Power is something that is a relative term. Those who are small may hold power in their jobs or in their position and station. Those who have little power in some areas of their life may hold great power in their hands when they control machinery such as cars or airplanes or even control panels for our utilities! So we all have a great deal of power in our lives, if we know how to use it and to control it and to take advantage of our ability to help others. When we can direct the power of our own energy, and in our own lives, outward and in positive ways, there is nothing we cannot do.
Just as we should not wield power simply for the sake of being powerful, our ability to remain positive in our lives shouldn’t be just saying the words or ‘going through the motions.’ We need to express the power of positive thinking, and positive planning, in our lives with our actions and our words and our deeds. When we surround ourselves with other positive people, and find mentors and role models that will help us achieve our goals, then we can not simply express the outward signs of positive thinking such as “You can Do It!” or “Yes We Can” but we can then make a plan for positive living in our own lives. Positivity can become a habit rather than just a catch phrase.
Remember the series of books by the author Sarah Ban Breathnach called “Simple Abundance?” It gave people, particularly women, insights into the ways we can learn to appreciate our lives in small ways and in everyday pleasures we see. The idea is to become more mindful and let the small pleasures lead you to a happier and more contented and fulfilled life. There is abundance in our natural world, as we take a walk and see nature’s bounty. Particularly in springtime we see the changing season and the flowers blooming and we can take joy in small wonders.
All of us are consumed each day with the outside pressures of the world we live in. And as we celebrate Women’s History Month, and an International Day of Women today, we are mindful of the many pressures that women confront in their daily lives. As we are still living in a time of pandemic, and in a stressful world of technology and change, we need to think of creative ways that help us to slow down occasionally. There are times we need to stop and simply breathe and absorb the simple abundance and elegance of the world our spirit dwells in. Take time to absorb the simple pleasures, to reflect on God’s great bounty, and the ways we can expand our own lives in ways that will lead us to a more content and fulfilling life.
Mantra: This week I will reflect on the power that I have each day and the responsibility that I, and others have to use that power in a positive way. I will plan for positivity in my life, by reflecting on the energy of my own role models and the positive actions that they have taken (and that I have too!) in the past. Finally, I am going to reflect on the abundance that I see in nature around me, and take pleasure in the riches I see that are not found in the modern world, but instead come from Nature and from God’s bounty.
Bible Verse: You crown the year with your bounty, your wagon tracks overflow with richness- Psalm 65:11