Monday, December 5, 2011

Getting Our Influence Into Perspective

Thanks for hanging in there with my series, 5 
Keys to getting Your Life in Perspective. 
We have 
covered a lot of ground!
Now for the final episode: Part 2 of Key#5: Getting Our Influences Into Perspective

Are you a FOUNTAIN or a DRAIN?

I love this message from my favorite book, Phil. 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
This looks like a PROMISE! Think about good stuff, put it into practice, and peace will come.
Sign me up!!!

Real quick, here are just a few things we can do to put it into practice, or be a positive INFLUENCE on society:
  • Share your gifts and talents with others by volunteering, teaching, or coaching.
  • Choose to share your mistakes and lessons learned. I heard a lot of this at AA meetings and it encouraged me tremendously!
  • Vote and support your favorite political candidates.
  • Conserve and recycle to protect/influence the environment.
  • Here's one I say to my kids, "Stay out of trouble!" Like, don't get into it and don't go looking for it!
Just do 100% of your part, having the peace of mind knowing you did what you could!
That, too, is empowering opposed to, "What if?" Yes, sometimes, maybe often, things don't work out, but rest assured, you CAN exercise control of your part and that is really all any of us can or is expected to do.
I bet you can think of things to add to this list, I'd love to hear from you!

To get life in perspective, I can control my:
  1. Time
  2. Finances
  3. Health
  4. Myself
  5. Input/influence
Is it possible I left something off my list of 5 Keys To Getting Your Life In Perspective?

Well keeping these 5 plates in the air has been quite enough to juggle! Maintaining their balance is a full time effort, yet the rewards are great. Really, if you have anything to add, I'd love to hear from you. If you missed any of these key messages they can be found on my blog 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Geting Your Input Into Perspective

Recall that old adage, "Garbage in, garbage out" or "GIGO." Likewise, program good things, and good will come. Whatever goes IN to us, physically, mentally, and spiritually, has an EFFECT on us one way or another. For years, as The Organic Produce Gal I looked at food and asked folks, "Do you want to BLESS or STRESS your body?" It's not just food, but everything that goes in through the eyes (watching), ears (listening), mouth and even the nose has an influence on us. All of our senses take in and absorb. What we take in will either BLESS (fortify and strengthen)...or STRESS, forcing us to compensate for something negative. Very little input is neutral, especially if it involves time and energy, which are valuable resources!

So, do you want to be blessed or stressed?

What will you put in, take in, or allow yourself to absorb, albeit purposefully or even passively? What you put or allow in affects you! This is just a challenge to think about it.
I did...and it really helped me to get life into perspective! Oh there will still be tough days...but that is when we need to go back and look at what is pouring in to our lives...AND what is coming out! Input and influence, hmmm...
Whether we see it, or like it, or not, what we do and say has an influence on others (even though it may not seem like it when it comes to parenting!). It all comes back to the control thing...
We can control what comes in and we can control what we put out. We cannot control other people but we CAN do our own part to be a POSITIVE INFLUENCE! That is empowering;)
The late Jim Rohn said it so eloquently, "You can be a FOUNTAIN or a DRAIN"