GROWING in EXCELLENCE


 

serenity prayer

I was pondering the rising incidence of violence, senseless murder, rioting and the present tendency to focus on negativity and hopelessness. It really troubles me that in spite of all our modern technology,  endless supply and choices of supplies, merchandise, food and modern conveniences, many of us Americans are still a miserable and unsatisfied bunch.  There are exceptions of course and we all do know people who greatly and positively influence their circle or community.

As a journalist, songwriter , artists and mentor, I take no greater delight than in seeing others flower and produce beautiful fruit! Many of us artists can be overly sensitive and prone to self-pity when hit by crushing trials or challenges, (like the deaths of loved ones and pets, loss of a job-career  or a catastrophic illness)  which greatly curtails and derails the path of our lives. I understand all these detours very well, having had  more than my share of difficult  seasons.  For many of us,  difficulties have stunted and left  us spinning our  wheels in neutral indefinitely, but for others,  we stay on course, focused on  our (and others) upward momentum of excellence.

As I thought about the futility, (and the sad waste of human intelligence)  of traversing the lower road of emotional stagnancy, bitterness and toxicity, I deem this blog to be of great necessity for many. I believe cultivating an excellent mindset is of great benefit to the world.. This article will be a but shorter than my usual blog posts  what award-winning anther, Travis Bradvbury’s article says about our brain-potential , 18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence is so comprehensive an enlightening! Check out his article:

18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

I’m presently going through storms of very difficult relationship issues following the passing of my mother and the estrangement of a cherished  near-relative and it again causes me to soul-search ways that I can navigate and grow from this heartbreak of loss, disappointment and rejection. I want to say that I am confident that my faith in God and His kindness to me causes me to use my experiences and victories over depression to help others to become excellent and fruitful people and  encourage them to mentor others who have trouble navigating difficult relationships and  traumatic life events!. I’d applied one of my favorite Bible scriptures to my lifestyle, remembering to get out of myself and not focus on my selfish ambition or empty pride and to humble myself , considering others more important than myself. Phil 2 3&4 We all need to try to not focus  on our own interests all the time,  but to show interest in the interests of others. This is not easy to do for most of us, but is a skill and edifying trait which can be cultivated.

We would expects leaders or religious mentors to have the gift of edifying and encouragement , but this is not always the case. Many are  stressed-out and focused on their own endeavors. and some are even narcissistic.  I would just like the end this article with saying that mentoring, encouraging and building up broken people has been the most precious and gratifying  job I could be privileged to have! From my very early days in the 1980’s , as a young woman immersed in nursing home ministry , to prison ministry, to serving battered and dislocated women with Love in the name of Christ non-profit, to presently mentoring Lyme Disease and Dystonia sufferers, there is no greater love or joy than building up others. Empowering others strengthens families, our communities and our nation.

We must try to address the issues of suicide, mental illness, family estrangement and anarchy by prayer, unified outreach and especially asking God His wisdom to wrong the rights of this world. We will not see positive change in our families, communities and nation if we continue to relentlessly chase our own dreams with out  any interest or thought to intervene and help others when and if we can. I hope  Travis’s insightful article prompts you to a new level of high emotional intelligence and I know if more of us embrace some of the attributes, we will so enhance and build upon positively the atmosphere of our world!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. SB
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 20:12:13

    You’ve hit the nail on the head Anita! What a great article and so timely right now. I was also surprised to see myself in the emotional IQ article, except for the caffeine and sleep points LOL. Thank You Anita.

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