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Life is a journey


Life is a journey

Heyyyyyyyyyy, I’m back. It’s been sooooo long since I’ve been on WordPress, and I’ve been longing to get back into creating and drawing and painting and all sorts of artsy stuff.


Today I want to talk about choices. Life is all about making choices. We make daily, simple choices like what clothes to wear, what food to eat and what time to sleep. These simple choices determine our quality of life, like health, body image, and well-being. We also make bigger, often more difficult choices like which career to pursue, who to marry and how many children to have. Such choices determine our wealth, relationships and social status.

Our choices bring with them consequences, which oftentimes effect not only ourselves but others as well. There is an old saying, “You reap what you sow,” which is not only true in agriculture but works as a spiritual principle as well.

I have been meditating on a verse in the Bible lately that says, “Understand this… …be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]. This is not an easy task, especially for an impulsive extrovert such as myself. The person that is able to choose to keep their mouth shut, carefully and thoughtfully listen, be patient and reflective instead of bursting out in anger, and forgive those that have wronged them, is a very wise and virtuous individual. I want to reap the good that comes from choosing these attitudes. How about you?

How have you reaped the choices you have sown?

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59 thoughts on “Life is a journey”

    1. Ohhhhh, thank you so much. I’ve missed this space. It’s so great to be back. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. I remember you always having such nice writing.
      🙂

      1. Thank you so much Andrew. Wow! A year and a half? More time than me then. I look forward to reading your posts too.
        🙂

    1. Thank you so much eloquent paradise. I’m so glad you liked it. And it’s so great to meet you. I’m looking forward to seeing your blog very soon.
      Have a wonderful evening.
      🙂

  1. Dear Staci, wow!!! welcome back and it is such a delight to have you where you make such a big difference in others life through your wonderful creative choices. Missed you!!! I have been wandering what happen to a great soul like you, how can she decide to take a break and such a long break and where good friends like us are completely kept out of the window. We all need break and we all need the space for ourselves and I am so happy that you have taken that spiritual break and reflected on things out of the distraction that digital has injected into our life.

    Indeed we all are a product of the choices we make in our life and there are many where we know what we are doing and we are prepared for the outcomes but there are so many other occasions where we just do it and we go with the motion or there is a compulsion and we have fallen into it and the outcomes that comes may be completely contrary to our expectation.Yes, Staci even the food we eat and how much we eat all adds up to making our healthy or unhealthy, the friends we make and the people we move around all a part of the choice we make in life. We reap what we sow, is a powerful saying and as we reflect on life’s journey we find out how we face the consequences of things what we have done and how such things keep following us and how we repent and regret but we cannot escape the consequences that comes along such actions. There cannot be a better way to understand and appreciate such nuances of life unless we go through the profound process of true meditation and the power of meditation is truly magical. I am so happy that you have gone through that wonderful journey of life…

    I am sure Staci you must have luxuriously indulged in all forms of creative disposition, and knowing your passion for painting to music and to poetry you must have piled up a mountain of creative stuff all around you. Lovely Painting…There cannot be a better way to give our creativity a lift by giving the digital space a miss and silently stimulating the creative cells by being close to nature, nurturing your hibernated senses. Looking forward to great conversation, we had many and exchange of brilliants thoughts missing for so long.

    Once again great to see you back Staci and hope you are back for a long haul.
    Hope everybody are fine in home and things must have been going great at your end.
    Take Care!!!
    Hugs!!!
    😀

    1. Heyyyyyy Rob, my long-term blogging bud. It’s great to be here, and thanks for the warm welcome. I certainly hope I will be posting for the months and years to come too. So glad you’re still here.
      Have a great evening.
      🙂

  2. So good to see you Staci! I’ve been meditating on something very similar, seeking to understand instead of being understood. It’s why we have 2 ears and only one mouth…so we can listen, hear and understand before we speak.
    Great post!

