Pressure. It seems everyone has pressure in their lives today. Pressure to fit in, pressure to perform, pressure to have friends, everyone seems to have a level of pressure that is almost a breaking force to their joy in life. But not all pressure is bad. For example, under intense pressure we see beautiful diamonds formed. The powerful result of positive peer pressure can cause us to reach new heights in our lives we may have not been strong enough to do on our own. Yet under intense pressure we see an entire world of people struggle to meet life’s expectations. I am sure a certain amount of pressure is good for us, keeping us moving and changing and growing. Yet some levels of pressure can paralyze our thinking and make us feel like we are failures and want to give up.
What is the difference between positive pressure and negative pressure? It is often the motive. Good motives create good results and the opposite occurs with bad motives creating bad results. A perfect example of this is a bitter attitude towards life. It will only poison our present gift of life and spoil our outlook on each little miracle of the day. Miracles, you may ask. What miracles? The sun coming up every morning, the birds chirping, the gentle breeze, the masterpiece the sun paints every evening for us to enjoy. Did you see the sun today? Did you hear the birds? Are you going to look for the sun’s suprise artwork this evening? These gifts are ours to remind us of what we have to be thankful for. It is these things we draw from to relieve the pressure this world bombards us with.
I often wonder what life would be like without this intense pressure weighing down on me everyday. I would imagine it to be so liberating as if a veil has been removed from our vision. My concern is how to find the peace of mind to keep this veil off. I believe we must pay attention to the little miracles that are happening everyday right in front of our eyes. Fear is what blinds us of what is right in front of us. How are the miracles in your life affecting you? Sometimes a simple flutter of a butterfly or a dash of a hummingbird is all it takes to remind me of how fortunate I am to have been able to witness such a miraculous creature in nature. Will we crumble under pressure or will we soar like the eagles? I personally prefer the perspective of an eagle. Fear is the downfall of so many of us. Why not see life through the eyes of gratitude instead. The view is much better up here.
I hope everyone finds their Josie. I am so grateful each week I get to see her and ride her. She is so considerate, gentle, forgiving, and caring. Some may think it impossible for a horse to be all these things, but she is. She is beautiful in form and strength. I am in love with this girl. She is supportive and patient. I am talking about my horse, Josie. She isn’t really mine but she makes me feel that way . I am hoping she will always enjoy me as much as I do her. Why do I love horses so much? Horses are better than pills in a bottle to calm your heart and soul. Trying to push myself to be more independent I am. She motivates me because I see what my life might be like if I was able to care for a horse of my own. Horses are motivation in a world of false hope. They never disappoint. Prancing high above our fears and worries they carry us thru our pain to a place of being. Happiness emerges when we feel safe and laughter and joy abound.
Josie wasn’t trained to help people like me but she chose to accept her role in being a gateway to independence. Will she know how important she has been to me? I’m sure she understands I love her, but how much, how could she? It doesn’t effect a moment of her riding to wait for praise or credit. It is just what she has chosen do. That is true giving. I hope we all find a Josie in our life, whether equine, feline, canine, or human. Perhaps we can be a Josie to someone as well.
*Special thanks to Sherry at Hoofprints in Orange Park Acres for her amazing equine program.
What is help? It means assistance of either thought or action. The first step is recognizing you need assistance. Then it requires the acceptance of such assistance. Why is this important? Without the acceptance or desire for help the game changing support could be right in front of you but never live because you didn’t follow the first two steps mentioned.
All of us need help at times. I have come to the point where I am gratefully assembling a team of assistants to help reach goals I have placed before myself. I am thrilled to share my new assistant with all my followers. Her name is Kayleigh and she is one of the kindest positive people I know. She will be assisting me with writing assorted deep content for my book. She will also be helping me with research projects outside of the home. Kayleigh is excited to join me on my journey and I couldn’t be happier to have such a believer and supporter on my team. She has mastered a foreign language, spent time abroad and now she embarks on another adventure, me. She will not regret it. I will make sure of that.
So as for my blogs, I will continue to blog and post exciting personal stories and experiences, but will be fully focused on writing my book. It is a biography and, of course, will share life lessons along with humor and excitement for life.
