Letting Go of the PAST – 3 Things To Do If It Returns!

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Are you letting go of the past but have discovered that it wants to return?

You receive a phone call, a text, an email. You look at the number or the address. You vaguely recognize it. Thinking it is harmless, you open it.

It’s from… Him! Her! Them! Your PAST has returned!

You read quickly through the message, wanting to get through it as quickly as possible. You don’t want to be tainted by the message from your PAST.

After all, you have been letting go of the past, haven’t you? You’re doing all the right things, aren’t you?

The message itself, seems harmless enough. But, you feel funny inside.

“Is she for real!”

“He’s got to be joking! Take him back!”

“Come back?”

You debate on whether to answer by return email or text.

And then, it sinks in: I thought I was over this person? I thought I had dealt with all these emotions: anger, hurt, disappointment. I thought I was letting go of the past?

Your emotions run the gamut, as though you had never dealt with this incident from your PAST before!

Believe it or not, even though you are actively letting go of the past, you have to heal from the PAST hurts, disappointments, and situations you have experienced.

Sometimes, it’s not enough to say, “I forgive you/it/her/him/them/myself…” You actually have to allow yourself to heal: your heart, your mind, everything.

Have you healed? Do you still experience the dregs of your PAST experiences? Here are three things to help you succeed in finally letting go of the PAST.

  1. Deal with the fact that you haven’t moved on from your PAST! Give yourself time to heal. If you have to remove yourself from some people or situations in the process of letting go of the past, do just that! You will benefit from that action alone!
  2. Encourage yourself! Don’t put yourself down!  Know that you are still going through and growing through life situations and circumstances.
  3. Make peace with your past so you will be able to move forward as never before. This is all part of the process of letting go of the past.

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As you move forward in letting go of the past, you will discover that the act becomes easier. No, I didn’t say it would be effortless! I said easier. 

Don’t let the process get you down! 

Maintain your integrity and diligence in letting go of the past and, sooner than you think, the past will let go of you!

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Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Learn From The PAST: 5 Keys of Forgiveness

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Learn from The PAST

Would you like to experience more freedom in your life?

Freedom to be Productive?

Freedom to Prosper?

Freedom to Love (again)?

Freedom to Grow?

Freedom to __(Fill in the blank)______________________?

Believe it or not, Forgiveness = Freedom!

When you learn from the PAST and forgive, these 5 events will occur in your life as you free your heart

  1. Love – You give yourself permission to love again. You see, unforgiveness hardens your heart and keeps you from sharing the most important gift of all: LOVE!
  2. Grow – When you forgive, you begin to stretch and grow in ways you haven’t been able to stretch and grow in for quite some time. You take the limits off yourself and grow in the areas that need it the most!
  3. Prosperity – Have you noticed that as long as your heart is full of unforgiveness, you tend to not prosper when you know you should be prospering? When you forgive, your heart and your mind is able to think prosperous thoughts because you are now ready to receive the prosperity you were created to have in your life.
  4. Produce – Do you want your productivity to increase? Forgive! Forgiveness opens up the dam of productivity that has been locked because the walls of anger, disappointment, and unforgiveness. Let it all go and watch how productive you become!
  5. Do whatever you want to do! There are no limits in your life now because you have learned from the PAST and are using what you learned to your greatest advantage!

Over this past weekend here in the USA, we celebrated the 4th of July, symbolic of the freedoms we are afforded. Independence!

Are you independent from the bondage of your PAST? Have you given yourself permission to Learn From The PAST so you can enjoy the incredible freedom available to you!

Proclaim your freedom?

Don’t be bound by the PAST. Learn from the PAST!

Are you ready to experience freedom as never before?

The Drill Sergeant of Life wants to help you experience Freedom by Learning from the PAST as never before so YOU can be ALL YOU can be in the Armed Forces of Life! Once you learn from the PAST and begin experiencing the freedom available to you, everything you want out of life will begin to take off like crazy!

Today’s blog officially ends our six part series on Learning From The PAST. Beginning in our next post, we will concentrate more on your freedom so you can get to where you desire to be in life.

