“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

-Portia Nelson

In the journey of self discovery, never forget who you are, where you are and where you see yourself:

Never lose sight of your goals.

Acknowledge your achievements.

Stay positive.

Don’t blame others for mistakes you’ve made.

And finally, remember that your mind is a terrible thing to waste. Once its gone,  so are you…though the hole in the sidewalk.

 

CIAO

There’s a whole in my Sidewalk!

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Another Ten List: Top Ten Worship Artists

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J.S. Park

Contemporary praise has changed like crazy in the last decade. Simple G-chord progressions with easy-to-sing vocals have been updated with blazing guitar riffs and loud anthem chants. Every new praise song is in a higher key than it should be. There’s a lot less about Jesus’ work on the cross and more about our response to Him. Some of these changes have been great, some not so much. But overall I love the direction that praise is going: more physical, energetic, open to joy, and more in tune with our brokenness. The following is a list of worship artists that continue to shape the church with strong lyrics, great music, and no compromise.

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Whose Approval are We Seeking?

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Galatians 1:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Society is plagued with one particular pathogen-insecurity. Insecurity challenges our defense systems. It multiplies within each individual, thriving off of our doubts and fears.  Since this pathogen has been plaguing humans since the beginning of time and hasn’t been cleaned from our systems, it forever sucks the joy out of our lives and is the cause of our despair, covetousness, and approval dependence.

This is why the bible scripture above states that we are not to seek approval of the people around us, but be in the pursuit of approval from our God above. You see,  we only become insecure because we are uncertain about our own worth.  It’s time we stop thinking as those of the World,  but think like out God above. Once we see ourselves through his eyes, then our insecurities will dissipate.

After all, we were not placed on this Earth to worry about anything. We were put here to give Glory to or Father through our actions, sacrifice, praise and service.  Once we are committed to him, all we seek is his approval.

CIAO.

Womb Perfect

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I am at peace inside.

Oh, temporarily true.

No, not never so.

Oh, Thirsty one, come out!

I need not a liquid.

But you are due quick!

Ah, but I am quite slow.

Your life begins soon!

But, I am yet alive,

So, no not never so.

Oh, Shy one come out!

Don’t you see the pain I cause?

Yes, indeed this pain isn’t unfamiliar.

I know not your wisdom.

Ah, yes you are naught but a suckling.

No, not forever so.

Oh, innocent one show yourself!

You must know my face shines brightest.

Then, make yourself known;

The water empties quickly!

Then yes, I must go.

I wrote this poem when  my mother was pregnant with my lil brother. Oh, the memories…

The Ant Trail

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I followed a trail of ants today,

down a tree trunk.

They waved and

cheered-saved my day

I guess I’d found some luck.

No longer will I wake up in tears,

for I have found real friends.

The ones that that travel far and near,

on just a few short legs.

Oh, look!

One found my arm,

and wants to tag along.

It followed me on the school bus,

but I accidentally flicked him off.

He’s offended, hurt–I’m certain!

I must have broken the pact:

Never neglect new friends,

for they might not come back!

I wonder whether he’ll find his allies,

the ones I met today.

I hope he doesn’t tell

them that I flicked him far away!

Woops!

Sometimes…you have to Distance Yourself

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“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself to see things clearly If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.” -Torin

Countless times I find myself worrying and stressing over events  (or people) that are out of my control. I realize that I cannot force people to like or understand me, and neither should  I. We are all very different people with varying perceptions of one another. We  like and dislike; we envy; we love; we ignore; we embrace, and we believe. Preferences: That’s what make us human and unfortunately, when push comes to shove, we have to bite the bullet and step away from all the chaos and embrace solidarity. Its important that our perception isn’t so keen on ourselves or others, but more so on their interactions with us, their words and actions.

An like the quote suggests we mustn’t be too focused on those who don’t appreciate our existence. Life is way too short to care.

CIAO!

Airborne

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