Reclaim. What a marvelous word, yes? To reclaim is to take back, to retrieve that which was your own. Too often we permit pieces of our Life to be taken from us, this being due to the many stresses and complications that come our way. We compromise on this over here and give up a bit of that over there, this being done because we feel we must. Then a bit further along in this journey of Life, we happen to glance in the mirror and we are startled to see a stranger looking back at us, one whose eyes reflect both sadness and a quiet anger.
Have any of you had this occur at some point in your Life? I would hope that I am not alone in this experience. I say this not because misery is so very fond of company but rather because that stranger I saw in my mirror has brought to me an unsettling of my Spirit. However, I will say that there is a thread of Hope to be found and it lies within the word “Reclaim”. This word by its very definition commands respect. Daniel Webster puts it this way – To demand restoration or return (a possession, for example); To rescue from an undesirable state; To require or deserve again; To bring back, as from error to a right or proper course; To tame”. Wow!! Think on this for a moment, if you will. Permit me to explore this with yes, yes? Notice how this description does not say to ask for restoration or return. No and no once again! Instead it says to demand the restoration or return of the same! The very act of reclamation then is a demonstration of personal power, is it not? To reclaim has to be then our requirement upon Life to give back to us our Life.
One other quick note here, please? Roller coasters are as fun as they are fearful. Life is much the same for it is, as we are aware a wild ride at times, yes? Armed with that knowledge, do not be too harsh with yourself if you have allowed the situations in your life to steal away your thrills and leave you nothing save the chills. Be kind enough and good enough to who you are to forgive yourself. Nothing can be gained by abasing one’s self. Take a strong and honest look at who you have become and in this way, you can become who you truly are! Reclaim yourself now! Do it today! Then when you next look in the mirror, t’will not be a stranger there you see!
I am in hope that these words, though brief will be of benefit to someone this day. Be blessed and that in abundance. Take care with yourself, each and all.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.