Friday, April 28, 2017

Weakness Gives Us Strength

If we can see our weaknesses, we can overcome them.

If we don’t know ourselves, we cannot change or progress.

*Weakness keeps us humble.

As I open my mind and heart to the things I need to improve, I open myself to the possibility of change.

*Humility opens us to learning.

My understanding is quickened with ideas about progressing personally.

*Learning bring us knowledge.

As I study, I find concrete behavior changes I can make in my life that will help me live more peaceably.

*Knowledge gives us power.

With this understanding, I see the path to strengthen myself and add more light to my life.

*Power is the ability to change.

I practice my new-found behaviors, and I am a better person. My ability to make the world a better place is increased. I am a stronger person because of my weakness.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Heritage

I belong to a group of pioneer women who meet every month to share ancestor histories and discuss daily pioneer life.I love being with these women because we enjoy a common heritage. Even though we aren’t related, we came from the same roots.

As we connect with our ancestors and learn of their trials and struggles and painfully sad experiences, I grieve with those who have gone before. It helps me put my life in perspective.

When I throw a load of clothes in the washing machine, I think of the pioneers boiling their clothes and then scrubbing off the difficult stains on a corrugated tin wash board. I know my life isn’t that difficult.

I listen to the triumphs of by-gone years, and know that if they could succeed, I can also. I gain strength from their stories to become better than I am. A sense of synergy comes into my life as I reconnect with them and
I am more . . .

and greater . . .

and stronger . . .

because of them.

Connect with your past. Find gratitude in your heart for them. Grow beyond yourself because of them. Let them bless your life.