Building Your Legacy – Elements (Part 2)

Forgiveness and Restful Emptiness are two of the four elements of change in our life and legacy. Click here to read about the other two, Bravery and Passion. Forgiveness If we do not build our legacy from a place of quick and full forgiveness we will end up stuck in life. Stuck means we will experience a lack of productivity and creativity until we forgive. Being stuck will also cause us to be blind to what we should be grateful for in that area and halts fruitfulness.  Being a forgiving person release a spirit of gratitude in our life. Just like gratitude, forgiveness must be expressed. If I do not express it, it can not be activated in my life and legacy. I express my gratitude to God first and then to those that He uses to give me cause to be grateful.  I express…

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Building Your Legacy – Elements (Part1)

As a recap, in the first segment of Building Your Legacy, we reviewed the definition of legacy along with the need for four foundational elements to be at work so that your legacy can bear fruit. In this segment, we will look at two of the four foundational elements of Passion and Bravery. Passion Passion is one of the four elements of change in your life. As it relates to the element of passion being foundational in the building of our legacy, it is not about finding our passion. The element of passion is about the intense fire of enthusiasm that we bring into our legacy. God gives us peace to not be concerned about seeking our passion, but to seek Him, and He will bring our passion or purpose to fulfillment. I cry out to God Most High,to God…

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Building Your Legacy with Elements

"Building Your Legacy" is a new series of highlighting topics to aid in building your life and legacy as it becometh you. The first segment of Building Your Legacy is to define legacy and elements of a well-crafted legacy. You are writing your legacy every day, that is a fact. But a well-crafted legacy is not automatic, it requires that we are an active participant in the building of our legacy. We all need the proper supplies or elements when we participate in any building process. For a well-crafted legacy lets start with the basic elements that will go into your legacy. So what is a legacy? When we think of a legacy we commonly think of two things. It happens at the time of our natural death and it refers to a time when our finances or personal possessions…

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Simplifying Life is Personal and Enjoyable

Personal Simplification To simplify scares many turns off many, and intrigues many. I went through all three of those feelings from the time I was introduced to the concept of simplicity, about four years ago. My first exposure was with Megan Starbuck and her blog Living Tiny, Dreaming Big. Her writing about tiny living came right about the time I was getting excited about tiny homes (which I hope to have someday). In her blog, she addressed various ways, reasons, and outcomes of embracing simplicity, no matter the size of your home, family, or life. Through reading her blog, she took me from being turned off and scared to intrigued because Megan made it very clear that living a life of simplicity is total, 100% personal. What a relief! So many before Megan, made me feel I had to do…

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Exposure to Foundational to Beneficial

EXPOSURE Exposure is powerful.Exposure is hard to forget.Exposure causes a reaction.Exposure demands a response. Exposure can be the start or foundation of something or the capstone or finishing off of something. Exposure can cause a reaction. Exposure demands a response. The root word to exposure is "expose", which comes from Latin word exponere or expound, and was influenced by the Latin word expositus or to "set out" and the Old French word poser or "to place". It is important to know the history of a word because it gives clarity and understanding. Expose is to reveal, set out, and to place. When we are exposed to something, it is going to cause a reaction and demand a response. The reaction is emotional, the response being foundational of what we do with what we have been exposed to. Twenty years ago…

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Acceptance for the Organized Soul

IS THIS ORGANIZED? IS THIS ORGANIZED? OR, IS THIS ORGANIZED The word organized comes from the Latin word "organum" meaning instrument or tool. And the basis of the word tool was originally used for "prepare". This background reveals the true essence of organized. It is the tool or thing we use to prepare to do something. Organized is not about how it looks, it is all about functionality. Don't get me wrong, I love to organize and step back to see everything neat, tidy, and pleasing to the eye, but if I sacrifice functionality, then the tool is broke. Can functionality look amazing? Yes! Functionality can be pleasing to the eye and even more so it is beneficial to being productive and reducing daily stress. Before I understood that the true purpose of being organized, was to improve function, I…

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Problem Solving is Natural

I Don't want to talk about the P-Word "Problem" No one really wants to talk about problems, until they have to, but we need to understand and appreciate our natural ability to solve them. Let's look at what a problem is. Definitions bring clarity. Clarity reveals applicability. Problem Defined A problem is a noun because it is tangible and meant to be owned by someone or a group of people. It is a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome and possibly damaging with a need to be dealt with and overcome or solved. The problem requires action, and if it does not receive the necessary action, it will increase in possible pending doom the longer the action is withheld. Right after reading the definition our mind goes to those nagging problems we have ignored. Maybe a door lock that needs…

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The Practice of Taking a Stand

What we practice, we perfect, and what we perfect, results in wisdom I confess to you today, I’m a people watcher. I love to watch people.  Years ago my husband and I would get popcorn, grab a bench and watch people. Through these inexpensive days of entertainment, we learned how different people walked, interacted, and behaved with each other and the message they sent to onlookers. Very interesting and entertaining.  Chuck and I would share our observations and in this process, we learned about people and about each other. Quite often he would see something I didn't see and vise versa. Some of those differences were due to his male view of the behavior. But the more interesting and thought-provoking perspectives were because of our different backgrounds, encounters, and people that influenced our lives. I still look back and smile about those…

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Tend, Guard and Keep as it Becometh You.

Tend, Guard and Keeping We experience these character traits and skills from people that have loved us deeply and have been there for us in our journey of life's ups and downs. For me, it was my Mom! She was full of love and the bravery to tend, guard and keep her family no matter what. Who has been that for you? Who has set the example of being strong enough to speak the truth as tending you at pivotal times, have guarded you and or kept you with unconditional love? There will be a time that each of us will need to rise and be a life-changing agent by tending, guarding or keeping someone or something. We Rise to Tend Tending Requires a single focus for a season Tending is reaching out and overlooking differences Tending is having a…

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Jane’s Journey “Reflection”

Jane's Journey "Reflection" Jane's Journey is about my transition into an adventure within my "hereafter" or my "from now on" of this big, new and unknown space and a place called retirement. I am sharing my experiences to give wisdom and help when it is your time and also hear from you if you have already found your place and space in your hereafter of retirement. Retirement - The realizing and engaging of times, ideas and realms of possibility that your heart looks for and your mind images but never tasted of, until now on. As I entered the second quarter of "Hereafter", I am reflecting on the journey of my first three months. REFLECTION Reflection comes from the root word "reflex" or "to bend back". A time to pause and bend or look back is so healthy for our…

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