Life goes by so quick to that we often forget to take a moment for ourselves. This goes beyond wanting time for a glass of wine. We stand in front of the mirror and think, “I wish I had a better ___.” “I wish I could ____.” The list is endless. We often wish, hope, and pray for a better version of ourselves, our lives, our partners – anything to dull the pain, curb the addictions, subdue the tears. We may be surrounded by negative people, toxic relationships, or a toxic mindset. It’s time to break the cycles we find ourselves in.
You are worth it, and there are people who care and will support you. You are the first step in the process. Do not be discouraged by obstacles of any kind. You are a lot stronger than you think.
Let today be the first day you start over. Remind yourself every day that you are worthy. You are favored. You are loved. You will succeed. Print that out and place it on all your mirrors if you have to. Let’s work harder to spread love and peace than division and hatred.
If it isn’t evident by now, so many communities have been fragmented, family units have been all about destroyed, and frankly, no one cares outside of their own back yard anymore. This goes beyond color, economic class, beyond nationalism. It’s only Tuesday, and this week has erupted with events that have been simmering a long time, both literally in Nepal, and figuratively now in Baltimore. It’s heart breaking that the bigger issues are being ignored in favor of TV ratings and sparking division especially in the US. There are systems at work deceiving you, encouraging this in an effort to control you, and we all lap it up willingly and say, “Oh, they deserved,” almost in vain. Even if you aren’t religious, the message of treating each other as you would yourself, or simply taking a step back to try and understand where the other person is coming from should be understood – if not a universal truth. You don’t have to step foot into a Holy building to understand that. I encourage everyone to not only continue to pray for peace, but work together more to take back our freedom, and take back our futures from what they want to consider a “reality.”
The saying, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar” is true then and still rings true today. Whether you are going on a Tinder date tonight, buying groceries, waiting in line, or that cute guy you’ve had your eye on finally said hello, let’s work together to be kinder toward each other. It’s easy to be kind to those we like, but let’s try to be kind to everyone. They may need it more than you realize.
My son was telling me how at school they refer to September 11th as “America Day.” I then asked him if he knew why, and if they talked about what happened that day at school. He said they didn’t, so I had to find an honest, yet non scary way to explain what happened. I told him how we honor that day for the Americans that died, and the Americans that risked and gave their lives to help others – that’s the heart of what makes America strong. We have come a long way from our previous troubles to this point of unity, even though we have an even longer way to go in a lot of our issues. This day always weighs on me because I remember so vividly when it happened, and the panic that surrounded the major event. I always hope for my peers, and the next generation we move to a more peaceful and tolerant time. We are all in this together.
Remember to keep those directly affected, and those still suffering in your thoughts and prayers. Also keep our brave service men and women fighting on a daily basis to protect us.