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Have you ever had a certain vision or image in mind or a design or pattern in which you think things should happen or unfold only for it not to remotely resemble what you envisioned? It can be frustrating and deflating, but do not let the detour deter the dream!
The beauty of dreams are that they are organic, fluid, ever evolving, and just because they may start one way, it is not unusual for them to take an alternate route. What so many of us miss is the beauty and message discovered in the detour. A detour does not necessarily mean you have been knocked off course, but instead reveals another way in which to reach your destiny. A detour is not a dead end!
You may have a usual route you take daily to and from work. After awhile, your vehicle could pretty much drive itself home. It becomes bland, mundane, and unadventurous. But now there is construction or an accident and you have been detoured and forced to take an unfamiliar passage. Although this new direction is foreign, it yields its own perks. You get to see new parts of the city, come across new establishments, and because it is new, your every sense is titillated, soaking in the fresh and fascinating scenery.
Same with life. Sometimes in life we get knocked off course for one reason or another or without rhyme or rationale, the course simply changes. Do not let the detour deter the dream. Although the road you traverse my change, it is the journey that should be cherished. Destiny is not determined by where you start, so no matter where you start or which roads you travel, your destiny is married to your willingness to withstand and continue on no matter where the roads lead.
Enjoy the detours life present. They offer us all an opportunity to experience new things we may have otherwise missed, to see new outlooks, and to learn alternate ways to reach our destiny. Detours also shield us from harm and protect us from unknown mishaps. Our detours remind us to be patient and to soak in the journey, not overlooking or ignoring the paths we travel or taking for granted the experiences that help us to grow. Remember, the detour does not deter the dream; it develops the destiny!
“The most fulfilling adventures happen when you start your journey without knowing where you’re going, because only then are you free to experience the unexpected detours you’re meant to take.” ~ A.J. Darkholme
“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed. You will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.” ~ Michael York
Part of reaching your destiny is understanding your detours.” ~ Tony Eavns
Who you see is who you will be. ~ BrotherWord
Vision without action is no more than a dream. Dreams are the beginning of aspirations, illuminating, invigorating, a oftentimes, inspiring. However, a dream that is not followed by work shall forever remain dormant. Dreams are important, but vision is vital. Think of your vision as your blueprint to your destiny and it all revolves around how you see yourself.
Vision is cast as we live in the moment. Sounds crazy, a bit off doesn’t it? How do I prepare for the future and thrive in the present at the same time? How am I supposed to plan for tomorrow if I am supposed to concentrate and focus on today. Think of it as a road trip. You know your destination, where you are trying to get to, but how to get there is the key. Like a map, so is your life. Devise a plan, anticipate roadblocks and traffic, navigate the roads, look both ways, stay alert, and pray for traveling grace. In order to reach your destination, you first have to get into your vehicle (live the dream); start the engine (become fired up about the possibilities); buckle up (the road may get rough and there will be setbacks along the way); make sure the tank is full (pour into your dream and surround yourself with a team that will pour into you as well); and finally, began to accelerate (get moving and start making strives toward accomplishing all you have set out to achieve). In no time, you will reach your destination.
The subconscious is the mirror to the soul and the eyes are its windows. How you see yourself, how you perceive your worth and purpose, will ultimately determine if you reach your destination. We already know that everyone may not align with, support, or last as we make our journey, but we can never forget who we are or why we are doing it. If your subconscious is the mirror, be willing to look within, search your soul for clarity, direction, and courage, and know without a shadow of a doubt that the only person who can steer the course of your life, is the one staring back at you in the mirror. Be willing to dig deep and pull out your best! Let your eyes be the windows to opportunity, open and inviting, and the barriers to block anything unwanted and undesired. But don’t be deceived either by what you see. Remember the grass is not always as green as it may appear and there are no shortcuts despite how enticing either may seem. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Remain faithful that your vision will come to fruition. Who you see is who you will be and when your vision aligns with your work ethic, the reflection will be a magnificent sight to behold.
