“Now these three remain, Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love.”
1 Corinthian 13: 13
Love, truly the greatest emotion and power source in the world but hardly used except for some friends and family. Can you imagine if we were to love our enemies?
I have read stories of people who have done this by loving the person who has committed serious crimes against them and the result was just mind blowing. Here we are talking of forgiveness and expressing kindness to someone who has done you wrong
It is said that harbouring unforgiveness actually caused diseases. This emotion affects the very organs of our body.
So I am looking at our world today where there is so much hate and unforgiveness. It is not a healthy place. I am not even talking about love for the planet itself where, instead of just exploiting it for resources, giving it some love would lead to us taking better care of it. I am.talking about love for the people of the World inspite of differences. Love would mean we try to understand each other’s point of view even if we don’t agree. Love would mean we listen to each other.
The more I think of it yes, Jesus was the greatest example of love this world has ever seen.
The way I see it, it is not easy but is absolutely necessary if things are to change.
” I will greet this day with Love in my heart”
Og Mandino ( The Greatest Secret in the World)
What do you think? Please share your thoughts.
Two studies have come out since the beginning of the year to update us on the health of the World.
The first one says that obesity is growing among our adults and children at an alarming rate. There are more overweight than underweight people in the world.
The other study says 1 in 11 adults worldwide are diabetic. This level of affected people has the potential to bankrupt the healthcare system of many countries.
The call is for governments to do something about the situation, and I agree they should. However, it is our health that will be affected, it is our families and households that will be affected and we can do something now. The food industry will fight all attempts to make it change even harder than the cigarette industry did when governments tried to change it.
We can do something now to change our lifestyle and save our health. We have to begin to evaluate every food we eat and feed our families.
- Does this food offer me any nutrients for all the sugar, salt or fat that it carries?
- Could I get these nutrients without all that sugar, salt and fat?
- Am I eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
- Are all my proteins coming to me loaded with saturated fats?
- Am I eating any peas, beans and nuts?
- Am I getting any Healthy fats in my diet like the Omega3 fats?
As I guide I have been watching protein intake and sources on a daily basis. We begin to lose muscle mass as we age and it is quite easy for you not to have your daily requirement met. When this happens we begin to crave for thing to eat. There is an abundance of processed food quick and easy nice tasty and cheap and loaded with carbohydrates, sugar and fats and not .much else by way of nutrients, that you could munch all day.
Take action, chose wisely.
- Go to farmers market
- Get most of your sugar from nutrient rich fruits
- Get most of your carbohydrates from vegetables. They are loaded with phytonutrients that your body needs.
Don’t let the food industry tell you that it’s lack of exercise that’s making you fat.
Exercise is necessary and important for good health but it is 20% of the plan. The other 80% is nutrition. What you eat is the key.
I make use of Meal Replacement Shake meals which have the right amount of plant based protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. I replace at least one meal per day preferably breakfast with this Shake meal. Then I plan all my other meals and snacks to keep me nourished for the day. Truly it’s living day by day. Take all temptation away by having only the right type of food in your grocery, fridge and pantry.
If you are obese it’s not going away overnight. It will take persistent consistent change of your lifestyle.
In another article I will tell you how I made several lifestyle changes bit by bit over time. How are you taking care and managing your weight? Please share below.
As I prepare to write my blog today, I am not sure of where to start, but it has to be done to stay consistent and build momentum. So I sit and wait with the keyboard and the blank screen.
Then I am remembering that faced with the challenge of keeping my fitclub members motivated, I have started reading inspirational quotes to them on a weekly basis and it has been working and sparking discussions.
So what better way to way inspire myself and others today than sharing some quotes from my favorite motivational speaker, the late, Jim Rohn:
- There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation.
- If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plans, your plans will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.
- We have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life
- Time is our most valuable asset, yet we then to waste it, kill it and spend it rather then invest it.
I sure hope you have benefited from these quotes that I have invested some time in to share them with you.
Please, let me know what you think and also share some of your favorite quotes
I welcome the New Year and I say, let go and let God. What better way to start the New Year! I chose this word “trust” out of my little pan of words some weeks ago and just froze up. I knew what to write for sure but the question was, did I really believe it? Was I acting on it? So, I have been soul searching rather than writing. Truth is I have been working very hard and many times doubting the outcome or holding back because I was not sure.
Immediately I took out the word “trust”, I reached for a book I had read by Bob Proctor “ titled “You were Born Rich.” I went for the Chapter titled, Let go and let God. It’s interesting that, he said reread the chapter 100 times if you need to, it was that important.
