The Plan.

I had it all figured out. My plan was set, ready to go. I was excited and ready to take on the world. And then slowly, piece by piece, goal by goal, it all fell apart. And I mean all of it. I failed at some, got distracted and forgot about others, and then somehow I found myself with nothing but a broken plan. Dreams never to come true. Not even a new plan to take its place. Just confusion. Frustration. Fear. How could all that planning. All that dreaming. All that work towards it end up with nothing to prove? Nothing to show. And then I realized it. 

After much time had passed I finally realized it. I had something to prove. I hadn’t actually ended up with nothing. I hadn’t actually gone on living without a plan & I didn’t even realize it. Because it wasn’t my plan. I hadn’t been wandering around lost in the wilderness of this world. You see I actually ended up with what I needed. What God knew I needed. Strength. Perseverance. Hope. Faith. Love. Positivity. Patience. Understanding. I had all of these things surrounding me. But they didn’t just come to me. They didn’t just fall into my lap. I had to fight for them. I had to give it all I had to get them. And most of these. Most of these things I earned I never even factored into my original plan. College. Career. Money. That’s the plan, right? That’s how we’ll change the world, right? Make our parents proud? But all of those things are gone eventually. The careers end or make you unhappy. The money runs out or loses its value. And then what’s left?  

And the ironic thing is, we never plan those things into our lives. We never pencil in strength and patience on our calendars & count down to the days we have left to reach them. And we need them. Boy do we need them. 

You see, I had walked out unharmed, and actually stronger after the fire. After my plans came burning down. And that’s worth something. That proves something. That shows something. Because it’s the things you can’t frame that are worth displaying the most. __a.c. 

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100.

The thought of most individuals when it comes to a relationship is that it needs to be a 100/100 matched effort. That makes sense, right? The only problem with it is that they think that 100/100 match effort only applies to a relationship of themselves WITH another individual. That’s the only relationship they apply it to. That’s the only relationship they set perfect match standards for. But what about the relationship we have with ourselves? See, we all plan goals, set goals, but often, we don’t reach those goals. We give up. We make excuses. Why is that? It’s because we don’t match ourselves. The part of us that caries out goals doesn’t match the part of us that plans and sets goals. That part of us falls short- and instead of holding that part of us accountable like we would another individual who doesn’t match our 100, we just accept it. Don’t accept it. Be in a 100/100 relationship with yourself. It’s extremely possible. And just like your 100/100 match relationship with someone else will make you happier, your 100/100 match relationship with yourself will, too. It will change your life. So give yourself 100%. Because you deserve it. __a.c.

Nobody

There are gonna be some shitty days. There’s gonna be bad things that happen to good people and good things that happen to bad people. There’s going to be extreme emotions. Sadness. Anger. Guilt. You’re going to face some brick walls without an ounce of knowledge of how to get over it. Life isn’t all sunshines and rainbows every second of the day. But life is still worth something!! You’ll still get over those brick walls even if it takes you removing each brick by yourself. There’s first smiles. First steps. The sound of heartbeats. Slow dances in the kitchen. Cinnamon rolls. Hikes. Late night convos. Early morning runs. Promotions. Dream jobs. Puppies. Dessert. There’s sunshine and rainbows and the most beautiful sunsets. Puddles to jump in and get messy. There’s laughter and hope. And love. So much love! And that’s so important. Life is so beautiful. It’s something worth living for. There’s SO MUCH to live for. And nobody will ever convince me otherwise. __a.c. 

Success 

The most unsuccessful thing we did to ourselves Was make money a requirement for success,

Because it has people chasing fake dreams 

While their real ones they suppress.

Which causes a lot of unhappy people 

And a world full of stress.

Why? All so that we can step out in that twelve thousand dollar dress

To socialize with people we have to put a mask on to impress?

Rappers, ballers or a million dollar artist 

Leave the only scapegoat for those classroom kids who aren’t the smartest.

