Wisdom is a trait that many want to possess. But, as we know from the nightly news and our own experience, it seems like the majority of people lack wisdom. Solomon prayed for wisdom and knowledge which God granted (2 Chronicles 1:7-12). It would have been easy to ask for riches but Solomon was the King, and he already had wealth and power. Wisdom and knowledge are two qualities that can create more success and wealth than you could ever imagine.
If we were able to apply Godly wisdom and knowledge to all that we do; I imagine we would be very well off. But as evidenced by Solomon, the thirst for more can corrupt and happens to people like you and me every day. We get sucked into a world that continually communicates to us that we need more or what we have isn’t good enough, and our focus is directed away from the things that matter and toward material possessions or money.
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How many times have we gotten into a heated argument with our children, spouse, loved one, co-worker or checker at the store about who is right? Relationships are torn apart by people feeling they need to be right and prove the other person wrong. Family members may go years without talking because of an argument where no one remembers the cause. Children feel alienated or bitter toward a parent because they are constantly told they are wrong. Employees might dread going to work each day because their way differs from that of their supervisor or co-worker.
Fact versus Opinion
It is hard to argue with fact; facts are facts, and there is proof to back them up. We don’t argue that gravity exists because it is a proven quantity. Opinions, on the other hand, are arbitrary and based on one’s beliefs, values, and personal experiences.
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There are several different kinds of relationships we have with various people, and they take a certain level of commitment and work to maintain or either break away from. Not all relationships in our lives are healthy, but unfortunately, they are unavoidable. We often have to deal with the person at work that seems to have it out for us, a family member, or even an ex-lover or spouse. Relationships are unavoidable, and if you fall into a victim mentality, you may find that you lack joy and peace in your life. This happens when others are allowed to “pull your strings.”
We often give people power over us; to influence how we feel, what to think, what to say, or how to act. We forget we have control over all of these things and it is us who are giving them the power to control us.
If you feel like others have too much influence over how you feel, act and think you are not alone but there are things you can do to recapture the control, however it will need to come from within and how you perceive life around you.
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There is a famous saying, “We become what we think about most of the time.” This means that our thoughts dictate our life’s direction and the quality of life we live.
When setting goals, breaking habits and creating a healthier lifestyle we look to self-improvement resources. Self-improvement books are a major seller in bookstores because people are looking for ways to improve the quality of life while achieving the level of success they desire.
Defining success is different for each person; some it is power and money, others it is about living a joy-filled life and better yet a life with peace. When you have peace in your life, nothing can get you down because you have faith that results in knowing, no matter what, you are right where you need to be and everything will work out for the great good. Getting to this point isn’t an overnight process. It can take years, if not a lifetime; however you aren’t going to get there unless you start viewing life with a positive attitude and remember that we are products of our belief system.
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Many of us know we are led by our emotions; they dominate our actions and reactions, even though we don’t want them too. I have always thought of myself as a very logical person, able to control my emotions while making beneficial decisions, however, no matter how logical I may be I always ‘feel’ and if I try to deny my feelings or suppress them they have a way of expressing themselves in a less than positive manner.
Mental and emotional health should be our lifelong goal because with it we can find joy and peace, be happier, have healthier relationships, give and receive love and, most importantly, love ourselves. Obviously, there is not a way to ignore a negative experience or replace it with positive emotions, but we can prevent the negative from taking over, bringing us down and making us a victim.
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If you are thinking of taking the plunge and joining a gym, you aren’t the only one. During this time of the year, millions are setting out trying to meet their New Year’s resolutions. The key word here is “trying” – the fact is more than one-third of New Year’s resolutions won’t see the end of January. So if you are thinking of joining a gym and want to wait until the crowd thins outs a bit wait until February. There are probably over a dozen reasons to join a gym, and even if you are going through a hard time, you should still consider it.
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We know that everything happens for a reason and God has a purpose for our lives. Divorce can be devastating, and we all go at our own pace when coping with divorce, but there comes a time when we have to decide to get back in the game. Instead of locking yourself up in fear of past mistakes and heartache use what you have gone through to learn from and improve your life.
Have you ever seen the movie “Patch Adams” with Robin Williams? As a medical student he continued to fail, time and time again he failed which lead him to depression and suicidal tendencies. After a time he realized that he needed help, so he checked himself into the hospital where he met a variety of people who impacted his life. This lead him to change his attitude, and he continued to pursue his goal of becoming a doctor.
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