It certainly helped me to refocus on what it meant to have faith in God and to the fact that doubt, fear and negative thought only serve to keep you back from reaching your goal. I guess in the process of working through where I really stood on this in a practical way, something must have happened. I stopped stressing and doubting and relaxed and really tried to be more in touch with what the spirit was guiding me to do, in other words, to let Go and let God. Amazing things happened in my business that I could not have predicted. Calls that I did not expect, free radio promotions and sales literally out of the blue. All I had to do was be ready to take advantage of it and I was.
So, I am starting the New Year with this in mind. When all the goal setting and planning is done it will be time to relax, not worry about how am I going to do all this or to doubt the outcome even before I start. Instead, I will move forward with firm faith that no matter what it looks like, in God I can let go because, as we also like to say, “ God is in Charge.”
“I know the plan I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Please drop below and share how you keep yourself grounded in faith
It’s a given, to control or overcome diseases like diabetes or hypertension and to manage your weight and avoid obesity challenges you need to have the right lifestyle. You have to have a the right diet and exercise regularly, at least three times per week for thirty minutes the experts now say. You must remember to drink water, yes water, that simple, six to eight glasses per day. Add some key nutritional supplements and you are well on your way. I have been working at making these lifestyle changes with very good health results. So I am thinking I should be able to make some change in other areas of my life by applying some of the principles I used to make those changes in health. With that in mind, I have been reviewing the steps I took. So how did I do it?
a) Clear definitive and measurable goals, e. g. a target blood pressure reading, a target weight.
b) A clear plan of how I would make the change, a daily method of operation. e .g. a glass of water first thing in the morning.
c) Make small manageable changes and add on new things as I became accustomed to those changes. That way I was never overwhelmed and could celebrate the small successes along the way.
d) Use positive affirmations of the health goals in spite of how I felt and said prayers of thanks giving for the results I expected to have even before I had them.
d) Hold a positive vision of how I would feel when my health improved.
e) Have a time to review what you have done celebrate the successes and fix what needed fixing.
f) Forgive myself if I have fallen off and start again. Giving up was never an option.
So this then is my road map for achieving other lifestyle changes. All that’s left, is to put it into action. Yes, I can do this again in other areas of my life.
Please leave a comment on how you have made lifestyle changes.
Surrender? Really! What does that mean? Am I to forget about my dreams, goals and plans and just do nothing?
I have been mulling over what it means to surrender for some time now. I have this container with about fourteen (14) words that I chose from a book written by Iyanla Vanzant –“ Faith in the Valley.” I have words such as love, Joy, peace, persistence, patience, forgiveness, discipline, change, wisdom, trust, prayer to name some. Each morning I would pick out one of these words and focus on it for the day.
I remember a period when every day, no matter how much I shuck up the container I would pick out the word, “ surrender”. Wow! Have I not surrendered enough already? What more. Well it has been awhile since I dipped into the container but I did so this week and guess what “ surrender, ”again.
This time I do believe I am a little clearer on what’s required of me here because I am focused this year on non-resistance. It’s non- resistance or surrender to the burning desires of my heart and to God’s pure intention to guide me to fulfilling these desires. It is being obedient to the insights and guidance I receive and to ACT now. It means I should not get caught up into trying so hard to figure out the how and the details, but in prayer and in stillness just have the faith and trust that I am being guided and I will be shown how. It means, I should not get too attached to the outcome and beat upon myself if it is not how I think it should be. If it’s not the outcome I expected, not to dwell on it, but learn from it and let it go. At the end of the day find the things to give gratitude for and move on.
So for now, it’s about starting the day with prayer and stillness and seeking guidance for the day. At the end, review the day and learn from it, then give thanks and in prayer and stillness, release it.
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“Time like an ever rolling stream,
Swept all her sons away…”
Two lines from that old church hymn, which sums it up very well. In this ever rolling stream of time, what are you doing? … splashing around!.. floating along.. . fishing… swimming with the current or against it?
The good book tell us there is a time for everything under the sun and I am making a very conscious effort this year to making sure I do have a time for everything.
We plan so carefully for the year, the month, the week and the days rolls around and… not today. Even this blog post on “time” almost got put back and would have been at another time in my life.
I am focused now on making each day, each hour count for something. If I can get the day right and put the priorities up front, the year will be okay.
So I am putting myself back in school with time periods. Instead of 40 minute periods, I am using 2 hour blocks and put in the activities I want to get done in these blocks. Now this may sound easy but not quite so for me. There is still a lot of fine tuning to be done. One thing is for sure, you get to really look at your day and it is amazing how much time is just rolling along and how you can get caught up in the flow.
I am becoming my own master and I will obey my own command. Its time to write my blog post and that I do. Even as I structure my days I have to be true to my “unstructured, go with the flow self” so I have put in a few blocks of time for that too!
“Time is a most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it” –Jim Rohn.
Please share with me how you deal with this issue of time. Would love to hear from you if you have it well organized or if you are working on it like myself.
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