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Lensmastery

You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are. ~Michael Michalko

We assign meaning to experiences by the way we choose to interpret them. And this is tricky because our perceptions are often not accurate.

I assigned meaning, calling something great, good, scary or awful, often by where I am attached. But God….But God always has a plan for His servants that we may not know about. I need to ask God to give me His perception of the situation, not my own.

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves
me. All day long I put my hope in you.
~ Psalm 25:5

Michalko offeres and example from IBM and Thomas Edison. IBM’s research and development department observed that no one in the world used a personal computer. They interpreted this to mean there was no market and shared this viewpoint with upper management. At the same time, college dropouts, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, looked at the same absence of personal computers and saw a massive opportunity. IBM never gained a significant market share in personal computers.

Once Thomas Edison was approached by his assistant while he worked on perfecting the filament portion for the light bulb. Edison’s assistant asked why he didn’t give up on the arduous process. “After all,” the assistant said, “you have failed 5000 times.” Edison looked at him and questioned what the assistant meant by failure. Approaching the filament dilemma, Edison said, “I have discovered 5000 things that don’t work.”

For me, the equation becomes: R=IE2–> Reality equals interpretation from past experiences squared.

Often, I construct our own reality by how I choose to interpret my experiences. If there have been a string of bad, untrustworthy experiences, my lens will reflect that. If there have been a string of trusting, kind experiences, my lens will reflect that.

Michalko advises, “Approach a problem on its own terms. Do not trust your first perspective of a problem as it will be too biased toward your usual way of thinking. Always look at your problem from multiple perspectives.” Gently click here to read more of Michalko’s ideas.

Lately, I ‘ve been a tarbaby stuck in rejection’s grip, the result of too many untrustworthy people who use(d) blame as a weapon.
Until I am grouded in knowing, really knowing God’s love and acceptance of me, I tend to look at challenges as problems with a hidden rejection lens. I see rejection where it may not be. This is where gratitude and a cadre of friends who love God and want His best for me keeps me surrounded by the truth until I am strong enough to see it from Him first. I continue to ask God to show me clearly His perception of events in my life so I don’t lean on my understanding.

It’s so important to
surround yourself with the right kinds of people when you

are striving to live a meaningful life. We can not always choose whom we walk
with on our paths in life, but whenever we can, it makes everything easier, more
joyful, and so much more productive when we choose to spend our days with people
who bring out the best in us, see the best in us, and believe the best about us.

Seek out the kinds of people who make you want to become a better person,
the kinds of people who are focusing on positive and good things in life.
From the Brave Girls’ Club

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To read more about Creativity and Creative attributes, gently click here

by Jennifer Dukes Lee @ gettingdownwithJesus.com

Midweek Question~Numbers

What is your favorite number?

Is it 13? seventy times seven? 686?

The speaker at church said that Love is mentioned over 686 times in the Bible, beginning in the Old Testament and covering over all until the end of the New Testament. Jesus’ love covers our sins. Love covers us like a roof with plenty of overhang.

That’s what love is — a roof.

“Love bears all things — stego in the Greek of 1 Corinthians 13 — literally a thatch roof, a roof taking the rain and the wind and all that comes beating. Love’s a roof that absorbs all that would damage.” ~Ann Voskamp

Love is a roof that absorbs the storms.

Love bears all things – like a roof bears the wind and the rain. Love willingly carries one another’s burdenslike a roof bears the burden of the snow and the beating sun. Love bends and enfolds itself around another like a roof. This is love.  ~Ann Voskamp

It took 284 roofing shingles to cover my house and protect it from the outside. The contractor bought extra. “For goofs,” he said. They are in the garage now, waiting for goofs, I suppose.

It takes 365 days to cover a year.

And love’s roof has 686 reminders…

Would we be that reminder for someone today?

This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Stay

Everything is converging. It is very important that you not let your mind wander
off the variety of events happening with all the paths coming together. ~Bev Robinson

sun rays on the path

you cannot travel the path until you become the path

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Faith During Life’s Sutures

Faith is not believing in a false promise of prosperity, but in the abiding presence of Christ.

In this life, you’ve got to write it down sometimes to remember what you believe — not just in frosting, but on hearts. We believe that God has got it. All of it. This is not just a theological catch-phrase, but an actual way to habitually remember that there is a King in Heaven who holds all things together — even when life isn’t a piece of cake.

And we repeat it to ourselves, on the hot and cloudless days, and when the diagnoses come, and when we’ve gathered in hospice rooms, and over hospital beds, and in ugly days of wild uncertainty. It’s true: What we say to ourselves, and to one another, can  determine whether we will live imprisoned or free. Because dark days will come. In this world we will have trouble, but what did Jesus say? “Take heart, for I have overcome the world.” ~Jennifer Dukes Lee

Perhaps today is the perfect day to take five and read “When Life Isn’t A Piece of Cake, God Has Still Got ItandFaith, Miracles and Modern-Day Fools” both posts by Jennifer Dukes Lee

 

Monday Words for the Soul~Detours

You may think that taking a detour in life is a waste of time and energy, but you can also see the detour as a means of learning more about who you are and where you are heading in your life. Being off the beaten path may be disorienting and confusing at times, yet it challenges your creative spirit to discover new ways to build a stronger YOU. In the end, it’s usually the tough situations that feel like your tomb that actually become your cocoon. Hang in there. You’re coming out of this stronger and wiser. via: www.marcandangel.com

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Grab Spines

Consider a creative break this weekend.

Create a spine poem. Spine poems are word-filled expressions connected by the titles of books as seen on their spines.

Survey your books. Gather them. Arrange them. Express a tiny poem with them.

It’s fun. A mini vacation.

Here is my humble attempt but there are glorious examples at this link and this one.
The second link I found, in splendid synchronicity, is for a spine poetry content at LibraryThing.

Happiness Is
Eternal Echoes
Forward From Here
On the blue shore of silence
The band that played on
Emily and Einstein

Look Homeward, Angel

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