This morning as I was thanking God for being God I was telling him thank you for helping me through my day yesterday, and thanks in advance for a wonderful day today.
But suddenly I was stopped. “What did you learn yesterday?” I had to think. I said, “How awesome the breeze felt, it felt like a gentle refreshing touch from You Lord.” And I heard it again, “But what did you learn?” Quick with the praise again, “I’m blessed. We have an abundance of things, and I appreciate being able to give out of the overflow.”
Silence. Nothing. I re-thought the question.
Here are some things:
Yesterday I noticed I’m not as strong as I used to be. I need help, and it’s ok to depend on others.
I learned that when I do things out of frustration, I do them without thought. When I do things without thought, I get hurt.
I probably could go on, but that was 2 for 2.
What have you learned from yesterday?
Yesterday we positioned ours to receive. As you receive, take into consideration of how you can use your established position to help others. In an interview with Chad from 4 & 20 Bakers yesterday, he said, “find a mentor, be a mentor!” This really embodies the position thought.
Position yourself to receive. Find mentors who can help you get to where you want to go.
Next, position yourself to be able to give. Allow those special people God sends to you to learn from you. Take the blessing of being blessed to bless others so they also can blessings to others. This is what builds strong communities, of people where they live, and of friends who are able to help meet the needs of their circle.
Many people do not build up others because they're not in the position to build. We need to give to others out of the overflow of what we have, not forcing ourselves to produce what we wish we had because someone else asks for it. This will produce anxiety, anger, and anguish towards the person you are trying to help.
Have you ever wondered why this person is so lucky? Or why does opportunity always show up in front of this person? I believe God is constantly placing good things in front of us but we have to be in the position to receive.
How many times have you thought man if I just knew... This is where being present and connected comes in. A lot of the troubles we experience comes from being position incorrectly, and we see opportunities go by. Or you happen to be in a great place for trouble to come tap you on the shoulder.
Connecting ourselves to peace, hope, faith, kindness, etc. builds a web of opportunity for ourselves to catch the good things of God! We place ourselves in the position to be able to see and be seen.
The kaizen approach to answering big questions is to break it down into smaller, even tiny micro questions that can be answered truthfully and quickly.
The amygdala, or Fight or flight:
What’s happens when we try to tackle big questions that we cannot think to answer, there is a safe guard in part of the brain that will trip like a circuit breaker, and cause you to shut down and put it away for later when it feels like it is too big to handle.
The brain loves questions, and tries to answer everyone of them. When there is a overload, it shuts it down. BUT! If you can break the big questions into tiny little questions, you can answer those and piece them together like a puzzle. This will bypass the safety switch in the brain and allows you to answer with info you can use.
When you think of ikigai, if you ask yourself, “what is my reason for being alive right now?”
Most people who haven’t figured it out will shut down and won’t even try to answer. But if you broke it into tiny questions like, “right now what is my absolute most favorite thing to do?” You should be able to answer that with not very much thought. Pair that with “what kind of unique talent do I think I have?” And the. You start to see an ikigai pattern emerge.
As I was getting up this morning, I don’t know if I was dreaming or just groggy from waking up, but the word “fortify” kept coming up over and over in my head. Half asleep, I imagined myself sitting in my thought garden, choosing words to build up around me.
As I start to build I already had a foundation of rocks there waiting on me. Faith, serenity, balance, peace, harmony, and hope are my main rocks in the garden.
I also add protection, love, strength, wisdom, understanding, and preparedness to the list. Now this is before I got out of bed. Now that I’m awake, I read a devotional to get my day started. This was a snip of it:
“”Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 KJV
Sow words of grace. Sow words of kindness. Sow words of wisdom into others. Your words can build up or tear down. John 6:63 KJV declares, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Speak life. Choose to build up others with your words.
