I feel that many time throughout a life you spend long parts just waiting. Waiting for the alarm, waiting for work to end… just waiting. These periods of time can become tedious. It’s hard, these moments of waiting. I find they sneak up on me and then pounce and leave me mired in the mud. These are the moments we need to take the time to enjoy the wait. Enjoy the sunrise. Enjoy the quiet moments. For only too quickly we will be swept away with the speed of life. Keep that in mind when you are feeling low and slow. And encourage others when you notice their slow moments.
I have had a rough go of things lately. Even though I try I do take things personally. I think we are all the same in that. It’s hard not to get frustrated with the injustice of the world. However, it won’t do us any good if we focus on these unchangeable things. So to counteract the negative we must be extra positive. Bring good things into our lives isn’t easy. So stop and smell the roses, or any flower you see. Take in the shapes of the clouds and ripples on the water. Be awed by the different shades of colors on the cars in your gridlock. Just look positively and it will change your whole day. I know it is a struggle for me so we must be supportive of each other!
I have felt very meek recently. I have be struggling to be strong and full. It takes courage to fight yourself. In our world today where we are bombarded with so much falseness being strong for yourself is hard. However, that is what is most needed in today’s world. Lots of courage and strength. It will never be easy to force yourself to stand up and stop the world from walking all over you. But take the time because it is important. Find your inner strength and roar!
I caught a blip on the late night news last night. The speaker stated, something to the effect of, You have the freedom of speech but it does come with consequences. That quote stuck with me as being very true. We do have the right to speak about whatever we want. However, many people do not think about their words. In the last few years, words of hate have been spoken with abandon. Hate and fear are great motivators but have huge impact on the people they are directed towards. It is to us to stop speaking words as if they don’t have consequences. We need to lead the revolution to stop hate from spreading. There is never a reason to use words in hate and hurtful intent. Focus on what comes out of your mouth this week and see if you can change this downward spiral in our world.
The hardest prison to escape is the mind.
I have been thinking a lot about mental strength lately. You keep hearing all these cases about anxiety. Please, don’t get me wrong. I know there are many valid diagnoses of anxiety however, I don’t feel like everyone who claims to have the illness is truly ill. I have bouts of anxiety but I work through it. I don’t let it overcome me. I am worried we are not teaching our children how to deal with anxiety correctly.
I had a lady on my flight back from Orlando who was nearly violent with her flying anxiety. She thrashed and cried and was very aggressive to her companion. I, seated next to her, had to hold her hand and explain to her that the sounds and actions were normal for a flight. Instead of her taking control of her mind she let it over power her. She let her mind take control and affect everyone around her. Now, I do not like turbulence. I become very nervous and anxious. However, I never let my mind take control. I grab a firm hold of myself and do not allow my mind to control my actions. This seems a normal way of things to me. Otherwise anyone with any action that is outside of their comfort zone would result in chaos.
I recently re-read Hatchet. It’s a story about a young boy who survived a plane crash in the Canadian Wilderness. Throughout his 2 months lost in the woods many times he could have let his fear and despair incapacitate him. Through mental strength he survived and prospered. This was required reading when I was in school but if it isn’t perhaps it is to us to teach our children to have mental strength. It is our best asset and least used muscle. We need to exercise and develop our minds as we would our bodies. It is vital to our future. Be strong in body, heart, and MIND!
“If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you” Friedrich Nietzshe
How telling that thought is. You are what you put into your body, mind, soul. That is an important concept to keep in the forefront of your mind. You should always be conscience of what you take in. This involves what environment you keep yourself in too. If you surround yourself with trash there is nothing else for you to take in but that trash. Surround yourself with peace and calm and your life will drastically change. This is something we need to teach our children. If we can raise a generation who takes a moment to fill themselves with peace and understanding the future would be bright indeed.
My heart just breaks for London this week. I feel for those people who must feel lost. I wish I could have talked with the attacker before the incident and understood what really drives them. You have to have such strong beliefs to take other peoples lives away. I hope through this all we learn how to understand. Really that is what the world needs right now. Understanding. Not blind acceptance or prejudges. Just an open heart and a willingness to learn. Send these poor misguided people love. Send the whole world love and wisdom!