This past month my son started the next level up at his karate school. He has been doing karate for a while now and has come to love everything it has to offer him. From learning how to defend himself to the discipline and making new friends, it has made for a great addition to his already packed schedule.
We often watch movies with a romantic theme where two people meet and somehow fall madly in love through a series of events that in the real world would be impossible. There are cable channels devoted to this script formula. What about in the real world? Where exactly does one take their list of attributes and plug in another human being?
I know this time of year we are busy wrapping up the school year, trying our best to get our lawns in shape, and working hard to clean out all the old junk in our homes. We are used to giving away old clothes, and out dated electronics in some cases too for all new upgrades. What about in our pantry? American’s over-consume a lot of things, but our waste of food seems to be the worst. I invite you to look through your pantry especially and donate anything that has not yet expired that you know you or your family will not consume before its expiration date. There are many food banks that desperately need items to help in your community. There are many families that can not afford to put not only a health meal on the table, but enough that everyone gets enough to eat. Many children go to bed starving, even in some middle class neighborhoods.
If you are ever feeling down, let this kid inspire you that no matter how old you are, or where you are, you have to be yourself and dance. Sometimes we let the hurt from the past cloud the adults we are today, and forget that we used to be carefree, we used to not worry so much. As an adult, you can do that too by choosing happiness. Choosing to not let the overwhelming negativity consume us. If you find that choice hard, take a good look at what is surrounding you: drugs? alcohol? toxic friends or family members? Take a stand for your own well being and make a change. Choose to be positive and speak positively in every encounter you have. There is power in this, and that power will transform your life.
She may not be involved in any branch of government, but Sofia Vergara’s presence on a prime time TV show that is on a major network [Modern Family on ABC] and being Latina is a big deal. I hope other shows and networks take note and write more positive female characters. I’m sure they realize it works and is accepted across the board. Let’s keep it moving (and reboot Living Singles while they are at it)!
This weeks Thankful Thursday is an appreciation I have for Michelle Obama(Don’t worry, this won’t get political). You don’t have to agree with her politics or who she is married to, but it’s important to recognize strong, intelligent women who aren’t the “standard” that is all over the media. It’s important to every little girl growing up to not only see this but also let them know they too can get an education and aspire to be something great – no matter what that great thing is because they are just as special.