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Going into the holiday season, there are many things that can provide inspiration, but there is nothing that motivates more than listening to our elder statesman. A constant source of knowledge and wisdom, it is our elders who have blazed the trails we now travel. You want to find motivation, ask your grandparents what they had to endure so you could have the opportunities you take for granted. You want inspiration, ask someone twice your age how much they were able to accomplish with less than half the resources you have at your disposal. You want to truly learn what it means to have appreciation, ask anyone over sixty how much it means to see you chase your dreams when they were denied basic civil liberties.
Motivation is at your fingertips – a phone call or a visit away. This holiday season, I would like to thank all those that sacrificed so that I may be able to pursue my passion and have the chance to live out my purpose. As you are celebrating the holidays, take a moment to thank those that persevered and overcame so that we could live out our dreams. Then take up the mantle and make sure the torch stays lit for the next generation.
“If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.” ~ Joseph Addison
The holiday season is one of the most joyous and cheerful times of year. Along with all the reveling, parties, caroling, and shopping, there are also many who suffer from loneliness and sadness. Faced with the overwhelming magnitude and pressure to be “merry” or happy, many sink deeper into depression and spiral further out of control. It’s a widely spread misconception that depression and suicide rates spike during the holiday season (see Does Depression Increase During Holidays?), but the reality is depression exists throughout the year and many are afflicted daily by its ailments. What is different is that during the holidays, it is harder to mask, the ability to cope is lessened, and the pressures become magnified.
Here are 5 tips to help cure the holiday blues:
Miracles happen everyday and oftentimes you really have to pay attention or you’ll miss it. But sometimes, the miracle is so profound that it will find you. Wrecked and stranded in the Nevada mountains in below zero temperatures, Christina McIntee, James Glanton, and the four kids accompanying them, received their Christmas Miracle well before anyone else.
Wanting to venture out and enjoy the newly fallen snow, the couple took a road trip to the Seven Troughs mountain range. Driving downhill in their jeep, they hit an ice patch and careened over into a bank. Trapped and with the vehicle turned over, the couple had to make some quick decisions. Ultimately, they decided it would be best to stay together with the jeep and hope someone would find them soon. Using supplies in the jeep and what they could gather, they burned a spare tire and used heating rocks to keep the jeep warm. They gathered together and for three days and two nights, they waited. Miraculously, rescuers found the family safe and without harm.
No matter how bleak the situation may seem, it is amazing how when we come together and unite in mind and body, what we can achieve. Because the adults didn’t panic, neither did the kids; they thought it was a camping trip. Saw a phenomenal quote earlier today that read, “Just because you are burdened does not mean you are bound. Get free from whatever baggage is holding you down.” Do not let your situation determine your state of mind. The “miracle” is in knowing, this too shall pass.
Life is all about the moments we create. No matter what is going on, cherish each moment, embrace every chance, and soak up the experience. Create the life you desire and dance like no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, sing like no one is listening, and live like Heaven is on Earth.
5 decades later and from generation to generation, many have lived to witness the legacy and longevity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s spirit; a spirit that 50 years later still permeates every soul. Dr. King stood proudly, without fear, reservation, or doubt on the merits of hope, equality, and inspiration. What Dr. King professed in 1963 remains relevant in 2013. Many have attempted to fill the void left by his assassination, but none have garnered the mass support or respect shown to Dr. King. An oracle and visionary, he fought vehemently to pave the way so all citizens would be afforded the same rights and opportunities; a feat that is still an ongoing battle.
Hope is the fabric dreams are woven from; the zeal of endless possibilities; and the ship to carry you troubled waters.
What do you do when you start losing hope? It’s a question so many face and even fewer have the answer to. Worse, when hope is lost, nothing else seems to matter or make sense.
Life is a fickle beast that can tear the strongest of souls apart. Life will also stretch the fiber of your very being. It will bring you to your knees if you allow it to or cause you to rise from the ashes if you accept that challenge. At the core of the spectrum is… HOPE! Emily Dickinson said, ““Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” In the movie I Am Number Four, the character Pittacus Lore states, “When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”