There is only darkness in hate but in love there is light.
Look it’s a shooting star. Even among all the shimmering lights in the sky it effortlessly captures your gaze. Its brilliance undeniably unique even among all the other stars in the sky. But look quickly because in the blink of an eye it will be gone.
Like the shooting star someone special will one day capture your gaze as they streak across your heart and in that moment do not not blink but act quickly and take hold of that feeling because before you know it will be gone and all you’ll be left with is a memory and a question of what might have been.
Shhh be quiet
Be still and listen closely
Do you hear it?
Some curse the rain but that is only because they have never taken the time to listen to it’s voice. But if you listen closely you’ll hear it as it talks to us. Each shower unique. Hear it yell as its thunderclaps explode above you. Hear it whisper as it’s drops touch down around you.
Feel it as it softly touches your skin. Take it all in because rain is nature’s way of talking us, cleansing our very souls as it cleanses the earth. Lighting the sky to guide us through the darkness, washing away the past and showering the seed to a new beginning.
Shhh be quiet it’s raining and there is nothing more beautiful than that.
We should understand that we may be:
That we have failed before and will fail again.
We are not perfect but it is who we are, Imperfections and all. But our imperfections alone do not define us because each new sunrise brings a chance to break free of society’s judgmental eye and step out of the box it believes we belong in. To embrace who and what we are because it is precisely who and what we are that makes each and everyone of us special and once we accept that we will be able to see that nothing is impossible when we put our faith in the Lord and dare to dream.
Today I found my mind racing with worry about something that I am dealing with. Then I got up from my desk to go to the men’s room (TMI I know) and did so without grabbing my cane. On the way back I noticed no limp, no stagger, almost like nothing ever was wrong. Not bad I thought I am getting so much stronger everyday and that’s when my inner Keanu Reeves took over WHOA! I thought that’s it exactly, I’m getting stronger everyday. When did I start getting stronger? When I put my faith in the Lord and started doing things like walking everyday and riding the exercise bike, when I quit worrying about will I ever walk like before. That’s when I started getting stronger.
So why am I letting worry consume me now?
Look what the Lord has already done for me.
Look at all I have to be grateful for.
I only need to keep my faith in the Lord and keep working on a solution because worry can only fill my soul with fear. But faith in the Lord and action on my part will lead me to the successful outcome I seek. In this I have no doubt because with Him nothing is impossible.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Ups and downs
Twist and turns
Endless roads and dead-ends
Life is a continuous journey defined by one experience after another. Not all these experiences are pleasant in fact some of them are downright unpleasant but here’s what we need to understand about those unpleasant experiences. As much, if not more than, the pleasant the unpleasant has shaped us into who we are at this moment. The key is how we treat those experiences.
Will we let it paralyze us with fear?
As children we feared the boogeyman but as we grew older we realized that there was no such thing as the boogeyman and there was nothing to fear. As adults we must grasp the concept there is no such thing as fear. Fear is only a state of mind it is not real. Many of us fear the unpleasant thought of failure, but failure is not something to fear. Failure is something to learn from, to grow from, to gain strength from. Failure can be our most powerful motivator if looked at through the proper lens
Will we let it scar us?
Yes, some experiences will scar us there is no denying that, we cannot escape that, we cannot pretend the experience did not occur. But we can embrace it. We can wear our scars proudly as a symbol of our rebirth, our survival. A sign that we fell but got back up and we are stronger for doing so.
It is only when we accept that all of our experiences are but stops in our continuous journey of growth that we will be able to unlock our minds and our hearts to our true potential.
America has no face.
America has many faces.
How refreshing it was to watch the democratic debate on CNN last night and see so many of faces. White, Black, Latino and Asian; Men and Women; Straight and Gay; Young and Old, Progressives and Moderates. All vying to be the democratic nominee for President. Now you can agree or disagree with their politics, but you can’t deny that almost everyone in America could look at that stage and see someone they could personally identify with and that’s what makes America great. We are a country of many different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, sexualities, economic levels and social beliefs, an incredible mosaic woven together to form very fabric of America. It was the founding fathers who imagined this America when declaring independence from British rule proudly stating:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
At the time it was more of an ideal than something that was practiced, there was still the little issues of slavery and displacing Native Americans from their home land, but it was an ideal never the less of what America could and should be. Today there are still those among us who would have you believe America was at its greatest when segregation was the rule of day, when opportunities for women in the workplace were far and few between, when being gay was meet with societal shame. That America is no more. America is changing, some may think not fast-enough, but it is changing. Evolving beyond its past prejudices. We are now the majority, we are the coalition of the righteous. It is why I believe you see individuals who turn a blind eye to alleged corruption by our current President and cling to his mantra of hate and division and a time when as a Americans we were less enlightened time fighting so hard now. They are afraid of the new America, unwilling to open themselves up to anyone or anything that is different from themselves and what they believe to be right. This is their last stand and they know it, but it is to late momentum is against them, the new America is here, and it is many faces coming together to form one voice and shout:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
It is after all the ideal that America was founded on.
Good Morning all we wake to another day thanks to the Lord our God and that day is Thursday. Thursday! Yeah I know Thursday just that day you’ve got to grind through to get to Friday. But let’s make this Thursday one to remember. Go out be bold today. Do something you’ve been wanting to do but were to afraid too, as long as it’s legal 😄. Treat yourself to a gift, as long as it doesn’t break the bank. Take that special someone to lunch or dinner. Buy that special someone roses for no reason other than to say I you love, yes that means you too ladies. Do whatever it takes because Thursday isn’t just that day you have to grind through to get to Friday Thursday can be whatever you want it to be. So make it great!
Take a minute to take stock of your life. Identify who and what is a positive influence. Be that by their guidance, friendship or love. Embrace them and move forward with them. Then negative influences? Discard them and move on. Everyone and everything can not come along with you on your path. Reaching for the stars is hard enough by itself don’t let yourself be weighed down by those that bring only negativity to the table.