Ups and downs of life

Life is full of ups and downs, just like a rollercoaster ride. Your age, education, income, intelligence, breeding or status doesn’t matter. You will experience the ups and downs of life. It does not matter if you are in the back or front of a roller coaster, everyone will feel the excitement, fear and unknown twists and turns.

Unfortunately many people cannot cope with the downs and want to always stay up. When the pain of being down is too much to bear people often choose to numb the pain with sleep, food, alcohol, sex, drugs, denial, extreme busyness or being the clown. People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own doubts, destruction and defeat.

Life is better lived awake, sober, resilient and with faith. The human spirit is stronger than you think.

If you find yourself wanting to numb the pain, please reach out for help to stop any self-destructive habits. Wake up. Get up. Stay prayed up. Cheer up. Think up. Reach up and look up to God to order your steps and bless you with mercy, grace and strength to see better days. Always remember the wise saying, “This, too, shall pass.”

Don’t quit because you’re alone.

Don’t quit because it’s tough.

Don’t quit because you’re out of your comfort zone.

Don’t quit because you’re mad.

Don’t quit because you’re sad.

Don’t quit because no one seems to help or care.

Don’t quit because it’s taking so long.

Don’t quit because you see no reward.

Don’t quit because you think it’s too late.

Don’t quit…stick with it.

Speak victory into your life.

Speak success into your life.

Speak determination into your life.

Speak love into your life.

Speak strength and courage into your life.

Direct your action and attention on your intention.

(excerpt from the book “Shift Happens: The Main Thing is to KEEP the Main Thing…The Main Thing by Jewel Diamond Taylor )   When your order this book, you will receive two (2) laminated magnets below of this picture.

Praise Report

Blessings Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor (June 5, 2012)

I pray all is well. Please excuse me if I am rambling but I want to inform you that meeting you for the first time in 2008 at the business meeting that took place in Greenbelt MD changed my life. It gave me the inspiration to go home and write my essay to apply for Graduate school when I had procrastinated for months(almost a year) to write it. The deadline for graduate school was approaching fast and I could never stay focus to complete one paragraph, but after that first session of hearing you speak in person I was on an inspirational high. I was able to go home and write my 5-page typed essay in three hours. 😉 I was dancing around my house, listening and singing the song “Encourage Yourself” by Donald Lawrence that you played at the event.

I was on an inspirational high and no person or thing was able to break my spirit at that moment. I felt as if I could conquer the world. I was very empowered by your message to “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing” that it encouraged me to purchase your book so it can help me to continue to stay focus and keep moving and growing forward. You autograph the book for me and you wrote the message, “stay focused” and I did. Your message and your wonderful spirit encouraged and empowered me to finish that paper that words were flowing out of nowhere. I emailed it to my friends and family to proofread before I submitted it to the school and they loved it. They said that they were so inspired by my essay that they wanted to return to school and focus on living their dreams or if they were the dean they would accept me without any thought. I was able to write an empowering essay because God used you to empower me that day. I was so full of encouragement that the very next day I emailed you to inform you of how I felt and emailed all of my friends and coworkers who were also inspired by what you have done. After reading my email to them, they wanted to meet you because they have never heard me sound so excited and encouraged in that way before I sent them my testimony of going to see you whenever you are in town is a life changing experience.

I wanted to inform you that the day you help me take the first step to apply to graduate school. Now, I have now completed that goal. I saw myself finishing school and I completed my MBA program from the University of the District of Columbia, Saturday, May 8, 2012. Attached is a picture of me receiving my MBA degree with a concentration in Accounting. To this day, I am not sure if I would have ever written that essay if I did not meet you so thanks for always encouraging God’s people.

Blessings,  Ikisha N. Little, MBA

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