Prosperity: The Journey that Starts Within; Personal beliefs and wellness

Each of us is responsible for our own wellness:

We live according to what we believe, which is a matter of heart rather than logical mind.

Beliefs come from within. They are reflected in our choices; in the relationships and things we create, including friendships, home environment, work and simpler things like thought and mood.

We all need hopes and dreams; love, joy and peace are essential for life. what we believe about these and our ability to have them determines whether we will. That’s a big statement, I know.

If you believe that you have what it takes to overcome a challenge and build a marriage or career, how well do you think you’ll do?

If, on the other hand, your focus is on inabilities and weakness, either because you let them rule or because you spend all of your energy railing against them, what will the fruit in your daily life be?

Recently, I was visiting with a cousin. I made reference to my disability; he interrupted and said, “You don’t have a disability; you have a hinderance.”

Honestly, I had not thought of that before. I felt very complimented by his remark. I have not let my particular condition stop me, so it doesn’t get much press in my own thinking.

I didn’t overcome and build overnight. I had to learn some hard lessons along the way; I had to slay some inner dragons and face some really unwise thinking on my part.

As I built my life, I had to run some tough hurdles, and climb some challenging mountains (not that I’m done with all of that just yet!)

My observation is, perfectionism and wholeness are polar opposites.

Perfectionism says I have to be and do “just so,” with no room for error or variance.

Wholeness is about embracing all that I am, strengths, weaknesses, talents, gifts, flaws, quirks and all.

Perfectionism wants “just so” right now!

Wholeness respects the life-long process of healing, growing and learning.

It’s a good thing caterpillars don’t struggle with perfectionism:

“Oops, no chrysalis for you; just put on those wings and fly right now!”

Yeeah, right.


What are your hopes and dreams?

If you rated them on my color scale

(green= absolutely; blue=mostly absolutely;yellow=maybe;orange=not likely; red=no way)

How deeply do you believe your hopes and dreams will become reality?


what do you believe about your own wellness? You can use the same scale.


If you are at “orange”, where would you want to be? (I’m betting “green.”


what would you need to do to move from “orange” to “yellow”?


What is one thing you can do to be more well? (Just one!)

By the way, the word, “Prosperity” is about wholeness, not just material or monetary gain.


Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

2 thoughts on “Prosperity: The Journey that Starts Within; Personal beliefs and wellness

  1. Excellent blog this week!!! Right now I’m working on losing weight.. I am going to Weight Watchers and would have to color this endeavor “blue”.
    I’m going through a period of ups and downs. I ready for some stabilization.

    1. Congratulations on pursuing healthy weight. Do respect the process: You are a “caterpillar.”
      So here’s a scale for “ups and downs”: Are they the gentle rises and dips of a country road through foothills….or are they more like steep grades with turns and switchbacks through rugged mountains? Life presents both, and everything in between. Sometimes, we can do something to even out the ups and downs; sometimes we can stop for a short rest; often we just keep going and things smoothe out on their own.
      The goal is always wholeness, not perfection.

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