Daily Prompt: Sheer Embarrassment!

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The year was 2004 – Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of The Christ was released. A married couple made headlines – resulting from a disagreement with some alleged biblical inaccuracies regarding the film. Some blood was shed between the two (nothing serious) – nevertheless, the shame of their behavior was publicly exposed. The couple was later interviewed, and stressed their embarrassment.

I too have had times when my behavior turned into an embarrassing moment. Although I’ve had several, this one sticks out the most. I was in the midst of a conversation with a friend. After several minutes, our conversation became disagreeable, then loud and intense. I must have blacked out, because the next thing that I remembered was a series of repetitive babbling (no drugs, alcohol, or violence involved).

Here goes: Me“I wouldn’t have said what I said if you hadn’t said what you said.” My friend shared the exact sentiments…, “No, I wouldn’t have said what I said, if you hadn’t said what you said.” Me“You said whatever you said before I said what I said.” – “My friend“That’s not true, you said whatever you said first!” Me“You know that my response was to what you said.”

This behavior went on between us for more than 20 minutes! It was clear, we both had totally forgotten what was initially said! This is a true story! It should have been a moment of laughter, instead – it turned into a moment of sheer embarrassment. I was stunned that I allowed myself to exhibit such behavior – pretty much like those birds – arms flapping, mouth wide open!

Contention is usually about the ego, our thoughts and beliefs – period. Whenever we refuse to take note of our own behavior – the stuff that hinders our spiritual or personal development, moments of intensity can throw us off course.

If we do find ourselves in contentious & embarrassing encounters, it’s the perfect assignment to gain some wisdom! As we become better acquainted with ourselves – we’re better prepared to practice in the moment disciplines that sway us away from egoic moments that do nothing but bring shame & embarrassment.

“Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom” ~Proverbs 13:10

Have you ever been embarrassed by your involvement in contention? How did you handle it? How do you avoid it?


You’re always welcome to add your thoughts & your wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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Conditional Love…

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Conditional love is demanding & restrictive – full of stipulations built on emotionalism and unrealistic expectations! Conditional love creates nothing but BONDAGE…for both giver and receiver! Conditional love means that you should not disappoint me, or – “I will…”, fill in the blanks.

Being both giver and receiver of love – means that we are willing to open ourselves to some of our greatest fears – it means being vulnerable. Feelings of being rejected, feelings of unworthiness, or other must be faced and brought to the forefront. From this position we learn to be available for our own healing and acceptance.

It’s interesting, we often expect others to accept us, we in reality, we’ve not fully accepted ourselves (been there too).

Relational disappointments are inevitable…to expect less from anyone is unrealistic. That does not mean that we should not expect the best from ourselves or others – rather, it means that we must learn to accept the reality of our imperfections and grow with ourselves, while demonstrating no less of the same to others as we interact with them.

Mature relationships are built over time through failures and triumphs – through pain and joy, through misunderstandings being  exchanged for understanding – through hurt and ultimately forgiveness. Above all, mature relationships require that we dismantle ourselves from conditional love.

How do you define conditional love? Have you ever experienced it?

You’re always welcome to leave your wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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Faith is Pursuing Me

Faith keeps me moving in unseen, unfamiliar territory. I am clueless – yet, I am filled with awe & excitement.

Powerless on one end…empowered on another! I can’t exactly define what’s really happening, but I am confident that more than meets the eye is creating something worthy of my attention.

Invisible truths are rising…possibility keeps me stirred – I keep awakening….over & over again! Faith is pursuing me!

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Both healthy & unhealthy relationships are kept alive by the constant of words, beliefs & behavior – then watered & fed by consistency.

Are you paying attention to your relational contributions? What are you learning?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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It’s a Hard Topic, but…

Reblogging this post is a mere reminder of how significant forgiveness is for over-all health (mind, body, spirit). We give ourselves permission to move away from the impact of harsh memories/experiences when we forgive. ~Storm

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So here I go, referencing the topic of unforgiveness. Bear with me – I know that forgiveness is not as easy as it sounds. Master & Lord Jesus reminds us to forgive seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-22). That’s a lot of forgiving! It’s one of the most challenging paths to take. Perhaps we think that our offender is getting away with a particular offense. Or, maybe we think that they deserve far more than being forgiven. The truth of the matter is this – forgiveness is not about the offender, it’s about you. Forgiveness in no wise condones offenses – it liberates its victims from further injury.

