Our Personal Change: Is it Authentic, Natural, Adapted or Distorted?

Life, Distortion

Change occurs every single day, whether we want it or are prepared for it. Are we really the well-oiled machine we think we are? At some point and time, perhaps by the news of someone’s sudden death, we hear the reverberating old adage, “Life is too short.” Sometimes when you take time to meditate and reflect on life, do you see things differently, feel a heightened awareness in your spirit about creation, and then wonder and ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?”

Whether or not we realize our apparent willingness to accept, adapt and normalize a life whose RPM’s are revved up like the engine of a race car, just because these are fast and abbreviated times we are living in, should we? Are we dummying down our human logic, deep learning, individuality and manual reasoning by turning over our humanness and humanity into the hands of artificial intelligence and a life of truncated virtual or augmented reality?

As we contemplate and take into account the facets of our lives and life that abounds around us, we must ask if our images of change fall in the natural order of things, or are we becoming like a text message, short and distorted reflections as seen in a funhouse or carnival mirror.

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What If Wednesday: The Value of People

What If Wednesday, Jewels, The Value of People

What if we valued people like we place value on precious gems and other treasures? So often, we hear the cry about not getting paid fairly or for what we think we are worth. Guess what, you will never be. We have impressive resumes and loads of experience that seem obsolete to many HR Managers in the world we currently live in. It leaves us scratching our heads in confusion about the devaluing of our accomplishments and embracing what appears to be flippant, nonchalant attitudes from the inexperienced with a poor work ethic.

As our elders live in their winter season, so many are tucked away and forgotten, because we are too busy and there are too many other more important things to attend to. Little do we realize, they hold many valuable stories and lessons that will help us to rise with grace in our technologically advanced society. When our children are curious and ask many questions, do we merely give them a smartphone or computer notepad and tell them to go somewhere because you are busy?

When we finally realize that we devalued the valuable, will it be too late?

What If Wednesday: The Value of Time

Watch, Time

What if we valued time the way we value materialistic things? Time keeps moving on. There is no stopwatch in life, just a ticking clock. Do you put great emphasis on trying to predict the years, months or days left in the sands of your lifetime hourglass? Do you value time by making the most of what you do with it? What if we genuinely treasured time and not squander it? What if?

There is a movie that I suggest you watch if you haven’t seen it before. It is called “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. The film is an American dystopian science fiction action thriller that takes place in a society where people stop aging at 25. Each person has a clock on their arm that counts down how long they have to live. I think it is a must see and a theme that makes you think about how we truly value our time.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!

Happy New Year: A New Day, A New Month, A New You!

Happy New Year

Well, it is 2018 Y’all!

Here we begin a new week, a new day, a new month in a new year at the same time. It’s exciting, yet kind of scary in the same breath. What will this new year bring? We don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future so we really don’t know. Yet, we must have an abiding faith to help us with the unexpected, the good, tragic and ugly. The older we get the more we try to understand this concept of life. While we know things will happen that will make us smile, laugh, frown or cry, though we may not like it, we try to remain steadfast and hold on to an ounce of strength and endurance. 

As we celebrate this burst of newness, we try to keep our focus on destiny’s path. On that path, we don’t know what to expect but as we pay attention to the road signs along our highway we will learn to make the necessary adjustments when and where needed.

Wishing all of you a prosperous, productive and exciting year ahead! No resolutions, just strategic, doable goals!

Death and Life

Life, Death, Living

Image credit: kymgmoore.com

“Death has a way of making you focus on, be grateful for and embrace the precious gift of life.”

The frivolous, the mediocre, the lame, the jealousy, the notoriety, those superiority complexes, the pretentiousness, the fancy homes, the dream cars and all the money in the world become unimportant when life as we know it parts ways from the bodies of those we love dearly.

Cut the Crap

Complain, Gratitude, Thankfulness

We wake up each new day preparing to embark on our usual daily tasks. Yet all too often, we really do not pay attention to how much we have a natural tendency to moan, groan and complain about heading out to work, or school, what we are going to wear, or even what we are going to eat for breakfast. Rarely during those moments of complaining do we think about people who have no job but want to work, those who want to get an education, but are unable to go to school, or those who are hungry and would give anything for morsels of the food we waste to cut their hunger pains.

If we would just pause and truly embrace our opportunities, blessings, and freedom that is available to us in some aspect every day, we will resist the temptation to sound selfish and insensitive to others who don’t have what we have and instead be grateful for what we’ve got.

“You Never Miss The Water Until The Well Runs Dry”

Happy #WorldGratitudeDay