Thought For The Day 03/18/14


A Ticking Life


Post 1101




Time stands still when no one understands you and you don’t quite understand yourself.
Today didn’t have to be this way, tomorrow is another day, another chance to make things right..

Author Unknown


In the blink of an eye it will be the end of March and the first quarter of 2014 will be just a memory. How is it possible that nearly 3 months have already rushed passed us all? And like many of you I am sure, I am wondering just what it has been that I have accomplished so far this year? Something? Anything? Or nothing!?!?!?!


I always picture mankind divided into three separate categories. Category one includes those people who seem to instinctively know what it is they want to accomplish in life. Those are the people who seen to have a fixed list for what it is they want to accomplish, often decided and written down early on in their lives. For example: 1: Get an education (preferably an MBA and PhD) 2: Become a CEO by age 40. 3: Have a bank account that rivals Bill Gates! These people are the ones that dive right into most of their endeavors and are driven to reach their goals. And yet, I must wonder if they ever get any real pleasure or sense of satisfaction from what it is they do! I have many family members with this same drive and determination and I admire it very much. I can but hope that their lives are and will continue to be happy ones and that they fulfill that sense of accomplishment that drives them so as they seek to discover their place in this world! But category one isn’t me!


The second category of people couldn’t be more different if their skin were pink with purple polka dots. They are the ones that sit back and are always looking out there, scanning the horizon for that next new and exciting experience to reveal itself to them. They most likely work just as hard as the first group and yet they are not content to see their lives fit into some perfect mold of what others think it should be. They are somewhat egocentric in their thinking and, I think, sometimes miss out on the finer things that are to be found in the more mundane things that are always a part of life. Are the people in this group so busy trying to continually re-invent themselves that they miss appreciating the things they have in the here and now? Category two isn’t me, either!


Group three is, in my mind, the ideal group of people. They are some perfectly blended mixture of the first two I wrote about. They are the ones that seem to understand that it is important to be receptive to new opportunities and yet they weigh the pros and cons of the thing to determine whether altering their route will benefit them on a number of levels. This group understands that there are more than just themselves impacted by every decision that is made. Unless we live some cloistered experience (and I sincerely mean no disrespect to people of God who have chosen this as their personal path in serving Him), most of us have partners, children or parents who figure prominently in how we define our happiness and what it is we need to accomplish to bring joy to the collective family unit.


I hope group three is the group I fit into. I like structure and discipline. The good Lord know that much about me. I feel like I might just find myself with my head spinning around and pea soup coming from my mouth, without that discipline there. But, I like to smell the flowers once in a while too. I like to go outside, and scan the horizon for those ships that seem like tiny ants marching along that place where sky meets water. I like to see the ship as it becomes larger and I am curious enough to want to discover just exactly what it is that ship is carrying. And if the cargo is something that will not just benefit me but will also fit in with the plans that the others I hold near and dear have for their lives too, and it is something that I want to explore and incorporate into the way I live…….well, so be it! It was this way for me in March, 2011, when I heard God whisper in my ear! And I haven’t looked behind since!


Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 18:18-20 NIV


Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry


About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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