Joy is the second fruitage of the spirit listed in the bible of qualities we must cultivate (Galatians 5:22). I am claiming joy as I embark into the unknown of my future. Why is joy so vital when journeying forward? I am confident I can accomplish my goals, but how will I do it? I have a choice to embrace the adventure or dread the struggle and work. Who would you rather hike the Himalayas with, the joyful Isaac or the dreadful Isaac? We must remember who we worship, the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11). Sometimes the journey is the important part and not so much the destination. Why waste time and energy with worry or dread? We are all capable of much and with help from our Creator we are unshakeable.
Everyday I ponder what I can do to be a happier person. While I am well aware of the Bible principle that “there is more happiness in giving than receiving”(Acts 15:28), I still am intrigued by how this works. Of course there is a level of joy to see someone elated to receive your gift. Yet the same joy is felt by the giver and the receiver even if the giver is anonymous.
Why does this alway work when the majority of people are focused on getting, not giving. Well just as sure as my book hits the floor as I drop it, governed by the law of gravity, the law of giving is just as predictable. Each day we must capture a picture of what our day would look if it were a great day. I am often surprised at the end of the day I have closely matched my picture of a good day. Everyone’s interpretation of a good day is different. I think you just give it your best and believe it is good enough for today. Will we dream of being joyful? If so, then giving and generosity will always be present. For dreams to experience themselves we have to have faith in ourselves and want to become something a little different with each breath and thought. We continue to evolve into a greater being each moment we live life this way. I think it boils down to either living for yourself or living to give.
I must admit I have much to learn and own when it comes to this principle. But awareness is the first step. Wanting to acknowledge our weaknesses and concentrating on better willingness to change is a step in the right direction. A good friend once encouraged me to start seeing each day as one step on a journey of a thousand steps. He encouraged me to ask myself daily, “Am I taking a step forward”, and not focus on how many more steps are between me and my destination. I am still very much stepping one day at a time. Everyday I feel I am getting faster and more efficient in my steps. Before you know it I will be running, so the steps then are nothing to accomplish. We are so encouraged with progress and we neglect to recognize it unless it is major. Let’s all encourage ourselves and others by acknowledging we took our steps forward today. Life is a journey let’s enjoy all we see and experience along the way.
Driving somewhere and not knowing where to go can cause a person frustration and dread. Each day in my mind I feel somewhat as if I am mentaly driving this way. I often find myself distracted at life’s scenery and forget I am in the drivers seat. All happens so fast I don’t even realize where I am going. What helps me is writing goals and posting them where I see them when I wake up and when I go to bed. I am currently reflecting on “The only limitation is that which one sets up in one’s own mind”.
I need encouragement at times to not give up. Each day I give up prevents me from seeing real success. Giving up after so much effort is as to say my time and energy are a mere withering leaf blown away in the winter wind. I would drown in my own tears if I didn’t keep going. Freedom from negative thoughts is what I am reaching for. Without these obliterators of success we can see daily progress and thus see more of success popping thru the terrain of our minds. Will we endure or will we drive to a place we hopelessly desire to get out of? Why do we drive aimlessly in life without even considering our destination and its especially dangerous neighborhood? Would you choose to endure a prison cell or roam the planet as free adventurist? Seems like a no-brainer, but we do this to ourselves and then when the cell doors close wonder why and how we ended up there. We are not planning our destinations in life with near as much thought and precision as we do our vacations. Vacations are temporary and yet planned with way more thought and consideration than our future. What are you dreaming for yourself? Or have you stopped dreaming all together?
Sometimes I wonder what trip I would love to plan. I think I would start with Australia, swim with the sharks and turtles and catch the Australian Current all the way to Thailand. I would eat Panang Curry until I couldn’t move and then off swimming and sailing to The Great Wall of China. I would climb to the top and pretend I was in the Karate Kid 2 movie and control a cobra with my calm slow controlled movements. Wandering close I decide to hike the forests of China and eat bamboo with a family of pandas. Sweet dreams of adventures can wake us up to possibilities of finding great joy and happiness. I am seeing much sorrow in young people today and we have to start dreaming again. We cannot give up on miracles, as miracles happen everyday. Why not dream of seeing ourselves receiving a miracle of life, purpose, and joy. We might just grant ourselves permission to find our dreams formulate into reality right before our eyes. We must resist sweet sorrows turning our dreams into nightmares. We can destroy our dreams without even realizing it. Just keep seeing yourself enjoying a quality life despite our tragedy and struggles. We may just be a world traveler in our minds today, but a real globe trekker in our future.
