Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rut-Ro! Getting out of that Rut!

I think we have all found ourselves in a rut. This could be at work, family, friends, finances or with your spiritual life.

Albert Einstein said insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Oddly enough most of us find ourselves doing this in some aspect of our life.

Here are my tips for the various areas. Feel free to share yours as well.

Work- 48 Days to the Work You Love if you don't like your job, get this book. It is possible to do something in life you love. We need more contributors in our economy anyway! If you have too many takers and not enough givers, everything is out of balance!

Finances- Make a plan! Many people fly by the seat of their pants and want everything it took their parents 30 years year to get right now. Dave Ramsey has a simple plan that anyone can understand and it works. There are many others but I am most familiar with it. Doing something is better than nothing though.

Family/Friends- for those that believe in God, you must realize that the very foundation of our existence is based upon our relationship with God and also each other. God said it was not good for man to be alone. I know many of you are social butterflies, but many people are isolated either by themselves or only with immediate family. Make an effort to create new relationships with a neighbor, co-worker, employee, etc. Make meaningful close relationships with people that share your same values. Sometimes when tough times arise, we need people other than our family to get good honest, unbiased opinions from. If you want some really unsound and biased marital advise call mommy and daddy. :-) It is easy to find people to jump on your bandwagon or pity party when you are upset, but it is very hard to find a friend that will tell you something you may not want to hear, but this is sometimes the best thing for our marriage, relationships with our children, and friends. If you have a friend that always agrees with your gripes, they may not be the best person to seek advice from.

Spiritual Life- I know a lot of people out there have been burned, or they have seen people be inconsistent in this area. Don't miss out on what God has to offer YOU because of what someone else did! Worked toward a point where you are giving, instead of taking. Don't make your relationship with God about a person or what someone did or did not do. You are setting yourself up for disappointment. Everybody is going to mess up, that means your spouse, your parents, friends, siblings. your pastor, the list goes on! Find a church where God shows up and that has not had the same number of members for 40 years. :-) After you have, make it about you and Him!

Please share any of your life lessons that have helped you through this journey we call life.


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