It's a new year. Time to seek balance, renewal and resolutions. Yet, what if life asks you to weather a stormy sea before seeking a place of balance? What if all is not perfect during this season of glad tidings and good cheer? How then to weather the storm during seasons of change?
We all experience times of difficulty, it's everyone's turn at some time in their life to be challenged by its tests. This season has been mine. This season, my dear father has been critically ill making it difficult to celebrate the holidays in usual fashion. Instead of thinking of the normal festivities, there's been deeper subjects at hand: how to manage meals, healthcare and what happens next for the business he's spent over 40 years building. It's been nothing short of overwhelming. Yet, it's in times of great turbulence, I've leaned, we must continue to call on the Divine for guidance.
Recently, when I was in Walmart for the holidays, I happened to pick up a book by pastor Joel Osteen called Every Day A Friday. I was immediately drawn to the chapter that states "Bloom Where You're Planted." Here Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, gives his prescription for living and changing among chaos. "If you want to see change, if you want to see God open new doors, the key is to bloom right where you're planted," he states. "Be a rose among thorns." When it becomes unbearable, hold fast to your joy and flow with the messages of your heart.
Nothing is too large that it cannot be managed one day at a time. "You cannot wait until everything becomes better before you decide to have a good attitude," Osteen says. "You have to be the best you can be right where you are." Keep smiling. Keep a song in your heart and soon God will reward you in favor.
No. It's not easy, but it does work. I've aimed to stay joyful and soon positive energy began to line up in my life. The right people arrived with the right messages for me and day by day the darkness continues to be replaced by something brighter. If you are weathering a storm this season take it one day at a time. Remember to shine among the thorns, keep a song in your heart and soon your flower will blossom too.
Laura M. Turner, M.Sc., CNHP is an author, journalist and wellness mentor specializing in natural anti-aging practices and nutritional medicine. Visit her online at http://www.beauty-and-body.com/ and subscribe to the BodyTalk eZine - http://www.bodytalkezine.com/. While you're there grab her new eBook Retro-Aging and enroll in her"Take Charge Of Your Health" eCourse FREE, as well as improve your health with Nature's Healing Treasures: www.beauty-and-body.com/youngliving.
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