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Self-Concept Thursday!

By January 27th, 202112 Comments

Self-Concept Thursday!

Life’s Lessons
by Leandra of

  • Be an active student of your self and your life.
    Who are you? How are you…? Why are you…?
    Life is a mirror and we are constantly being revealed to ourselves. Are we paying attention? Taking time to get quiet and distill my own energy from everyone else’s is a vital part of this process.
  • Love is freedom, not possession.
    Love the being of a person, not the having of a person. Possession is an ever-enduring illusion.
  • Choose your response.
    We are free to choose how we are going to behave and what energy we are going to bring in every moment. As much as possible, I want to choose my response deliberately. Knee-jerk reactions are an unskillful way to maneuver through life. I want to be who I want to be independent of how/who others choose to be. My mantra is “amidst it all, be love.”
  • Thank your way through it.
    There’s value even in the valley. Everything isn’t what it seems. When we look back on our lives later, even if it doesn’t seem so now, we’ll find this amazing architecture we could’ve never dreamed of. The key, I’m learning, is to be grateful for it all. Create the meaning along the way.
  • Kindness begets kindness.
    Karma is real. Keep doing you and watch the return. I dropped $4 during a trip to the store. All I had on me was that $4 specifically to purchase some food for work. It fell out of my pocket and someone stopped me to return it. Small, yes, but still huge. :) As Will Smith said, “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
  • You are a gift.
    You are here on purpose. Your love is a gift. Your forgiveness is a gift. Even your gifts are your gifts.

What are you learning?

Share below!

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  • Anonymous says:

    This really resonated with me. I'm feeling really blessed recently, just thinking about all that I've been able to get through and what all is to come that I don't know about, I'm excited for the journey of who I can become and this has helped me to be more aware of that, of life and living….I really felt this post. Thank you, God bless : )

  • Anonymous says:

    very enlightening and needed to read. thx. many blessings.

  • Anonymous says:

    Very enlightening and refreshing…Thanks.. needed to read this… many blessings.

  • leandra says:

    @Mika, glad this could offer you comfort or confirmation. :) if we learn the lessons life places in front of us, we can't go wrong.

    @BittyBoss, you're welcome! anger is such an interesting emotion. i'm committing myself to developing an emotional vocabulary. it occurred to me that everything is expressed as anger, probably because i don't always understand exactly what it is i'm feeling. we'll get there. :)

    @JustTrena, i definitely agree! we are where we're supposed to be. we have to know when to be patient and when to be impatient.

  • Anonymous says:

    @JustTrena, so true. On Wednesday I was told that if class sizes decreased, it could mean my or another co-worker's job. My reply was that God has a plan. The words came out, but I knew that it was God who gave me the peace to say them. Yep, He's definitely guiding this one!

  • Anonymous says:

    @JustTrena, I Concur! You hit the nail on the head!!!:)

  • MsCuppyCakes says:

    "Inhale peace, exhale joy."

  • Hanson says:

    @JustTrena, I couldn't have said it better myself. After all Moses, Elijah, David, Jesus- all of them spent some serious training time in the desert before their mission was revealed. God is not new at being God;) Lol!

  • shamigreen says:

    Leandra, what a gorgeous smile :)

  • JustTrena says:

    I’ve learned that we are just where we’re suppose to be, when we’re suppose to be there. Every moment has a purpose and is a lesson. Every step leads to where you’re destined to be…instead of complaining, being impatient and/or mad, accept and believe God is guiding you. That traffic back-up may be what puts you at your perfectly timed “next stop” to advance in life!!

  • Bitty Boss says:

    This post came just in time as I am struggling through my anger issues. All of my life I have been kind of a push over until the last few years. Then I became the b*&th. Now I am learning to balance my center and understand my presence in this world. This article helped put things into perspective and it came right on time. Thank you.

  • Anonymous says:

    In the past year, I've learned so much about myself and life's lessons hit me hard. Through it all I've been staying true to me and marching on. This post was a beautiful confirmation for me.

    Thank you,
    Mika in NC

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