Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. (Chinese Proverb)

There’s been a sense of something missing from this blog since I began it last month. It suddenly dawned on me that a whole chunk of my objective is missing.  Since my passion is to help others toward their purpose, there is now a separate section devoted to “Purpose.”  To make way for this,  the Exellence and Success sections have been combined (since the whole point is that true success is only found in pursuing excellence).  

GROWTH

Do you remember the very first time that you recognized that you had grown up a little?

When I was about ten years old I had a habit of throwing my jacket on the coat closet floor.  My mom would get after me about it and I would usually say, “Oh, it must have fallen off the hanger.”  One day I decided put a little zip into my story by actually putting the jacket on the hanger and then throwing the whole thing on the floor.  Ha! Worked like a charm! But the second time I did this, the thought came to me, “If you are going to take all the trouble to put it on the hanger and throw it on the floor, why don’t you just hang it up? It’s just as easy, and you won’t have to waste time later coming back to do it.”  When I put the hook over the rod, I realized something had changed in me.

Even as adults, our moments of growth don’t have to be earth shattering to be a turn in our life’s path.  Growth can be subtle.  A nudge to increase our awareness of a situation can lead us to a different point of view about what is really needed.  A prompt to adjust our attitude can keep us from an unwarranted argument.  A spur to revise our perspective can open us to new creativity. A check to hold back on a comment can save us from our own ignorance, or protect another’s character. These seemingly small things can lead to the expanding of our life in ways we might not see until we are further down the road, a little more… grown up.

EXCELLENCE/SUCCESS

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PURPOSE

The Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”  It’s a great statement.  And it leads to a great question: How do we glorify God and enjoy him forever?

I believe that God has created every human being with individual gifts, talents, skills, abilities, tastes, desires, interests, affinities – things that bring us satisfaction and make us feel alive. I am pretty sure that each person faces unique experiences and circumstances – things that challenge or threaten us. I am learning that the conglomeration of all the giftings and all of the hardships results in a person’s unique purpose in life. And I know that finding that unique purpose, pursuing it with excellence, and honoring God with it is how each person finds fulfillment. When you become what you are created to be, that  brings glory to God.  

Discovering our purpose is a matter of understanding our strengths and our challenges. Implementing our purpose is a matter of finding practical expression of it in our lives. Completing our purpose is a matter of . . . well, that’s not possible. Remember the catechism, we are to “enjoy him forever.”

“Life doesn’t give us want we want, it gives us what we go claim.” (Stephen Pierce)

GROWTH


“The most difficult battle you ever fight is the battle to be unique in a world that will marshal its every force to keep you the same.” (James Ray)

EXCELLENCE

It is 3:00 in the morning as I write this.  I am extremely tired, my eyes are blurry, and yet I cannot sleep.  My body is restless and my every thought leaves me either cranky or in despair: What did so-and-so mean when they said what they said earlier today? I think I hate them now. – cranky. What did so-and-so mean when they said what they said earlier today? Do they hate me now? – despair.  This state of weariness leaves me unable to measure the true weight of… something or other… what’s the word I’m looking for… anyway, the point is that I am not at the top of my game at the moment. It is not a good time to try to make a decision or try to accomplish anything of significance. When it comes to establishing excellence in your life, it’s important to know your limitations, your areas that need strengthening. It’s about being aware of times/circumstances that may cause you not to perform at your peak. You need to know when to hold back, wait, ask for advice, or even hand it over to someone else.  (Just don’t hand it over to “so-and-so” — I’m not sure about them at the moment.)

SUCCESS

Success is not about achieving a goal or being satisfied with an outcome.  A successful person is one who makes a daily choice to move forward through both accomplishments and setbacks, understanding that it is the depth of your work, not the width, that is the true measure of a lasting legacy.

Burn Bright – The Beginning

Why yes, I do have a mission statement for my life.  My mission is “to encourage others to discover/rediscover the purpose God has for their lives and to facilitate their journey towards that purpose”.

Moving towards that statement of vision, my goal for this blog is to provide anecdotes and strategies to motivate and inspire the cultivation of the following three areas:

  • GROWTH
    Many years ago, a friend was intrigued with my eclectic tastes in movies – All About Eve, The Devil Wears Prada, Lord of the Rings and Stranger than Fiction probably don’t often show up on a top ten favorites list together.  As I looked at said favorites list, I realized that there was a string that connected them all together: growth.  The movies I love have at least one character who faces circumstances (whether a quiet, private situation or a huge cataclysmic challenge) that transforms who they are and how they view themselves and/or others.    Seeing this kind of change in real life, and encouraging and assisting others towards, and through, it is a passion of mine.
  • EXCELLENCE
    No one would suspect that I am a perfectionist. For me everything doesn’t have to be flawless. My perfectionism manifests in certain specific circumstances/projects with the thinking, “If it needs to be flawless and I know it can’t be flawless, why even try?”  This is where procrastination became one of my undesired character traits. My favorite projects are those which require continual revision and tweaking, where  “flawless”  is a nebulous concept. I am in the process of climbing out of this pit and this section will be dedicated to reminding us all that “excellence” is NOT “perfection”.
  • SUCCESS
    The attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.   The true definition of success will be discussed in this section.

It is my hope that readers will comment, have discussions, make suggestions, and most of all, be encouraged to BURN BRIGHT.