From Lumiere’s words (B&B)

“Even a broken clock is right two times a day. But this is not one of those times.” Lumiere of Beauty and the Beast

This quote was stuck in my head after watching the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. It was spoken by Lumiere, the cursed candle light.

Did my ears catch it because it is relevant into my life’s current happenings? No. It was stuck inside my head for a simple reason – my brains wanted to play this kind of interpreting double meaning phrases like that quote above. Yes, this tiny muscle in my head is probably bored while I was in the movie house.

But seriously, nothing is a mistake in life. May it be a good or bad experience, it forms part of the plot for what’s in store in the future.

Like the pain you feel when you are broken hearted. Or like when Belle’s father got lost in the forest and got imprisoned by the beast. Everything in this world is planned. Even in the bible it says there, God knows when the leaves will fall out of the tree or even the number of the strands of our hair, He knows so well.

Motivating Yourself

It may seem like that the last string has been pulled or the final battle has been concluded, as we slowly close ourselves to the world, we miss out to see what is left after the battle, what happens after the last string has been pulled out. This is what we call life.

Challenges and heart aches are what forms the beauty of life. It is our molder, this is God’s oven. While we feel others are fortunately poured with all the good things life can offer, we pity ourselves from being scarce. We feel inferior of our abilities, we lose touch of our dreams — the dreams we had when we were a kid. Then we continue to move on with life not knowing what we want, threading the path we never had the slightest idea of what is in the end.

We lack motivation. Can we buy it? Instead of waiting for motivators to come your way, learn how to motivate yourself. In fact, no one will push you to get up in the morning and brush your hair or take you to shower, there is only yourself. Each one is busy fulfilling their own mission. Friends and family may be there to support you but if there is no willingness from inside to get up and dress up — what they say will not matter. We hold the key in our hands. The key to push through or to give up.

Our self is our worst enemy and the people around are the audience. So take a risk. Never mind what people think of you, anyway, they only see the tip of the iceberg. Eat alone. Go to a mall, take a stroll by yourself. Yourself can also be your best companion. It works both ways, depends on how you treat it. Remember, you are not a celebrity or a politician. People will not judge you when you walk or just sit alone in a cafe. It is all in the mind and the mind is the one controlling our thinking, our self-esteem, our motivation.

Be proud of yourself and trust that yesterday’s struggles are only a distant memory while realizing that the only person that can give light to a dark path is yourself.

Planning Ahead

I used to envy people with the potential to smoothly take charge of their life. Well, they are either leaders or managers of their company anyway. They start with a goal and then step by step direct their plans in order to reach that goal. Being able to do this and distinguish the road blocks along the way is undeniably an admirable attitude towards life. Ain’t that a God-given talent or what?

When I was younger I used to plan out everything, as I wanted to be like the leaders who inspires me, from my day’s activities up to how I would like to end my week. Hey, I want to take charge of my life. I ended up feeling tired and frustrated.

Planning ahead never worked for me.

I realized, God have plans in my life to help me get to the path I am supposed to go to. I once watched this movie years ago, A Walk to Remember, and this quote has been stuck in my mind since then.

“God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself. Like this journey never ends.” Jamie Sullivan, A Walk to Remember

Through all these years, He holds my path. So I decided (what the heck!) might as well follow where He leads. Planning has never been a good ingredient in my life but I know I still need to do something and not just wait for my fate to come by.

Then there is VISION. My mother used to say, “see yourself what you want to be at age 30 and that you will be when you’re on that age”. Only 14 or 15 years old at that time I did not take that seriously, but I made a vision. You know what, I got that vision, probably, years earlier. Although, unconsciously, I practiced to always perceive what I want to be doing in the next 10 years of my life. Although there are times I feel in doubt to reach that vision, I still hold into it and I think this is what they call FAITH. I try to hang on that, everytime.

I always have plan B or even C since plan A is already in front of me. Plan A is my PRESENT. If “present” didn’t work out, I try my best to take the next best option and tell myself that it probably wasn’t meant for me. I call it ACCEPTANCE. I get frustrated at times when the first plan never materialize but then the voice inside of me keeps on saying that there is always a better option and that, the best option was the one I’m supposed to be doing.

Sometimes what WE THINK we want differs on what WE REALLY want. We think “what we want” are the situations that will define our life, but what we forget are the hidden desires of our heart. The petition that only you and God talked about. These desires and secret dreams will materialize when we are ready, and the REAPER knows exactly when the fruit is ripe.

“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”  Elisabeth Elliot