Just Thinking

Are You Ready For The Next Level???
1/14/2019 12:00:01 AM by: CL Lawrence

       I begin this thought with a personal little story. I was raised in the city; nice neighborhood, quite average.  Not the best, not the worst.  People honored and respected home ownership by maintaining their property. After college, I moved to a suburban townhouse condominium community.  While you owned the property, there was an association that had rules governing the properties cosmetic appearance. 

        The grass could grow no higher than 2 inches.  All the fencing and decks had to be identical.  You could decorate the inside of your home however you chose, but the window treatments could only have shades kept at the halfway point so that there was uniformity viewed from the outside.  Any violations were subject to fines.      

          At first, this was offensive.  It felt like freedom of choice and expression were being denied.  After all, I owned the house and you’re giving me rules as to what I can do with it?

          Then I realized, it was the beauty of this little community that attracted me to it in the first place.  Without the association’s rules, the development wouldn’t have looked as meticulously manicured and maintained as it was.  The association had a purpose and the rules were there to insure the purpose was upheld.  This wasn’t the city neighborhood in which I grew up.  To live there in this new type of community was a choice, and to live there meant learning the rules and following them. I did and enjoyed every day living there. 

         Just as there are written or unwritten/unspoken rules relevant to living at different levels, likewise there are rules for functioning at different levels (professionally, spiritually, personally, relationally, .… You learn the rules at each level for that level.  If you understand that principle, functioning at the next level will be easy. The question is: Are you ready? Do you have a reachable, teachable spirit?

          Everyone wants to go to “the next level,” BUT, what exactly is “the next level?”  It sounds good.  It’s an inspiring thought, BUT, what does it look like?  Can you define it?  Think about it. 

  • Are you ready for the journey that takes you there?
  • What’s required to get there? 
  • What’s required to stay there? 
  • You can get there but that doesn’t mean you automatically stay there.  You can go down more quickly than you went up.
  • Are you ready to live and function at the next level?
  • Do you know what the rules are at the next level? 

        If you’re serious about it, then these are questions that need your attention.  If you don’t ponder and wrestle with the questions, then, “the next level” will be just a feel-good cliché that makes you happy and energized for the moment. 

  • What about when the moment passes?  How many times can you keep feeling the moment, and do nothing about it? 
  • Are you that person who gets happy in the moment, then lets the moment slip away? 
  • Are you that person whose life is a roller coaster; feeling the adrenaline rush of possibilities then settling back into the rut of the reality you’ve created? 

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose to make it otherwise.

          Moving to the next level means moving forward (or upward).  It doesn’t just happen. It takes a bit work: a vision, a dream, commitment, tenacity, discipline, focus, a plan, the right people around you, some fundamental habits and ethics, and those two uninvited and unwelcomed cousins that show up everywhere, Time and Patience.  Will-power and self-discipline are good, but aren’t enough, and were never meant to be enough. What powers our “enough-ness,” is in our oneness, unity and harmony with the Universal All-ness, the absolute Omnipotence.  

        Mediocrity happens when you do nothing.  Life in a rut happens if you do nothing to make anything else happen.  The next level just doesn’t happen.  You don’t go to sleep one night and wake up on the next level.  When you want to go to your next level, your next best level, the question is, are you willing to do the work necessary to get there?

 


Share This Blog:

Comments

Millicent From At 2/23/2019 4:53:00 PM

I love ""the next level"" I''m taking it all in.


Previous Posts

It Isn't A Test. It's An Opportunity.
8/19/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Rest Stops
8/12/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Just Be!
8/5/2019 6:40:27 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Bridges
7/29/2019 4:23:18 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Ask Not, Have Not
7/22/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Update Your Dreamware
7/15/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Adjust Your Focus - Adjust Your Flow
7/8/2019 4:59:19 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Can You Go With God's Flow
7/1/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Karma's GPS
6/24/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The Lost & Found Department
6/17/2019 6:32:55 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Clean Your Cluttered Closet
6/10/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What do you think of you?
6/3/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What's Your Vibe Saying?
5/27/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Invisible on a Deeper Level
5/20/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What Are You Willing to Give in Exchange?
5/13/2019 7:03:59 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Dancing With The Bumble Bee
5/6/2019 6:22:38 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Why You Still Here?
4/29/2019 5:42:17 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Watch Your Step!
4/22/2019 12:46:02 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Your Slip is Showing / Your Fly is Open
4/15/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What's the Entrance Fee to Your Inner Circle ??
4/8/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrencwe

The Grass Might Be Greener!
4/1/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Your Blessing is Already Prepared
3/25/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

One Step At A Time
3/18/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Meditation from Three Magic Words
3/11/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

On the Rocks or Straight Up?
3/4/2019 8:08:36 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Don't Know What You Don't Know
2/25/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What's Your Average?
2/18/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What's Your "Because ...?"
2/11/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Nothing Wasted
2/4/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Is Your Needle Stuck?
1/28/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What is YOUR Next Best Level???
1/21/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Are You Ready For The Next Level???
1/14/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

No Elevators, No Escalators
1/7/2019 7:56:51 AM  by: CL Lawrence

New Year's Eve
12/31/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

The Nightmare Option
12/24/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
12/17/2018 12:24:07 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Pre-existing Conditions
12/10/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Castles in the Sand
12/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Scars Remain
11/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Eye Chart
11/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Cruise on the SS New Perspective
11/12/2018 7:06:28 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Your Blessing Habit
11/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!
10/29/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

NFL (No Free Lunch)
10/22/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Ask The Right Questions
10/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Check Your Feathers
10/8/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Justice???
10/1/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Talk Talk Talk
9/24/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Cost of the Oil
9/17/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Know When To Let Go!
9/10/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Hurricane Season
9/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Schitt's Creek
8/27/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Need to Know
8/20/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Sit By The River ...
8/13/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What if God says, "Yes?"
8/6/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The HAT
7/30/2018 12:15:55 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Name It & Claim It!!!!??? Really!?
7/23/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 3
7/16/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 2
7/9/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

4th of July Picnic Conversation
7/2/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 1
6/25/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Do You Want to be Healed?
6/18/2018 7:06:10 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Light That Fuse, Baby
6/11/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Has Life Passed You By?
6/9/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Release and Allow
6/4/2018 10:31:35 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

It's Never Too Late
5/28/2018 10:22:17 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

It's Offering Time
5/21/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The Table is Set
5/14/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Just Say No!
5/7/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Can't Be Afraid to Try New Things
4/30/2018 8:23:48 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Teachable Spirit
4/23/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

OK, God, Here's the Deal
4/16/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Words - No Expiration Date
4/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Is There a Mulberry Bush in Your Yard?????
4/9/2018 2:48:32 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Appetite
4/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

So, What's Your Crazy?
3/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Aimlessness
3/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

PURPOSE
3/12/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

$1.00 STORE BLESSING???
3/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Thoughts in Plain Sight
2/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

So, What's in Your Garden?
2/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Power Point
2/11/2018 8:00:34 PM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Get Your Mind Right
2/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Throw the Dog a Bone
1/29/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

On Friendship
1/22/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

There's Only One Closet
1/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Clean Up & Take Control
1/8/2018 1:24:23 PM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What You Allow Will Continue
12/31/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Last Night's Dirty Dishes
12/18/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Two Old Bitties
12/4/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Under The Juniper Tree
11/30/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Stay in Your Lane
11/22/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Never The First Choice?
11/15/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

No Need to Speed
10/27/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Who Do People Say You Are?
3/9/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Life's Priorities
1/24/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

God is Always in Control
3/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Can you Keep A Secret?
2/23/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence