Wall IvyIt’s kind of like paint. Or asphalt.

Everything has to be dug up in order for the new stuff to be put in place.

You know. You feel on top of the world one day and the next, or even maybe only hours later, you feel like a totally different person in a totally different place.

The ebb and flow of life is so interesting, isn’t it? We describe it as a roller coaster, and even can take it to the example of a heart monitor – the ups and downs .. if that line were flat, we would be pronounced dead, yes? (or MIA .. and that is a whole ‘nother story)

My first question for you is this: what are you reaching for? What are you headed towards? Life has two directional capacities simultaneously occurring – up and down, and toward your desires, or away from them.

When challenges strike, life can seem discouraging. We have a tendency to put a negative connotation upon ‘challenges’ or even just the phrase, the ‘ups and downs of life.’ Down always has a negative aura around it, yes? And then, many of us are also wondering at times when we are ‘up,’ how long before we ‘fall down’ again. Am I right?

As humans, we have a tendency to live in the ‘here and now’ .. versus seeing the patterns of how life is working. If life is an up and down progression, when you encounter challenge, is that a bad thing, or is it an opportunity? The benefit of a challenge IS the opportunity within it to advance you and your efforts toward what you are reaching for.

If you are on an upswing emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically, to expect to ‘fall down’ is NOT the proper mindset to hold. If you are in the midst of challenges, realize that there is opportunity for growth right in front of you, occurring and available right this very moment!

Turn the negative to the positive and realize the truth in the situations: every challenge brings opportunity for growth. No challenges means no growth. To have challenges means you grow bigger. Stronger.

God is a Teacher. He’s in everything you see, all around you. Seek the lessons. To learn the lessons is to grow into an understanding of the Teacher.

Today’s dare: Write a journal entry. Do a self-assessment. How are you doing? How are you feeling? When is the last time you did that? How do you feel about your life right now? Are you ‘up?’ ‘Down?’ What is a recent victory of yours that you learned something new or grew in? Do this in whatever format you like – conversational, journal, third person, whatever you like! Have fun with it.

love you!


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