True Wealth and Success

Tonight I watched a great video of Tony Robbins. The topic I believe was about financial freedom. One of his points really stirred my beliefs and I feel is so important. The concepts of wealth and success. Has anyone told you how valuable you are? How meaningful? How important? Somehow this universe came to be and look what was made. You.

And so, what do we value? I don’t believe money is the definition of success. That wealth is defined by our assets and possessions. True worth is intangible. Success beyond productivity. The experience of feeling valued and reciprocating that care. That love. Something that can never be bought, only given.

Know and exist in that presence and cradle of worth and significance. We can have a wealth beyond anything corporal. My hope for you tonight is that you find this comfort.

Rest well

Motivational Thoughts

For the last couple of months I’ve been meditating on the word perseverance, to persevere. It didn’t hit me hard until today. My Mom and I were talking about weightlifting and how muscles grow. See where it’s heading? Only when a muscle is broken down and exhausted does it grow and revive. This is how our body works!

Now, lets look at our lives. Only when we are fully spent does perseverance, in our character, mature. How often do we experience difficulty or hard times? We show up on the stage of our life and we did not take the time to develop our character? What if a body builder said, “Oh, at least I made it to the gym,” or, “I will do it someday.”

Character is not something we are born with! It is taught and developed over our lives.

Someone does not walk into the gym with muscles. They are built. Now, how does this meet me in my day to day. My daily grind. If our body needs time to rest and to build, allow yourself and others the opportunity to grow and to mature. I encourage you to persevere through, regardless of opposition or failure.

We are not defined by failures, but by our growth to our potential.

Courage

Have you recently felt worthless, useless, stuck, or low significance. Maybe it was something that happened in the past. Did it happen this week. May I be one that encourages you to meditate on the word “courage“.

This past month over and over this word has plagued my mind. Looking for it and asking myself if I have it. I finally realized that the meaning and significance of this word escaped me. Let me share with you from wikipedia.org the definition of “courage”.

Courage is

the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.”

If you ever feel despair, worthlessness, hopelessness, or fear, it is a lie. Your life is worth so much!

Find your strengths and engage them.

List the obstacles in your life and challenge them!

Take courage.
-Jonathan

Passionate Living

Experience is quite a teacher and certainly can present itself as unbelievably expensive. The price seems outrageous, but it is priceless. It can be for the good or depending upon what we do with our experiences, not so good.

I met a ninety-two year old woman the other day in the grocery store. Can’t quite remember why we started chatting, but this little lady captivated me. She had playful eyes and her smile was so beautiful. I found myself really laughing and even crying with her. Her openness and warmth was hard to simply walk away from. What an unforgettable woman.

Laughing forces despair to not rule us… I believe sharing gives hope and hope gives strength.

Together, we can be stronger.