2005 Rich Minds, Rich Rewards E-Newsletter
WEEK 18: What lesson is your life offering you right now?
May 1, 2005
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THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: What lesson is your life offering you right now?
week, I shared the lessons I learned during a hiking trip to beautiful
Sedona, Arizona. I'd like to challenge you to consider the lessons your
life is offering you right now. I say, "offering" because God offers
lessons, but it is up to us to learn from them. If we don't learn, the
same lessons are offered again and again. Through both frustrations and
exciting times, there is something for you to learn that will prepare
you for greater opportunities on your horizon.
This week, I'd
like to share five of the greatest lessons I have learned on my journey
thus far. Perhaps you've learned these along your journey as well.
Sometimes, in the hectic pace of life, we need a reminder and that is
what I am here to offer you today:
1. NOTHING IS PERMANENT.
first learned this lesson at six years old, which was the first time my
family moved. We left my birthplace of Florida and moved to Germany. I
moved eight more times by the age of 21 -- to cities in Colorado, South
Carolina, California, back to Florida, and later to Texas. Growing up
in an Air Force family, I quickly learned to adapt to new
circumstances, new people, and sometimes even a new country. Nothing in
life is permanent - a fact that should encourage us to revel in the joy
your life brings and minimize your frustration when you encounter
circumstances you don't like. There is something in your life right now
that is not permanent. If it is something you love, in what ways could
you embrace and enjoy it more? If it's something you dread, just hold
on a little longer. This too shall pass.
2. YOU ARE EITHER LIVING ON PURPOSE OR LIVING BY ACCIDENT.
many people wander through life haphazardly - latching on to people,
jobs and things just because they crossed their path. Then they wake up
one day wondering, "How on earth did I get here?" I call it "living by
accident." In order to create a fulfilling life, you have to be
purposeful in your decisions. Don't make your decisions without
reflecting on how your decision will impact you long-term. Pursue the
things that empower you to express your values and talents. Choose to
be around people you feel good being around - inspiring, supportive
people who are moving in the same direction as you. Know your purpose
and live it in every day in your work, relationships, health, finances
and spiritual life. In what way do you need to begin living more on
3. FEAR DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN "STOP."
Fear is as
powerful as you allow it to be. Most of us feel fear and interpret that
feeling as a warning to stop moving forward. In truth, we should
interpret most fear as a natural emotion that pops up every time we
venture to do something outside of our comfort zone. When you feel
fear, keep moving. It'll stretch you beyond your comfort zone and
closer to your goals. What are you afraid of right now that is keeping
you from your best life? Will you make a decision to move forward
despite your fear?
4. LESS IS MORE.
More than ever, our
culture is fixated on proving your worth through your money and
material possessions. Whole television shows are dedicated to showing
you all the stuff other people have. After a while, it can be pretty
challenging not to compare your "stuff" to everyone else's. But true
self-empowerment comes from knowing that nothing material will ever
prove your worth. Your worth comes from who you are - a child of God -
and the impact you make in the lives of others. Don't worry about
impressing everyone else. Instead, focus on impressing God by living
the purpose for which He created you: Serving and blessing others in a
way that only you can.
5. THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IS IN THE CHOICE YOU MAKE.
is perhaps the most powerful of lessons. Better choices create better
circumstances. It's not what happens to you that most impacts your
life. It is how you respond. Your choices create your future. What kind
of future are you creating with the choices you are making today? You
can choose to enjoy your life or to be miserable. You can choose to be
flexible or keep hitting a brick wall at work or in a relationship. You
can choose to pursue your dreams or keep making excuses for why you
can't achieve them. The choice is yours. What new choice do you need to
make in your life?
My challenge to you this week:
list of five lessons above, choose the one that you most need to apply
to your life right now. Make a decision to take an action in the next
48 hours that will enrich your life in a meaningful way.
What is the most important lesson your life is offering you right now? How will you apply this lesson in your future?
Until next time ...
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Valorie Burton, a life coach
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