Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Over the weekend I wrote a 3 part series, Second Chance to Live — My Presence has been my Absence to let you know where I have been, as I stopped posting to Second Chance to Live before August 16, just before I made my first trip to the emergency room. I want you to know that I greatly value and highly appreciate your friendship. Monday, September 1 I was discharged from the hospital after spending 16 days in the hospital because of orbital cellulitis. As you might imagine, I am thrilled to be back to my home and my own bed.
During the past several days I have needed to take care of some necessary business. Consequently, I have not had time to write until now. I am very happy to be back on my computer and to able to connect with you my friend.
Over the past 16 days in the hospital I spent a significant amount of time in prayer, meditation and reflection. My experiences while in the hospital taught me things about myself that I would have otherwise not been able to learn. My experiences also galvanized my convictions and reinforced my belief system. In life I have learned that I do not have to know the big picture, nor do I have to know how the pieces of my experience are going to fit together. What I may not realize as significant or valuable — now — is invariably preparing me to become more effective and of maximum use to God and my fellows.
Ultimately I am control of my attitude.
The way I choose to view my circumstances and experiences will determine the quality and effectiveness of the life I have to live… today. My circumstances are not meant to keep me down, but they are meant to build me up because I know that I am learning the lessons necessary to take advantage of the opportunities that become available to me…in time. Consequently, I am committed to my process, regardless of how things may look now, because I know that I am being led in the direction of my destiny. Consequently, I do not have to know the big picture because I know that I can trust the process, a loving God and my ability to learn.
In my process I am learning to use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for me through the lessons that I am given because of my circumstances.
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau
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