There is a process in which precious stones and metals go through before its true value can be appreciated. These precious stones and metals are not easy to find and if anything it is hidden in the darkness. It takes skill, time and effort to find it, then it must go though a transformation process from cleaning, refining, melting, blasting, separating... before it is appreciated for what it is and the possibilities of its use can be understood.
To find things that are precious we must be willing to go fully equiped with light in search of hidden treasure within us. Each of us have gifts and talents that our hidden within us. We all have a purpose and this purpose is precious. In life we go through hardships and challenges, how we respond can keep us in a dark place or can release us into new things and possibilities. Now is the time to turn those hardships into precious treasures that will be beneficial for us and can be a gift to others. The purpose doesn't change its value because of hardship but it can add significant dimensions, skills and talents that increases the value in the gifts within us.
Don't discard your experience; in a safe environment shine light on it, learn from it, heal from it and re-purpose it. If your stuck in the darkness, keep seeking light and apply truth. Truth and light is the process that we must apply to every situation in order to gain understanding. Next time you are in a dark place, be the light. Jesus is the light we need and His truth is liberating.
I often find that when I ask people about their creative abilities, they begin to speak about arts & crafts. I bet you were thinking along the same ideas. Have you ever considered the fact that we all have creative abilities, but we don't think of the things we create on a daily or moment by moment basis.
Take a moment to reflect on the things you have created today; it might have been meal, an assignment, a smile, a memory, a piece of music..
I would like you to ponder on how you created time to do all things that you felt you needed to fit in the day. You might be thinking I can't create time, time already exists. You are correct, time as in how many hours we have in a day already exist. Yet, what we do in those 24hours is how we create moments of time that make or complete our day. Have you ever wondered how some people appear to fit more in their day than others, or squeeze time to catch up on social media, go to the gym, stop for a catch up with a friend...
To create is to bring something into existence; to produce, manufacture, construct and shall I add memories. We are constantly making memories that stamp or even more so tattoo our mind with moments that often last a life time. Time is one of the most valuable gifts that we have in life. It is so precious that once it has gone it can never be recreated.
I would love to hear your comments on what you create time for or what you have discovered as your creative abilities since reading this article.
The key to assertive behaviour is security, which comes from knowing who you are. Those who are insecure are passive or aggressive in behaviour and are driven by fear. They have agendas that are motivated by wanting to be accepted and above all loved. Those who are assertive are confident in who they are and their lives are driven by passion and desire.
We know that we communicate in verbal and non-verbal ways. We often look for the signs of what is not being said and we try to 'read between the lines'. I have noticed that we only seem to be interested in what a person is saying if it is going to directly affect us and at times we ignore what a person is saying because we can't be bothered or we don't know what to do with it. We may even interpret a persons behaviour as a bad habit, looking for attention or just wanting to be disruptive.
How we behave is a key indicator of what we are trying to communicate to those around us. At times when we think a person is seeking attention it is actually a cry for help. Can you think about purposefully wanting to hurt your self or wanting attention for no reason. Those who are branded as 'attention seekers' often feel that they are invisible and alone. So, even bad attention is some attention but they don't have the language to communicate this truth so they behave in a disruptive way.
On the other hand some feel insignificant and feel that no one will understand how they feel or what they are going through so they hide. How can someone else understand them when they struggle to understand the pain or struggles themselves. They hide their faces, they hide their scars.
If you notice a change in behaviour with those who you do life with or if you notice that a person appears withdrawn or overly seeking attention; can I encourage you to investigate. Don't poke and prod but show you care, show you noticed. My guess is they are screaming for someone to take note, to led a hand. You don't have to be a person who has the answers, you just have to be the person who heard the cry and saw the behaviour for what it is rather than for what it was.
Have you ever been a room filled with people and still felt alone, have you ever experienced not being understood, have you ever struggled to explain something that was simple in your head but impossible to do with words?
Today, take a moment to not judge the behaiour but take a moment to STOP, LISTEN. Behaviour is a universal language. Each of us want to be acknowledged, accepted, understood, loved - we want to belong.
When we look at communication we often think about the words that come out of our mouth. How often do you think about your behaviour as a way of vital communication? Have you realised that you say a lot about your self based on how you behave? Do you realise that people make assumptions about you based on how you behave? Do you realise your speak a international language when it comes to how you behave? More people will understand you world wide based on your behaviour than the words you speak? Your body language says more about you than you realise?
Our behaviour comes out of who we have become due to our thought process. How do you express feeling happy, excited, wanting something, sad, frustrated, bored, angry or in pain? Our ability to communicate exactly what we are feeling through words is often difficult and we need the behaviour with the words to make a statement or impact. Also keep in mind that how we behave may not always convey what we are actually feeling. Some individuals make jokes or laugh when they are nervous or scared, while others may just stay still, cry, or display anger. We are all different.
Our behaviour always reveals something of our internal state (what is going on in our mind or heart). It can also say more about us than our words, is your behaviour complimenting your words? Today as you go about your daily activities consider what it is you are communicating about your self to others. Ensure that you smile more than you frown, look up more than you look down, hug a loved one more than crossing your arms, say hello rather than not speaking.
Today, through your behaviour communicate who you are and who you hope to be. Remember you can't change your past, but what you do/say today can and will have an impact on tomorrow and the years ahead. You will often be remembered more for what you have done than what you said. When you say I love you, show it/express it.