Many people are like baby birds when it comes to finding their place and way in society. Baby birds become so accustomed to the nurturing of the momma bird who has provided a cozy nest for their home and living, that they are satisfied to leave things status quo. They don’t branch out to fend for themselves as she also provides the young with food. Her efforts takes good care of them. But something happens after a while; momma bird decides that it’s time to leave the nest. She stops bringing the food. She nudges them out of the nest to use their wings. If they don’t learn to flap their wings, they fall to the ground. If they are not hurt to the point of a broken body or wing, they are nudged again to take wings and fly. Some actually limp around and spread their wings until instinct takes over and they fly. They then come to the understanding that they must now fend for themselves. Humans unfortunately, don’t always fly for themselves. They become accustomed to a way of life and their comfortable space in it, and won’t venture out beyond what’s familiar. In some cases this might be the way to live a life but if you are an entrepreneur, or inventor or a person of dreams and great passion to accomplish great things and … to make a living at it, you must leave the nest. Why? Because you need to find your tribe. Every business needs a tribe. A tribe is another way of saying you need a following. Somebody needs what you have, be it a service or a product. But unless you can reach them and sell them on what you have to offer, you may never be able to make a living doing what you love. The nest is only a temporary holding place. The other nesters around you won’t be your tribe, they will stay dependent on someone else to take care of them. But if you want to accomplish greater than what you have now and live your life to the fullest; you must leave the nest. Don’t wait to be throw out, it may not happen. Are you by any chance a nester? If so, this message is for you. Do you know someone who is a nester and needs a nudge? This message is for them, pass it along. Remember, if you want to find your tribe, you must first leave the nest!
Worry is that dark room where all your negatives go to be developed. Turn on the light, concentrate on the truth, believe that all things will work for your good. Do all that you can do and finally, just STAND. Worry never helped anyone do anything but worry more. Bobby McFerrin said it well when he sang, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Do you know that there is more to your circumstance than what you see with the naked eye? Often times we don’t accomplish the goals that we have set for ourselves because we are too concerned with the obsticle that perches itself in front of us. We must look beyond the obsticle in order to come up with a solution. We need to exercise our faith in what we know to be true and move toward it. Stop letting what you see keep you from what you desire, afterall it is just beyond what you see!
Fear is real even though some have used the letters to suggest otherwise (False Evidence Appearing Real). Fear is not false. It is real for those of us who have experienced it. It can stop you from moving forward. It can hinder your growth or progress in life. It can render you helpless in times of great decision. I have learned that the only real way to deal with fear is to Face IT! Embrace IT! Yes, you have to swallow what ever pride or thoughts you have inside you concerning that thing that stands before you and your goal and go to it. It all starts with the mind, the heart will follow. Remember that you are the sum total of what you believe, and you can accomplish great things. Accepting less than this truth about yourself will cause you to allow fear to get ahold of your life. Decide today that what you desire is worth pursuing, no matter what comes up in the form of fear. Look at the goal not the obsticle, then proceed with confidence, knowing that “no good thing will be held from you, as you walk upright!” That’s a promise from God!
When was the last time you were sitting in the chair of your optometrist or ophthalmologist? “Be Still” was the command you were given just before a bright light was coming directly into your eye, first one and then the other. Isn’t it quite interesting that he/she gets our cooperation without questioning, or without resistance of any kind. We do what we are told because somehow we understand that it is vitally important not to move during this particular part of the examination. Our eyesight is just that important to us. So why then is our response to the command from God telling us to “Be Still” and “Know” … such a hard task for us to do?
Why are we not as cooperative in spiritual matters that hold the key to our success in life and our healing ? Some of us fear what might happen if we stop working or if we slow down and get that must needed rest. Some of us think that the world around us can’t get along without us for a second, a minute, an hour, a day or even a week. To some of us a vacation is a foreign word. “I can’t take off now”, it’s not a good time!” When is a good time? The body needs rest, so God calls us to spiritual stillness. We should listen, if we want to be spiritual fit and spiritually healthy and spiritually clear about our direction and course in life. Keep in mind that our greatest strength may be in our ability to stand still and hear our inner voice and trust God.
If you could stand back and take a look at your life, from a weavers perspective, what would you see? Would you see colors like red, green, yellow, orange or blue? Would the red be more for passion & love or would it be anger and hatred? Would the green represent greed, jealousy or a life well lived? Would the orange generate warmth or would it be a prelude to fire out of control? And the yellow which represents hope, would there be hope for today, tomorrow or whenever it is needed? Blue is calming and cooling. How calm is your life, how cool is your temper? Would there be any black or white in the pattern? Is there too much darkness in your life or is your life pure and open for the scrutiny of the Master’s eye? Would there places for fun & laughter, or would it just be gloom and doom? Would there be true friendships, loving kinships, or just acquaintances? Would one find comfort in your presence or just vexation for the soul?
Is there something beautiful about your life that would draw one into your presence, and once drawn would they want to linger? If your life were a tapestry, would one smile at the beauty of you and long to take you home? And if you belonged to another would they want someone as wonderful and as gifted and as sweet as you to be a constant in their life? If your life were a tapestry, just how beautifully inviting would you be?