Monday, December 15, 2014

3 AM Thoughts and Reflections

When I was 17 or so, I read about a young girl named Lucy Honeychurch who had found herself in a muddle. As I sat in my literature class discussing the themes of maturation and self discovery woven into E.M Forster's novel, A Room With A View, I couldn't help but be captivated by  Lucy's determination to find balance in the chaos that was unfolding in her life.

You see, to be in a muddle is to find one's self in a situation which is a complete mess and slightly difficult to escape. Whether through one's own doing or through life's circumstances, muddles are uncomfortable, and unwelcomed. Lucy's muddle is brought on as a combination of these two factors, and throughout the book, her navigation through this mudlle to its exit, and her process of maturation during this navigation, is one I often reflect on.

To mature is such a beautiful and delicate thing to do. Making one's own decisions, voicing one's opinions, figuring out what one likes and doesn't like should  brings with it not just a freedom but a sense of responsibility.  A realization that we have some sort of say in the type of legacy we leave, the mark WE MAKE , the path WE CHOOSE.

Yes, our lives are impacted by external factors. But a lot of what happens to us, is also a result of our decisions, our thoughts, and our beliefs.
Think about it: Your life is your opportunity to devote something valuable to a purpose, a mission, a dream or a cause you believe in.

So dear reader, my intent in writing this post is to make you realize that no matter who you are or where you're from (this sentence is beginning to sound like a Westlife song), you have the power to use your life for something good. No life is insignificant, or too little. "The best way to predict your future, is to create it".

And those are my 3AM musings.

To anyone taking finals (I feel your pain), I wish you well!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Out With The Old, In With the New

It's the month of August, aka back to school season for most of us. The summer days are coming to an end as reminders of school are beginning to pop up everywhere. And as surely as summer's entrance assured us of warm days and lazy afternoons, August's entrance brings with it a call back to classrooms and a temporary end to summer's comfort.

Just like each season brings with it a unique climate and experience, the different seasons we experience during our lives often catalyze changes in our style, perspectives, opinions and attitudes. We discover more about our likes, dislikes and talents that our heavenly father endowed us with. And sometimes, embracing these changes can be scary . It's like most children on the every first day of school, when they're scared to leave a parent's side due to the uncertainty of what lays within the school's walls.

But as most of us can attest to, taking that brave step in kindergarten was worth it. We played and giggled through elementary school, found our niches in junior high, became aware of the world around us in high school, and in college, we are finding out what role we want to play in this world. Though this educational journey has had its challenges, its benefits seem to far outway its setbacks. 

There are times in my life when I have been scared to take leaps of faith. Whether these leaps were related to getting out of my comfort zone to start a blog, befriend a classmate, or to let go of memories that did not positively impact my perspective on life. However, I realized that staying in my comfort zone was letting me miss out on chances to build relationships, have inciteful conversations, and pursue opportunities that were adventurous and positively rewarding. 

With this realization, I asked God for strength to embrace the change He was bringing into my life. During the beginning of the summer, I began blogging about exploring the unexplored, and made a summer list for myself to help me do this. Each morning for the past few weeks,  one of my prayers has been: God give me the strength to be who you want me to be. And He does, whether its through a song, a Bible verse, or another person.

The truth is: initially, we all perceive change as uncomfortable and unnecessary. Its because we're afraid of letting go of the familiar to embrace the uncertain. Additionally, the fear of what others might think about our change can hold us back as well.  But, when we walk with God, we're assured that "all things will work together for our good". Our stories end in victories, triumph, and joy!

So I encourage you to say adios to the old, and hola to the new. Whether its pursuing a new hobby, job opportunity, leadership position, relationships, or attitudes and perspectives on living, loving, and enjoying life... be bold to pursue the dreams God has placed in your heart.

"Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:9

Keep Calm and Pursue Good Change!!!