There will come a time in life when the cheering comes to a deafening silence and the outpour of support dwindles away like a puff of smoke. It is in this moment that you will be left contemplating how could it have all gone so drastically wrong, but this is not the time to throw in the towel. Instead, this is the first of many opportunities to look in the mirror and summon all the courage you can muster, and continue to forge ahead. This is the time when all that is left is to encourage yourself.
Not everyone will see your vision or be able to go the distance with you, but that is not as important as what you see or how you see yourself. @PastorJ_HigherD candidly states, “Your next choice will determine your destiny,” and it is here and now where the rubber meets the road. What you see in the mirror will ultimately determine where you go and who you shall become. Do you see yourself as the meek, minute house cat or the strong, powerful king of the jungle? The vision you cast of yourself is greater than the vision you are trying to bring to fruition.
When all else fails and everyone else bails, you have to be able to turn within to discover an inner strength. This is paramount in your quest and one of the most vital components you will need along your journey. Many will come and just as many will go, but the one constant is the man in the mirror. Who you see is what matters most because the image the mirror reflects is a precursor to your future. Stand tall and gaze in the mirror at your greatest asset – yourself.
Unfortunately, people shall come in like a whirlwind eager to assist and be a part of something, anything, until it either requires them to actively contribute or they move on to the next shiny thing. Guard your heart, protect your vision, and build your foundation so strong that when all around you begins to crumble, you still are standing firmly in your faith, conviction, and purpose. Ever noticed the sideview mirror that reads, “Images in mirror may be closer than they appear?” It is because the mirror only reflects a small scale version of the greater vision, a vision that only the person looking in the mirror is truly aware of! Remember, whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way, you’re right and it all starts with who you see in the mirror.
I’m caught up in a serious predicament and I don’t know how to stop or get myself out of it. Since I broke up with my ex, I’ve remained single, not dating or any of the “perks” that come along with dating. The problems arose when I ran into my ex at a coffee shop we both frequented and enjoyed together. I really wasn’t expecting to see him there since he moved to another part of town after we split. That initial jolt and shock of seeing him brought back a slew of emotions. We separated amicably, so we sat down drinking our coffee and caught up on life. Of course one thing led to another and next thing you know we’re back at my place (our old place) having sex. This has reoccurred several times, 8 to be exact, over the past 3 months and every time we say that it’s not going to happen again, but it does. We also know we broke up in the first place for legitimate reasons and we’re not going to get back together, but we’re still having sex. How do I stop this and break apart for good?
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is… START. You have so many great ideas, but no idea where to begin or how to get the ball rolling. Don’t let the enormity of the dream deter you from beginning the journey. Put one foot in the front the other and start moving. Like a pebble rolling down a hill, the more it rolls, the more it picks up steam, the larger it gets, and it begins encompassing all it comes in contact with. Imagine jump-starting a vehicle. It’s difficult pushing it, 2 tons of dead weight, immobile, at a standstill. As hard as it may be initially, the vehicle begins to rock, the tires start turning, and inch by inch, you’re pushing forward, moving steadily. Eventually, you pick up a little momentum, a little more speed, enough to hop in, pop the clutch, and off you go. No different when pursuing your dreams and aspirations. It may seem like an insurmountable task at first, and enormous hill to climb, but the only way to achieve the dream is to START. Get moving, build your momentum, and enjoy the ride. #Begin2Win
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Zager
It’s Thankful Thursday and as the day comes to an end, I want to express my thanks to all those that have impacted my life in one way or another. Some have challenged me to grow, supported my dreams and aspirations and encouraged me to reach new heights. Others have tried everything in their power to tear me down and destroy my heart and psyche. For both, I am equally thankful. Through each, I have learned who I am, what I stand for, and that there are no limits to how far I can go when I walk by faith and learn to simply be thankful for the things at hand. I’ve been shown, found, accepted that my life has a greater purpose than I ever imagined. The journey continues and I’m excited to have you along for the ride. Sit tight, buckle up. I promise the road ahead will be filled with twists and turns, but along the way, we will cherish, enjoy, and learn from every moment, and be thankful for every minute.
What are you thankful for? Share your thanks in the comment section or e-mail them to BrotherWord34@gmail.com.