after reading a blog written by Insight: My 25 Rules of Adulthood.

With each day and every new experience I feel I have grown wiser. Passing this wisdom down to my younger self would have been awesome, but was I ready to hear it or understand it? Probably not. I will never know; however, here are a few of the things I have learned thus far in my life’s journey and perhaps you can gain some wisdom from it.

I wish I knew then what I know now:

  1. The difference between IMPORTANT and URGENT; not everything that is urgent is important.
  2. I should only value what I think of myself; and, not what others think of me. And, remember that I am FABULOUS just by being me.
  3. Happiness is a choice; so is fun, joy, love, etc. I can choose to be positive or negative!
  4. Acts of love and kindness deliver more than I might expect as my heart grows bigger and bigger with each gift.
  5. The path will have obstacles, which are there to teach lessons, provide experiences and assist in my growth and development.
  6. In most instances, there is no right or wrong, only different perspectives.
  7. Time does indeed heal all wounds and grant me insight if I give myself enough time and space from my hurts and wounding.
  8. There is a reason for everything…I have lived through many challenges that I now see I needed to go through in order to be who I am today.
  9. I am always where I need to be.
  10. To listen to my inner voice, that whisper that comes when I am sitting quietly, especially outdoors in nature. 
  11. Life truly is an adventure, a never-ending, journey…I just need to show up to participate.
  12. If I truly want something, passionately and with clarity, I will get it.

What have you learned so far in your life’s journey? Please share in the comments.

 

Let Your Light Shine!

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine! ~ from A Classic Children’s Christian Song

My heart goes out to those who have been affected by the latest bombings in Libya; it also goes out to all those affected by any violence and negativity that often goes on daily in our lives. I want to be a ray of hope and light. I wish to spread love and compassion to you in your time of darkness. Let these words comfort you. You are not alone. I am thinking of you and sending you blessings.

We all can let our love and goodness shine in everything we do. Light attracts people and creatures by providing a ray of hope by lighting their path into safety. It takes courage; but, our light will draw love and admiration from others. Let us not worry. Let us be the light in the darkest of days to allow safe passage for others. Let us be hope and inspire positive action. Let us BE LOVE.

Appreciate The Angels

I deeply appreciate the angels that have come into my life.
~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

Angels come in many forms. They can be ethereal or physical. Tonight I spoke with an angel on a phone who reminded me of the same things I have been trying to tell myself; but, I was not listening. Tonight, my angel came in the form a fabulous listener, loving spirit and supporter of dreams. Her name is Susan Guild of Wake Up Your Magic. She is a co-host to the wonderful bi-monthly blogtalkradio program, Wake Up Your Magic Hour, with Mary D’Alba of  Spirtualitygirl. I encourage you to listen to their previous shows. I had the opportunity to call in a couple of times including this past week on September 6. Susan is a phenomenal lady! I deeply appreciate her listening, loving, encouraging and positive spirit.

It goes to show you that the angels in our lives may be familiar people in our lives or new ones that we have never met. They may come in form of pets, wild animals, signs or even feelings. Remember, angels are messengers from God. And, sometimes God calls us forth to be angels for others.

One of my favorite angelic deeds are deliberate acts of love and kindness and paying it forward. Here are some specific examples of such angelic deeds: paying the toll for yourself and the car behind you or paying the bill of the person behind you at a fast food restaurant drive-through. Imagine the joy it would bring to another when we can do actions like that for others.

Sometimes angels get together and do larger deeds. For example, today, a local community church called Crossroads played host to a FREE yard sale. Local residents (they did NOT have to be members of the church) were invited and encouraged to simply show up and take what they needed from the items the church has amassed over the year like clothing, household items and even furniture. The positive and loving energy that was present was amazing this morning.  What other pay-it-forward deeds can you imagine and do? Who/what are the angels in your life? Do you appreciate them? How can you be an angel in the lives of others?

Share Your Gifts!

Don’t let fear stop you; it is selfish NOT to share your gifts and talents with the world. ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

 At times (like right now) I need to remind myself that I need to share my talents; it is selfish of me to hold back. God bestowed upon me many wonderful gifts to impart with others. He does not want me to hoard them and judge them. Who am I decide if I am good enough? That is only for God to decide. My words, my art, my insights are important. If I need to hear and see it, then most likely others need to read and see them, too.

