Morning Cup of Joe – Adjusting to Change

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It has been said that the only thing that is constant is change. Meaning the only thing that you can definitely count on happening sooner or later is change. Since we know that we will inevitably encounter change, we may as well prepare for it. The best way to prepare for change is to mentally and physically be alert. By being alert I mean staying ready. Remember, you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. Work on staying ready and alert at all times.

Change happens whether we are on board or not. The goal is to see and build on the “good” that always comes from any change experience. Granted the good doesn’t always present itself in the challenge but that’s when you have to work at discovering it. For some, this can be difficult. Difficult means you have to work a little harder; don’t be afraid to work hard.

When the winds of change eventually cross your path, embrace it and adjust with it. Think of yourself as a sailboat that’s reliant upon the wind currents to progress you forward. If your main sail is not up and connected to the firm mast, you will not move, will become very unstable and may eventually sink. If you stand firm like the mast and always keep your main sail up, then you can adjust with the changing winds. Learn to have your sail open in order to adjust with the changes going on in your life.

The changes we experience are always for the better; whether it seems that way or not. Don’t be afraid to move.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Accepting Change

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There are some things in our lives that we have complete control over like the brand of toothpaste we prefer to use and which outfit to wear to school or to the office on any given day. In fact, we control many facets of our lives; from the type of gas we put in our cars to the friends we choose to accept on Facebook. While we maintain control over many aspects of our lives, there are some things that we cannot control.

One of the most critical skills a person can acquire is the skill of acceptance. Believe it or not, acceptance is one of the most difficult choices many feel they must make. In fact, that is the first step towards overcoming any obstacle. Accepting the fact that there are some things in your life that you cannot control will allow you to live a more stress-free life. Many of us are programmed to believe that we have complete control over our circumstances. We are so confident we are in control that our egos will not allow us to recognize our countless failed attempts at “creating” an answer.

Understand that there are some events that will take place in your life that will force you to choose between sinking and swimming. If you are on this side of the dirt, there is still hope that you can swim. Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Now the reason, in many cases, may not be prevalent at first. It may take some time before you understand and are able to fully answer the “why” in your situation. There may be some things that you may never know the reason for; accept it. I urge you to practice the skill of acceptance. Understand and embrace that some things are out of your control. Stop trying to play God.

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Time For A Change

“But that’s how it’s always been done”, “I just don’t want to go through this again”, “Things will never be the same”; these are examples of the self-talk many people have about experiencing change. Most people fear the unknown for the same reasons they should embrace it. The fact that you cannot determine the future should be comforting simply because you should accept the things you cannot change nor affect. Conversely, accept the fact that you are equipped with the necessary tools to handle any type of change. We do not know what changes will come about in our lives but we must embrace them or risk being left behind. Change happens.

You have been down this road before and stared at the same street sign, this time make the right decision. It baffles me how many people stay in horrible situations simply because they have not figured out how they can survive outside of that situation. You are in control; plan then execute. What happened to the fight that was in you before you got into this situation? What happened to your “Not Me, Not Ever” speech? Exercise your right to understand that you have alternatives. Being miserable is truly a choice. Since we now know this as fact, choose to live a life worth living; even if it means starting over. The greatest difference between living the life you were meant to live and the life you are choosing to live now is a matter of personal choices.

The Civil Rights Movement brought about positive change in America. The road was long, the task arduous and the mission seemingly impossible yet these brave souls were committed to change, even if it meant their lives. Are you willing to die for something you believe in? Imagine a world where the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill and Gandhi simply accepted things as they were and did not champion change.

Change is good, especially if you take advantage of the incredible amount of opportunity that comes with it. You should strive to stay prepared as you never know when you will experience change but be certain that it will inevitably happen. It is not a question of “if” change will happen in our lives; it’s a question of “when”. Be prepared and commit to memory the fact that you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.

This is a New Day and the world welcomes the New You! There is nothing wrong with pressing the reset button if the system freezes.

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Joe Paul

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