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Be Brave

Accountability is a huge word. I've been "Self Employed" for many many years. Keeping current and past records, lists, and receipts. I am thankful for my "Local Tax Man", just down the street.

Accountability both in my work and in my relationships. It works best when you team up with honesty. Even though I don't have a perfect record, it is a personal goal.

Take time, and pray for discernment before you enter into any commitment. James 1: 5 says, If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Communication can be an uncomfortable factor in this mix when faced with another's point of view. In relationship to people, running to the "back 40" was what I did when a relationship became too complicated for me to deal with. I would run instead of facing the difficulty of a confrontation.

Communication even if it is uncomfortable, is a better choice, because of what happens when you run. Fear will destroy any attempt of bringing a resolution.

Now in all of this, remember to be safe. What has happened in the past when you walked the same road? Certain behaviors are often predictable unless strong measures are being taken to bring change. Time is needed to discern all of this.

Ask a lot of questions before committing. I don't like surprises. Beware of duplicity. Duplicity is deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing. State your boundaries. How honest is the person you are committing to? Personal integrity is a huge factor.

When the time is right you will know it. You will not have all the answers but you will be given enough insight to make a decision. We are all surprised by new things, the unexpected. When hiking in the North Cascades, I carried a tall stick. It kept me steady on each new path. I still have that stick. It is cherished with many wonderful memories.

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost 1874 – 1963

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler.

Long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then I took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I marked the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Forward and Onward, Blessings, Julie


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