If this blog resonates with you and you desire to learn more about Letting Go of the PAST so you can embrace the incredible future God has created for you, please sign up for my email list. Also, please feel free to forward this and other blog posts to those you feel will benefit from The Drill Sergeant of Life!

Independence Day does not have to be just one day in your life! Every day, declare your independence from your PAST so you can move forward into the incredible future God has prepared for you! Please send me your comments so I can help you be/become ALL YOU care to be in the Army of Life!

To read Part V of the series, go here: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/learnfromyourpastpartv/

Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

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To Forgive or Not to Forgive: PAST Lessons

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To Forgive or Not to Forgive – That IS the Question! Part 5

Learn From The PAST! What does that really mean to you? Can you take the key points of pain and use them to propel you forward as never before?

How much do you want to hurt in life?

Now, that may seem like such an inane question to some. However, the thought that needs to be considered here is: the more we carry around those things from the past that hurt us the most, the more we will hurt. It is essential that we learn from the past.

FORGIVE!

Forgive others!

Forgive God!

Forgive Yourself!

Learn from the past and forgive! Watch the amazing things that will begin to happen in your life:

  1. Your heart stops hurting. You will experience an immediate release of the burden you have been carrying in your heart in a negative way.
  2. You can concentrate on the more important things in life. Nothing is more important in life than to live and love abundantly in the way Jesus provided for us.
  3. You learn new things about yourself you never knew: your capacity to create in ways you never imagined.
  4. You can accept the imperfections of yourself and turn those imperfections into triumphs as you go through and grow through life’s challenges.
  5. You can rest easy as you learn from the past that could or should have destroyed you. Instead it created a better you!

You see, when you forgive, it’s not about others: it’s about you!

Forgive, learn from the past, and take a chance today!

To read part IV, please click here: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/learnfromyourpastpartiv/

Please send comments if this series has inspired you to move forward through forgiveness. As always, I enjoy your comments as they cause me to improve where needed. And please feel free to sign up for my newsletter to continue to receive tips, strategies, and guidance to Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the P.A.S.T.

Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Forgive Yourself: Be Kind to YOU!

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Forgive Yourself! Learn from the PAST and how unforgiving others have been toward you! Part IV

Repeat the following phrase as many times as needed throughout the day until you believe it with all your heart: I Am NOT My P.A.S.T.!

Have you come to a place in your life in which you actually dislike yourself?

Do you blame yourself for things that occurred in your P.A.S.T. that you feel could have been prevented had you not (fill in the blank)? Do you find it difficult or challenging to forgive yourself?

Stop it!

Let yourself go!!!

Forgive Yourself!

The majority of the things that occurred in your life when you were younger were not your fault. In most cases, you were not a willing participant! As a matter of fact, you were probably too young to even know what was really going on at the time.

We can’t always explain the things that happen in our lives when we are younger. There are some things that were never meant to happen. There are people, just like you and me, who do things just because they can.

So, forgive YOURSELF!

Do this:

1. Sit down and write a letter to the younger you. In the letter, praise the younger you for making it through all the strife, turmoil, and negativity! For those of you who committed crimes against yourself as you got older, forgive that younger version of yourself.

2. Pour out your heart to the younger you. Let that version of yourself feel your remorse, your angst, even your anger and despair! He or she needs to know that you felt those things. Even more, he or she needs to know that’s it’s OK to shut the door on those things.

3. Release yourself from those things you perceive you were in control of! Determine in your heart and mind today that this is it: A New Day in your life!

 

Now,

Inhale deeply

Exhale completely!

Say with conviction:

I AM NOT MY P.A.S.T.!

I was Fill in the Blank             as a child! But, I survived Fill in as many blanks as you need___________ and am emotionally whole.

I was abandoned by my __________________________. I survived rejection and am accepted.

I was abused. I survived abuse and am now loved.

Create your own affirmation with conviction and believe in your heart that you are set free. Forgive Yourself and walk in freedom!

If this post resonates with you, if the series has been helpful so far, please send me your comments. I look forward to your comments as they show me which way I need to go with these teachings.

