Build It Anyway

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There are times in life when you feel hopeless and helpless. You wonder if anything you’re doing is making a difference. You wonder if anything you’re saying is resonating with anyone. Does anyone care what you’re contributing? The truth is, people can be so fickle. They like you one day and don’t like you the next.

So how can you know if you’re impacting the world? Sometimes you don’t…until later. There are some people that you will touch in profound ways that you may never know about, this side of heaven. But if you’re passionate about your calling, then pursue it.

There’s a song by Martina McBride called,”Anyway
Let me share some of the lyrics with you:

You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothing
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great!
But sometimes life ain’t good
And when I pray
It doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway…

That’s life, people.
That’s life.
Because even if you do it and it doesn’t succeed the way YOU think it should, does that mean you should give up?  Does that mean you’re not impacting others?  Nope. You can’t possibly know who you’ve touched along the way. As a Christian, I believe that we will find out one day in eternity how many people’s lives we’ve touched. But, even if you don’t believe that, I know that everything we do has a ripple effect. Are your ripples inspiring our crippling others? Are your ripples encouraging or discouraging others? You want your ripples to have the maximum positive impact.

Keep on keeping on. Keep building that dream.  Don’t give up.  The great thing about this life is that we’re not relegated to only ONE dream per lifetime. We can have SEVERAL dreams. MULTIPLE dreams. Be encouraged!

Keep moving forward. Keep pressing toward your goals. If something doesn’t go right, yes, you can take some time to mourn the loss. But don’t quit. Keep plugging away. You don’t know how many folks you will positively impact.
It’s not in the number of “likes” you get on social media.
It’s in the number of lives you touch.

~K.D.

© 2014 KD Corner, “Build It Anyway”

Be Inspired, You Matter

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Hi WordPress Family!
I hope all of you have been well.
I began to write today after a stint of silence.
Today, I just wanted to let you know that you matter!
Don’t be tricked into thinking you don’t.

This started out with the intention of being a poem, that turned into a kind of random rambling writing.
But, still, I hope you enjoy!

You can only be you, not somebody else.
So don’t try to be anything but amazing you!
Yes, give ‘props’ to whom ‘props’ are due
But don’t let their looks, their light, their fame
Cast a shadow on your own success, your own dream
We all get intimidated from time to time
We see someone else soaking up all of the limelight
But, why do we let that affect our own personal ‘swag’?

True enough, in life, people seem to ‘have it all’
But we don’t know their back story
We don’t know what they’ve endured to get where they are
We don’t know what keeps them up at night
We don’t realize that they too have insecurities and problems
What’s bad is when people are arrogant, haughty, self-important
And try to berate or diminish others because of their own hidden insecurities
But, still, don’t let them get you down
Focus on your God-given talents. You have them

And do you know what?
They won’t look exactly like “his” or “hers” because they’re YOURS
You are not a clone of anyone else
Let your light shine, dear friend
Let your light shine
You have so much to give
Don’t belittle your own gifting
You may or may not receive fame or proper recognition always
But, look beyond that to the core of the matter
How you can bless and inspire others

There is SOMEONE watching you
Someone watching how you handle yourself
How you overcome adversity
How you persevere
How you treat others
How you act when you think no one is looking

So, let that light inside of you shine BRIGHTLY for the world to see
Let that light shine brighter than ALL of the taunting, laughter, jealousy, hatred
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and STRONG and SMART, no matter what they say.
Here’s what I want you to know…
Whether you’re considered a ‘classic beauty’ or ‘hot’ or not,
You have a unique beauty all your own
You have a voice that no one else has
You have a smile that no one can match
You have a tenacity that is uniquely yours
You have a joy that cannot be taken away
You have a way of making others feel welcomed, that is a rare gift
You have a way about you that is special
You have a talent that cannot be hidden
You have a dream that cannot be squashed

Free yourself from the prison of other people’s opinions
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but,
that doesn’t mean that you have to internalize it, if it tears you down
Speak truth to yourself
You matter

Whether you’re quietly bold, or more outgoing
Don’t wither, don’t cringe, don’t cower because of others.
You’re here for a reason.
There is something that you can do, that is uniquely you
No one else can do it quite like you
Embrace that
and…
Shine.
Shine.
SHINE!
You’re beautiful.