    1. Ohhhhh, so great to see you too Wendy. I’ve missed this place. That’s a great way of looking at it – two ears and one mouth. Hahaha 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement, my friend. And I see you’ve changed your gravatar. Looking good ❤

    1. Awwww, thank you so much Mihrank. What an encouraging comment. I’m so glad you liked it, and could relate. I’ve missed being here on WP and am looking forward to creating again. I think we were made to create. Don’t you?
      Have a wonderful evening.
      🙂

    1. Heyyyyyy Maria 🙂 How are you? It’s great to see you here. Thank you for the warm welcome too. I’m looking forward to hopping on over to your blog and seeing what you’ve been up to. You’re such an eloquent poet. See you there soon.
      Have a wonderful evening (or is it day-time in Pakistan? hehehe)
      🙂 ❤

      1. Aww Staci, thank you! ❤
        I am okay-ish but I hope I am traveling towards better. Also, I hope and pray that everything is great at your end!
        Oh and it's well past midnight here, oops! 🙂

      2. You’re more than welcome Maria. I hope and pray that your travel towards better comes sooner than later, and that the journey teaches you and grows you, my friend.
        I’m doing well, thank you. Hope you had a great sleep.
        🙂 ❤

  3. Hi Staci! Welcome back! It’s great to see you here. What a wonderful question, “How have you reaped the choices you have sown?” My answer, inevitably. This is a good thing though, it keeps us grounded and seems to me that we have to remain a work in progress. Perfection is not a human trait, at least I don’t believe it to be. Please have a terrific week, take good care my friend. I’m looking forward to your future posts. 🙂

    1. Hi Mia. I completely agree. Perfection is FAR from being a human trait. I, for one, know all too well that I am a continuous work in progress. Actually, being married has helped me to understand that all the more. Haha.
      Great comment Mia, and thanks for enriching the conversation here.
      🙂

    1. Ohhhhhh, hey Inky. I am sooooo sorry for the delay in responding to you. I shouldn’t have actually returned to WP until after I was done teaching for an intensive English course. I really had absolutely no time. I was so busy planning classes, giving classes, and then my kids and family and home. At any rate, the course is done and I’m back. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend some regular time here in WP again.
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am doing well, although life is busy. I like being busy though.
      How are you? Are you still studying in university? I’ll stop by soon to see what you’ve been up to.
      Blessings sweetie ❤
      Staci

      1. Hiii, haha it’s alright I understand life does get busy sometimes. 😛 Good to hear from you! ❤ Alhamdulillah, I am doing well.Yep, in Uni, exams from next. 😦

        You're welcome! Nice to see your hear again. 😀

  4. I like this reflection very much. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to see more of your posts. ❤️

  5. Hi Staci! We missed you and so glad you’re back! Time has a way of slipping by.

    Words of wisdom for sure, we reap what we sow! I wrote about this topic too. I’ve often had difficulties with decisions (not the little ones, as you mentioned). Choosing vegan is easy because it’s healthy and compassionate, but the big decisions that have unknown consequences, I need God’s help.

    I wrote a post about it …

    https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/decisions-decisions-decisions/

    ❤️carmen

    1. Oh I definitely need God’s help too. I’m lost without Him.
      Thank you so much for the kind words Carmen. I will check out your post. Thanks for telling me about it.
      Have a great evening.
      🙂 ❤

  6. It’s true… i am a believer that we do reap what we sow. And it reminds me that i need to always do better and I need to put good into the world.
    Its great seeing your posts again 😄

    1. Hi Ameena. So sorry for taking so long to respond. I was teaching in an intensive English school for five weeks and I had absolutely no time or energy to blog. I should have waited until after the school in order to return to WP. Anyhow, I’m back now and hopefully will be able to blog a lot more.
      Thank you so much for your kind words sweetie.
      How are you? ❤

  7. I’m so happy you’re back Staci! I 100% believe that we reap what we sow and I’ve learned firsthand many times. I’m now learning to not be so quick to make a decision, which wasn’t the case before. I don’t care if it takes longer than the average person to decide, I would rather minimize my regrets moving forward in life. Welcome back!

    1. Heyyyy Crystal. So great to see you. Please forgive me for taking so long to respond. I was teaching in an intensive 5 week English school and had absolutely no time. I should have waited until the end of it to return to WP. Oh well, the school is done now and I’m hoping to be more present here now and start creating again.
      How are you? ❤

      1. It great to hear from you Staci–no problem at all in responding back! It sounds exciting teaching English, definitely a blessing. I’m in a transition period in my life (as normal :)), so I’m looking for work, trying to complete stories, and get back to social media again. I can definitely understand not having enough time to do the things you want to. Thank you Staci and I look forward to you sharing your work and inspiring words!