To read part three, click here: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/learnfrompastpart3/

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Be abundantly blessed! God is faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Learning from Your P.A.S.T., Part III

Forgiving… God?

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Many of you will balk at the idea of forgiving God. Understood. However, consider this…

Mark 11:25 – 26, And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

How many times have you gotten so angry with God, you couldn’t, wouldn’t speak to Him for days on end?

I know it sounds crazy, but, we all do it. We may not exactly show our anger or rage by pumping our fist toward Heaven or cursing up to Him. Instead, we just become angry and go into a place in ourselves, ignoring and not speaking to Him.

We’ve all done it. Within the last 5 or six months, I remember driving down the street, crying, raging inside, and telling Him, “Lord, I am so angry with you! Why aren’t You doing anything?”

I was sooooo angry!

Have you been there? Are you there now? Are you angry with God because He didn’t do something on your behalf?

Or, He did something, it just wasn’t what YOU wanted done in that situation or circumstance?

I go into depth on this subject in my book, How To Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the P.A.S.T. But, for now, do these three things:

  • Admit the anger, the hurt, the pain, the confusion you feel toward God. Admit it to God! Admit it to a close, trusted advisor. (Caution: Now is not the time to go to one of your judgmental friends!)
  • Submit the anger, hurt, pain, and confusion to God. He is a BIG God! He understands that you are only dust! And finally,
  • Repent which means to turn away from.

After you repent, it’s OK to say, “Lord, I forgive You! I thought I knew what was best for my life. But, I didn’t. Now, Lord, please forgive me!”

Feel free to also write a letter to the Lord. Pour it all out in the letter if it doesn’t come out in the first wash.

OK. That’s a wrap for this week. If this blog has resonated with you in any way, please comment. If you would like to receive more from The Drill Sergeant of Life, please sign up on my webpage at, www.DrillSergeantofLife.com.

To read Part II, click here: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/learnfrompastpart2/

Be abundantly blessed! God is faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Learning From Your P.A.S.T., Part II

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Forgiving Perpetrators, Perceived and Real

Excerpt from the book, How To Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the P.A.S.T.

You must choose to release your perpetrators, both perceived and real, from your heart. The longer you hold on to them, the longer it takes for you to grab hold of your future and move forward.

Your future is waiting for you to release those past experiences and grab hold of the new experiences it has for you.

Make your choice today to let go of your past!”

Look back in your life. Consider the pain, the heartache, the unforgiveness you have experienced. Doesn’t it make sense to just forgive those that have hurt you?

Why? They are moving forward in life. He or she is quite possibly unconcerned with what you are experiencing. 

Let your life be an example of true forgiveness. Perhaps this perpetrator will see your example and decide that the way he or she is living is not altogether right.

Learn from your P.A.S.T. and forgive. Someone is waiting to see your example so they can follow.

How? Do this:

1. Write a letter to the perpetrator. It does not have to be mailed. Just writing it will be healing. In the letter, acknowledge each and every offense. Forgive.

2. Release the person from any wrongdoing. You cannot imagine how good you will feel just from this action!

3. Thank the person for allowing you to experience this growing moment.

Is this helpful for you? Many people have found peace, comfort, and release from just this one exercise. The Drill Sergeant of Life is here to help you do the same.

Stay Tuned for Part Three. To read Part One of this series, please go here: drillsergeantoflife.com/learnfrompast1/ Each part of this six part series is geared to helping you Let Go of the P.A.S.T. so you can grab hold of the incredible future God has created just for you. If this post resonates with you, please comment. I look forward to hearing from you! Do you want more? Sign up for my email list.

Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

How To Learn From Your P.A.S.T., Part 1

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The P.A.S.T. can hurt!

Some of the things you have endured have been hurtful, almost to the point where you just didn’t want to go on! You didn’t know how to get past some of those hurtful things.

You prayed!

You cried!

You begged God, “Please, Lord, take me home!”

It’s OK. Many of us have been there. We have been in a place where we didn’t want to hurt anymore, a place of distrust of others, a place where we tried to shelter ourselves from being hurt again.

And, it didn’t work! As a matter of fact, it had the opposite effect. Each instance of hurting caused us to want to run away… from the perpetrators, from God, from ourselves, to no avail.

