Monday, April 02, 2018
A.J. Green once said, ~I've been the same guy since day one. No matter how successful I am in life, I'm going to stay true to myself and stay humble and grounded. I feel like that's where your success comes from. Once you get that big head, it's over. You feel like you can't be stopped. Staying humble is the only way you can be great.~ Let me ask you this question, what and/or who keeps you grounded? For it's a seemingly simple question to answer, but at the same time it can most definitely be a deeply meaningful, thought provoking one as well. Thinking about it further, there's a sense of a positive influence in whoever or whatever keeps you grounded in which your ego and feet are firmly planted on the ground, in a manner of speaking, to the point where your reality is stable, as well as well balance instead of in a unbalanced fantasy world. If you think about it, your very own gang of best buds/gal pals have the capacity to keep you grounded, especially those who truly have your best interests in mind. Of course, its your inner most circle of friends who have their own unique way of not letting/allowing you to attain a big head and/or become completely full of yourself. Essentially, the type of friend I'm speaking of are the one's who may not show it at times posses a strong moral compass. They are the people who keep you humble, build up your self esteem when it takes a tremendous hit, provide helpful advice on occasion, and will never allow you to conform into someone they know you're not. Hey, even though you and your friend may be complete opposite in the friendship spectrum there is a deep kinship that for the most part can't quite be explained. Without a doubt, a family member such as a grandparent certainly has the power to keep an individual absolutely grounded. I think its safe to say one the many reasons a grandparent wields that type of unexplained power is their ability to talk to, see and not mention treat you as a grown adult while being treated as if you're still a little kid by everyone else including the parental units. Oftentimes, there is an unmistakably. strong connection/bond between grandchild/grandparents that is considered to be absolutely special and so amazingly remarkable despite the generation gap. The warmth, feistiness. wit, stubborn tenacity, no nonsense attitude, the delicious food/treats, and most of all the sage, impactful wisdom provided are what usually make for a grandparent who has been there, as well as done that. Colossians 1:23 says, ~If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.~ For the question can be ask, how many of you are grounded in the faith of the word of God? You see, each our lives are constantly tested by the trials and tribulations in regards to one's daily walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. However, its the effort we make in continually meditating in God's word and through fervent prayer no matter what involving the good and/or bad circumstances pertaining to the life we live by. Hey, we may not be perfect Christians by any stretch of the imagination and although we aren't we strive to firmly stand, trust, as well as believe in the strong, solid foundation of God's love. Actor/Rapper LL Cool J said, ~When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded, and press on.~ In retrospect, a person can be tossed around within the metaphorical waves of life trying to not be flipped out of and/or destroyed in one's ship, so to speak. Granted, there will be/are moments where life's trials and tribulations will figuratively and literally rock the boat causing us to hold on for dear life. Yet, it's how you handle the situation and who/what you look to during/after the situation(s) in question that determines how steady of a boat each one of us are riding in. In the end, when the waves of life toss your around you can positively say pointing with utmost confidence HE/he/she/that is my anchor and helps keep/has kept me personally, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually afloat.