Fast & Furious

TrainThe speed at which life happens; fast paced, never a dull moment

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.  Plautus

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.  Corita Kent

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.  Mignon McLaughlin

Life comes at us: “Fast and Furiously”. We often have more going on than we can handle. As soon as we get over one difficulty there is another anxiously waiting in line. It is easy to feel like a pinball, getting knocked around from problem to problem. It is easy for us to cry “why me” and get caught up in self-pity or paranoia?

All of us can relate to this. We have been there and will be there again. We must learn how to live to fight another day. Trials and tribulations come our way and then we manage our way through them. We have a sense of survival instinct that helps us persevere. We can always use some refinements to help us weather life’s storms.

We are always responsible for how we react to everything that happens to us. This is something we control. When things are moving too fast, we should slow them down as much as possible. Be objective, establish some priorities; focus on things that demand our priority, let other things go. Be stingy with time. It may be a matter of handling only those things with the most severe consequences. Handle them one at a time; let the other things pile up. Some may go away on their own; others will get handled after they move to the top of the priority pile. Things may not get done on time, people may get disappointed with us, but we can only do so much. Try to relate to the “Tortoise and the Hare”. The tortoise was slow and sure, while the hare was fast and furious. Which one is better? Is may be better to have a focused pace than to be out of control?

The name of the game is to survive and keep moving on. The most important thing is that we keep our sense of well-being; keep ourselves going, positive, focused, and determined. It is important to be cool, calm, and collected. It is vital to maintain our attitude and ability to function under all circumstances. Things will not get to us any more than we allow them to. Be more vigilant. Eventually, things settle down, the sun comes out, and the birds start singing again. In the big scheme, storms are temporary; we must artfully and confidently survive them and move on to the next challenge, and bigger and better things.

Challenge: What do you do when things are more than you can handle? Somehow you have always managed to get through your crisis. These are temporary events and they do pass. Refuse to be beaten down and refuse to panic. Be as thick-skinned as possible, and do not let things get to you. Protect your attitude. You can only get as much done as it is possible for you to do. Maintain an attitude of keeping yourself on top as much as possible.

Wisdom: Inner peace is not found by staying on the surface of life, or by attempting to escape from life through any means. Inner peace is found by facing life squarely, solving its problems, and delving as far beneath the surface as possible to discover its verities and realities.   Peace Pilgrim

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13   

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  Psalm 34:19

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalm 18:2

There are no circumstances in life that are greater than God. He tells us He will not allow anything to happen to us that we cannot overcome with his help. God does not force himself on us. We are free to choose to have in Him in our lives or not. We can try to do things and make it totally on our own or we can allow God to give us the added strength that makes all the difference in the world. The choice is ours. We are incomplete without God.

Prayer:  Grant me the faith, the wisdom, and the confidence that I must have to live this life.

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