Your daily thought, point to ponder and soulful reflection.

Daily thought: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you could do today.

Point to ponder: Procrastination is habitual for some, unheard of for others. We can find any excuse to put something off or avoid it altogether. Or we can look for every reason to make it happen. To which side of the scale do you tip?

Soulful reflection: Reality is, unless we are extreme Type A personalities, most of us fall somewhere in the middle, depending on the day. I think it is important to develop a strong relationship with ourselves, so we are attuned to our strengths and weaknesses, allowing us to live honestly and ensure we are holding ourselves accountable where it counts.

This past weekend found me with some less than pleasurable physical roadblocks that I could have easily given into. Living with autoimmune conditions can be debilitating at times, and some of us consider ourselves warriors – and others, sufferers. Fact is, we’re all warriors because it is not an easy plight and each person’s pain is different. It’s exhausting mentally, physically, and emotionally at times.

But I pushed through. I had things I wanted to get done and I wasn’t about to let anything get in my way. Family and friends sometimes give me a hard time when I do this, but I’ve learned to know the difference between when I need to give in or cut my losses, and when I can forge forward. And this week, I am beyond elated that I pushed through.

Sometimes our spirits need the lift that only overcoming obstacles through perseverance can deliver. Sometimes we need to prove that we are stronger than we may feel at times. And sometimes we don’t want to put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring so if nothing else – make today count in every way you can.

Your daily thought, point to ponder and soulful reflection.

Daily thought: As sad as it may be, sometimes you have to accept the fact that certain people we called friends – are friends no more.

Point to ponder: Though we never give up on friends, sometimes we need to step away. Sometimes we need to evaluate if someone is still a friend – that person we could see in five years, despite no communication, and still feel close to and share a connection, as if no time had passed. Or, if we are holding on to something that has long since died, not publicly declaring an ending.

Soulful reflection: I have both. Friends I know are friends no more, and friends that I would call tomorrow, despite how much time has passed, who I trust would be there in a heartbeat.

But how long do we ‘friend’ people who don’t reciprocate our friendship? How many years do we put forth love, kindness and care – when they don’t return it?

Know when to say when. Frankly, I’m in that stage of life when I’m packing carefully who is growing with me through the years, and who I am leaving behind.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll still be there for you, no matter what, no matter what time of day or night. Even though that may mean nothing to you after your needs are met. I’ve experienced that one too many times, but as my mother reminded me tonight, I can feel proud in my friendship status and offerings. I’ve been a friend, even when many have not. Maybe they don’t have it to give. That’s ok.

But don’t be surprised when I fade into the sunset in the future. When the birthday card and wishes or text messages stop. I’m tired. And I’m moving on from you. The you who isn’t present in my life.

What does friendship mean to you?