Hatred is an extremely strong force. In the world we live in today, it may seem at times to be all there is left. So many people are following in the fiery trail set ablaze by those before them wanting nothing more than the destruction of anything and anyone different. Ask yourself, though, where did it begin?
We are all on a journey to self-discovery. While some feel they are more "on track" than others, we are all exactly where we should be. We all fight battles seen and understood by no one else, and to be accepting of someone else's place in their own journey is nothing short of incredible. It is what we owe each other as co-habitants of this dying planet.
So, I say that to say this: HATRED STARTS FROM WITHIN. If you do not have the capacity to love and accept yourself, you will never be capable of loving and accepting another human being. Hatred is learned behavior. It comes from a lack of reasoning trickling down to a pool of closed-mindedness. We must combat hatred at every turn; the only way to do that is with love and understanding. We must not judge those who have not been fortunate enough to see they've had "right" and "wrong" backward their whole lives. We must be willing to do the hard things at times to save our own sanity and peace. We must be willing to walk away. Rome was not built in a day; neither is respect.
So, beautiful people, spread love and spread it wildly; and when you meet adversity, greet it as a friend and beg it to listen. If it chooses to fight, lay your sword at your feet and take flight. Let your love give you wings.
~until next time
In every moment of every day we are presented with opportunities that can either enhance our existence or tarnish the perception of our personalities. We must constantly ask ourselves if we are making the right decisions for our names...our legacies. We must constantly decipher whether or not we are doing things that are making our lives and the lives of those around us better. If the answer we find is that we are only thinking of the things that will bring us happiness, we must then ask ourselves what the next step is. Do we ignore our selfishness and continue on our own path completely ignoring the needs of those we encounter? Do we make a change and make a conscious decision to do better for those around us? If we choose the latter, what does that look like? What changes would we need to make to truly help others?
Keep in mind the type of help we offer does not need to be monetary. We all do not have the fiscal freedom to throw dollars at others' problems. The help we offer can be our time, an encouraging word, or even a hug or smile in a time of need.
The only thing that matters is that we help. We all must follow our own path and search for a peace in our own destiny. My purpose is not to talk anyone into doing anything they're not comfortable with. My purpose is to encourage without judgement, and spread love without limitations. If you choose to be more than one life to this world, I applaud you. If you choose to be only what you need for yourself at the moment, I encourage you to find your happiness and eventually find a space you are comfortable in... a space you can live in and encourage others as I will encourage you. I encourage you to find your happiness not only in yourself, but in others. I encourage you to push the walls of your comfort zone a little further every day, or every year. Move at a pace that keeps love and peace in your life, but do not forget we have an obligation to one another to love and assist.
Our world is filled with people who not only overlook others in need, but pretend they don't exist. They tell themselves, "If I don't experience it in my life, it's not real." They are intentionally blind to the crying out we all see on a daily basis. Think, though, if we all lived life that way where would our world end up? What type of existence would we be creating for our children? What type of adults would we be raising? What type of foundation would we be upholding for our elderly? We need to take a closer look at ourselves sometimes. So take your steps. Move at a comfortable pace. But keep moving. Keep pushing toward a better you. Keep pushing toward a better world. Keep pushing toward love.
~until next time
I've been in many situations in my life that have allowed me to meet many different types of people - some of which have involved me having to set boundaries for them. I have had to put "that face" on and let them know how I will not allow them to interact with me. Other times have consisted of nothing but general courtesy and friendliness. The last three days of my life have been nothing but demonstrations of the latter.
Let us not forget that every human on this earth is an individual. Though we may see fault in others, let us not forget we, too, are flawed and every person deserves love, laughter, joy, and kindness.
~until next time
Have you ever met someone and instantly knew they came into your life to teach you something? Have you been able to look into someone's eyes and see they possess an energy that you openly welcome into your life? Do the people in your daily life replenish your energy or do they drain it?
These are all questions we should ask ourselves to help give us a clear understanding of what we are allowing into our space. The company you keep can be detrimental to your peace and happiness. We all have to be conscious of what we show people we are willing to accept.
In the same breath, we must also be aware of our anger and resentment toward those who have wronged us. There will be times we must forgive those from whom we will never get an apology. We must make a decision to move forward in our lives and surround ourselves with the people and things that bring us joy and truth.
(Remember, truth is a great thing.)
So, my beautiful people, take one more moment today to evaluate the energy around you. If you don't like it, change it. And don't forget to cherish those who help keep you sane on a daily basis.
~until next time
"May you always be a beacon of light in a world of shadows." - Shazel M.
Building a website can be a frustrating process. Dare I say even exceptionally frustrating when, like me, you know nothing about how to build a website or exactly what a "host" is (no, not like a waiter or the owner of the home in which you are attending a party). What do you do, though? You keep going and huff and puff as many times as you need to in order to get through it. You don't give up on the vision in your mind. You tell your brother you'll help shovel snow as soon as you figure out what you're doing wrong and finally get your website published. And then you cry. You cry like you just stubbed your pinky toe on the corner of an insanely large concrete structure and you even make that really ugly cry face. You hug your mom and brother and your two daughters and you call your aunt because you're just so proud of where you're headed. You jump up and down and scream like there's a mouse on your foot because you're excited for this new chapter in your life. Then, you get dressed and go buy toilet paper because yeah, that's important.
So, if your vision is a website or a painting or a song or a book or sitting quietly with a cup of coffee in your pajamas or having a pony, you don't stop until you can grab your vision. Don't stop until you get your toilet paper.
~until next time
Working a full time job, raising two daughters, attempting to have a social life, trying to make my family proud, and trying to make myself proud are things I do every day. I'm now beginning my journey of giving. This is step one.