Choose to edify and build up one another. Let no corrupt or foul communication proceed from your mouth. Let your words minister to the heart of others. Consider your words before you speak. “ - Do good unto all men devotional
“The night is the world’s way of telling you that you have done enough for the day.” - I’ve been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level.
Not enough of something causes damage. On the others side of the coin, too much of anything can cause damage also.
It’s hard to achieve balance. I’m not all that sure that there is such a thing. But if you are going to tip the scale, do it to the positive side of your life.
Work needs to equal play. If your work is considered your play by your standards, then you are probably living out your ikigai.
Spending should not exceed what you take in. The excess is your profit. That’s tipping the scale to your positive side.
The things you are doing should equal out to the things you are learning. When you learn something new, put it into practice!
Balance in ikigai is found where our wants & gifts we have meets how we use them and what we use them for.
“When things do not go as we expect or we are surprised by events that alter the order of our lives, what we can learn from the situation? Learning shifts us from victims to creators, allowing us to adapt and cultivate a resilient attitude toward change, loss, and transition.” - Valentina Marin: 4 ways to practice Wabi Sabi, the Japanese secret of happiness
Check motives. The reason behind why you do things. Things happening to us and through us happen for a reason, and that reason usually come from some sort of motive on all parties part.
A person coming to you a certain way is usually the result of a mindset and motive shift in thinking. Also, the way you respond to them will take a mindset and motive shift in thinking to intentionally make it positive.
Forcing God’s Hand
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
What you have is your story.
Think of this life you’ve already journeyed through, on all the ups and downs, and focus your attention to the moments of joy, learning, and transformation (both external and internal) that you have experienced over time.
How did you make it? Did you have to force God to give you what you wanted? Did your success come from just you making it happen?
It’s a partnership, we have to be inspired to want what God has for us and then show up ready to play the main character of our story.
Our story is weaving our wants and desires and Gods perfect will for us. Since there are perfect and imperfections working together, (Wabi Sabi) you will experience ups and downs. Our highlights are great. But it is equally important to love the scars that also make up our lives, we can’t forget that each one adds value to our personal story.
It’s easy to get stuck in our ways. Our routines will have us dig a little hole and plant ourselves snuggly in our little rut. New concepts and ideas come into our space, and if we’re not careful, they will pass us by. Remember you are only one thought away from your next life changing breakthrough!
Decisions to act may be a little uncomfortable, because you maybe going in a direction that you have never gone before. It’s like deciding to find new soil to settle into. But can a plant do it on its own? It needs help.
Step towards the future but still in the now.
Remember to not be pulled into the futre through worrying, but acting on ideas and working your plans are taking Steps towards it, not thrusting yourself into a false reality. It’s more like you are creating a true reality as you go along in the moments.
God gives and inspires ideas outside the box. He seems to place them right on the Outer edge of the comfort zone. So the decision has to be made, do I stay here, or will I move forward?
Let’s move forward to new soil!
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Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. When scaffolding reading, for example, you might preview the text and discuss key vocabulary, or chunk the text and then read and discuss as you go. -Edutopia.com
In my words, scaffolding is when you teach a simple idea or concept, and then you add on to it gets deeper and more complex. The core idea is there, but it gets buried by advanced concepts and meanings.
Think of math, we learned 2+2=4. Later on we expand our knowledge on the concept and see that 2x2=4. On further down the road we learn that 2 to the 2nd power is 4.
Today’s thought is a switcheroo tactic. When faced with a lie or negative thought concerning you. Switch it with a truth. Not only switch it, but also start bury it with a ton of truths, that will weave a complex web of truth.
It’s almost the same principle behind a web of lies, you tell an “untruth” to get out of something, but you have to tell another one to cover that lie and then another one to cover this lie, until the person has been so swallowed up they don’t even know what happened.
Say if someone says an untruth about you: “I would like myself if I had this feature.”
*switch it with a truth: “This is me and I like me“
- Start to bury it in truths: I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
- Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
Fortify yourself with positive thoughts and true inner strength.