Ps-If you’re being bullied – GO TELL SOMEONE!
You’re too precious to lose.
The National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Songs I like:

Need You Now – Plumb
Headphones – Britt Nicole
Gold – Britt Nicole
Still That Girl – Britt Nicole
I Need a Miracle – Third Day
High School – SuperChic[k]
Suddenly – SuperChic[k]
One and Lonely – SuperChic[k]
So Bright, Stand Up – SuperChic[k]

© 2013 KD Corner / K.D. “Be Inspired, You Matter”
Photo credit: morguefile.com / by Karpati Gabor

Build On It!

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What are you already doing? Build on it!

So many times we become discouraged in the work we’re doing. Perhaps it hasn’t yielded the ‘crop’ or the ‘dream’ that we envisioned or expected, but, does that mean it’s not growing? No! Now, the exception would be if you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that something is dead/not growing/not producing. That’s different. BUT, If you know it’s not dead, then, KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE! I submit to you that: SLOW growth doesn’t mean NO Growth, so keep going!!!

Sometimes it takes a time of rest and some new perspective to fully see the impact that you’re having on this world. For instance, I have this blog and a few blogs on Facebook, and I try to post inspirational messages & helpful information. I have a fledgling business and also am in the process of writing a couple of books. I began to become somewhat discouraged because I didn’t feel like I was seeing the fruits of my labor. Were people being positively impacted? The responses have been sparse, but there. Will my books make a difference? Will my business take off? Etc.

But, God really opened my eyes to see that YES the impact is THERE. You cannot always SEE the rewards of your labor right away. How does a plant grow from a seed? First you must plant the seed in the soil, water and care for it and WAIT. Then the seed sprouts and you must fertilize and water it, and make sure the plant receives sunlight. It grows. But you have to keep taking care of it. It doesn’t spring up into a massive, leafy, lush, gorgeous plant overnight! No. BUT with steady care and time it WILL if you don’t give up!  Remember, it may be a slow process, but you are STILL PROGRESSING. Baby steps are better than no steps at all. 🙂  Steady progress is progress.

So, my question to you is this?
What are you doing right now? What are you doing that perhaps you’ve let languish or perhaps the fizzle has gone out of due to discouragement? Let me tell you something…WHAT YOU’RE DOING MAKES A DIFFERENCE EVEN IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT YET.

BUILD on what you started. In due season, in due time, you will see the impact you’re doing/making.
And don’t despise the day of small beginnings. People are watching you. People are being impacted by your words and your love and your care and your giving of yourself. They may not always say it, but, trust me, they are feeling the positive effects of what you’re giving.
“Do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zech. 4:10).
And when you DO get those 1 or 2 people who come to you and say “Hey, what you said really helped me” or “Thanks you brought a smile to my face”, then REJOICE! YOU ARE MAKING AN IMPACT. And impacts reverberate! Like a pebble dropped into a large body of water, impacts have a RIPPLE EFFECT! Yes!

Keep going!
Love to y’all!

