Goal-setting~~~Because of Grace style
…we work with you for your joy…
2 Corinthians 1:24
Motivational speaker Nika Maples suffered a lupus-induced stroke that led to quadriplegia. She recently returned to her alma mater, Abilene Christian University to converse about courage, seeds of joy and laughter.
“What’s next for me? … What’s next for me is obedience. I love God more than I dislike difficult things.” ~Nika Maples
I read some ideas from Ralph Marston over the weekend and it just seemed to fit. Perhaps it is the heat (where we are), or the rain (where most are), or the fires (where, sadly, some are), or the general uncertainty (where we all are) but it just seems like the solution is laughter and a scavenger hunt for joy. And Marston’s words reminded me of my friend Sissy’s granddaughter Bree and, quickly, I had boarded the train to Smileville. The first flight to Giggleville…you get the drift.
Here are Marston’s words:
Instead of looking for reasons to complain, look for ways to laugh.
If you run out of things to do, try smiling.
Have fun, laugh out loud, figure out what you enjoy the most and get yourself involved in doing it.
Challenge yourself to put more fun into whatever you’re doing.
Do you want to be encouraged, motivated, inspired, enthusiastic and full of energy?
Then spend your time doing what you enjoy and enjoying what you do.
It’s not really that difficult to transform a dismal, frustrating, disappointing day into a delightful one.
Just stop focusing so much on the bad stuff and make the choice to make life fun.
No, it’s not irresponsible or disrespectful to have fun.
What’s truly irresponsible is to go through life with your joy buried so deep that nobody ever benefits from it.
So go ahead, let the joy flow out from you as you give your energy and awareness to what really matters.
Make life great by making life fun.
May your Monday be lined with laughter and jolted with joy!
What Brings You Joy?
It is worth it for you to express it, at least every once in awhile.
Write About it. Talk About it. Sing About it. Collage About it.
Joy is sometimes a blessing, but, it is often a conquest. ~Paul Coelho
This collage made during a fun visit to http://www.polyvore.com
God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.
And gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.
Do not disdain the small. The whole of the life—even the hard—is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole.
There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.
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