In doing so, Dave used an analogy that really brought these points home. He shared the magic of Disney World and why it's a place that brings us all great warmth and a feeling of belonging...
Now, I bring up Disney World and the wonderful blog post by Dave Willis to discuss how we all have those times when we say to ourselves...
This is not where I want to be!Sure, we all have moments like that. When things get rough, we look forward to better times and better places. We want to go to Disney World or some place like it to just escape.
I was reminded of this last week when I spoke with a Wal-Mart employee here in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). The guy had some interesting talents that he shared with me. He had a rare craft that you would think would make him a sustainable income, yet he was "stuck" at Wal-Mart.
Well, I think everyone feels stuck sometimes. We're not exactly where we want to be, no matter how good we really have it. We focus on the joy to come rather than stopping to appreciate what we have right now.
We fail to live a life of contentment.Surely we have to push for better things in our lives, reaching for a greater purpose or calling, but are our lives THAT bad right now? Just think about the people who have it worse than we do. That should be humbling.
Dave Willis wrote about how churches can re-create the magic of Disney World every day but the call to action there is not just for churches. Churches are communities. They are the collective of everyday people united by a vision or mission.
Thus, if we remember we are not alone and reach out to others, we'll find that there are others experiencing the same struggles or working towards the same dreams. That realization should empower us all - unite with others and find strength in those bonds!
My life is far from perfect so I can relate to any of you that may feel lost, stuck, or desperate. That despair will pass, I promise. Maybe you can relate to the feeling of...
- living check by check
- wondering if all the bills will be paid
- hoping your relationship gets better
- wishing you could find a (better) job
- doubting yourself, your worth, and your abilities
My call to action here is for you to reach out to someone and let them know that you are there for them. Life can always be better but, certainly, it can always get worse. When we create strong bonds, our allies will help us pull out of those mental ruts.. and we can return the love.
Don't want to be where you are now?Well, we're glad you are here now.. And that you took the time out to read this blog. Hopefully, you find some strength in these whole-hearted words.
These are tough times, believe me, I know. I believe you can make it. Believe that you can. Have faith.
I am not urging you to be religious but, rather, believe in powers beyond our human understanding. Something better awaits you but, right now, enjoy what you have. Make the most of it.
Never miss a moment.
If you wait for better days, the good times you are having or could have now may simply pass you by. As Jim Rohn would say, life has seasons so maybe this is your season to reflect, dig deep within your soul, and make the most of now.
I highly recommend this book if you need a little uplifting...
Jim Rohn, "The Seasons of Life"