© 2013 KD Corner “Build On It!”
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Ask Yourself…Then Act

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What inspires you?
Think about it.
What prompts you to WANT to change or WANT to do something different?
And do you follow through on the notion?
Or do you talk yourself out of it every time?
Are you ‘once bitten, twice shy’?
Are  you afraid to try something new again because you’ve gotten burned before?
Or are you afraid of failure?
OR….are you afraid of success?
What is your ‘kryptonite’?
What causes you to be sucked back into the vortex of your comfort zone?
Why do you choose doing the same thing you’ve always done and expect a different result?
Why are you comfortable with your dysfunctional baggage? Because it’s familiar? Is it helping you?
When are you going to say enough is enough?!
When are you going to go for it?!
Are you ALWAYS going to make excuses why you can’t or why it’s too hard?
Do you want to look back on your life and have regrets?
What will you do to spark change?
What will be your catalyst for change?
WHEN do you get up off of your excuses and DO something?
How/when/where will you step OUT of your comfort zone and dare to dream big?
Your big dream may be different from someone else’s, so do you let that scare you?
Are you always comparing yourself to others and then telling yourself you can’t do it?
Do you realize that you don’t have to listen to irrational doubts and fears?
Do you let failure defeat you?
Do you try and try again?
Do you come up with a new dream, a new plan when plan A doesn’t work out?
Do you keep stretching yourself to grow?
Don’t you realize you’re amazing?
Don’t you know that someone needs what you have to give?
Don’t you realize that your gift is needed in this world?
Don’t you see how unique and special you really are?
Don’t you think you’re worth it? Worth trying?
Ask yourself…Then Act.

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Disclaimer – Never do something that’s going to hurt you or someone else. Don’t break the law or harm anyone or thing. This post is about following dreams & doing healthy, legal and good things.

Timing

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Have you ever noticed that some things require the ideal “timing”?
 
Whether it’s that “big break” you’re waiting on, a promotion you’re going for, or meeting someone special at the just right place/time, etc., timing is imperative.  If something happens too late or too soon, you could miss it entirely or perhaps ruin it.
 
Think of baking a cake.  If you take a cake out of the oven too soon, it’s a soggy mess.  If you take it out of the oven too late, it’s overcooked or burnt. Same principle with fruit.  If you pick and eat a piece of fruit before it’s ripe, it tastes terrible.  If you let it become overripe it starts to spoil. With cake or with fruit, there is preparation involved.  If you’re baking, you must take the time to familiarize yourself with the recipe, measure out each ingredient, sift, stir, whisk, etc., and set the oven at the correct temperature.  Then you must prepare the baking pan before pouring in the batter.  Once it’s in the oven you must wait for it to bake, check to see if it’s cooked completely through and at the right time, take it out of the oven. 
 
So, I’m sure most of us do not own orchards, but, let’s say you did.  You’d have had to initially do all of the work of setting up the orchard: picking the ideal piece of land, preparing the soil, preparing for proper irrigation, having the trees planted, maintaining the proper fertilization and watering, pruning the trees, making sure no pests destroy your produce, etc.  There’s preparation, work and waiting for the harvest. 
 
This principle can be applied to life.  Maybe you’re waiting on that “harvest”.  Some of you may be just waiting without doing anything.  May I suggest that perhaps you can “actively wait” by working towards your goal or dream.  Get the training or education you may need for the next phase.  Do your research or diligently practice to perfect your skills.  But, perhaps you may be doing all that you can do to make something “happen” but for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened yet.  Don’t be discouraged.  Timing is a key player in this equation.  I’ve heard many people say to “be prepared” so that when your window of opportunity opens, you’re READY!  But there are other areas over which we have little control, such as perhaps praying and waiting for a mate … or praying and waiting for a loved one to come out of a harmful situation, etc.  There’s no guarantee in these instances, BUT, you can still continue to pray because prayer is powerful.  And perhaps continue to educate yourself on your ideal situation, joing support groups, join a dating site, take a class, etc.  You can continue to better yourself.  You never know where that may lead.  The knowledge and experience you gain from bettering or educating yourself or deepening your faith, can have effects beyond what you can even imagine.  Because maybe you’ll be able to use what you’ve learned to help or encourage someone else in the future.  You can say, “I’ve been where you are, let me tell you what helped me….”
 
