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atlas“If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens.” – Chinese proverb

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to cross an item off my rather prolix bucket list. I had the opportunity to embark upon a boulder jumping adventure. Boulder jumping (for those who might be unfamiliar) is the act of hopping, crawling, squeezing through, scaling steep rocky terrain in a spider like fashion, jumping onto a gigantic boulders then pulling yourself up with your arms and crab walking down steep terrain. Needless to say, this activity was extremely arduous and challenging. The golden rays of the sun pounded on my body like a nail being hit by a hammer into two wooden beams. To make matters worse, I carried a backpack filled with goodies (lots of snacks, water and Gatorades). With each passing minute, I felt as though the weight I was carrying was increasing at speed that rivals that of a cheetah found in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. I couldn’t help but to think, “I wish I had someone to help me carry all this weight!” How often do we find ourselves in a similar position?

“Life’s heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry” – Source Unknown

As humans we tend to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We carry insecurities, hurt, emotional wounds, stress, frustration, pressure to live up to expectations and achieve our goals, etc. We tend to carry an insurmountable amount of weight around as if we possess the ant-like strength to efficiently carry that weight for long periods of time. We don’t have to carry all our burdens on our own.  We can talk to trusted friends, family, teachers, co-workers, pastors, counselors in an attempt to lighten the load we carry. There is someone we can always approach regardless of the time of day or the nature of our situation, and his name is Jesus.

“Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Don’t allow your backpack of life to become weighed down with the burdensome liquids of stress, insecurities, and disappointment!

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A Supportive System

A support system is usually defined as a group of people who are available to provide an individual with emotional, social, and sometimes financial support. As we drive along the road of life we often run into a few pot holes or roadblocks that require us to seek assistance from others. Some turn to close friends when they need support. Others may look to family for assistance. A few pay to lie on a black leather couch and spill their thoughts to a psychiatrist. My support system is comprised of God, family and a handful of close friends.

It is imperative to have a sturdy support system. Having a strong social support system helps people become more resilient in the face of life’s surprises. During a flood fire ants will stay together as a unit and float. In less than two minutes the entire colony will coalesce into a watertight, pancake-shaped raft by grasping onto one another using their mandibles, claws and adhesive pads on the ends of their legs. These rafts can sometimes be composed of thousands of ants linked together and floating sometimes for months. These ants rely heavily on each member of their colony for support and offers support when life throws a curve ball their way.

Ensure that your support system is comprised of individuals who won’t hesitate to latch on to you and offer timely support as you float atop the unforeseen floods of life!


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Productivity Issues!

Yesterday I was able to complete several lengthy homework assignments, run errands, do some writing and clean my apartment within a very small window of time. Naturally, I was taken aback at the level of productivity I displayed. Sadly, there are days when I am unfortunately not as productive as I should be. I’m sure you all can relate. The world today is littered with an abundance of distractions that can diminish an individual’s productivity. These distractions can adorn the disguise of the internet, television programs, cell phone apps (angry birds, words with friends and draw something are the main suspects), friends, significant others, etc.

“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.”  – Tony Robbins

It is imperative that we don’t allow ourselves to constantly fall prey to distractions that divert us away from the path of productivity. One of the most fascinating and underappreciated animals in this world are ants. Ants follow pheromone trails created by scout ants when foraging and gathering food for the colony. They follow these trails for many miles transporting food items up to 50 times their weight with their mandibles. Ants know what tasks need to be done and they complete them. This example may be trivial (I blame my national geographic kids club membership for that) but it is indicative of the mindset we all should have.

Don’t allow an accumulation of distractions to cause to you lose the aroma of your pheromone trail of productivity!


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