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The Windows To The Soul: How to stay motivated in times of struggle.
A smile can paint a pretty picture but the eyes are the entryway to a person's soul.
If you looked into my eyes I wonder if you could see.
History unfold from the depth of my soul, Like an ocean the bottom runs deep.
If you took a piece of my heart, I wonder if you could feel.
The pain that burns right through me when the one that I trusted has made a fool of me.
And if you walked a day in my shoes, do you think you can stand the weight?
Will you think I'm in really bad shape?
Or will you crumble from the pressure and break?
There's much more to me than what your eyes can see.
A smile is not always what it appears to be.
The heart holds the secrets of stories untold, but the eyes are the windows to a persons soul.
But will you also see a strong woman- A survivor!
A woman knocked down, but then got back up fighting!
Overcoming every obstacle this life throws at me.
Oh, there's so much more to me than what your eyes can see.
I've been through some things and persevered every time!
With a strong determination and stronger will to survive!
But those things you wouldn't see if you just judged me by my smile.
Those are things you'd only see if you looked deep into my eyes.
Be in tuned to your inner strength.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.
In this world we have and will always have challenges, however, it's during our trials and tribulations that we discover our inner strength; strength that pulls us through our difficulties and teaches us to be strong. Nothing is more powerful than a person who has overcome through perseverance and has learned to be a strong, confident, person in the process.
Tough times teach us patience, endurance, and builds character. Sometimes it's a way for us to stop and take a deeper look into ourselves and urge us to get our life in order. Never allow your circumstances to define you, for you are not defined by your challenges, but refined because of them. For those of you who went through something and chose not to be a victim, but victorious, this poem is for you.
Are you keeping skeletons in your closet?
- Do not allow yourself to become a victim of your pain. Taking on a "victim" mentality hinders you and stops you from growing spiritually. You are not alone in anything you have gone through and sharing your testimony may help someone realize they don't have to live in shame.
- We live in a society that has taught us to keep "skeletons in the closet" and because of that, we have bred generations of shame. People who are hurting, hurt other people, and the scary thing is they walk among you, they look like you and some of them are you. Keeping secrets causes shame and shame turns into anger, pain, bitterness and resentment.
- When I say in this line "There's much more to me, than what your eyes can see. A smile is not always what it appears to be" What I'm saying is: "I may look good on the outside but a vase that has been broken will forever be a broken vase."
- Choosing to be a victim is a choice you make if you allow your pain to win. You've released your power to the very thing that has hurt you. You can rise above any situation and come out of the fire stronger, better and wiser if you choose to.
Why do so many people have low self-esteem?
The root of low self-esteem comes from depending on others to make us happy. Do you agree?
Are you harboring enemies in your camp?
When you're going through a depression this is a good time to take a look within your inner circle and do a cleaning process. I'm sure you've heard this saying "If you want to see yourself, just take a look at your friends" It's true.
When I made a choice to be well (you see being happy, healthy, and whole doesn't depend on your friends or family but a personal choice) I took a look at the people I chose to have around me. Not only were they a replica of me but were enablers.
People who are in your ear in a negative way effect your spirit. Soon you will find yourself thinking like them, repeating their negative conversations and feeling down and depressed. For your well-being, you must surround yourself with positive people. People who are positive, uplifting and motivating. People who feed your spirit with good things and not bad.
I always had a saying: "I don't need enemies in my camp" meaning I don't need people in my life who are, depressing, unmotivated, discouraging and refuses to be encouraged, or refuse to be happy for me when things are going well. It's more healthy to possess a few close friends than lot's of associates.
© 2011 Dana Tate