Some things come to you as blessings,
others come to teach you lessons.
Will you learn or turn away,
from what has come to you today?
Everyone must make a choice
that is why I’ve raised my voice.
To some things you’ll not agree,
all I ask is, “Simply read”.
veryone needs a mentor or two, or
three, or four… It does not matter your age, sex, sexual preference, race,
color, creed, or religious preference! Everyone
needs a mentor at some point in your life. Often, if you think about it; at
every stage in life, you need one, whether you have one or not; you cannot make
it purely on your own volition. A mentor is one who has been where you are
trying to go and knows the best route to take; one who is willing to take the
time and teach or instruct you in the right direction. Usually parents are the
best mentors for their children, if they are fairly solid and have the respect
of their children.
I was talking to a friend of mine,
who is turning 65 this year and will soon be eligible for Medicare and open
enrollment for “Any” supplemental insurance she would like. As we talked about
her future insurance plans, she was debating whether or not to pick-up a
supplemental policy, at this time. I strongly encouraged her to not even think
about, “not” getting one. It was mandatory! Well, as far as I was concerned.
I explained to her that she only
has this “one” opportunity to get that extra help, without any medical discrimination. It does not matter how sick you are, I explained, the
insurance company is not even allowed to “ask” you about your past medical
history. However, if you miss this golden opportunity, you may regret it the
rest of your life, for you may be unable to ever get a supplemental policy,
should you encounter some major medical incident in your life, after this “open
window” of opportunity has passed.
She listened intently, as I
proceeded. “I only wish that I had, had someone to emphasize to me the great
importance of getting supplemental insurance, during the year that I was
eligible. I wouldn’t have all of the medical bills that I have presently
incurred.” She listened and signed up. “I wish that I had, had a mentor to help
me transition to this stage in my life”, I lamented.
After the conversation, I began to
think about the mentors in my life, and I concluded that the one, which is the
MOST outstanding, is the mentorship of my eldest daughter, Euniece at http://www.mzzdunningreads.com. Now,
you’re probably saying, “I thought parents were supposed to be the mentors?”
They are when you’re talking about simple life skills, or things you know about;
but sometimes a child can teach a parent far more than many parents are willing
to learn; especially when it comes to technology and maneuvering on the
Internet and interfacing on social media. Had it not been for Euniece, this
blog would be just an undeveloped thought.
Now, do not blame her for my
content; it is strictly my own. However, you can send up a “thank you” prayer,
on her account, if you are ever blessed by reading this blog. And so you have
it! One of the greatest life lessons one can learn. Never think you know it
all; or that you cannot learn from someone younger; or that you are a
“self-made” person or any of that nonsense. Everyone has been mentored at some
point in time, even if it was by a pseudo-mentor. Now what do I mean by a
pseudo-mentor? One who is not really in your life, but one whose style or
methodology you’ve copied by reading about, watching, or merely hearing about.
A pattern was set before you and all you did was follow, with some tweaking
along the way. Therefore, we all need to
be humble and grateful for those who have gone before. More: http://www.mzzdunningreads.com.
his morning, as I showered, I left
open the bathroom door. It is not something that I do often, for sometimes it makes
the bathroom chilly. And although it is in my bedroom, still taking that
liberty would disturb my husband, if it was late evening. However, my reason
for doing it this morning was to avoid hearing the blower fan, which keeps the
mirror from fogging. I’m really put off by a foggy mirror, but really didn’t
want to hear the fan.
Since I’m usually in a hurry after
leaving the shower, I want the mirror to readily reflect my image, so as to
make the last part of my preparation to start my day, much easier. Therefore, upon
the completion of my shower, I drew back the curtain and the mirror was exactly
as desired. Way to go!
I had made a decision and in one simple
adjustment to my routine, everything had worked out just fine. It lead me to consider how I might multiply
that success across the board, today; just make an adjustment here and another
one there; then wait for the results.
I later concluded that sometimes you
just need to avoid the opinions or input of others; it can fog up your thinking.
By making an adjustment or wrestling through a problem on your own, toning down
the rhetoric of others, by simply not sharing, could do wonders. It is then
that you need to seek the quiet of your own thoughts, as you prepare for the
day. However, if you leave open the door to your heart, listening for that
“still small voice”, instead of the others, your goal can surely be
accomplished; and you will be able to see clearly, the reflection of that
decision. Additionally, Christ may very well see His reflection manifest more
clearly in you, also. All of this will assist you as you prepare for the day
that lies before you. Whoo-hoo!
y husband and I really enjoy
drinking fruit smoothies. Although we prefer using fresh fruit, it is not
always available. As a result, we try to buy fruit in season and freeze it, so
that we may have it throughout the winter. Today, I planned to fix one of our
favorite smoothies, which called for strawberries. The only ones I had were
frozen solid in the freezer. Occasionally, I’ll take the time to run warm water
over the bag and then stick them in the blender; other times, when I don’t want
to add ice, I’ll just bang the bag on the corner and loosen up the fruit, then
take out whatever I wish to use and return the balance to the freezer. Today
was one of those days. As I tapped the bag of strawberries the first time,
nothing budged, so the second time, I gave it a hard slap against the counter
and it loosed just the right amount of berries.
As I thought about the process of
loosening the berries, the thought flashed across my mind, about how God
sometimes has to do the same thing for us. Sometimes we’re like the frozen
strawberries; we can get so stuck in our own selfish wills, not wishing to move
one iota. We formulate ideas and opinions and then dig in our heels, to make
sure that we will not be moved. When we are dealing with principles of right, I
can see how that could easily happen. However, sometimes it’s just our opinion
about a matter and by holding on to it, we can cause harm to our relationships
with other human beings. I mean, honestly, is it really that big a deal? Can
there not be some type of equitable compromise made? Must you be right, this
Because God is a loving God, who cares for
each of us, every now and then He might have to allow a set of circumstances to
occur in our lives that will break the hardness of our hearts whereby we can
loosen our die heart opinions; and His will can ultimately be realized; thus
helping us to maintain valuable relationships with others.
Don’t be a frozen
strawberry! Think about it. Is it really worth it?