At some point, though, we discovered we had to stop running. We found we had to stand.

And we can stand!

We can stand, not just against those that hurt us. We can stand in our own being and be the man or woman God has created us to be!

But, we must learn from our P.A.S.T. We must learn:

• How to forgive: the perpetrator, God (yes, God! More about this later), ourselves!
• How to release people from our lives and move on.
• How to thank (yes, Thank!) those who have hurt us.

Are you ready to learn from your P.A.S.T.? The Drill Sergeant of Life is here to help you do just that! This is Part One of a six-part series on learning from your P.A.S.T. Stay Tuned!

Letting Go of the P.A.S.T. is a journey. For some, it is reasonably quick. For others, it may take some time. (I’m one of the others and it is an ongoing process.)

If this post resonates with you, please comment. Also, join The Drill Sergeant of Life mailing list and receive tips, strategies, and solutions for letting go of the P.A.S.T. so you can grab hold of the awesome future in front of you!

Until next time!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Letting Go: What It Is and What It Is NOT!

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Letting Go is not about completely forgetting you ever went through anything. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite. Letting Go is remembering those things from the experience that you can learn from and use for your good in your future. I love acronyms. Let’s make an acronym for L.E.T. G.O., shall we? Is that OK? Let’s go.

Learn from your P.A.S.T.
Embrace your P.A.S.T. in a good way
Take your power back
Get help
Operate in the Fruit of the Spirit

Each week, you will receive tips, strategies, and an explanation of each of the letters of the acronym. As you move forward, concentrating on each letter, you will find that you are better equipped to let go of those things that are hindering you and move forward to what God has prepared for you.

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Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Letting Go of the P.A.S.T. and Beyond

Life is too short to hold on to the P.A.S.T.

I know that’s a pretty bold statement, but it is true!

You see, our P.A.S.T. is designed to keep us in the place where we won’t progress. If anything, we will regress. But, I digress.

Let me explain my acronym P.A.S.T.: People, Places, Possibilities And Situations (that should be) Terminated in our lives. Many of you have some P.A.S.T. in your lives. We all do. Unfortunately, we simply don’t want to admit it.

You see, it’s quite comfortable to allow P.A.S.T. to remain because it is… well, comfortable! That’s what we know. That’s what we have already experienced. That’s what we allow to keep us in the place of mediocrity because it’s too hard to come out. But I don’t want you to live like that!

Lately, I have been meeting a lot of hurting people. These precious folks have been through so much! Unfortunately, many of them have just about given up on ever receiving healing or wholeness because they have allowed the hurt to languish in their lives, giving them a false sense of security! I know! I’ve been one of those.

Just recently, God showed me that I was not healed from some hurts I had experienced. Unfortunately, the hurts had occurred in the church setting. The way He showed this to me caused me to open my eyes to those around me who were dealing with some of the same hurts. What He also showed me, though, was that I was hurt so deeply, I didn’t even realize the depth of the hurt I had experienced and was experiencing!

Does this resonate with you? Have you been hurt so deeply that you have become numb to the pain and are trying to live life the best way you can? Will you let me help you? Please!

I don’t want another human being to have to go through this alone. Let me stand with you and help you Let Go of the P.A.S.T. so you can grab hold of the future God has prepared for you! God has revealed tips and strategies to help you Let Go of the P.A.S.T. and I want to share these with you!

I am here for you! Let me take the first step with you!

Beatrice Bruno
The Drill Sergeant of Life

Bitter or Better? In 2014, the Choice is Yours! Part One

Has life taught you some things that others need to know about or learn from? Are you a completely different person from who you were 5, 10, 20 years ago? Believe it or not, the things you have experienced in life are currently being experienced by someone else. You were allowed to experience it first so you can go back and lend a hand to someone else. That’s what being The Drill Sergeant of Life means to me. I have been on the Battlefield of Life; still am on The Battlefield of Life. And now, I am here to help others make it through to the objective: freedom to be who you were called and created to be. So, Get Over Yourself, Get Out of Your Own Way and Get What YOU Want Out of Life!

