Review

My journals are incubators for the thoughts that become my blog, that turned into my book. So whenever I get to the end of one, I spend some time going through the pages to gather any undernourished nuggets or underdeveloped ideas. Every now and then, I’ll find something so close to completion all I have to do is attach an image.

I also find unfinished thoughts … and wonder where they were going. But I hold on to those, just in case I remember the direction.

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

Inhale Thoughts, Exhale Forgetfulness…
Inhale Nourish, Exhale Neglect…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Procrastination…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
#Creation

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Birth

Today I am grateful for the birth that gave hope to the hopeless. In this season of birth and renewal in the midst of confusion and fear, I am praying for sufficient strength to be hopeful, effective faith to believe, and enough compassion to be loving…

“For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9: 6-7, MSG

Inhale Creation, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Inclusion, Exhale Exclusion…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Separation…
Just Breathe…

#ReflectionsWithRenita

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Collaboration

Technology has provided an almost infinite number of ways for people to collaborate. However, the methods of collaboration are only as useful as the collaborators willingness to and agreement on how they will interact.

The most important key to collaborating successfully is an understanding among the collaborators about what their collaboration will look like. If one person is doing the most, dictating the terms of engagement, and the rest of the team feels left out of the process, collaboration is not taking place.

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Inhale Collaboration, Exhale Competition…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Limitation…
Inhale Coordination, Exhale Disengagement…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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Intention

I start any workshop I do by asking the participants to think of their intention for our time together. I remind them we are co-creating the experience we’re about to have…and if they want, expect and intend for our experience to be great, it probably will be.

Because it doesn’t matter how flawlessly my words flow, how important the topic or how we came to be in the same space, what they take from the workshop is as a much a function of their preparedness as mine.

“But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.” Luke 8: 15, The Message

Inhale Intention, Exhale Inattention…
Inhale Consciousness, Exhale Carelessness…
Inhale Deliberation, Exhale Disregard…
Just Breathe…

#ReflectionsWithRenita

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Perfection

Sometimes the fear that keeps us from pursuing our purpose is hidden under the guise of a quest for perfection. But God doesn’t require us to be perfect to start our journey to purpose, He only requires us to be committed to His call on our lives.

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10, NIV

Inhale Commitment, Exhale Perfection…
Inhale Compliance, Exhale Perfection…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Perfection…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
#Fear

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Live On Purpose

Our purpose for being on this earth is to serve the greater good…a higher calling. It is our responsibility to intentionally and deliberately move toward our purpose.

We have the power to end poverty, homelessness, brutality, hunger…as well as all the “isms” infecting our world. But we often let the shear enormity of our purpose stop us from moving forward. We embrace the narrowness of what we can see, the seeming smallness of our current situation instead of the expansiveness of God’s vision for us. We allow the obstacles of our circumstances to stop us from even beginning…

“If you can link the passion you have for a specific activity with a broader purpose that gets you up every morning, that’s what’s been most helpful to me.” ~ Jim Kim President of the World Bank

Inhale Birth, Exhale Inertia…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Constriction…
Inhale Beginning, Exhale Resistance…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe

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