Who doesn't love the colors, crispness and celebrations of fall? It is a delightful time of pumpkins, jumping in leaves and focusing on gratitude and loved ones. Staying healthy to enjoy all the richness of fall is a priority for me. That's why I am extra generous at this time of the year with my favorite essential oils, immune boosting supplements and healthy foods that are ripe for the picking and fresh in autumn.
Essential oils that are on hand for me in this season are the immune boosing Thieves and Immupower oil blends (rub on soles of the feet or diffuse) and Thieves vitality (add a drop to warm water with peppermint and lemon vitality oils for a delightful "tea") I love the way Raven , RC and Breath Again oil blends feel when rubbed on the chest and under the nose. Delightful and soothing.
Once a month I drive 20 miles to visit my sister's RV camper which is parked forelornly in a storage lot waiting for my sister to return. I kick tires, check for invaders and assure "Belle" that she has not been forgotten. One year ago, my sister retired as an educator, gave away most of her possessions, and moved her entire life into a 32 foot Winnepago camper. It had been a lifelong dream for her to travel the country, visiting nieces and nephews, and live with a carefree spirit.
Only six months after she began her adventures, family needs invited her to postpone her dream and put Belle in storage for an unknown period of time. Without hesitation, she unselfishly embraced the change in direction and the detour to her plans. She lovingly embraced the new adventure and the unknown territory. I am so blessed and grateful for her choice. Her willingness to serve has enabled me to embrace my own detour.
Recently our pastor shared a story about a man who had three sons. They had a close knit family but one by one each son went off to find his way in the world. Over time each got seduced by the glamour of the world and forgot about their loving home and father. The father consulted a wise man to learn how he might get his sons to return to the love of the family. The holy man instructed him to bring to each boy something that would remind them of home and the love they shared. The father decided to bring a bowl of rice. When he found each boy, he placed a few grains of rice on his tongue. As soon as the boy tasted the rice, scales fell from eyes. He recognized his folly, could hear the longing of his own heart for home, happiness, and love, and returned to the father.
I was struck by the central truth of this story. We forget the love of the father. We try to find our way without him and often get lost. How many of us have gotten distracted by the glitter and sparkle of this world. We get caught up in wanting to please others, in the desire to accumulate belongings or the plethera of options for food, drink, clothes, and activities. We get discouraged by the pain, hardships and struggles we face in our lives. We lose sight of our real home, heaven, and the Father who loves us.
This past weekend, the world lost a courageous man who impacted the lives of millions of people. This impact was possible because he did not let circumstances dictate his vision, his choices or his success.
Do I have a vision for my life, one that will cause people to say, “She was a remarkable person whose life and choices positively impacted the lives of many people.” Do you? We can learn much from Gary Young.
D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, was born in poverty, in the northwest USA, and lived in a one-room log cabin. Although he graduated from high school, he was unable to read. He went on to become a farmer, rancher, and logger in southwest Canada.
At the age of 25, with a wife and 5 children, he was struck by tragedy as a tree he was felling landed on his head, crushing his skull and back in multiple places. He was in a coma for many weeks and, when the doctors had done all they knew to do, was told he would be paralyzed for life. He had use of only one arm and a quarter of his body.
Falling into despair and hopelessness, he tried to commit suicide three times and failed. In his anger, he lashed out at God. Over time, he realized that God was still with him and had given him the ability to dream. Every day he dreamed of walking again.
Believing that God had spared him for some reason, he began searching for his purpose. With the help of one of the nurses, he learned to read. He sought out alternative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and herbs. Thirteen years after his accident, he was able to leave his wheelchair and walk.
Gary had every reason to give up, make excuses and settle for a mediocre life. No one would have faulted him, but he did not give up or give in.
So what is stopping me from reaching beyond my limitations and hardships? What is stopping you?
Recently, I read about Marie, a 59 year old woman, who was cleaning an area in her spare bedroom and her belongings collapsed on her, suffocating her. It took her husband, and the police several hours to locate her body.
While you may not have a hoarding problem like Marie, you may be suffering from stuffocation. According to the Macmillan dictionary, "stuffocation" is a buzzword that describes "a feeling of stress caused by having so many things that you do not know how to use or store them all".
Is stuffocation a problem? Consider these quick statistics.
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