Fear Is A Choice

People who want us to be afraid will go to great lengths to ensure that they get what they want.  What they want, however, should not be factored into our sense of happiness, contentment, or peace of mind.  If we allow them to manipulate, distract, or agitate us, they have already won.  Worse still, if…

Expecting Happiness

People will disappoint us.  This is part of life.  Sometimes it will be the people we know and trust.  Other times it will be people we have never met, but in whom we had some degree of hope, faith, or confidence.  The common factor is expectation.  The greater our expectations, the more we have the…

Lost In Thought

Things are rarely as good as we hope or as bad as we fear them to be.  Our imaginations exaggerate the truth.  We allow ourselves to get carried away by our thoughts and we lose perspective on what is real and right in front of us.  We begin to look past what matters, seeing only…

The Gift Of Optimism

Optimism is a gift.  Some are born with and some must learn to create it within themselves and the world around them.  It has the power to light up our lives and the world at large.  But, optimism is easily tainted, lost, or stolen.  This world can prove to be a challenging place to maintain…

What If

God does not exist in “what if.” “What if” is the home of fear, anxiety, and expectation.  It is the place where hope and anticipation live, but where presence and appreciation die.  God does not exist in the future of our imaginations.  He does not reside in our wishes or worries.  God exists in what…