So instead of being here to express our God given purpose,

We chase a man made dream that we know is gonna hurt us.

Money money won’t get you too far, get you too far-

Unless you’re flying in a jet or driving in your new Rolls Royce car.

But, see, that’s physically speaking and physical strength 

Will never be enough to carry you the length. 

So chase your TRUE passions, whatever they may be.

Because the real definition of success 

Is when your HEART is happy. __a.c.

Life Is Hard

It’s hard. Life is hard. You will have days where you can’t even imagine getting out of bed. You will have moments where all you can do is cry. You will reach a point where you question everything you’ve ever done up until this point, because you’re sure that at this point in your life you should have it all figured out. You will occasionally wonder why you ever believed in fairy tales and happy endings. You will feel lost. Life. is hard. At times. But it’s not bad. And that’s an important difference to understand. It’s true, there will be hard days. Seemingly impossible days…to your mind. But to God, it’s all part of the plan. Of your plan. A plan that’s already been figured out for you! A plan that you don’t need to stress over, because it’s a beautiful, wonderful plan! And on those days where you don’t want to get out of bed, God already gave you the strength to do it! And it started with the first breath you took on those hard days. On the days where you feel like all you can do is cry, it’s okay because God is teaching you patience. Perseverance. Strength. Things we can only truly understand through the hard days. And it’s through this that we become the fullest version of ourselves. It’s through the hard days that we learn how important love is. How important being kind is. How important the hard days really are. And the thing is, we get through the hard days. Not without a struggle, but also not without God’s help, love and direction. You see, there will be hard days. I want you to know that. But I also want you to know that life is beautiful and full of smiles, laughter, love, hope, happiness. And it’s so worth all the hard days. __a.c.

Blind To See

Blind To See 

If society was blind for one day maybe we’d stop biting the apple.
If we couldn’t see the color differences, if we couldn’t see a dapple.
Maybe we’d spend less time on the streets and more time in the chapel,
Maybe we’d find more people to be genuine & less to be assholes.
If we couldn’t see to judge another, if we lived like Adam & Eve,
Maybe we’d spend more of our days talking about our happiness & less days about our grieve.
Maybe we’d find ourselves becoming more generous and focused less on the greed.
Maybe we’d discover to appreciate what we have because what we have is what we need. 
If we couldn’t see then the media wouldn’t have such a strong hold grip, 
And maybe our morals would never start to slip.
Maybe life would be cruising like a cruise ship,
Maybe our hearts would stay whole instead of always being ripped.
If we couldn’t see then we couldn’t point out every difference,
Maybe we’d stop comparing ourselves to others forcing this self hindrance.
Maybe, and I really hope, we’d lose all of our ignorance,
Maybe we’d be accepting instead of being so belligerent.
If for one day we couldn’t see then we could see what life was like in God’s vision.
Ironic as it is, that’s the life we should all be living,
Maybe everything could add together instead of always being division.
Can’t you imagine, Close your eyes to see this vision? __a.c.

Sitting At The Table With Failure

We’ve heard it all before. We hear it all the time. “I succeeded because I failed. ”

Michael Jordan  – “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Joyce Meyer – “failing at a thing doesn’t make you a failure.”

Bill Gates- “It’s fine to celebrate success but its more important to head the lessons of failure.”

So we’re inspired. We’re focused on the possibility of what lies ahead for us. Because if their success came from failure, so can ours. But there’s something more to it than just failure leading to success. And really, it’s not the failure that brought them success. It’s their strength. Their drive. Their positive attitude. Passion. Motivation. Inspiration. It’s what they bring to the table that failure decided to sit at. It’s the fact that they saw failure as an irrelevant force. It’s that they kept smiling. Hoping. Moving forward. So really, failure doesn’t bring success. YOU bring success. And if you can be strong enough to know that failure is an irrelevant force, well, then the possibilities might just be absolutely endless for you. __a.c.