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Motivation at the End of Your Rope
by Miriam L. Jacobs   
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Last edited: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

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"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Whatever you choose to believe in, have unwavering faith in your belief. Believe with your entire being that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at any given time.

When met with obstacles, I choose to meditate and talk to a source that is greater than I am. I lay my pain, anguish, frustration, fear, insecurity, confusion, or torment squarely at the source. Once the obstacle is removed, I simply sit back, serenely knowing that I am not in control of the outcome. I am right where I am supposed to be: on a path of positive learning, spiritual growth, and divine purpose. I seek to understand the lessons and I enjoy the ultimate blessings.

What helps in infinite ways is knowing that I am a resilient and tenacious being with a survivor's spirit, possessing strong faith in a power that is greater than myself. As I travel through this life, I seek greater understanding of my fellow man as I live from my higher self. Living with a positive attitude, a spirit of gratitude, and compassion keeps me focused on my divine purpose.

For me, it is about sharing my experiences with others who may be caught in a cycle of negativity, hoping to leave them with a positive experience. I strive to help others as I continue on life's journey. At times, I may feel as though I have failed them, failed myself. At these, times, I meditate to a higher source who brings clarity to my spirit that my job is done; I am not responsible for the outcome. The time comes when I will know to continue to move on.

Death, job loss, physical and emotional abuse, mental disease, addiction - these are but a few of the situations many of us encounter while traveling life's journey. Dealing with these highly stressful situations by staying focused, staying positive, remembering to grow from the experiences, keeps us motivated and encouraged. When faced with a situation we are unfamiliar with, fear tends to rise up, overtaking our spirit. Return to the source, give the fear to the One with the Power to guide you through it.

Turn it over! This truly has worked, and continues to work, for me and so many others. I must always remember that I am not in control and that I am not running the course of my life. I go with the flow.

Believe that there is a reason for every single entity that we encounter in this journey, every situation, every butterfly, every animal, every storm- everything! Stay squarely focused on knowing that we are exactly where we are supposed to be and we are not in control of the outcome. It takes practice to detach from the outcome, but it must be done.

Here is an example of detaching: I desire something specific - like learning to have patience with myself and others- I sit back and wait for situations to arise where I am forced to practice being patient. This is important for me to remember. What makes me think that a magic wand is waved over me and Voila! I have patience! No, I am not responsible for the outcome. I cannot control when and how the lesson will be taught. I must have faith and believe that it just will be. Stay focused when stuck in traffic, stay calm, and exhibit rational behavior- this may be the lesson I asked for to teach me to be patient. While standing in a long line at the post office during lunch break from work I have an epiphany- this may be the lesson that I asked for. "Be patient!" you hear whispered in your ear. I am not in control of the outcome, I do not dictate when, where, and how... I just am and do.

Once the lesson is learned, I am grateful for the blessing!

Gratitude for everything is critical in developing and strengthening a thankful spirit. No matter what, when, where, or how a situation appears to me, I am grateful for having the experience. I grow spiritually, I develop ways of helping my fellow man to see their situations in a different light. I am grateful! Gratitude is a key component of living with inner peace. Whether I find myself in a "bad" situation or in a brilliant one, I thank the source of the experience because I know that there is a lesson to be learned. If I come to the end of my rope, I hang on.

© August 2009 by Miriam "Mimi" Jacobs
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