I was given a challenge for this week’s writing: Open the least used drawer in my home and find the oddest item in said drawer. Then write about it. That today is Sunday, hence SSOB I must also turn this item into a spiritual topic…Challenge accepted.
I find it quite odd that no “odd” item exists in the two least used drawers I opened. What I did find in both were various forms of adhesive. Super glue, tape, double-sided rubber cement squares. Interesting.
ADHESIVE : designed to stick to something.
Synonyms: adherent, adhesive, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid.
Tenacious. This is a word that I can relate to. I have managed to remain in extremely uncomfortable situations for the sole purpose of sticking to my guns. Ha! Do you feel me? Tenacious can work for us negatively and positively.
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run – Don Schlitz
Perseverance is doing something in spite of difficulty and obstacle. One with perseverance is persistent in adhering course of action by all means. – Anil Sinha
Remaining in a company I believe in during good times and uncomfortable times has proven to be beneficial to my growth and my spirit as well as my career. However, I once stayed in a very sick marriage for 16 years because I was unwilling to give up. While some might call this admirable, I recognize the negative effects this had on several of my loved ones. Regardless, we all learned something from this. Including said ex-husband whom I no longer refer to as “Satan”, because growth.
The key is identifying what to adhere to and what to let go of. It is said that the fall season serves as a reminder to let go of what we find is no longer useful. Whether that be clothing, seasonal decorations, where we chose to live, or relationships with others. It is good to do an inventory of all things in our lives and find out what we are ready to let go of, what we would consider let going and what we want to keep.
There are several beliefs and concepts that I have chosen to toss out and for the better. There are essential beliefs that I hold on to – adhere to. This is a decision we make as individuals. I cannot dictate to another what to hold onto and what to let go of. I can only help another person ask themselves the question of whether to or not.
In the spirit of passing it on – Challenges that is, my first challenge to you is to inventory everything in your life (material, relationships, career goals, etc.) that:
- You are ready to let go and why.
- You might be ready to let go and why.
- You will stick to no matter what and why.
When you are done, please share this inventory with me. I would love to see how others compile their thoughts!
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12
One concept I do adhere to: Prayer. Daily contact with my God is essential in keeping a spiritual heart and a grounded mindset. I set my intentions for the day. How I want to bless others. I lift up my loved ones, the sick and faint of heart in their day. I am then ready to get shit done!
My second challenge to you is a 21-day prayer commitment. Each day, in whatever format you chose, pray for:
- Yourself – ONLY if what you request will be helpful to others.
- God’s will (Not Yours) for your family, friends and loved ones.
- Your enemies – everything you want for yourself to be given to these people.
- The sick, injured and faint of heart
- Do not ask God to change anyone’s heart. Who are we to judge what is right or wrong for another person?
When you are done with the 21-day challenge, please let me know how it went and if you plan to continue.
Be tenacious, and…Stay Blissful My Friends – E