We all have gifts, talents and experiences that are unique to us. No one else has the same exact ones. We connect and interact with others, build relationships and communities when we share our unique gifts and experiences. Empower others to see your value. Allow them to appreciate you and your unique talents. Don’t let fear make you appear selfish! You are amazing! Go out and share your gifts, talents and experiences. And, keep in mind, you cannot please everyone, but you can please yourself. Do what you please and you will find you will delight others.

Bad Moments

Bad moments do not make you a bad person. ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

We all have our “moments”, but those moments do not make us bad people. Each of us have our own unique sensitivities and coping skills. Another’s actions may or may not evoke a reaction from me; but, it would evoke a reaction from someone else.  That reaction does not make that person bad. It is only when he or she is not sorry for the reaction or bad moment that would taint his or her character.

Empower your loved ones. Give them the opportunity to forgive you and to need them. People feel valued and appreciated when you consider their emotions, ask for forgiveness and/or help. Our vulnerabilities such as bad moments make us human. How we choose to act after our bad moments is what really counts.

Why?

Why does it take the worst of events to bring out the best in people? ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

It was my intention to write about a totally different topic today, but when I learned of the tragic events that occurred in Colorado this morning I cannot help to wonder why anyone would deliberately cause such an act of terror. I will never understand deliberate actions that result in violence and the outcome is hurt and/or death. However, among all the ugliness of the unfolding events, love and hope manages to find its way to comfort the survivors.

May God bless all those who were directly affected today. May He comfort their hearts through the loving actions of others who have come forth after this tragedy to console and help them. May the horrific actions of one man NOT taint the hearts of the survivors. Let us not let evil win over good. This brings to mind one of my favorite Bible quotes: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 God does understand our sorrows and He does love us. It is hard to see that right now, but His love is infinitely abundant and eternal.

Practicing Patience

A gift of love and kindness is made when practicing patience, especially with children and those with less experiences. ~Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

There are times in our lives when holding our actions and our tongues are easier, but there are many times when it is harder. It is important to take a few moments to remember who we are, who they are and what kind of outcome would we like to see during these harder times. It takes self-discipline and patience.

Children and many adults can try our patience, but when we choose love, compassion and understanding, the outcome of the situation raises our level of energy to one that is more positive. Being love for each other is what Jesus would have us do because ultimately it brings out the best in everyone involved in those trying situations in our lives. It creates a life with little regret. It creates a joyful existence for ourselves where we bring joy and happiness to others through the practice of patience.

This brings to mind one of my favorite Bible verses:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Consider mentally stepping back from any situation, whether sitting in heavy traffic, in the office with a menacing co-worker or with your more petulant than usual loved ones at home; and, take ten seconds to breathe slowly, and tell yourself, “I am where I need to be; worry and other negative feelings is not going to change the situation; choosing love and joy will make me feel better and may make the situation better for others, too.” Mentally rehearsing these statements in neutral/positive times will make it easier to put it into action during those negative times when you need them the most. Practicing patience truly is one of the best gifts we can give each other (and ourselves).

Redefining the Possible

Performing miracles isn’t a matter of doing the impossible, it’s a matter of redefining the possible. (Message from the Universe by Mike Dooley)

What is possible is up to the individual. If a person says it is impossible, then it is impossible for him or her. If a person says it is possible, then it is true. It truly is a choice and a deep belief.

One has to know deep down inside his or her own heart and soul, and genuinely have faith and sincerely believe what he or she wants is possible. The key is to redefine the possible. More often than not, it is a matter of positive thinking (mind over matter), visualizing the possible outcome and then take action steps toward it (or simply putting yourself out there and showing up).

Furthermore, one needs to remember not to get caught up in the “messy how” and the “muddling details”. Redefining you possibilities in the ocean of generality is what creates miracles and windows of opportunity!

Giving With Joy

Bill Clinton once stated, “…when we give what we can, and give it with joy, we don’t just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves.”  I know this to be absolutely true as I continue with my Gift of Love campaign. I have been giving each work of art, the hand painted bags, to individuals with joy; and, in return, I felt renewed and uplifted. I have not been giving out these Gifts of Love for this feeling. My greatest desire is to be able to give to the world what I feel in my heart…love and kindness, which are things we all need in order to create positive changes. It is my desire model the behaviors for which I would love to see in the world. I feel so blessed and grateful to receive such positive feelings in return for each gift I have given.

Whether it is a work of art from your heart, or a donation, a gift for a special occasion, an uplifting remark, or simply a heartwarming smile, you will find when you give anything with joy, you will get a sense of warmth in your own heart. This renewal or spark can be quite addicting. I encourage you to try it.

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