From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Pink Your Profile, Your World In Rose-Colored Glasses

 My Mom always said to see people through the rose-colored glasses of love.  When there are 7 sisters and brothers living in close quarters,  it is very easy to focus on each other’s faults.  Mom wanted her children to focus on our her highest value, that we were to love one another.  Even when we were older and had made mistakes, both my mom and my dad always focused on their love for us, not the mistakes we had made.   

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In the past, that fact barely touched me as I lived my busy life. Last October,  I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer and today I pinked my profile picture on Facebook.  S. C.  Johnson has an application  at!/rightathome?v=app_130977060285053  where you too can pink your profile picture and S. C. Johnson will donate $1.00 to breast cancer research.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a higher value after a year of chemo, surgery, radiation.  My pink profile picture reminded me of my Mom,who also had cancer, pancreatic cancer and lost that fight in 2003.  My pink profile picture reminded me of her rose-colored glasses. 

In being busy, the close quarters,  the mistakes, the quandaries, the problems, the hurricanes, the dilemmas,  do we put on our rose-colored glasses and see the people in our life,  in their highest value, love?   As we pink their profile picture, as we place our highest value on people, we begin to see  “seeds of success” .  

 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.  1 John 3:18- 20  The Message.

There was a wealthy man with two sons.  He placed the highest value on both sons.  The youngest son was rebellious and unhappy.  He demanded his inheritance from his father.  The father did not react to this rebellion but acted on the father’s highest value, love and gave the son the inheritance, knowing that the money would be misspent.  

The rebellious son went into a far country, thinking the father would not know what he was doing and misspent the money.  The son ended up penniless, friendless and in a hog pen.  In this condition, he found that he could see his father’s value, which he could not see before.  

Focusing on his father’s value, the son returned home to repent and ask to be a servant, to serve his father.  His father did not recriminate, or say, ” I told you so.”  He greeted his son with his highest value, love.  He ran to greet him and gave the son a homecoming party. 

This father pinked his son’s profile.  He focused on his highest value, love.  This is a story Jesus told and can be found in Luke 15:11-32.  John says in 1 John 3:18-20, as we love the other people in our lives, we  live in God’s reality, in God’s promises.  

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.  Jeremiah 29:11  Amplified

Whatever dilemma, predicament, trouble or mistake you are now facing;  if it is your mistake, like the prodigal son, or your dilemma caused by someone else, like the father, if you can place the highest value of love on people, if you can pink their profile, you will find the seed of your success.

In many ways I let my parents down.  When I was younger, I was the rebellious daughter, and I wanted what was not mine, to do with as I pleased.  However, when I went home to see my parents, they always dropped whatever they were doing and made time for me.  One of the last times I spent with my parents, together; my mom called me shortly after I left.  My Mom said my Dad had said to her, as I drove down the driveway, “Don’t you miss her already.”   They absolutely pinked my profile.  Although both of my parents are now with the Lord, this is a seed of my success.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!!  Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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