UpLifts In Thought (visit us at http://uplifts.us )
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. –William Golding
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty â€” they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. â€” Martin Buxbaum
UpLifts In Spirit
It is perfectly normal to derive satisfaction from
performing a task or skill at a high level. This
striving to achieve is innate in humans and probably
crucial to our long-term survival.
Unhealthy perfectionism occurs when we believe that
the social acceptance and approval of others will
only be forthcoming if we achieve unrealistically
Perfectionists punish themselves excessively for
making mistakes rather than seeing mistakes as an
essential process to true learning.
The stress of perfectionism has been linked to higher
risk of suicide and depression, especially among high achievers.
Strive to be completely competent by all means but
realize that you will occasionally make a mistake and
that this is OK. Learn from the error, move on and
enjoy your success without the burden of unachievable standards.
UpLifts In Story
Why Bad Things Happen to Good People
In my occupation I often hear questions like these: “Why do bad things have to happen to good people?” “Why is life so unfair?” And the hardest of all these questions: “If God really loved us, how could He let this happen?”
Well, I donâ€™t know all the answers, but maybe this story will lend some comfort.
Late one evening, years ago, my youngest daughter was toddling around in the kitchen. She was at that awkward stage where she was walking, but not all too steadily. I was upstairs getting ready for bed and my wife was somewhere in the house. All the children were in bed, except for Shaina.
Suddenly I heard a thump, and a terrible cry. I ran downstairs and found Shaina lying on the kitchen floor screaming. Evidently she had crawled up on a counter chair and fallen off face first onto the floor. When I scooped her up, her face was covered with blood. I ran for the bathroom, and in moments realized we were going to have to take her to the hospital.
Well, when we got there, the doctor examined the wound and told us that if it was not stitched back together, it would leave a horrible ugly scar. I remember that we put our tiny daughter on the table, but when the doctor began to operate on her, her whimpering cries turned into panicked screams once more. We had no choice. We had to strap her to the table and place her head in restraints. Still, that was not enough. She screamed and thrashed wildly. Finally the doctor looked at me, and told me that I was going to have to sit down and hold her head still.
I remember I sat down near her head, and put a hand on each side of her head, and forcefully held it still while the doctor gently and expertly stitched her lip back together. I will never forget her screams and her cries, but most of all, I will never forget those accusing eyes that stared up at me and seemed to say, “Daddy, how could you do this to me? Let me go!” It tore my heart to do that to her, but I did not let her go.
The doctor finished, and the wound healed with only a minor scar.
Shaina has been terrified of doctors and hospitals ever since. Iâ€™m not sure sheâ€™s even forgiven me for that night. From her perspective, all she could see was her father inflicting horrible pain and torment on her. But from my perspective, the pain was only a temporary thing, and very much worth the end result. Shaina may not see it now, but later when she matures and her perspective is changed, sheâ€™ll see it then. I daresay, given the same circumstances, she would even do the same for her children.
Once when the Lordâ€™s people were suffering greatly from the trials and inequities of life, He said to them, “Be still and know that I am God.” And again, remember when the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, and it looked as though God had led them into the wilderness to die, Moses stood before them and declared, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Exodus 14:12
Remember what the Lord said through Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8
My dear friends, especially those of you who are suffering, in spite of how much it may hurt now and make absolutely no sense, I promise you there will come a day if we are faithful when we will see, understand, and — agree.
Shared by Glenn Rawson and felt it fit this week – I wish you all peace in heart and mind through your trials.
UpLifts For Life
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy