The Journey is…LOVE, RESPECT &….cell phones?

It’s true!  People CAN change if they want to!

After YEARS of frustrating my loved ones….I’m proud to say that for 3 weeks now I have(with very few exceptions) kept my cell phone charged, the volume TURNED UP, and with me at all times….and I’ve even answered it when I didn’t recognize the number!  Simple right?  For YOU MAYBE!  But for me, this is a major accomplishment!  I’m proud of myself.  I don’t imagine anyone else cares or has noticed, but it makes me happy.  YAY ME!

Have I enjoyed changing?  NO!  It’s been quite a bother to constantly think about it, keep up with it…and even answer it.  I really DON’T like to talk on the phone!

I’m sure my friends & family don’t see it this way, they loved me despite my “cell phone flaws”, but this my why.  The reason why I made the effort to change.

It’s one way I’m letting them know, “I value you.  I respect your time.  You are more valuable to me than my comfort.  I love you.”

What did this simple example remind me of?

“When we value & respect what we already have

…a whole world of opportunities open.”

I find this principle to be true in MANY areas of my own life.

But, back to the phone…See, I used to joke about wanting an i-phone….but when presented with the opportunity to get one, I would always decline.  My thoughts? It was too expensive a gift for me to damage.  If I wasn’t going to keep it charged, use it correctly or possibly lose or break it…what was the point in acquiring it?  I might as well keep the old free one.

When I valued and respected the people in my life enough to take care of the phone I already have…my thinking began to change.  I’m now thinking…an i-phone might be nice to have after all!

I know it’s just a phone, but it makes me think this…What simple changes can we make daily that will add value to people.  What do I already have in my power that will tell those I love that they are important to me?  What has the Lord already blessed me with for which I can respect & show my gratitude?  In what ways is He wanting to enlarge my thinking?

When you can answer that, then it’s really very simple.  (Keeping this in mind…simple is not equal to EASY.)  Embrace your NOW, find your WHY, make a plan & follow through.  Change is good.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the worlds of opportunities it opens up for you NEXT!

Your future is bright!  Embrace it!  Enjoy it!  Live it!

~Julia

The Journey is…Fred Rogers

Today I was reminded of Mr. Rogers, you know, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…”

 

Just thought I would share some of his quotes:

Quotes – Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
– Fred Rogers

Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.
– Fred Rogers

We all have different gifts and different ways of saying to the world who we are. The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling they are worthwhile.
– Fred Rogers

It would have been sad for me to spend my life just trying to superimpose stuff on people rather than trying to encourage them to look within themselves for what’s of value.
– Fred Rogers

I think everybody longs to be loved and longs to know that he or she is lovable and, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving.
– Fred Rogers

What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too.
– Fred Rogers

I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self.

– Fred Rogers

At the center of the universe is a
loving heart that continues to beat
and that wants the best for every person.

Anything we can do to help foster
the intellect and spirit and emotional growth
of our fellow human beings, that is our job.

Those of us who have this particular vision
must continue against all odds.

Life is for service.

mister rogers neighborhood – fred rogers – 1928-2003

The Journey is….Thankfulness!

“THANKFUL THURSDAY” ~ THE BURCHETT’S

A friend of mine has encouraged us to set aside Thursday’s as “Thankful Thursdays!” 

As I have reminisced about this weeks events, my thoughts overwhelmingly turn to my childhood.  A friend had asked about some pictures that I had stored away in my cedar chest.  Looking through them was such a pleasure…It amazes me how a picture can so quickly take you back to a special moment in time.  I even found myself singing songs from the 80’s that I hadn’t thought of in ages.  I could almost smell the “Aqua Net”!  Then yesterday, was a special day of remembrance to me.  My childhood best friend’s dad had passed away 3 years ago.  Such a great man!  Again, more pictures were shared.  I was reminded of my love for my BFF & her family…YEARS of special memories!

On this Thankful Thursday,  my thoughts turn to two people that I am particularly thankful for today.  Rev. Dwight & Mary Burchett…without them the pictures would all be so different…the memories just wouldn’t be the same.  In their daily living & desiring to follow the leading of the Lord…they founded the school that I attended from 3rd to 9th grade.  The biggest part of my childhood, some of my favorite memories, life changing experiences with the Lord, & best friendships are because they listened to & obeyed God’s calling on their lives.  They still minister to me to this day!

Thank you Rev. Dwight & Mary Burchett!  On this Thankful Thursday…I am thankful for YOU!!!

~Julia

The Journey is… Wasteful?

About the time I started running last year, the City decided to build a sidewalk connecting Goosepond Park to the City Park. I’m guessing about 1/2 mile long.  Concrete, labor, restructuring the landscape, digging a path under the bridge,  new drain pipe, fencing….my first thought?  “All that for a SIDEWALK!  What a waste of money! I mean…how nice of them to do something like that just for me, I did get kind of tired of running around in circles all the time, but that money would have been more wisely spent somewhere else!”   Of course as Matt pointed out…they could have received a grant to fund the project.  I never checked into this, it was easier just to share with my family numerous mini-speeches on the proper use of tax payers money.  Like that was going to change anything.

Guess what?  I was wrong, regardless of who paid for it…the sidewalk has proven to be a lovely addition to the city!

Since it’s completion I have seen numerous families out spending time together…people running/walking….a dad & son riding their bikes…friendships strengthened…memories in the making.

Last night, there was an elderly lady using her walker(can’t think of any other place around here she could have done that…well, maybe Wal-Mart).  When we passed her, with a smile on her face, she said…”This is so nice isn’t it.”  As I was running with my best friend on that cool, spring evening as the sun set & the beautiful moon took it’s place, as we ran past all the cheering crowds on the baseball fields of this quaint small town…I had to agree with her!  Very nice indeed!

Strengthening families & people is just as important as strengthening an old road…not wasteful at all in my book!