According to Merriam Webster’s online, life is the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change.
When this question came to me, I was not in the best of places emotionally. Frustration had begun to set in concerning my personal progress. Trey’s Holiday had taken over a year to publish. The outcomes were not what I expected. Downsizing and readjusting to my environment, had begun to take its toll. To be honest, I began to doubt whether or not I was making an impact.
As I began to ponder on the question “what is life?” I began to find nuggets of truth, and the realization that I must change my perspective, if my life is to have the impact I desire.
Here’s what I found
Life Note #1
Progress doesn’t represent growth, but growth will always influence progress.
To grow means to develop. Develop has in its definition the word mature. The word mature means that as individuals, families or companies, we come to a place of stability, consistency, to work out the possibilities of something. As we, I do these things the progress I am looking for will be made on a larger scale.
Life Note #2
Changing my perspective on my current situation will provide the positive mental position I need, to outline my personal plan of growth and success.
With me being a woman of faith, I often struggle with the balance between “letting go and letting God”, and “making it happen”. So for those of you like me in this, here are a few pointers:
Write the vision make it plain…
Although, I felt I have done this on several occasions, it may be time to revisit.
Re-evaluate. Redesign. Refocus.
Another principle I found was:
Without counsel purposes fail, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
This has been an interesting aspect for me. I have often sought feedback from those I thought would provide, wisdom of counsel, and assist. Instead, I have found opposition through jealousy,( sabotaging) thievery, (stealing very idea, work and profiting), deception (lying, taking credit for something they did not do), and lack of support ( “it will never work” no positive feedback given).
I strongly suggest, seeking wisdom from those, who you know with a certainty are in your corner. Seek those who have done what you are doing, people of like mind. Seek those who have “nothing to gain by helping you, but the fulfillment of being a part of your success. This will take time. Be patient. It’s better to have true wise counsel, than to have fragmented success.
Life Note #3
Perception is the power of progress
In my circumstances, at the time, frustrations, feelings of failure, and impotence of purpose, had become a constant focus. These thoughts had seeped into my subconscious, and had begun to redirect my focus, my life, when the question caused me to stop and think.
As I began to think on the question what is life?, I realized my perception of the circumstance was negative. My perspective was wrong.
Life Note #4
There has to be a paradigm shift, for growth to continue. For me to continue to look at my circumstance in a negative position, light, the things I am hoping for, building for, would have been lost in the darkness of my negativity. I would no longer be able to see (have vision for my life). So, I had to decide to look beyond my circumstance, to see the benefit(s) of the situation.
I’ll share a few, just to give you an idea of what I mean by paradigm shift.
Instead of seeing the glaring lack, I see the opportunity to develop skills I don’t have, Enhance skills I do have, so I can be better at living the life I want to live, the way I want to live it.
I can now see what looks like lack, as an assessment of my need for growth. I can see what I need to be more persistent in.
I am able to see what actions need to be taken concerning my personal development, what self-imposed barriers to my success exist, and what steps need to be taken to remove them, limit their effect.
Life Note #5
Life is a continual process of change and growth.
If we, I am not continuing to grow, I am not changing. If I am not changing, it means I am beginning the process of death.