One St. Helena: You Are Not Entitled _lowres

Jasper Knighten

When we hear the word desert, we automatically think of a dry, barren place.

We can almost feel the 100-plus-degree temperatures seen in deserts of America or shiver at the thought of the frigid temperatures of deserts in Asia and Antarctica. We picture cacti and no shade. We can almost see the dust swirling around. We imagine camels taking long treks across the desert.

Deserts are one of the more unique areas on the face of this Earth. Deserts often used as picturesque backdrops in movies. Every continent has deserts.

Deserts are unique. In order to live in a desert region, you must move to a certain area.

For instance, here in America, a person must move west in order to live in a desert region. Being from the South, the experience would be a complete culture shock. But, nonetheless, it would be an enriching and enhancing one.

In life, many of us are presented with life-altering choices on a daily basis. Many of the decisions we are presented with are more significant than others. Some choices affect more people while others affect fewer. Nonetheless, we make choices constantly, whether we realize it or not.

Oftentimes, life presents us with opportunities that appear to be to our liking initially, only to find out once we have started venturing down the road it is completely different from our expectations. As a result, we begin to complain and look for a way out of the choice we made.

I want to encourage you to examine your life and the state you are in.

Your present condition may not be to your liking.

In fact, you may absolutely hate your life, but I challenge you to learn to see the opportunity and potential in your circumstance.

Too often we throw away precious gifts given to us by life, all because it does not come in the shape, form or fashion we envisioned.

We are so preoccupied with what we thought our lives should be like or where we should be until we fail to see how wonderful our lives actually are.

Stop measuring your life by the fictitious imagination you have. Start appreciating the gifts and opportunities before you.

The challenge of your job, the uphill battle in your relationships and every other problematic area of your life is a gift waiting to be unwrapped right before your eyes. Life can be as wonderful as you make it or it can be as miserable as you perceive it to be.

Quite frankly, the quality of our lives lies solely between our two ears.

If you are out of balance in your mind and lack a heart of thanksgiving, you will never arrive at a place of peace and prosperity in life. But if you are rooted in thanksgiving and mental tenacity, then life will be more giving to you than you ever imagined.

As you read this, take inventory of your life and more importantly, the thoughts that control your decision-making. Are they thoughts of productivity and advancement? Or are they thoughts of cynicism and torture? If they are negative thoughts, it is time to make a change.

Opportunity exists no matter where you are in life.

The fact you have life is the first indication a beautiful gift called opportunity is waiting to be claimed by you.

Stake our your spot in the desert. Make the best of your opportunities. Stop waiting for the desert to turn into the beach. The desert is the beach. So change your thinking, start working and begin to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Contact Jasper Knighten at jasperknighten@yahoo.com.