Life's Journey

Headlights

 

Have you ever thought about the Headlights of your car and how they relate to your life?

  • I enjoy driving; especially on long distance trips.
  • I know very little about cars and how they operate, but I’m thankful for the convenience and pleasure mine brings to my life.
  • If we are observant, we will see the lessons taught in our simple daily experiences.

Headlights are a vital part of our driving experience.

  • We CANNOT drive through the dark without them.
  • They keep our lives safe when otherwise we cannot see.
  • We may be on a dark, winding road, going through the woods; possibly even a tremendous storm.
  • In our specific experience: we have to be alert to deer jumping out of the woods (which has happened to us many times).

Each of us trusts in the Headlights of our cars.

  • We really can only see as far as the beam lights the way for us.
  • As we arrive at the end of the lit area, the light shines a little further down the road.
  • But, we fly down the road expecting to arrive at our destination safely.
  • We don’t think about the short distance the light casts in front of us or that we won’t arrive at our expected end.

This is the way we need to live our lives.

  • Not worrying about what might or might not happen.
  • Go through each day, week, month, year, the whole of your life a step at a time.
  • You might not see the vast expanse of your whole trip, or what is around the bend.

The unexpected does happen to all of us.

  • Some fear what tomorrow might bring and fail to engage life fully.
  • Too many times we say: “What if, what if, what if.”
  • The way we talk to ourselves does nothing except cripple our hopes, dreams and goals.
  • Believe in tomorrow.
  • Just, as when you jump into your car on a dark night and turn the Headlights on.

Driving a car is faith. Living life is faith. Eternity is faith.

  • We cannot see all the way to the end of our trip.
  • But, we have a trustworthy vehicle, a roadmap and those who will help and guide us.
  • Examine your life.
  • Consider the destination that is ahead of you.
  • Turn your Headlights on and you will be able to see the path ahead of you……..as far as the beams light the way.
  • If you don’t turn the Headlights on, you will always be in the dark.

“If you are the kind of person who is waiting 

for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait a long time.

It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green

for five miles before starting the trip.”

–Robert Kiyosaki

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Encouragement, Life's Journey

The Penny

 

…….November 22, 2014

 

Today, in our monetary system pennies are basically worthless. 

  • They have no purchasing power but their size speaks volumes to our lives.
  • We all need to pay attention to the lesson of life taught by a simple penny.

As we make our way through our journey of life,  we encounter various large obstacles.

  • Sometimes they cause us to veer off our planned course.
  • If we’re not alert we might not ever get back onto the right path.

But, for now let’s bring our thoughts back to the penny and the small experiences of life. 

  • Those things that we tend to forget about or think are unimportant.
  • What daily things do you overlook in your life?

Small, common events bring us pleasure. They cause us to smile both inside and outside. Sometimes they even make us laugh or bring back a special memory.

  1. The soft glow of candlelight
  2. A smile or a kind word
  3. The laughter of a baby or maybe watching one sleeping
  4. Opening a door for someone, maybe giving up your place in line
  5. Anticipation of purchasing a gift for a loved one
  6. Hearing “thank you or please”
  7. The smell of cookies baking or a steak on the grill
  8. A cozy fire in the fireplace on a cold winter’s evening
  9. Listening to music
  10. The companionship of a loving pet
  11. The voice of a long time special friend
  12. Watching the ocean tides come in and go out

For me, I don’t believe the memory….of the warmth and comfort found from a blanket freshly heated when l was in pain and chilled in a hospital recovery room will ever be forgotten. I know that sounds weird, but it was a small thing; important to me at a specific time.

On the other hand, small things may also be unpleasant. Things we would like to ignore instead of taking care of. They probably are tasks we deem unimportant or more truthfully, we just plain don’t like to do them. There’s nothing fun about the demands they make on us. We’d rather spend our time on doing what we enjoy.

  1. Organizing and filing our paperwork
  2. Taking out the trash
  3. Hanging up our clothes
  4. Folding dryer items as soon as the dryer stops (this avoids wrinkles)
  5. Washing the car
  6. Turning out the lights when leaving a room
  7. Putting our stuff away after we have gotten it out
  8. Placing our phone, keys, glasses or the remote in the same spot
  9. Keeping a note pad and pen by the phone
  10. Making a grocery list
  11. Finding the rattle in the car that irritates us
  12. Fixing a dripping faucet

Then, there are the small negative things that happen in our relationships with others.

  • They can really “chaff our hides”.
  • We probably should have overlooked what was said or done in the first place.
  • Most of the time, what we perceive was in our imagination and unintended.

The list for both ends of the spectrum can be endless.

  • For each one of us the items will be different.
  • But whatever your list, realize that small things are a big part of our everyday lives.
  • STOP and inventory yourself.

A person who takes care of the THE SMALL THINGS will most certainly take care of the BIG THINGS.

As you are reading this, you’ll probably be saying to yourself; what’s all this have to do with a penny? Here’s your answer:

  • Whenever I got into my daughter’s car the first thing that would catch my attention was a penny.
  • She had it scotch taped in the center of her dashboard where it was in plain sight.
  • I would look at that penny and wonder why it was there.
  • One day when we were going somewhere together, I asked her about the penny on her dash.
  • She replied “I have it there to remind me to take care of the little things”.

 

Great idea. Maybe that’s something we all should do. Put A PENNY where we will see it frequently and remember to: take care of the small things.

 

“When we take time to notice the simple things in life,

We never lack for encouragement.

We discover we are surrounded by limitless hope

That’s just wearing everyday clothes.”

(Anonymous)

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