For my faith-filled friends, waiting on God’s timing can definitely be hard.  If you’ve prayed and you’ve heard God say to “wait”, it’s important to actively keep yourself encouraged in the process.  Surround yourself with strong, mature and positive people in the faith.  Bump up your prayer life.  Keep little encouraging scriptures or notes where you can see them throughout the day.  Pray with others.  Prepare yourself, educate yourself, etc.
 
And TRUST that:

  • God knows what He’s doing,
  • He has our best interests at heart,
  • Some things just take time and He’s working out all of the details
  • He’s faithful

God works behind the scenes.  When we DO get our blessing, whatever it is, we can often see in retrospect just WHY it took so long, and WHAT factors had to come into play before it to come to pass.  You see how things connected at certain times to lead to the ultimate event.  You see God’s creativity in putting His plan together often in ways we don’t expect.  He’s so creative!

So, let’s trust God’s timing…even when it’s hard.
And when your time comes, be ready, rejoice, and pay it forward. 🙂
 
Toodles ♥
 
© “Timing” by KD Corner 2012

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Try Something New! No Regrets!

My encouragement for you today – try something new!  Why?? Well…why not? There are things that you’ve wanted to do since you were younger. Do them.  Ok, so maybe you wanted to be in little league baseball. And you’re WAY too old for little league now.  But what’s stopping you from signing up for a community league?  Hmmm?

Or maybe you always wanted to be a ballerina.  You’re like “oh no, there’s no way I could do that”.  Ok, maybe you’re past the age where you can become a prima ballerina in the NYC ballet, BUT, you CAN join an adult beginner ballet class.  They have them.  And women of all ages, shapes and sizes attend. 

You’ve always wanted to play guitar?  Take some lessons.  It’s not too late to live your dreams.  And you’re not used up just because you’re getting older.  There’s a 90 year old man in my neighborhood who makes beautiful bracelets (akin to the Pandora bracelets) and sells them to the community.  My uncle, who is also 90 years old, puts together extravagant doll houses and model boats. Meticulous work and it’s gorgeous when he’s done.  So, you’re not washed up and it’s not too late.  It can be your new beginning.

So go ahead, TRY writing that book, start that business, take that class, GO SING KARAOKE, go hang gliding, take flying lessons, go back to school, etc …. You don’t have to break the bank, nor deplete the family savings to try something new.  Maybe start small.  But start.  And if you fail or it doesn’t turn out quite like you planned, at least you TRIED. 🙂 No regrets my friends.

Toodles. ♥

A Poem…A Prayer

Screaming, crying, groaning within
Longing for the greatness
That was deposited within me
Long before I was born
…To manifest itself

Reaching, grasping, stretching
Eager to touch something
That I can connect with
Something that will fuse
With who I am

I long to be
Greatness
I long to be
Shining
I long to be
Full and vibrant and soaring

Yet…how
How do I get there?
I’ve tried ‘this’
I’ve tried ‘that’
When will the dots connect?
When will I have the “a-ha” moment?
When will all things align aright?

God, do you hear my cry?
You filled me with these dreams
You placed something inside of me
That needs to be
Bigger

Something inside of me
That needs to be
Giving
Touching lives beyond myself
Bringing the world hope

Perhaps I cannot see the forest for the trees
Perhaps I’m in the middle of some great plan
That’s forming
And turning
And moving
All around me

I’m integrated into the plan
But because I’m so entrenched in the inner workings
I cannot see the big picture
Yes,
The big picture

You, my Lord, are the Great Artist.
You are forming a masterpiece of my life.
You are molding, firing, glazing
You are painting with little strokes, then big
You are chiseling and sanding

Yes you are making
Me
A Masterpiece

I yield to your hand
I yield to your expertise
I yield to your passion
To your plan
To your vision
Yes, this great longing inside me
Has purpose

I will move with your unction
I will keep trying new things
I will keep reaching out to help others
I will keep creating

And I will trust YOU
To bring to fruition the finished work
And I will gaze in awe
At the Mastery of your hands.

Amen

© Copyright 2012 kdcorner / K.D. “Masterpiece”

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