About a year ago, I had to make a choice. I won’t give you the particulars but something happened that allowed me to see behind the veneer of someone I thought was a friend.

The situation devastated me: my heart hurt so badly, I really didn’t know if I was going to make it. The relationship ended, of course. But, the backlash from the entire situation gave me pause to think. At the time, I wanted to just give up on people. After all, people had given me many reasons to give up and turn inward. I had been hurt so much by others; I was ready to give up.

Then, the Lord brought me to a person in the Bible who had also been hurt. This lady had been hurt by life: first, her husband died. Then, her sons died. She was left alone with two daughters-in-law and no visible means of support. She turned inward.

When asked, she even told people to not call her by her given name ‘Naomi’ anymore. She wanted to be called Mara, bitter.

Ruth 1:20 – 21 Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty; why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

She finally persuaded one of her daughters-in-law to return to her family. After all, she told the young woman, even if she, Naomi, were to remarry and have another son, would Orpah stick around to perhaps marry the son that would come so long after she was already grown?

So, that particular daughter-in-law left Naomi and her sister-in-law, Ruth, and returned to her family. Ruth decided she would stick with her mother-in-law.

Where you go, I will go! Where you die, I will die! Your people will be my people! Your God will be my God!

Naomi had a reason to praise the Lord! This young woman owed her nothing! But, she loved her enough to stick with her. Whatever befell Naomi, Ruth was willing to allow the same to befall her.

Naomi remained bitter. She didn’t expect any good thing to happen in her life. God had taken her reason for living. Or so she thought!

That day concerning my friend was a turning point. I had the opportunity to either be bitter or Better.

If I chose bitter, it meant I had to walk around with a very unappealing look on my face, all the time. It meant I didn’t trust God to turn my situation around. In other words, I had no hope!

But, I knew better than that! I know that God is a righteous God! He is my glory and the lifter up of my head. He is a very present help in trouble. Regardless of what a person had done to me, I had to dig deep and remember those things God had done for me! I had to look back through my life to the blessings God had already performed in my life. I had to decide to be Better instead of Bitter!

What about you? Have you had instances in your life in which you had to make a choice between bitter and better? What did those experiences do to you? Were you able to jump from one to the other and look back and see the good that had happened? Or, are you still struggling?

Everything you have gone through in life was created to make you better, not bitter. Use those experiences to help others see past their circumstances and rise up to be who they were created to be. Use your pain and tragedies to push yourself and others forward. We need you. We believe in you. Now, you believe in you!

Be abundantly thankful and blessed! God is faithful!

The Drill Sergeant

I’m Doing It!

Why do you think so many people don’t do what they say they are going to do or are capable of doing?

The problem seems to be that we are always either “Trying” to do something or “fitna” do something. The one commercial that always says “Just do it!” obviously (I’m being facetious here!) does not work in all of our lives. But, it can!

Instead of “trying” to do or “fitna” do something, from now on, I’m doing it! No explanation, no excuses: I’m doing it!

For those of you who are also trying to do that one thing you wanted to do in life or are fitna do something you have wanted to do for such a long time, get off your do nothing and do something!

Just do it!

It doesn’t really matter what it is! Well, I should say as long as it is good and legal. Do something worthwhile. Do something that will make you smile when you have completed the execution of it. Do something your Creator will smile about. Do something you will smile about. Just get busy and do it!

So, if you’re looking for me and can’t find me, I’m doing IT!

Be abundantly blessed!

Beatrice Bruno, Drill Sergeant of Life

Forgiveness is the Key

Several years ago while writing my second book of the Get Over Yourself series, How To Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the P.A.S.T., I learned an interesting thing. In addition to forgiving those who had perpetrated infractions against me, I had to forgive myself! Yes! I had to forgive myself.

You see, many times when we are going through life, we do stupid stuff: stupid stuff that can cause us to hop down one bunny trail after the other as we get further and further away from our purpose and destiny. Let’s be honest here: many times while we are hopping on the bunny trails of life, we cause ourselves to not be all we were called and created to be, to not do all we were called and created to do, and to definitely not have all we were called and created to have in life.

