I just love author Regina Brett’s inspiring, simple tips for living life fully. I especially love her “life lessons” in “Be the Miracle”! As a little background on her, Regina Brett shares,
The day before I turned 45, I wrote a column of the 45 Lessons Life Taught Me. I added five more lessons when I turned 50… The lessons reflect what I learned from life as a single parent for 18 years, struggling to find the right partner in life, battling breast cancer and healing the bruises from a bumpy childhood. And they reflect what I’ve learned from readers in my 30 years as a journalist.
Some of my favorites “Regina-isms’ are:
“Start where you are.”
We all have to start somewhere… no matter if we are a “very inexperienced” or “experienced” at whatever our new endeavor is. Start where you are, with what you have. Take one small step towards your goal… whatever it may be – whether it be weight loss, a health change, career goals, maybe even relationship goals. Whenever I want to “get back on the wagon again” with my weight loss journey, I break down my goals into small doable goals. I have small “celebrations” after I reach the first small goal such as when I lose that first 5 pounds, or when I have consistently gone to the gym twice in one week. (I may treat myself to a pedicure or the movies, and that seems to work for me). Don’t “overwhelm” yourself with the big picture! Baby steps…Baby steps!
“Sometimes it’s enough to make one person happy.”
I am reminded of this by my elderly family members that have gone on to be with the Lord. I remember, in their last years, it was the simple things that made them happy…. I would call my Dad every morning on the way to work just to check in and say “hi.” Or I would stop by my 95-year-old Aunt Irene’s apartment to check in on her. Today, I try to remember simple kind gestures that can mean so much to someone (but that’s certainly not to say I do this as often as I’d like to!) Some small gestures such as smiling when walking by someone, opening a door for a woman with groceries and small children in tow, really listening to someone one on one, or giving a warm handshake can mean so much to the other person. When asking, “how are you?” I have to remind myself to really mean it and not just say blank words. Remember, you may be the only person who sincerely showed they cared that day.
“What you think about you bring about.”
Guard your thoughts… this is a tough one for me! I am hounded by thoughts, “Will we be able to stay in our home?” “What does the future hold?” “Will our kids be okay?” “How will we retire?” What helps me is reading the promises in God’s scriptures. I also get encouraged, by reading “Battlefield of the Mind” by one of my favorite authors, Joyce Meyer. Surround yourself with encouraging people, get some fresh air, get enough rest, and go to lunch with your friends.
“Don’t quit before the miracle happens.”
Oh, it’s so hard to keep on “keeping on”. We are pulled in so many different directions every day. It’s hard to keep focused, with all the chaos of our lives. Our busy and stressful jobs, emotional issues such as anxiety and depression, meeting everyone else’s needs as well as our own needs. Don’t quit – do all the things that we know to do ….. pray, praise God and read the Word! That miracle is coming…. Don’t lose hope! Just when we think we can’t do another thing for another person…. That’s when the miracle comes!
“Harness the power of hope.”
Without hope, we have nothing. Life is hard – for all of us, no matter what our background, age, social or economic status. I have to grab onto every ounce of hope wherever I can… For me, my hope is in the Lord, because I know GOD IS GOOD. I try to do the best I can with what I have for that moment. And during the difficult times, I keep hope for the future… because tomorrow is a new day!
Be a blessing and Be Someone’s Miracle!