Tag Archives: Help

God is 100% with You

7 Jan

This is the first time in a very long time that I have been so excited.
It is the excitement of making the right decision.
It is the excitement of letting my heart make a decision.

Suddenly, life takes on a new meaning.
Suddenly, the day has a purpose.

This is the first time in a very long time that I have felt so joyful.
It is the joy of knowing that success is guaranteed.

Because when your soul is 100% in it, God is 100% with you.

A Test in Disguise

18 Sep

“This is a test,” I thought, as I came out of a particularly successful interview for the world’s most boring job. “This is a test to see whether I accept the first thing that comes along for the sake of financial security, knowing that I will hate my job from the first week and that I will be sacrificing my dream for it”.

When we set along the path to make our dreams come true, many things can hinder us and test us. Obstacles come in the way; some to slow us down and test our patience, others to challenge us and make us prove to ourselves and the universe that we are truly 100% set on making our dream come true. Some of these tests are very sly, camouflaged in the routine of daily life. Such as a job offer promising financial security.

“What effect will this job have on my life?” I asked myself on the way home from the interview. “I will be bored after the first week. I will be disappointed not to be using my skills and qualities. I will be frustrated not to be doing what I love, or even enjoy. This will often put me into a bad mood, and perhaps even depression. These negative feelings will cause serious problems in my personal life; I will be moody, jealous and unsatisfied. I will always be thinking that I am wasting time, when I could be spending this time doing something I love. I will put my dream on hold for another year. I will probably lose the faith and energy to start trying to make it come true once my contract with this company ends.”

And to think I was actually considering inflicting all of this upon myself by accepting the job!

Luckily, I realised that this was a test in disguise. Luckily, God whispered in my ear and told me to look at this ‘opportunity’ in the light of my dreams. By putting aside financial stability and by listening to the yearnings of my soul, I was able to get a clearer and truer vision of the decision at hand.

I thank You, God – both for testing and guiding me. I thank You for reminding me of the importance of my dream. I thank You for sending me back on the right path. And if there are others who stray, others who forget, others who do not notice the tests that come their way, others who come across obstacles, please, whisper in their ear, too. Please help them to remember their dreams.

Amen.

Help Another to Heal Yourself

26 Jan

“The best way to heal emotional turmoil is to do something for someone else,” my grandma always tells me. In recent years, it has become fashionable to be egocentric. Phrases such as “Spoil yourself”, “Give yourself a treat”, “Go on, you deserve it” and “Me, me, me” have become extremely widespread in the world of advertising. And worst thing is: we buy it.

Doing things for other people is now viewed in a negative light. Family life is seen as a sacrifice, rather than the greatest gift; doing chores for friends and relatives is seen as a favour, rather than a pleasure; helping out a stranger is seen as a burden, rather than a natural act of compassion.

The most common cure for emotional turmoil has become ‘taking some me time’: going shopping, treating ourselves to a nice dinner, taking a week-end away to cool off. However, in doing something for ourselves in order to get a worry off our minds, we are channelling energy into ourselves. And because this energy is fuelled by a negative primary thought, the energy inside us gets clogged up, never blossoming into something positive. It creates the opposite effect to what we desire: we become more obsessed with our problems and even more frustrated because our ‘cures’ haven’t worked.

If we do something for another person at a time when we’re in emotional angst, the result is completely different. Firstly, our thoughts move from ourselves to another person. We not only stop thinking about our troubles, but we realise that everyone around us has problems of their own…and that ours are often ridiculous in comparison. Secondly, when we do something positive for another person, we do it out of genuine good will. Our blocked negative energy transforms into positive energy. Thirdly, we return to a loving way of perceiving the things around us: we see the wonderful effects of our positive actions on the lives of others and we realise that love is more important than anything else.

Doing something for someone else can be as big or as small as you want it to be: doing the housework for your parents, cooking dinner for your partner, helping your younger sibling with their homework, doing the shopping for your elderly neighbour, doing the dishes for a flatmate who’s late for a date, completing work for a colleague who has fallen ill, replying to the long-forgotten e-mail that your friend sent you. When we do even the smallest things for someone else, a weight is lifted off our chest: we see that there is more to life than our internal world and there is more to life than the problems running through our heads.

When we feel frustrated, anxious or confused what we need the most is to put things into perspective. And the best way to do that is to remind ourselves of the bigger picture: we are surrounded by people who love us and who also need our love. Unfortunately, just reminding ourselves of this is often not enough to dispel the agitation that our minds get into. But actively doing something positive for someone else is not only a sure cure for our own emotional turmoil, but quite possibly a cure for someone else’s too. After all, doesn’t it make our day when someone does something nice for us?