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Friend, you are special to me!   1 comment


I have some outright amazing friends. And I don’t tell them enough how much I appreciate them. Not at all. Without their love and support, I wouldn’t know where I would be today. I often think how different a person I might have been if I had not had what I would consider to be good influences from friendships in my life. Sure, I’ve done some silly things. Haven’t we all? But, I know that even if I do something stupid, my friends will be there to pick me up. I can rely on them; depend on them; share my sorrows and thoughts with them; laugh with them. I have amazing friends! I thought about what would happen if one of them were to die. And this seems like such a morbid thought, but it allows quite a different perspective. Going through this thought process allowed me to truly understand how much I appreciate my friends, and what a gaping hole there would be if even one of them were to be taken from my life. If you are reading this and you are one of the friends that I have been blessed with, you are amazing! I recommend to all that you think deeply about how truly special the friendships in your life are. We are blessed so much.

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Posted August 11, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Positively positive

Reveal YOU   1 comment


Never be ashamed of who you are or what you believe. I see it all too often: people hiding their true colours because they are afraid that who they really are underneath all the masquerade is somebody that nobody will like. I’m sure I don’t speak for myself in saying that rawness is beauty. Your true character, your real personality, that’s who people really want to get to know. The real tragedy is that these fake masks we put up are so consuming that they can destroy a person’s true self. Reveal yourself, open up to people. It’s an amazing thing to find yourself, you won’t regret it.

A change of direction   Leave a comment


With the sadness of letting go comes the anticipation of a new beginning. Who knows what may be around the corner in our great walk? Accept the passing of times and relieve residual sentiment by taking the step towards change, for this change is not only inevitable but necessary for self-fulfilment. Greet transition with an open heart in the knowledge that for progress to be sanctioned there must be a departure from a comfortable but static existence. With change comes new experiences; and with new experiences the development of character. While the progression of change is expected, it is your influence which will ultimately decide whether this change is to be negative or positive.

Smile and the world smiles back   Leave a comment


Waking up and feeling like the world is on a mission to make you feel down isn’t the nicest sentiment. Some may blame it on “waking up on the wrong side of bed” but I would more appropriately put it down to the way that your inner affects your outer – an inside-out approach. By this, I mean that your attitude will ultimately affect your environment and the extent to which you take the most out of your experiences. By simply smiling your day will be enhanced in ways you can’t imagine. It’s something about this effortless act that has the funny psychological effect of improving your entire wellbeing. Try it! I’m sure you’ve all got something to smile about, and even if you feel you don’t, a forced grin works wonders. You’d be amazed at how much an agent of change a smile really is! Not only does it influence your own wellbeing, but also that of the people around you. Smiling has something of a reciprocal nature as well: you smile, people smile back, and in the end the smile comes back to you! So go ahead and smile; change your world by simply lifting the corners of your lips.

Posted June 18, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Positively positive

Take up your cross   Leave a comment


Imagine your best friend had a secret that could change the world; a vision to transform the very existence of life. And then unexpectedly, your best friend tragically dies leaving his vision incomplete. Would you not do anything to fulfil his dream in honour of his existence and to continue the legacy that he had so passionately pursued? Now stop imagining and believe. Jesus left a legacy for us when he came to Earth, a legacy that called man to a life of discipleship. But in this calling we have been given hope and purpose far beyond that of which we could attain in a life pursued for self. Matthew 10:39 says “He that finds his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake shall find it.” Our life is not lost when we take up our mission in God, it is only then that our life truly begins.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better”   Leave a comment


I was just thinking about this quote, and I’ve come up with a bit of a different spin on it. Try to think about it from the viewpoint of appreciation, rather than as a comparison of standards in a tangible sense. When we go through the hard times, struggling and fighting for every inch,  we are able to appreciate so much more what we have always taken for granted. Sometimes to change our perceptions our whole life has to be flipped upside down. When you feel like you’re going through some tough times, when your days just seem like a never ending sequence of poor luck, just stop and appreciate what you have. I’m sure all of you that are reading this are still alive – that’s better than the one million people worldwide that won’t make it through this week. It pays to put things into perspective.

YOU decide.   2 comments


So today I was walking through the University of Auckland after meeting with a friend, with my mind wandering as it often does. I had a thought enter my mind, that like a stubborn fly has not yet decided to stop buzzing around. It seems like a cheesy one liner but I promise I didn’t just pick this up from a website. The thought was this: the only difference between someone who CAN and someone who DOES is EFFORT. We’re all capable of so much, just so often a laziness consumes us and puts us back into a state of self-absorption and normality. Fight against this; fight towards the best that you can be.