A leasing agent located at one of our great affordable housing communities, recently gave me an interesting and thought-provoking article to read. She pinned this note to the article “Hello Walter! Thought you would enjoy this and possibly get some tips for future articles. I sure have been enjoying your articles.” Upon reading the article, the line that caught my eye the most was “the one thing in your life that you’ve decided needs changing the most, is almost certainly the one thing that’s most on your mind.”

Please allow that statement to resonate in your mind and heart because it is so true and worth repeating “the one thing in your life that you’ve decided needs changing the most is almost certainly the one thing that’s most on your mind.” In fact, it occupies your mind.

The authors go on to write “maybe for you, that one thing is a nasty addiction you’ve been battling for years and years, for as long as you can remember. Maybe it’s a depression that just keeps rolling over you in waves, hardly ever letting up, beating you down until you’ve started to doubt the love of anybody. Maybe it’s a damaged relationship. Maybe past episodes of abuse have tainted the way you think, act, and respond so much that you don’t always even recognize yourself or the person you’ve become.”

I must confess, the article stirred up emotional and behavioral changes I have had to make in my life. I learned quickly that life changes are not easy. Often times what is needed to make necessary changes in our life requires talking with a counselor or reaching out to a close trusted friend. Thoughtful prayer or meditation can help. However, you must first recognize that this change is necessary.

The author’s article concludes by stating “this admission of need and reality is a good thing. This is where the stuff you hate the most about yourself can go to die.” So, never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net

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