Portrait of W.H. Auden
“In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.” ~ W. H. Auden
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey
” To find the point where hypothesis and fact meet; the delicate equilibrium between dream and reality; the place where fantasy and earthly things are metamorphosed into a work of art; the hour when faith in the future becomes knowledge of the past; to lay down one’s power for others in need; to shake off the old ordeal and get ready for the new; to question, knowing that never can the full answer be found; to accept uncertainties quietly, even our incomplete knowledge of God; this is what man’s journey is about, I think.” ~ Lillian Smith
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7
I remember it was a warm sunny day and I was about to wipe my car dry after washing it when a storm cloud came up suddenly over my head. I had just enough time to put the car in the garage before the clouds opened and the rain fell.
You may think that I got upset because I had just washed the car, uh? Actually, I didn’t. Quite the opposite.
I remember saying, “Thank You, Father!” as I drove the car into the garage, being grateful that I didn’t get rained on and for making me spiritually aware of His presence in my life.
Just a few months earlier, things in my life had begun shifting. I also had a minor car accident that wasn’t entirely my fault. A friend had talked to me about going to church. All of these things made me question myself, and life in general.
As I was drying off the car my mind entertained some of those questions. Suddenly, just like the storm cloud over head, faith in something bigger and powerful than myself started sprouting. Right then, by faith, I realized that my questions and spiritual hunger would eventually be answered and met. I became spiritually and personally aware that a Higher Power was in control of everything, and that it had played a significant influence in my life as far back as I could recall.
I’ve walked by faith ever since. I’ve not yet fully bloomed to be all that God intends for me to be. Still I thank Him that I’m not where or who I used to be. God is, and always has been, faithful.
Praise be to God, my Heavenly Father.
Many of you may remember when I wrote here about my procrastination. Since then I have read the book by Rory Vaden, Taking the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. In part, he sheds light on procrastination that was unknown to me before. I had planned to post a review of this book but being the procrastinator that I am, it didn’t happen. Anyways, I probably wouldn’t have done it justice so I’ll let you read Vaden’s own review, here. But WAIT!!! – don’t run off yet – finish reading what I have to say here first, OK?
“If it weren’t for the last minute, I’d get nothing done.” ~ Unknown
According to Vaden, there are three basic types of procrastination:
Classic procrastination – consciously delaying what we know we should be doing.
Creative avoidance – unconsciously filling the day with menial work to where we end up getting busy just being busy.
Priority dilution – taking things that are urgent and inappropriately making them important.
I have determined which of the three fits me and will focus my post on it. Do you see yourself in one of the above?