I’ve watched myself over the years mentally experience, and re-experience a particular painful memory – only to set myself up for an emotional set-back! I’d end up attacking myself with self-injurious words because of someone else’s offense. Unforgiveness is relentless – it’s psychologically destructive…

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Discipline, Order & Maintenance

In a world where competition is the norm, we are blessed if/when we can find our own rhythm, one that keeps us accountable & in Divine alignment. In part, this means that we’re not willing to give up the lessons that have graced our lives with self-awareness, inner healing, peace of mind & self-respect.

With much, comes much responsibility, no way of getting around it. Shifting around daily activities is a privilege…no reason to complain. However – it’s essential to not thwart, or sacrifice one’s own path that creates balance. Discipline, maintenance & order is primary in the midst of daily living.

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Here’s an example – the world of writing is filled with helpful & impressive information! There are numerous books, professionals, websites & articles that highlight some of the best hosting sites – marketing tips, all sorts of video tutorials, social networking – to the technical side of things. The list is an extensive & informative jungle! Despite the “weeds” that “pop-up” from time to time – I’ve been able to gather many useful tools/ideas. Can’t help but mention Greg Narayan…an excellent resource! Along with the constant flow of solid information that’s available right here at WordPress!

That being said, no matter how much I review, or apply some of the findings – incorporating it within a “rhythm” that helps me to maintain a healthy balance, benefits my overall well-being.

Since I consider myself a newbie on the blogging scene, I am so available for new ventures – however, not at risk of losing my personal sense of perspective or direction – my inner harmony. It’s what keeps me centered, and personally responsible. This practice has little to do with being inflexible, and much to do with honoring discipline, maintenance & order. The aforementioned is not an unrealistic goal of perfection – rather, a way of life as I continue my personal evolution into the unknown.

If we’re not capable of discipline, self-maintenance & order as we move forward in life, what can possibly hope to gain?

As I participate with life, staying alert to its impact on my being – I am better equipped to practice the disciplines that keep me grounded (mind, body, spirit).

How do you bring discipline, maintenance & order into your life & world affairs?

You’re always welcome to join the conversation with your insights. Thank you for your visit. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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Journaling

With all the noise going on, the hustle of daily living – it can sometimes be challenging hearing one’s own voice. Setting aside time to journal is a healthy practice. A sentence, or 2 a day can make a world of difference. The benefits of journaling are extensive – it helps in creating an inner path towards  emotional healing, to assisting one in becoming more centered & calm during stressful periods. Here’s an  list from Appleseeds, I hope that you will find it useful.

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Our inner-dialogue, the conversations that we hold with ourselves, is filled with lots of information. Writing/journaling helps us to get to the core…exposing fears, insecurities and all the other significant things that influence our lives & the choices that we make.

How do you bring your thoughts into perspective? Are you listening to yourself – what are you learning?

You’re always welcomed to share your insights & wisdom. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

Honor Your Rhythm

Honor Your Rhythm

As we live our lives, it’s much like finding our rhythm on the Djembe’ (African hand drum). Humbly commit to learning, no comparisons allowed. Participate authentically & trust that you will come into your own – let love, patience, work & time take its course. Your rhythm (just like mine) is essential as we have our being.

Your rhythm is your voice, it is your trust and instinctual timely as you move through each day.

It is up to us to accept our rhythm, as no one else plays that significant role in our lives.

As we learn to honor our rhythm, respect our rhythm – we honor our time & our lives – others will follow our lead.

Have you found your rhythm?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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It’s a Hard Topic, but…

So here I go, referencing the topic of unforgiveness. Bear with me – I know that forgiveness is not as easy as it sounds. Master & Lord Jesus reminds us to forgive seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-22). That’s a lot of forgiving! It’s one of the most challenging paths to take. Perhaps we think that our offender is getting away with a particular offense. Or, maybe we think that they deserve far more than being forgiven. The truth of the matter is this – forgiveness is not about the offender, it’s about you. Forgiveness in no wise condones offenses – it liberates its victims from further injury.

I’ve watched myself over the years mentally experience, and re-experience a particular painful memory – only to set myself up for an emotional set-back! I’d end up attacking myself with self-injurious words because of someone else’s offense. Unforgiveness is relentless – it’s psychologically destructive. I can remember speaking to someone about the pain that was caused by their behavior – the person had no recollection of what I was talking about! A huge wake-up call for me! I couldn’t believe that I had to walk through the doors of forgiving them without a simple act of human courtesy – an apology.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ~Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness is about self-preservation – a way of preserving our sanity and dignity. Forgiveness further gives us the rightful place of ownership, of our emotions and overall well-being.

Forgive – it’s not easy…it’s a process of time – but, your mind, body & spirit will gain a life worthy of its benefit.

What are your challenges with unforgiveness?

You’re welcome to join in the conversation on forgiveness. I welcome your thoughts & insights. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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