And then, we have the tendency to blame everything on someone else. That is so not right! But, when we do this, and we go back and forgive others who we feel have hurt us, we must also go back and forgive ourselves for the dumb things we have done that have kept us from becoming who we were supposed to become in life. We must give ourselves permission to move forward in life. When we do this, the burdens of guilt, doubt, anger and fear lifts off our shoulders and allow us to move freely in the direction we are supposed to move in. It frees us to pursue those things we thought had eluded us because of our dumb mistakes.

And it’s not too late! If you are still breathing, there is still time for you to become who you were supposed to become. Just forgive yourself and move forward so you can be all you care to be in the Armed Forces of Life! Be abundantly blessed! Beatrice

Sometimes, the very thing you need…

Is inside of yourself! Oftentimes, though, you have to go higher than yourself.

Many times we go to others, asking advice for the challenges we face in life. Many times, those same folks are going through struggles they don’t have the answers for. Personally, I pray a lot because I know Someone Who has the answers, even when I think I have the answers.

Part of the process of growing up and going out to do what we know we were created to do is to know the Source of everything we need. If we don’t know that Source, we will remain lost until we can come to the conclusion that the Source is what we need to tap into to find the power to move forward. My Source is Almighty God.

Can you plug an electrical device into a tree and receive the power you need to make it work? Can you charge your cellphone with a banana peel and it work for you all day? Neither can you always find the power you need within yourself.

Every day offers a new opportunity to go higher, dig deeper, spread wider than ever before. In order to make it to the level of excellence we have been created for, we sometimes have to do those things listed above so we will continue to strive for even greater than what we thought we could accomplish.

Be abundantly blessed! The Drill Sergeant

How about a Human Code of Conduct?

I recently spoke for the Westminster Optimist Club here in Westminster, Colorado. I really enjoy speaking for Optimist Clubs. If you haven’t before, go to www.Optimist.org and check out their creed. Their creed is something that we as human beings should adopt as a Human Code of Conduct. Why? Below, I share several of the pledges that members of the Optimist Club adhere to. I also share my comments about these pledges. But I want you, YOU, to add your own comments. Let’s see if we can start something that will change the way we live!

Promise yourself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. – Do you realize how easily others can come in and disturb your peace of mind? As I have said before, and let me reiterate: sometimes you have to let some folks go, at least for a season, so that you can maintain your peace of mind. Don’t let others have control of you and disturb you. Let those people go and do YOU!

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet – If you spent most of your days talking health, happiness and prosperity to every person you met, how much time would you have to gripe about inconsequential stuff? Stop sweating the small stuff! The Drill Sergeant of Life says: Get out there and share what needs to be shared!!!

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them – Many of your friends are going through some struggles. Believe it or not, you hold the key that will make a difference in their lives. Now, I am not talking about enabling your friends. When you enable, you do more harm than good. What I am talking about here is encouraging your friends; help them see that there is more to them than what meets the eye. Help them to dream again. Help them to have faith in themselves again. Soon, you will see your friends blossom as never before!

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own – Oh, boy! Let’s be honest here: how many family members do you have that hate when you do well? How many so-called friends can you name who run away from you when you prosper and are doing well? Yet, these same folks seem to cluster around you when you are having a bit of a hard time and offer advice that THEYwouldn’t even take. Hopefully, you are very excited when others do well. If not, change that dynamic! I have noticed in my travels that there are very few who are enthusiastic when I succeed; even though they indicated they would be beforehand. Again; let these people go! Do YOU!

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others – Now, I have to bring up the Bible for this one. Remember that little scripture that talks about removing the log from your own eye before you consider removing the splinter from someone else’s eye? Well, that’s what this part of the Optimist Creed is talking about. We spend so much time criticizing others, we have no clue that we need to do some things in our lives to improve US so we can move to the next level and perhaps help someone else out!

OK, I’ve talked about only 5 of the 10 elements of The Optimist Creed. Please check out the rest of them at www.Optimist.org. You will be glad you did.

Hey, just want each of you to know that I really appreciate you. Thanks for reading! Please share this post with others!

God is faithful! The Drill Sergeant