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Hello everyone. I’m happy to be reaching out to you this evening.
As we approach the end of the year with Advent just around the corner, I came across some wise words from Matthew Kelly to lead us into the end of this year. Every life has highs and lows. I’ve had some ups and downs throughout my own life. Here are 7 truths to put life into perspective.
1) You cannot have a meaningful life by filling your life with meaningless things and activities.
2) Everyone is going to hurt you. Find the ones who are worth the suffering and heartache and don’t let anyone harden your heart. Remember, even with your best efforts to avoid it, you are going to hurt people too.
3) Don’t complain. It’s not attractive and it’s not productive.
4) Give people the benefit of the doubt. Life is difficult and messy and everyone is carrying a heavy burden.
5) Death comes to us all. When death approaches, the person you have become meets the person you could have been. This is a humbling encounter. Don’t wait for it. Meet the person you are capable of becoming for a few minutes each day. Then use your thoughts, your words, choices and actions to close the gap, between the person you are today and who you are capable of being. This is the path that leads to a deeply fulfilling life.
6) Ignore your critics. Everyone has them. They can tear down in a hour what they couldn’t build in a lifetime. But life, eventually, puts critics in their place. With time, critics become remote and unimportant. The people who love you don’t care what your critics care about. They care about you as a human being.
Your critics, they don’t see you as a human being, they have dehumanized you. They see something in you that unsettles something in them. So they have to decide. Attack you, or investigate their own dark mystery. Most people don’t know you well enough to complement you or criticize you and it is the unseen moments of our lives that define us.
7) And finally, from me, as I learned in this new Encounter course I am taking, learn to think like Jesus thinks. Consider asking Jesus in prayer, “Jesus how would you think about this situation? Help me to think as you think in this circumstance. Give me your wisdom and your thoughts dear Lord”. Then choose love. Unconditional compassionate love.
A little more food for thought for this November. Take care everyone. Warm blessings, MJ xo


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