No Place Like Home

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Recently a family member invited me to the church which provided the beginning of my spiritual journey. I consider this church a place where my spiritual roots were first planted. Soon after walking into the church, the fans, Sunday school programs, scripture cards, pews, deacons, deaconess, and choir brought back memories from my past.

It seemed like yesterday, although actually it has been over 40 years

since my sisters and I were little girls attending Sunday school or

Summer Bible school in this church.

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So, now, how could I sense a good vibe or aura simply by being in this place? I asked myself.  The answer was clear. I was home. There is no place like home.

It does not matter how long its been, or how many times you return.

You are returning to memories of a place which is special. It’s the place you consider home.

Not everyone share a fond memory of home. Some do not have a physical place to call home. But, what some fail to realize, home is more than a physical place. Home is a state of being. It’s the place you feel whole.

 

Home quotes and sayings

 

`Yvonne L.

 

In a Good Place

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When you’re in a “good place” you’re at your best.

You take things as they come and go.

You don’t “sweat the small things.”

Even if you do,

you’ll learn how to handle them and move forward.

You simply refuse to become a caretaker of grudges

or conduit of drama.

In other words, you’ll adapt and overcome situations

not nurture them.

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When you’re in a “good place,”

it’s a place of contentment.

It’s not final or desired  place of destination,

it’s a place of rest.

But, the “good place” is a place of knowing no matter what-

this soon will pass.

In this state,

you’ll find yourself relaxed and confidently possessing

a sense of peace regardless of what transpires around you.

You feel childlike and carefree.

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A “good place” is good.

‘It’s not a destination,

it’s part of the journey

for the soul.

`Yvonne L.

 

 

Can We Talk Cake and Juice?

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Recently, I ran across a scenario question. The question goes like this- I’ll paraphrase,  two people need an orange, but there is only one orange available. How should they handle their situation?

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Of course the obvious solution seems to give each one a half of the orange.

But, not quite.

A better solution is to get an understanding of each other’s need.  The reason-  half of an orange will not meet the need of either. One person needs the orange to fill her cup of juice, and the other person needs to grate the orange rind for the Orange cake she is baking.

Without communication, both will fail to meet each other’s need if they assume slicing the orange in half is the solution. However, both benefits if the skin of the entire orange is grated for the Orange cake and squeezed for the juice.

Simply asking to gain an understanding of the other’s need would provide a solution.

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`Yvonne L.

 

Age is Only a Number

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This Summer my birthday is approaching.

Do I dread my soon newly assigned age? No.

Why should I stress out because my age changes?

Besides, I am grateful to remain among the land of the living.

But, let’s take a more realistic approach. Are we really dreading a number that much?  Is it possible we really dread facing the societal expectations for certain ages?

For example, if you are an infant, you act as an infant.  If you are an adolescent, you should act as an adolescent.  When you become an adult, then you should act as an adult.

Of course, there are scientific studies on developmental stages. Some things are expected within certain age ranges, I’m aware.

But, what’s up with the dreaded resistance of reaching 30, 40, 50, 60 and so on? So what, you reached 30? Guess what? 31 will follow 30 if you keep living.

If you’re concerned about age, don’t stress out, use your time wisely.

Learn, grow, and embrace maturity.

It’s one of the best birthday gifts you can receive.

You may find, you’ll appreciate life.

You’ll recognize there are more years behind you than before you.

You’ll  embrace simplicity.

You’ll learn not to “sweat the small things” and others don’t “ruffle your feathers” easily.

You’ll seek less validation from others and you mean what you say unapologetically but apologize when needed.

With maturity, who wouldn’t want that?

After all,  when you embrace age, you are really embracing Life!

`Yvonne L.

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Sunday

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Lately, unlike me, my mind has been affixed on dreading to go to the doctor, dreading to get a medical exam, dreading to find out the results, dreading what if, what are the possibilities, and all the things I did not desire. 

Then, I realized, I failed to do what I tell others to do, I failed to think on the outcome I desire. Rather than think about things I dread, I should think about life. 

Oftentimes, we spend too much time lamenting or toiling over the possibilities of the things we do not desire instead of nurturing and cultivating thoughts of the things we desire.

In other words, we should place our focus on living than simply existing.

I choose life!

`Yvonne L.