S.A.R.

Complaints are not progress! Sometimes, I feel as though we believe complaining about our current situation will actually catapult us to the place we desire to be. Don't laugh, but when I was much younger, my personally philosophy was that the more I thought negatively about a situation, the better the outcome. For some strange reason I felt as though speaking ill of certain events would provide victory instead of defeat. I was practicing Jedi mind tricks before I knew I was a Jedi. As I've gotten older, and much much much wiser, I have discovered that I was 100% wrong in my way of thinking. Not only was I wrong, I was being pretty idiotic. Today, I think much differently. I am not totally for or against "positive thinking," I just believe that it is a piece to the puzzle, not the puzzle in itself. 

Yes, we must have faith. Yes, we must believe. But, as the brother of our Lord spoke about so eloquently, "Faith without works, is dead." With that, here are 3 things that I believe make a big difference, and can assist us in completing the puzzle we are currently working on. 

1. Self Awareness: We must be honest with where we are currently. Until we come face to face with reality, we will not be able to make a change. 

2. Take action: Once you know where you are, it is time to confirm where it is you want to be. The reason "Plan" is not listed here is because most of us quit right after we have made the plan. For a lot of us, planning is the trophy. Once we have charted our course, we sit back and dream about actually getting into the boat and starting the journey. So, instead of planning, we must take action. Draw a map, and start your journey. 

3. Reap: There are no time limits. There is no specific limit in regards to amount. Just know that if you decide to be honest with yourself and take action, you will reap the benefits. The "when" is out of your hands. The "how" will be determined by the amount your hands put in. 

-dm

Change is Possible...

Allow yourself to change. In life, sometimes we become the naysayer/hater that we claim is out to get us, when we furiously post about it online. Sometimes, the mindsets and philosophies that we grew up with are the very roadblocks stopping us from getting to the place God desires us to be. If this is you, it may be time to call a full time-out, discover where the opposition is actually coming from, and draw up a new game-plan. Let go of those old plays and strategies, they aren't working! 

A lot of times we know exactly which direction we should go, or what turn we should make, but we fear the opinion of others so much that we continue to do things the way we always have. Fear has been my opponent for my entire life. There have been great losses, but there have also been great victories. Those victories have usually come from me stepping outside of my comfort zone and listening to the small still voice in my heart, despite how afraid I was. Change is hard. Change can be scary. But remember, change is possible. 

-dm

Create

Don't stop creating. The platform may change, but don't let the fire to create burn out. If you want to make films, pick up a camera and shoot. If you want to be an writer, open your notes app and start writing. If you want to make music, turn your bedroom into a studio and record. But, always be self aware, knowing that you may not be called to be a filmmaker, author, or musician. You may be called to be an accountant, a doctor, or an architect. The platform may change, but don't let the fire to create burn out. The opportunity to create is everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open for it.

-dm 

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