Sweet sounds of music echo upstairs as my siblings practice for their music lesson. Each of their skills are amazing. I see one day my siblings playing songs I have composed. I start to dream when I hear music. Nothing else inspires me more than lyrics and music seeking emotional connection. Each ear must dance opening with enticement and anticipation of the next note. How is it we are able to experience such audible joy?
Just try to sit and listen to your favorite music and see how it makes you feel. I hope you are moved to be grateful and joyful and alive. If not, maybe you need to widen out in your music choices.
Music is vibrations that please our personal tastes. Our taste often reflect what state we are in or what we desire to be in. My mom loves happy songs that make her want to get up and dance. I love it when she dances with me. My sister, Sophia, is a natural dancer who presents you with a gift in every move. So what music moves you and why? I personally love Mozart. He is genius at combining notes in an unexpected quick way right to the ears and heart. His combination of Fibonacci rhythms keep me intrigued the most. Under different circumstances I would definitely compose music. I feel that every great movie is enhanced by the musical score. Even the trees dance to the sound of the wind. I love to watch the hummingbirds flutter to the sound of their own wings. Musical sounds are interesting as some create a sense of sorrow or fright, while others stretch your mind to a place in your past or inspire you to picture yourself in a dreamscape. Only music can inspire your imagination to this level with a few notes played in perfect complimentary sequencing. Everyone connects to music whether they play an instrument, sing, dance, or simply tap their feet to the beat. What music best describes us as a person? I will stick to Mozart as his music is a bit whimsical yet intense and precise, and in my opinion, genius. Will music inspire you today? It will if you listen with joy and appreciation for the gift of music in our lives. Whether animal or instrument, all is waiting for us as the conductor to start the orchestra!
Dan is the Captain of a band of boarder collie misfits who set sail just off the coast of California in search of the lost at sea Prince Iz-Man.
At sea the ship endured much turbulence. Each day at sea was valuable to the life of our dear prince. Iz-Man meant the world to Dan as he was once the prince’s dog of choice. Having a childhood fever the young prince made Dan his best friend and translator. The young prince had muted his voice out of sorrow for his life as it had been. Dan was his only joy in his present life. Just as they started to live happily came a jealous Sea Monster envious of their joy. Life shifted when the Sea Monster swept our dear young nobleman out to sea during his daily swim. Dan immediately mustered up a group of hunting dogs to motion a rescue of his loyal friend who had become his world.
Not under the turbulent sea would anyone dare sail but Dan. He searched night and day for his nobleman. Having sailed the sea he moved to the most dreaded South Pacific. Life would be sour as he would have to sneak out his nobleman from the hands of the Sea Monster. More than strength, love moved him to never give up. Rescue was the only mission with soul. So he turned on his team of trackers to test the Sea Monster.
Surprisingly, they found the Sea Monster hiding much like Sea Monsters do in a cove in the deep South Sea. Love was so strong that jealousy could not see the light of day.
The Sea Monster was sleeping so sound the boarder collies sneaked past him unnoticed. They quickly grabbed the young prince and hurried to their ship. One collie accidentally stepped on the toe of the Sea Monster and woke him up. The Sea Monster then noticed his prince was gone and started to chase the pack of dogs as they scurried onto their ship with the young prince by their side. Inches past the reach of the Sea Monster the ship caught a strong wind sweeping it out to sea.
Fearing the Sea Monster would follow, Captain Dan had ordered a barrier of sharks waiting that the Sea Monster not dare cross. Dan’s sweet special Prince was safe again.
Some say the Sea Monster still exists, but as long as Prince Iz-Man has Captain Dan at his side he no longer fears life or anything in it. Hope and happiness was then restored and healed the young prince.
Written by Isaac Dzama
Every year in school we are required to write a short story. Little did I know just three months after writing this I would receive my service dog, Barris. We may not sail together but he is certainly my dog of choice.