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Shifting towards the richer side of life

Most likely only a few of us are really where we have aspired to be in life by this time. There may be a few fortunate ones that have everything figured out even before they get out of bed in the morning. That certainly is not me and perhaps is not you.

 Reality

 In the last post I discussed about admitting mistakes, this one deals with accepting reality. Hopefully what I share here will help us in shifting towards the richer side of life.

 “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?Genesis 3:9 (NKJV) emphasis mine.

 This is the first recorded question asked by God in the Bible. Certainly God knew geographically where Adam and Eve were located. His concern was more that their reality had dramatically changed. I know the biggest implication here is the entrance of sin into the world. But in a more personal sense to Adam and Eve it was a shout to them that their world had changed. Most importantly they themselves were the ones responsible for making this new reality. They had better prepare themselves for it!

 “Face reality as it is, not as you wish it to be.”  Peter Koestenbaum

 We do strange things when we are faced with a changed reality in our lives.

We:

  1. Deny it has changed.
  2. Judge others for causing the change.
  3. Despair grips us and we think this will always be our lot in life.

Reality looks at things as they actually exist. It is not, living in a fantasy world. When we accept and embrace our present reality as it is, only then will we be able to move forward. We should view reality as our friend. When we plan a trip to a far off destination, first we have to know from where our trip is beginning. If we do not know where we’re at presently, it does little good to just focus on our destination. So it is in our journey through life.

What is our present reality? Have we spent ourselves into debt? Did we offend a lifelong friend and lose their friendship? Or is it something we had no control over, like a sudden debilitating accident caused by a drunken driver? Perhaps it is a job loss, the list could go on. It is better to recognize where we are and then to begin moving from there to the reality we seek.

How can we embrace reality as our friend and not something to be ignored? Instead of denial, lets deliberately take the time needed to correctly identify the situation as it is. Then instead of placing blame on others, we can examine ourselves. Rather than falling into despair, it is better to seek inspiration by reading the Bible and strengthening relationships with good positive friends.

Welcome to The Richer Side of Life,

Richard Armstrong

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2 thoughts on “Reality

  1. Thanks for teaching me to face reality in life, Dad. It has served me well in life! You were always good at that, but you also reminded me every time my reality was not that great because of bad choices I had made, that “tomorrow was a NEW day and that God’s mercies are new every morning!” Your words of wisdom have helped give me hope when my reality is not the most pleasant!

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