UI 075: Get your life straight. Reprioritizing and Refocusing to Reach Your Desired Destination

road-564492_1280Have you ever had to take a step back from your life and look at where you are and where you are going?

I’ve been going through some of that, and so I decided to share that with you on this week’s podcast.

Sometimes we discover we are not where we’d like to be, or who we’d like to be, or perhaps how we’d like to be.  We take an honest look out ourselves and are displeased with the current outcome and impending consequences should we not change.

I’ve been critiquing my life and behaviors, and have had to reprioritize several key areas of my life.  One has been my time spent podcasting.  So it was put on the back burner, while more important things were put on the front burners.  And that is what needs to happen in life.  Now as I have made some corrections, I can start shifting some more attention to podcasting again.  Life happens, and we have to responsibly respond.

It is a good thing for a person to step back and look at where they are in their road map of life.  But knowing where you are is not enough.  You also need to know the direction you are heading.  But that is not enough either.  What is really important is knowing the destination that direction will eventually lead you to.  Do you want to go there?  Or are you just going with the flow?  Or maybe you just don’t know where you’d like to land?

All of us have boarded the plane of life, but how many are consciously determining our destinations and arrival times.  We do it when we plan vacations, so why don’t more people do it for their everyday life… Thinking and planning 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 50 years ahead?

Well, for me I realized I need to make some course corrections or else I would be heading towards a destination (aka destiny) I did not want.

So, I’ve had to shift my focus and reprioritize my life.  I’ve changed many small, daily life details, so that over time my big life’s goals will be accomplished.  I’ve made a course correction, and my hope is that this podcast will help you do the same should you realize that there are things in your life that you need to change as well.

Unfortunately, there is much of life which is not in our control.  But fortunately,  there are three things about ourselves we can learn to control… Our Thoughts, Speech, and Actions.  These three things are the rudders for our ship, and can help us change course despite what life throws at us.  Utilize them as best you can, and they will steer you toward your better life.

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  1. Thanks for your comments and questions. I totally understand the your sleep deprivation by the way – I’m the same.
    Regarding your question about whether or not Judaism accepts or recognizes the new testament, the short answer is: No it does not accept it, but many if not most Jews recognize it as a book of great importance to Christians.
    For religious Jews and Judaism, particularly the more Orthodox variety, the Torah (the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) is a unique and exceptional work because it was spoken from the mouth of God and written by the hand of Moses. Some believe this occurred while on Mt. Sinai, while many more (including myself) believe it was written during their 40 year trek to Israel. The addition of the prophets to the Bible occurs many years later. And while still holy because they were God’s spokesmen, they are not the level of direct communication Moses had. Hence prophetic writings are not on the level of the Torah (the most holy of our books.)
    For Jews, the new testament simply does not fit with our understanding of God and His relationship to us as individuals or society.
    For instance, Judaism believes:
    One person cannot die for the sins of another.
    A blood sacrifice is not required for forgiveness of sins.
    God hates human sacrifices.
    People are born innocent and without original sin. (We are born with both good and evil inclinations)
    God is one and indivisible.
    God does not become human and humans do not become God.

    These are principles of Judaism brought down to us in the Torah (which means “Teachings” or “Teacher”), and anything that goes against the Torah must not be true (provided you believe it to be of Divine origin.)
    We believe the historical figure known as Jesus likely existed (he’s mentioned in the Talmud), but he was not the Messiah, nor was he God. Unfortunately, throughout the history of the Jews there have been many false messiahs:
    Almost 200 years before Jesus, Judah Maccabee was thought to be a Messiah.
    100 years after Jesus, there was Bar Kochba who also had a very large following.
    Another well known false messiah was Shabbatai Tzvi in the 17th century.
    Even as recently as the 1990’s there was a great rabbi, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who many believed to be the Messiah.
    There are many more I could list. Just google “false messiah” and i’m sure you’ll find that every generation seems to have one.

    The new testament, while wonderful for all that it has done to spread ethical monotheism throughout the world and make people better, simply does not agree with some basic and fundamental beliefs in Judaism.

    I could go on. But I was going for a short answer… oh well. Hope that helps

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