Episode 015 - Balance and Growth

The ToddCast Show show

Summary: <p>In today's episode, Branch Isole joins us from Hot Springs, Arkansas. 75 years young, he discusses living in rural Arkansas and the protection of human and animal life. Growing up in a military family exposed Branch to frequent international moves, new friends, and opportunities to try something new. He learned to adapt and conquer.</p><br><p>After graduating college, corporate sales and marketing would become his focus for 15 years - which was financially rewarding but draining to his psyche. This led to his desire to do something different – writing stories and sharing life lessons through books he authored over the past 25 years. He reflects upon pursuing one challenge after the next and becoming a better person in the process. He was estranged from his father till his passing and discusses his forgiveness for his father. Branch talks about the lack of love and respect from his father, which led to learning to accept his father's mistakes. Forgiveness was the pinnacle point for him and the key.</p><br><p>He was manic-depressive and learned how to manage it to his benefit through writing and self-reflection. He believes that professional mental health help is imperative to resolving issues that are bigger than ourselves. Life is about overcoming struggles as a better person and becoming mentally balanced.</p><br><p><strong><em>Balance</em></strong><em> is the stability between mind, body, soul, and spirit.</em></p><p><strong><em>Growth</em></strong><em> is the ability to replace old patterned behaviors with new responses.</em></p><br><p>Branch tells of the importance of avoiding negativity in people. If it cannot be made positive, avoid it altogether. How to recognize a negative person. We talk about journaling to process emotions and how Branch's writing style helps people identify with the characters in his stories.</p><br><p>We are all spirits, an electrical charge and bundle of energy through God (the Creator). When we are born, we are mind, body, soul, and spirit. Our soul is our inner consciousness. Each of us has a spiritual connection with God upon birth and we innately know right from wrong. We can identify loving and unloving behavior, which influences us throughout our lives. Branch shares how people settle for abusive relationships, rather than loving, healthy ones. </p><br><p>Our spirit must reconnect with Spirit/God to maintain balance. Through the activation of spirit, we connect deeply with God through Christianity or other Faith. Seeing truth, we automatically spot lies and understand the moral and ethical aspects of truth.</p><br><p>We must choose whether or not we interact with the world morally and ethically. Decisions must include the implications for others, not just you. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself are foundational elements in all systems of Faith. Branch discusses theological similarities between all spirituality and religious systems. Stress, struggle, and conflict are ways of the world.</p><br><p>Branch writes about personal responsibility or its avoidance, the link between choice and consequence, and the power of truth. His books are written with valuable takeaways readers can apply right away to make lasting positive changes in their lives. God is the key to everything, but we must make the voluntary decision to honor Him. This is true in every belief system.</p><br><p><strong>Ordered Scriptures To Invite Jesus Christ Into Your Life</strong></p><p>Matthew 7:7-8</p><p>John 14:16,26</p><p>John 16: 13</p><p>Isiah 48: 17</p><p>John 14: 6</p><p>Romans 10: 9,10, 13, 17</p><br><p>To learn more about Branch and discover his books, please visit: <a href="https://branchisole.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><u>https://branchisole.com</u></a></p><br><hr><p style="color:grey;font-size:0.75em;"> Hosted on Acast. See <a style="color:grey;" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://acast.com/privacy">acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>