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Your Desires Matter

Do your desires really matter? In a word, yes. Your desires, just like mine, are thoughts that we have formed based on a life of discovering what we do and do not like, that we want more, that our lives would be better served in the pursuit of them. (Not to mention the side benefits that the world would enjoy through our realizations of those desires…Ok, so I mentioned them.)

Too often we find ourselves putting our own desires on the back-burner because of the need to fulfill the desires of others. Whether it is some new project at work, helping the needs of friends and/or family, or half a dozen other things, we sometimes find ourselves just never getting around to that all-important “me”.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it is important to serve. It is important to be compassionate and giving. Giving fills us with pride and those goose bumps that tell us we have done something rewarding and important. But in order to be in a position to give we must take time to nurture ourselves. We must rest, read, contemplate, meditate and do all of those things necessary to feed our own souls so that we can keep up in our service to others. A person who has fallen from exhaustion lends no help to others in need.

It is equally important that we recognize that we have desires. They serve to move us forward in life. Indeed, it is often the case that our desires to better ourselves align with our desires to help.

What are your desires/your wants/your needs? Take time to understand them and to pursue them. Only you know what they are and only you can take steps to pursue them. You are important. You matter. You are powerful and loved.

Blessings.

Stop and smell your own roses
Stop and smell your own roses

Dealing with “Failure” is Recognizing Your Success

guarding meerkatThe word, “FAILURE” carries a lot of meaning. It leads to feelings of inadequacy, lack of self worth, jealousy and hatred of self and of others more “SUCCESSFUL”. If we look at the truth: that we were all created in the image and likeness of God, what we see is that there is no failure. We are all of different appearance, personality, interest and ability and this makes unique. We bring something special to the world: ourselves, and all that comes with us. We bring imagination and insight in our uniqueness and that can be nothing less than the meaning of success! That is the truth of your being. How could you think yourself a failure?

Definition of Success

Accept that you are a marvelous and creative individual; accept that you are unique, capable and intelligent. Once you realize that your path will lead you to a more creative, fulfilling and successful life. You will bring meaning to your life.

One of my favorite quotes on this topic is:

One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.