Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future
Are your relationships healthy? Take the following assessment to find out:
Relationships Health Quiz
How healthy are your relationships?
Do you enjoy being with this person?
Do you trust this person?
Do you feel comfortable sharing your feelings with this person without fear of retribution?
Does this person listen without judging or offering advice?
Does this person tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear?
Has the relationship with this person improved the quality of your life?
Does this person drain or energize your spirit?
Do you feel better after spending time with this person?
The above questions should focus on friends, family and business associates. It is a proven fact that the quality of one’s life is a direct reflection of the quality of one’s relationships. How healthy are your relationships?
This tree met some resistance in its growth, but it persevered through numerous obstacles by going over, around and through them. The lesson: What obstacles are keeping you from growing and what are you going to do to persevere? Winners don’t quit before the blessing!
Oak trees are renowned for growing slowly but that didn’t stop photographer Neil Bromhall. The acorn was collected in September and filmed in an underground set using a 2 hour interval between exposures. The acorn split soon after it was planted and continued to split during the winter months. In January the first sign of root growing could be seen followed in February by the emergence of shoot. Website.
I highly encourage you to watch the movie “Seven Days in Utopia”. The movie is based on the book “Golf’s Sacred Journey” by my friend, Dr. David Cook. David is a noted sports psychologist and one of the most authentic and caring men that I have ever met. Be sure and spread the word to family and friends. Both golfers and non-golfers will enjoy this powerful story of a young man’s journey to significance. (Click for movie trailer)
Picture a quiet, uninterrupted, small pond surrounded by forest trees encircled by Mother Nature’s beauty. The still pond’s reflection shows the reality around you and what your mind perceives to be true. It is as though you are gazing in an environmental mirror with powerful surface images almost frozen in time. You see the depictions of all things around you, surrounding you, with what you think are life’s reality.
You are unable to peer beyond the powerful mirror reflection as it hides the pond’s traitorous bottom and is hindered from sight. The unknown hidden depths of the pond contain mystery and even fear of what might lie beneath. Dangers are possible!
However, if you touch and distort the stagnant surface, the motions of the waves relieve the reflection and the mirror image is broken. The bottom now is exposed and becomes clear reveling what lies beneath.
Such is the reflection in our own lives. We allow others to see the surface of our existence yet we try to protect our mind’s depth. Our surface reflection is due to our efforts to provide an image that can be portrayed to develop a feeling of self-acceptance or self-value to show others how we want to be perceived. Our personalities, of course, are much deeper, and the surface of our façade is but a superficial layer that we allow to rise to the top, unless we are truly sincere.
As we grow in our sincere relationships with others and ourselves, we’re able to peer beneath the surface and determine our true character. Like rocks and different types of debris that lie at the bottom of the pond there are many complications and fears to our own existence. But what lies at the bottom of our lives does help to form the shape of our personalities. Our pain and struggles, crucibles in life, create a psychological path we follow. If we but see that the bottom of the pond is the foundation of our lives then the mystery and fear of living can be conquered. Through self-reflection with family and friend’s support we discover that our deep secrets can be overcome and left to reside at the bottom no longer a threat to the path we follow. Our personal mirror reflection can be distorted and the image can be broken when surrounded by the warmth and comfort of friends. By allowing others to touch us emotionally we begin breaking the surface image of illusion exposing conquerable fears. The minds secrets are no longer a mystery and fear is absorbed in compassion, accepted by others.