      2. Awwwww Crystal. Thank you so much for the inspiring words. You’re so sweet. I need to check out your blog and what you’ve been up to too. I will do so very soon, my friend.
        Many blessings ❤

    1. Hi Mark, how are you? I know this response is very late, so please forgive me. I was teaching for an intensive ESL course for 5 weeks and it took all of my time and energy. It’s done now and I’m hoping to be regulary here on WP again.
      Blessings to you? ❤

  8. Hey Staci…. I have missed u… Hope u doing great

    Look what I missed the soothing effect of ur art pieces… beautiful yet again 😀
    Loved the biblical words, absolutely on point
    Have a great day dear 🙂

    1. Heyyyyyy Saaransh, so so so so great to see you. You also had disappeared for a while eh 😉
      I’m so sorry for the late reply. I got very busy teaching in an intensive ESL course for 5 weeks. It’s done now so I’m hoping to be more regular here now.
      Thank you so much for your kind words. You are so sweet. I’m so glad you enjoyed this piece.
      How are you? I’m going to have to drop by your blog and see what you’ve been up to 😉
      Have a great day, my friend.
      Blessings 🙂

    1. Hi Maniparna, I’m so sorry for taking so long to respond. I returned to WP right before the preparations of a full on intensive ESL course that I was teaching in. It took all my time and energy and couldn’t keep up with blogging. It’s done now and hopefully I’ll be able to be a lot more present here now.
      “Whether we want it or not, we have to reap the product of our choices. Just the cause and effect way…we can’t evade it.” –I completely agree. Life is all about making choices, isn’t it Maniparna? Hopefully, we make good ones and reap the good that come from them. 😉
      Thank you so much for enriching the conversation here, and I’m so glad to have met you. Thank you also for your kind words.
      Many blessings to you, and I’ll be by to see what you’ve been up to on your blog very soon.

  9. Ooooh….it’s so good to see you!! ❤
    Wow…it has been a long time, my friend! I hope that life was treating you kind…and that the choices you made have set you up for love, peace, and freedom!! I've missed you! I am still here, but not posting as much as I would like to. Here's to old times, and new times…and good times!! ❤

    1. Ohhhhhhh Lorrie. Great to see you, my friend. Please forgive me for taking so long to respond. I made the mistake of returning to blogging right before getting ready and involved in a full on intensive ESL course I was teaching in. That’s done now so I hope to be here more regularly now.
      Many blessings to you ❤

  10. Oh my, have I ever! I never thought of how my mom-in-law (or sometimes even my own mom) felt when I and my young daughter would choose not to attend family functions. My husband would go because he is Mr. Social but I would never let him take our daughter because his driving always freaked me out and I would worry if I was not there to keep him from getting into an accident, he would crash and hurt our kid. So my daughter grew up not having a “connection” to family as I did when I was growing up and sister, it has come to bite me in my large, Khardashian-sized butt.
    I am now the grandma and my daughter often skips family stuff eventhough my husband and I are dying to see our grandkids. We live 15 miles away from them but only see them maybe twice a month. Extended family in not a high priority for her (well…duh…why would it be?). I wish I could go back and know what I know now and change every thing. It may not change the way she is now but I would have given my in-laws and my parents so much more pleasure. You really DO reap what you sow.

    1. Hi Robyn, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I returned to blogging right before I got involved in teaching for an intensive ESL school. It’s over now and hopefully I’ll be able to blog more now.
      I’m so sorry to hear about how you’re reaping what you’ve sewn. It’s very difficult, isn’t it. I hope and pray that this could turn around for the better. Have you said anything to your daughter about it?
      Blessings to you. ❤

  11. “How have you reaped the choices you’ve made”?
    A good question with no answer. 🙂
    The choice is what’s important.
    (See Robert Frost’s The road not taken)
    I just keep walking.
    🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing Staci. Having just turned 60 it is just too easy to look back over some wrong choices but I know God forgives and everything is a clean slate. But there still is consequences and we do reap what we sow. I’m trying to live day by day, and live in the moment and hopefully help others in this world to make their lives a little easier.

    1. Hey Rob, yes I have been visiting 😉. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Life has been a whirlwind. Big news, we’re moving to Canada. I’ll email later to tell you more. Hope you’re well. 😊

  13. oh i am so happy to read you again and wow, choices. i have been pondering about this too. they are indeed endless. they will only end when we’re 6-feet deep perhaps. geez. bless your choices, my dear!

    1. And bless your choices too Rosema.
      I’m actually in the process of returning. I haven’t really returned totally yet, but soon enough.
      Hope you’re doing well sweetie.
      🙂 ❤

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