Power behind the words “I am”

Tonight’s episode of Oprah’s “Life Class” featured Joel Osteen.  He is one of those large church pastors I don’t mind listening to as he speaks more bluntly than others on tv.  The theme behind tonight’s show was “I AM.” They are two simple words and when they are followed by a phrase such as “I am not fearful,” it becomes a powerful phrase.  The show made me stop and think what would my “I AM” be?  What do I want to change about myself right now?  One of the quotes of Joel Osteen’s I wrote down was this “When you step into your own shoes and your own destiny, that’s when you are going to shine.”  I loved that.  Too many times I have been guilty of comparing myself to other people.  I think about what other people are making, how other people’s relationships are successful, etc… Why? That is not healthy and serves no purpose. Here is part of my “I am” list:

I am going to worry less about what I cannot control and concentrate efforts on what is within my reach.

I am going to make a conscious effort to make smart, thoughtful decisions and remember that other people are impacted by my choices.

One of the viewers who used Skype to be a part of the show talked about having been through a rough time.  Joel Osteen suggested that she remember that “despite a dreary day, the clouds eventually part and the sun breaks through.”  We all go through funks where we think nothing good will come our way.  However, we simply need to remember Osteen’s words and keep our faith. 


Where Azaleas Bloom by Sherryl Woods

I am one of those people who finds reading an outlet, a way of escaping into wherever the writer intended.  I have great respect and appreciation for writers who can do this successfully.  One of my favorite writers is Sherryl Woods.  One of Woods’ series is the Sweet Magnolias series that focuses on a group of good women friends who are there for each other through thick and thin.  They are famous for their “Margarita Nights.”  When a certain friend has a good or bad day, they immediately are on the phone and making the arrangements.  This particular book’s plot revolves around Lynn and Mitch.  Lynn is going through a divorce and barely able to put food on the table and support her two kids.  Mitch is a widowed contractor whose kids are grown.  Mitch and Lynn have known each other since they were young and are finding out the attraction for each other still there.  Mitch is one of those stand-up guys-thoughtful and genuine…I mean, who asks what you’d do with an unlimited budget for your backyard one day and then brings a landscaping crew to your house the next??   These types of guys are not easy to find….trust me, I’m trying to find one myself.   

So, thank you, Sherryl…for creating this outlet for me….but it sure would be nice to have my own Mitch.