A Woman's Voice

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES ~ Games People Play Part IV ~ June 17, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Final post in this series…continued from yesterday.

Once again, it is may be beneficial to use your imagination to overcome some of the adversity in your life. When you feel down or hard done by, picture yourself as that “mat” on the floor. You probably feel angry with those around you for not treating you properly, but instead of telling them how you really feel you draw into yourself and your own shell. Does this sound familiar or ring true to you? If so, this is when your anger may turn inward and mask itself as depression.  These angry feelings can also create another problem for you.

You may turn around and end up creating a negative cycle by treating other people the way you feel you have been treated. This is a no win situation. It will not make you feel good or any better about your situation. In fact, it will eventually add to your negative self-image. Once again, it is necessary to have an honest look at yourself and make a very big decision. Please try to remember that “troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things”. (Henry Ward Beecher) 

It is necessary to have a little “self-talk” to admit what you are really dealing with and what, if anything, you are prepared to do about it. Remember that the only person that you have any real power over is yourself.  No one else can fix this for you.  It is essential to truly embrace the fact that you must decide to help yourself. This may be a frightening concept because it makes us feel so responsible.

However, to “am’t” to something worthwhile in life, it usually involves accepting responsibility, accountability, and some change.  It also means it is necessary to rise above the blaming stage.  In other words, we have to get up off the floor and do something positive with our lives.  This requires work.  Work requires effort.  When we are down and out, it appears that the easiest way out to do nothing. We are, by human nature, an habitual lot but if we are unhappy with our lot in life…we may have to make a few changes.

Habits, whether good or bad, are ingrained in us.  They are very hard to change. Even the smallest change requires effort but in order to grow, it is the only way to go.  “Growth requires change and change involves risks, stepping from the known to the unknown.”(George Shinn) 

Effort = results.  No effort = no results.  Little effort = little results.  Big effort=big results.

You get the picture. You also get to choose just how much effort you want to make to rise above this depressed state or any negative situation in your life. In the end you will achieve the corresponding results.  I realize that this is a tough concept to embrace because it puts the onus on us but let’s face it, it is our life.  It’s really is up to us to decide if we would like to change the situation because no one else can do it for us.  “Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible.  This power becomes available to you just as soon as you change your beliefs.” (Maxwell Maltz)

The belief that you must work at it in order to alter your situation is very important. If you believe this fact, it means you actually can do something about it. So there you have it. Do you want to live like a “mat”, a “tam” or do you want to “am’t” to something? The only way to do this is to look at your life and decide. Yes…decide. It’s that simple because “the only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try and the faith to believe that it is possible” (Richard M. DeVos)

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that it is indeed possible. I wouldn’t be sharing this with you today if it wasn’t. In fact, I wouldn’t even have anything to share. Yes…the faith to believe…says it all. Faith in God and a renewed faith in yourself!


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  1. Barbara Robinson said,

    I love the word faith. That’s why I named my character in my novel Faith 🙂 and yes, we have to hold onto faith and cling tight to God. Blessings, BJ

    • Thanks Barb,
      I love the word faith too. Without my faith, I would have been a sinking ship. I have every reason to be grateful. Bright blessings to you! 🙂

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