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How to Start a New Path in Life

Starting out on a new path in life can be one of the most difficult things you ever do. While staying on the known path can give you a feeling of safety – even when you feel that it is the wrong path – you should ask yourself what the cost will be in the long run.

Perhaps you feel trapped, or you don’t know where to start to get on the new path. Perhaps you don’t even know what new path you should set out on, but know that you need to change. When the feeling that you need to change and that you need something new in your life won’t pass, it is time to stand up and do something about it.

There is, after all, a reason why books and films about people following their dreams or starting life anew are so popular. You look at those characters making the choices you wish you could make or want to make and you put yourself in their place. And, by doing so, you can feel – at least while the story lasts – as if you are part of the success as well. For a while you feel like you really can start out on a new path. You can find a new job, go to school again, or even start a family. And then that feeling of ecstasy fades as if it never existed.

But you must hold on to the spark that says you can take a new path. Perhaps you feel as if you have wasted too much time and that you should just keep plodding along on the road you’re already following? Arnold Bennet wrote: “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you have never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.”

Once you know what the new path is you want to take, you should start on your way to get there ASAP. Update your CV, take a short course, do whatever first step it is you can do right now to start out on the new path. You can start slowly and build speed as you go. You will know when you are in the right place and when taking the new path paid off.

Author: Carin Marais

Carin Marais writes web articles, guest and blog posts, and fiction. With interests ranging from pop culture and technology to literature, mythology and archaeology, her writing covers diverse subjects. To contact Carin for articles and guest posts, or to read her work, go to her home page or follow her on @CarinMarais.

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A New You: Mental Renewal

Mental Renewal will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will also help you recondition your mind to think of yourself the way God thinks of you.  Your body is literally a temple for God’s spirit.  God “loaned” you His temple to accomplish His will and afforded you a free will to keep it maintained and prepared to do His work.

How do we accomplish it?

The ultimate way is spending quality time in reading God’s Word as well as reflecting on it.  Paul’s encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus completely changed his thinking and actions.  He urged and challenged the Romans (us) to do exactly the same – “… transform ourselves by the renewing of our minds…” and to do this in view of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Mental Renewal Doctor

Dr. Harnish: As members of the body of Christ, we have a duty to assist each other. God works through us to help each other. It’s like your own body. If your left arm itches, you send your right hand over to scratch it. As a member of the body of Christ, if you are the left arm, you could seek help directly from the right hand. You could also ask the head (Christ), Jesus, please stop this itch, and He could send the right hand over.

Sharpen The Saw

Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?

You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal–a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.

Author:  Evelyn van der Merwe

Evelyn is a freelance writer and she can be contacted for guest posts.

Contact: wiets@blitsnet.co.za

References:

 

http://www.renewalchristiancare.com/christian-mental-health-counseling-help-article/https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit7.phphttp://www.goalmind.net/Products/MentalRenewal/tabid/83/Default.aspxhttp://www.recovery.org/pro/articles/renewable-energy-how-to-renew-your-physical-and-mental-energy/http://www.renewalchristiancare.com/christian-mental-health-counseling-help-article/

 

 

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Autumn Fun

The Autumn  season provides great opportunities for outdoor play and creative craft projects. With  beautiful leaves and usually fair weather, outdoor spaces are a  treasure trove of natural wonders just waiting to be explored.

Autumn outdoor fun ideas

Autumn is a wonderful time to teach your child about nature and there are many ways to  create your own fun.  One can use local walks to explore the natural environment. Take pictures of  birds, plants and trees and ask your child to make notes of anything they see that interests them. Let them draw pictures afterwards and create a collage.  This can be kept in a special autumn album.

Piles of leaves make great hiding places and this is a wonderful opportunity to play hide-and –seek.  You could also turn this into an educational game by asking your child to try and find the original tree the leaves came from. By kicking piles of leaves and raking it together again, important exercise is introduced, which is vital for every growing child.

Autumn Treasure hunt

This autumn treasure hunt is a lovely way for children to have fun.   Using their imagination, as well as getting a healthy dose of fresh air. Hide some treasures  like leaves, rocks and twigs in the garden or in a local park. Initiate a fun party afterwards with autumn coloured food and drinks and a colouring contest. They can also use the items collected (like leaves, stones and twigs) to make a collage with glue and tissue paper. This process will  teach them about autumn in a fun way.  It is  a fantastic means for child and parent to bond through nature.

Autumn activities for a rainy day

Invite some friends and let them bake cakes in the form of a leaf. Be creative by icing the cakes with the colours of autumn and before eating, ask some questions about autumn.

Author: Evelyn van der Merwe

Evelyn can be contacted for freelance writing at the e-mail address below.

Contact: wiets@blitsnet.co.za

References:

http://www.netmums.com/activities/autumn-fun-outside#nature

http://www.babble.com/kid/24-free-fun-things-to-do-in-the-fall/

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/fall-activities

http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/family-fall-activities/

 

 

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