Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Le Musings of Moi

Apparently I like that phrase as I believe that I used a similar one on a previous blog title. Anyway... I have felt all the feels lately. The highs and lows. The bland in between. Even though nothing catastrophic has occurred lately, there has been some upheaval. An upheaval of our daily routine, circle of friends, free time... some of these things are very good. However, when I look over even the past year... wow, I am so very thankful for all of the CHANGE. 

We get so nervous about change. I recently had a significant change at work. A couple of coworkers that I had become close to... close to their spouses and families... rather abruptly moved away. At first I was surprised, devastated, sad, worried... like I said, all the feels. The gradual result of this event has been a growth within me that was not really awakened until this change. I am beginning to hold things a little more loosely than I was. I am beginning to not take things quite so personally. I am beginning to see potential within myself that I dared not consider previously. 

And what has brought much of this about? Yep. Change. 

So the initial change may have been worrisome, but the resulting CHANGES are of much greater worth. With each step towards growth, I am becoming more confident. I am opening my heart more to help others. I am giving others the benefit of the doubt. 

The Bible certainly speak to this point. What was it James said in chapter 1? 

"Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." (NLT) 

Is that easy? Not for me. Was my initial thought when my friends left joy? Nope. What about the thought of the additional workload and responsibilities that would be required of me? Trepidation. 

You may be sitting there thinking I am a whiny adolescent with this topic, but I can assure you that the feelings have not felt as such. My faith was tested. I considered if I was where God wanted me. If I was doing what He asked of me. If I was needed. Once I stood and chose (because there is always a choice in the matter) to learn and to grow out of this situation, my perspective ever so slowly began to shift. The pain-points became initiators of grow. 

I do not claim to be perfect and complete in this matter. Far from it. But my eyes have been opened to some truths that I have not considered in a long time, if ever. Places in my heart that I did not realize have been shut down for many years, are beginning to cautiously open. 

The trials. The change. It can feel like the end some times... yet it really can be the beginning. The birth of something inside of you that you didn't even know existed. 

Thank you for letting me share some of my growth with you. I am blogging again. Something that has been shut off for some time. Is beginning to open. 

Because of change. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Unlimited Potential

The Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) and Spirit FM Radio (where I'm currently employed) gave us an incredible challenge on Friday. When we face failures or setbacks, what is our natural tendency? To fall apart. To let it keep us down. To speak lies to ourselves that we are failures. We aren't worthy. We can never do anything right. That kind of mindset is a fixed mindset. We can only see the here and now. We cannot see beyond today. All we know is the failure and hopelessness we are FEELING now. What is the alternative? A step towards growth. Whoa. What? Instead of allowing a setback to destroy us - what if we found opportunities for growth? What if we decided to "fail forward?"

This lesson hit me like a ton of bricks. I have been stuck. In my mind. In my actions. In my heart. But why?

Some incredible opportunities for growth have developed this past year - the first of which, I am working at Spirit FM. An honest, godly, loving, supportive work environment that fosters growth like none that I have seen. Since January, I have been given countless environments to grow and excel. Even with small failures, I am encouraged to try again and continue to pursue my passions. Yes, this is real. It exists. I cannot hardly believe it sometimes either.

I am not here to brag. Not my intention. In today's post though... I want you to know that this CAN exist. And maybe it begins with you bringing just this one truth to the table at your workplace this next week: unlimited potential. No matter your age, education or background - you have the potential to grow, learn and become more!

What are you passionate about? What sets your heart aflame? Go after it no matter the opposition! It's not too late. Maybe you are not as technologically savvy as you would like - take a class. Maybe you have something that you want to share musically but feel you lack talent? Find a mentor! If it is in your heart, find the method to get it out. You don't want to look back and wonder why you never took the chance. If you were to fail... well, you would be in the same spot you are now. But you would have TRIED.

Tell yourself this today -- you have unlimited potential. You really can do just about anything that you set your mind to... as long as you focus on a mindset of growth. You really CAN do it.

Let me know how it turns out!