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Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Defeated

In life there will be times when you lose; it is a necessary part of life.  Loss is a barometer of growth, but loss does not constitute defeat.  A defeated mentality only happens when one gives up hope and surrenders to their circumstances.  Defeat is a quitter’s mindset.

No one wants to lose.  It is common practice to look at any loss as some sort of failure, but contrary to popular belief, there is much to gain in every loss.  When we lose, we discover how to become better, we learn our strengths and weaknesses, we re-evaluate our plans, and if we truly pay attention, we learn the lesson.  To lose means there is room to grow, but to become defeated means we no longer wish to succeed.

Every loss is preparing you for the ultimate victory and each time you fall short, it does not mean give up.  It means that there is still preparation needed.  It also is saving grace from a greater setback that could have possibly discouraged you or caused you to lose faith.  Do not quit on yourself or your dreams!

Losing is a hard pill to swallow and rarely feels good, but sometimes, it is the best medicine one can receive.  The tools you develop and sharpen, the wisdom that is forged, and the courage developed in the midst of midst of depair are what will propel you to overcome no matter the obstacle and never be defeated.  So next time things don’t work out and it seems you have lost, look at it as a step closer to achieving your heart’s desire.

“Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.” 

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

I saw a sign recently that read, “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”  How àpropos.  The more we think, the more we thank©.  The brighter our spirits become, the more the burdens dissolve and the faster our hearts and souls fill with joy.  Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as one thinks in his heart, so is he.”  The mind is the most powerful tool God gave man and mere thoughts can change a person’s outlook on life and transform the world around them.  Today I am so THANKFUL for peace of mind and a happy heart!  To have calmness despite being in the midst of storms, to know that in every trial there is a lesson to be learned, and realize that despite any setbacks, tomorrow presents an opportunity to improve and grow, is a purposeful choice to choose happiness and gratefulness and not succumb to life’s heartaches and tragedies.  What a blissful and THANKFUL thought!  Let today start the transformation of your thoughts and life.  Life will present you with many moments of despair, but that’s just it, they are ONLY moments.  Choose to minimize the moment and maximize the potential to gain self-actualization and self-improvement.  Think about all the blessings you have, look at how far you’ve come and imagine how far you’ve yet to go, envision happiness and greatness let it be the catalyst of THANKFULNESS.  As cliché as it may be, we truly are what we think.  When you begin to think, began to thank, and watch your world morph and take a paradigm shift turning into a masterpiece of beauty, joy, and unparalleled happiness.  #Think2Thank

 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     ~ Buddha

BrotherWord - Rev. Michael P. Jacques

  ~ Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., a priest and pillar of a community and city, an activist and advocate for Jesus Christ and his fellow man, a father, uncle, brother, and friend, who showed love to whomever crossed his path, who smiled through life’s worst times, taught others how to not only overcome, but to reach new heights, who fought for the downtrodden and less fortunate, who cared for the elderly and indigent, and who lived a life that exemplified  Jesus’ love, grace, mercy, and mission of servitude.  He will be missed by many, but the life he led taught us all what life is truly about and how to make the most out of the lives we’ve been given.  Love you Fr. Mike
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