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I’m not exactly the best at getting things done in advance. Usually I get things done just in the nick of time.
It isn’t the best way to do things. It’s better to be prepared way in advance, and to know exactly what you’re going to do when an event comes up.
But even though that way is best, you shouldn’t give up if you haven’t prepared. Things can be done right up until the moment that something starts.
It’s the same with life.
It’s always best to live our lives the best way from the beginning. But even right up until the end, there is chance to change, and a hope for something better.
When are you going to make that choice?
I’ve found that I really have Fortune on my side.
I have a house, a job, great friends, and a wonderful church.
Why do I have so much? I think part of it is that I don’t see fortune as money I can get for myself. I see fortune as time, people and resources that I can use to help others.
I think that having savings is a good idea. but should it be at the expense of our beliefs?
If you have something you truly believe in, try giving to it.
Reasons I often hear and used to use myself…
I can’t spare the money (and by the way have you seen my new DVD?)
I haven’t got the time (oh yeah, did you see that tv show? I never miss it!)
I can’t find the right charity/church/organisation (but I’m not really looking anyway)
I found that once I dedicated my time, effort and yes, even my money into a cause, that I have been more fortunate than I could have imagined when I used those same reasons not to give.
I have a great spirit from doing what I know is right, I have more energy from using my time effectively, and I have more money left over than before.
I’ve found that in helping others to be more fortunate, I’ve been blessed with fortune myself.
What can you do to be more fortunate?
We all have great expectations of others, but what about us?
I always expect the best of myself, so that when I see the results of my work, I can judge myself not on how well I did, but how much I’d tried according to my self-expectations.
For example, I did very well in my teaching course. I studied hard, did all my coursework properly and stuck to the schedule I set myself. At the end it didn’t matter what kind of grades I received, because I knew that I’d done all I could to meet my own personal expectations of myself.
On the other hand, When I was at university, I slacked off in my final year, let myself get behind deadlines, and only put in half the effort. At the end of which, although I received my degree, I felt that I had failed myself.
I know enough not to beat myself up over that, but I have also learned enough from that experience to know that I don’t want to go through life like that. Just barely passing by doing the minimal effort.
What do you expect of yourself?
Are you trying to meet your own expectations?
So many people have high expectations of others.
Parents expect their children to go to university, children expect their parents to be able to solve any problem, and patients expect their doctor to cure them.
These aren’t bad expectations. We should always hope the best for our children, trust in our parents and expect our doctors to try their best.
But how far should we go?
Some women expect their future partner to come riding in on a white horse, some parents expect their children to get perfect in every test and become high level executives, and some people expect others to be infallible.
Is putting that pressure on other people really a good thing?
Most children will lie to their parents at some stage in their life, and a lot of people will try to make themselves sound more important than they actually are. The reason? There is this emotional need to have people approve of them.
What are your expectations of others? Are they high enough to challenge them or so high that they are unattainable?
A window is opened.
I love the idea that even when you make plans in your life, anything can happen to shake them up.
When I was 17, my plans for my life were big, but not great.
I thought only of what I wanted. What I could get out of life, and what would give me as much as possible with the least effort.
Needless to say, these plans didn’t work out.
But I realized that as long as I was willing to change my thinking, and constantly be aiming towards something great for others, I would have success.
Here’s the amazing thing.
Helping others has actually helped me!
I have goals on my life, I’m putting in effort in helping others, both at work and at church. But this is rewarding me too!
Now I have other plans for my life. But I expect that the unexpected will happen too.
What are your plans leading you to?
I am not a shy person.
I’ll be the first to go up to people I don’t know and introduce myself. I’m happy to be the first on a dance floor, I’m happy being on stage and I love it when I have to stand up and give a speech.
But being confident in public is natural to me.
But I know that it’s hard to be bold. Because bold for me is different. It’s being confident in doing things that will affect my private life.
Knowing that I’m a Christian, many people are curious to know, will they go to Heaven?
My response? Why does it matter to you if you don’t believe?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to be asked, but if people don’t believe in God, why do they believe in Heaven?
I love living my life, and am not in any rush to end it. But I’m not going to fear what comes after death, because I have something to believe in.
My question to you isn’t “Will you go to heaven?”
“What do you really want to believe in?”