Have you ever really, really wanted something only to find once you got it that it wasn’t at all what you expected? We build glorious dreams and plans up in our minds until expectations are off the charts. Yet, some of those magnificent dreams end with a sobering letdown we never saw coming. [Read more…] about When What We Wanted Is Not What We Expected
Some things, it seems, are just not meant to be. Projects fail. Targets aren’t reached. The outcome we hope for doesn’t arrive. But before we make assumptions and determine something we wanted wasn’t meant to be, it’s worth asking ourselves a few questions. [Read more…] about Before We Make Assumptions and Say It Wasn’t Meant to Be . . .
If you don’t do what you’re here to do, who will?
We get discouraged when we see no immediate results for our efforts. We even minimize the significance of our contribution. Yet, our actions are no small things.
On days you’re tempted to think what you’re doing doesn’t matter, consider George Bailey. In the holiday movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, George has the opportunity to see what life in his hometown of Bedford Falls would be like had he not been born.
In the midst of a crisis and feeling like the world would be better off without him, he discovered how important his life really was and the difference his actions made on his family, friends, and community. [Read more…] about Your Efforts Matter More Than You Know
“I don’t see a future.”
In the depths of despair and with her world upside down, Maddie believed her best days were behind her. She’d lost all hope. Months since her beloved husband’s passing, the wound was still raw, real, and ever present. Life as she knew it was over.
Profound sorrow occurs not only when someone we love dies but when we lose our health or independence, or when life as we know it suddenly changes.
In the midst of loss, it’s hard to imagine how life afterward will look. As much as we want to be hopeful, our mind tends to focus on the way things were. [Read more…] about Finding Hope When You Feel Your Best Days Are Behind You
It’s easy to offer thanks for the blessings in our lives, but what about being thankful for the growth we experience through adversity? The unexpected twists, turns, and turmoil that flip our world upside down are not friends we greet with cheer. Yet, could those hardships actually present us with opportunities to be grateful? [Read more…] about Being Thankful for Growth through Adversity