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HAPPY NEW YEAR:)

Well everyone, we made it through 2013 and have now started 2014, another year of blessings and hardships.  I'm not a person who feels highly of New Years resolutions, in fact I think they are something you make the first day of the year and forget all about as time progresses. So going into this year I will not make one, just as I never have because I feel that making yourself a better person is an everyday challenge to set. I turned 22 this year, and though this birthday didn't feel much different from all the rest, I do feel myself getting older and changing my outlook on a lot as time goes by. For instance, one of the challenges I began to get past is seeing that everyone has a story, a battle that is raging inside of them, and a way to God. I'm not perfect, and a lot of the time I am guilty as everyone else in judging others and forgetting that I have no idea what they are going through. As my life goes on, I have tried harder and harder to not be judgmental and that their life is not mine to judge, your words and actions are not mine to control, and that my own attitude and voice is mine to get out there and rather than reacting hostile towards the people who frustrate I should always respond in a way that lifts them up. Last night was a night of fighting and anger in my marriage, we both said things we regret and the couple of hours moving into 2014 were not very pleasant, but this morning I had the opportunity to collect my thoughts, to journal, and to remind myself that today is a new day and that we have a marriage of two very good forgivers. One verse that I particularly liked is, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, that it may give grace to those who hear." -Ephesians 4:29 I am guilty in fighting in saying words that do not build up my husband, that in turn tear him down and afterwards I repeat them in my mind and feel absolutely terrible because I realize that the only thing I was doing was tearing him down or pushing him away and I want neither of those. In general I feel it is a hard thing to have only uplifting words come out of your mouth, but it is a challenge that is well worth trying. As I was writing the verses to lift me up, lift him up, to fix my attitude, to fix all that had happened, I came across a lot that I could write about, but one thing in particular seemed better than the rest. This idea was a "Karma Cleanse." Now you may think that this is a silly idea, but I truly believe that what we put out there to others comes back to us and that if we try to cleanse ourselves of our negativity and anger that we are a much more forgiving and better person. This cleanse has five steps and they can not be done at times of happiness and bliss, they must only be done at times of struggle when you wanna lose it. The first step in this process is; Be Grateful. When things feel like they are falling apart and every part of you wants to put your hand through a wall the first thing you must do is calm down by thinking of all you have in your life, count your blessings and remind yourself of everything that makes you happy. It's not easy to do, but if we don't count our blessings we could take things for granted at times and we always want to remind ourselves that we are thankful for everything we have. The second step in this process is; Act With Love. When you feel that you want to freak out on someone completely or that everything that is happening is making you angry or sad, pause all of that and act with love. I promise that whoever you are fighting with will get absolutely confused, but that by not letting yourself feel the negative emotions and looking at the situation with love that you will diffuse the situation entirely. The third step in this process; Check Your Motives. It is important for you to make sure that what you are doing, how you are reacting, and the road you are moving forward toward is one that is in your heart. If your not showing your heart, change your motives. The fourth step is; Watch your Attitude. As I have said time and time again I have an attitude problem and I often do not see the way I come off to other people and I'm sure that I'm not the only person with one. Check yourself to make sure you are giving off a positive attitude and not one to drags other's down and most importantly, not one that drags YOU down. The fifth and final step of the process is to forgive. There is nothing better when starting a new year then taking all your not over and forgiving it and releasing it from your shoulders, take all of 2013 and just let it go because 2014 is a new year, a new step forward in the right direction, and a new chance to cleanse yourself of all bad energy, negative thoughts, and depressed feelings. I hope that this helps someone who wasn't having the best day today, but remember that if your day is bad it truly only has to do with you and nothing anyone says should ruin your new year and if they are it's not their problem, it's YOUR problem and maybe your getting back exactly what you dished out to begin with. So act with love and forgive all of 2013 because YOU deserve to have peace. I'm going to end this post with a quote:)))
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." -Buddha

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