Recently, I took a break from my desk and looked outside my office window to get rid of mental cobwebs and refresh myself. I find the view of the meadow, nature, etc. works wonders. Then something caught my attention in the distance – a modern wind turbine. I was intrigued because it kept ticking along though the air felt still and no wind could be felt. Yet, it kept going (more…)
Developing extraordinary hope in difficult times
In difficult times, many experiences diminishing strength and hope especially when it seems God is taking His time in answering our prayers and/or we don’t get what we expect. In such times, we tend to feel abandoned, confused and disappointed. Deep within, a crisis of faith brews that throws up questions like, ‘Where is God?, Does He care? or Why is this happening to me?’. When care is not taken, we find ourselves stuck in one of the three phases of discouragement I highlight in my new book, Healing A Discouraged Heart: Getting Back On Track When Life Lets You Down (ISBN: 978-0-9562606-3-5), namely the ‘S.A.D.’, ‘Dormant’ and ‘Hopeful’ Phase. We cover up with our ‘religious’ masks; whilst the real state of our hearts betray us. (more…)
Following the theme for this months eZine, Princess I would like you to ponder on all those things in your life that seem to be a struggle. Maybe you have been fighting or struggling to get something done and you seem to come up against a brick wall. Maybe this is Gods ways of telling you, “Princess, let go!” Now all our desires & goals don’t fall into this category but I challenge you to ask yourself this, is there anything I need to let go of? Have you noticed that whilst you are preoccupied with them, you loose focus of the important?
Let me tell you a quick story. Recently I had a problem with my computer and I could not get any emails. And so I kicked into superwoman mode and I ended up spending the best part of 5 hrs, that night, on the Internet looking for a solution. At 1am, I gave up – really cheesed off with myself for wasting that amount of time. The following morning, the “I-am-not-defeated-superwoman” wrath rose up within me once again. This time I told God I certainly was not wasting any more time on the matter and I needed to be led to the right website. After all, this Princess has loads to do. Plus this girls gotta check her emails! And lo and behold, within minutes, I got my PC working again! Now, there are many morals to this story such as when your PC dies on you, pray for a miracle. But on a serious note, I wasted in excess of 5 hrs. I know what I could have been doing in that time – even if it was sleeping! The real lesson for me is to know when to quit and handing it over to my PA who could fix it. And so though the battle was won, the victory was not sweet.
So what am I saying? Decide which battles you want to fight. Take it from a real fighter who never gives up. Not everything in life is worth wasting your time and energy on.
Princess, life is simply too short. So decide today which battles to fight and leave the rest to another day or even someone else.
I am of the belief that spirituality is not only crucial for mental health but all aspects of health and wellbeing. The fact is we are diverse, complex, mind/body people and I am of the mind that our spirituality underpins us. Yet, many of us working with people, in whatever capacity, are guilty of overlooking this important aspect when it comes to recovery and wellness. (more…)