Taylor Swift, a composer and singer who has won seven Grammy awards, sent an inspiring word of encouragement to a fan of hers saying “I can’t promise you that you’ll ever live in a world where people don’t hurt your feelings, but I can promise you that if you keep on moving and taking one day at a time, the opinions and words of people who hurt you will matter less and less to you. “As Taylor Swift so eloquently conveyed to her fan encouraging her to shake it off, we too need such encouragement in life.

You and I know that life is filled with many pitfalls, ups and downs, and often disappointments that are meant to hurt us, play on our emotions, or impede our progress for succeeding. Often times people who are met with these devastating challenges in life will become bitter and give up which in the end, hurts no one but themselves.

Know that the enemy doesn’t ever want you to be successful or to enjoy life. To this end, we can either dwell on the past, or shake it off and move toward the preferable future that has been planned for us.

I suppose that every minister has told the story about a farmer whose mule fell into a well to illustrate that one should never allow stuff to pile on and keep you down. Shake it off and “keep on moving taking one day at a time.”

Since the farmer had no way to get his mule out of the well, he decided to bury him there. He got a truckload of dirt and dumped it on top of the mule. But instead of lying down and giving up, the mule started kicking and snorting until he worked his way to the top of the pile of dirt. This act continued all afternoon truckload after truckload, and the mule just kept shaking it off. Finally, when the dirt reached the top of the well the mule just snorted and walked away, a dirtier but a wiser mule. What was intended to bury him, just brought him out on top.

My advice to you is this:

  • To always keep a positive attitude about life even when others have given up on you.
  • Keep an open mind about your future.
  • Plan your future, so that your future doesn’t plan you.
  • Be inspired to give life your best with whatever hand you are dealt.

When stuff kept piling on me, I kept shaking it off and now I am in the best place of my life. A writer said that if at first you don’t succeed, just keep trying and success would find you.

So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net

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