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Not the End of the Story

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“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have left.”

If you have not heard of Project Semicolon, I assure you are in for a treat.  It takes a phenomenal and strong person to take the worst of life and transform that situation into someone else’s breakthrough.  @ProjectSemicolon started in the spring of 2013, when founder, Amy Bleuel, wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.

With a mission and a goal, those at Project Semicolon started the journey to inspire and help others overcome life at its worst moments.  Whether it was the person suffering, lost, confused, and feeling isolated or those not knowing how to help and just as tragically affected, they have embodied a mantra that is literally changing the stigma on self-inflicted pain.  “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to.  The author is you and the sentence is your life,” is a motto that they live by and share with as many as can be reached worldwide.

They embody the notion that we all have a choice to add a semicolon in any part of our life and discover a different ending.  Life will inevitably back you into a corner, but that does not mean you have to succumb or give up.  That part of life may end with a period, but it does not mean the story is over, the chapter is closed, or the book is completely written.  Add a semicolon to life and start rewriting your story.

If you are interested in the work Project Semicolon is doing and want to contribute or support in any way, please visit their site at projectsemicolon.com.  You are never too lost to be saved.

Motivational Monday

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Life is one challenge after another and just when you think you have passed one test, here comes another.  Each challenge is meant to push you to the next level, to test your mental and physical acumen, and to help you grow and change. But are you ready for the challenge?

Truthfully, none of us are quite ready for the challenges we will face, but rest assured, each of us is properly equipped to handle them, even if we do not think so.  There is a plan and a purpose in the process and it is up to us to persist in order to prevail.  Every challenge is meant as a stepping stone for us to reach new heights, but in order to move up you have to be willing to take the first step and then not be afraid to continue the course.  No one started out on top.  Every professional was once an amateur and every expert started out as a novice.  So what makes you think it would be any different for you?  

Change is inevitable, but how you adapt to and apply what transpires makes all the difference.  Do not fear change, do not run from it, do not rebel against it.  Whether you can see it now or not, change is good and it is the only way we can progress and elevate our lives.  If it does not challenge you, it probably is not productive or progressive either.  Do not limit your challenges, challenge your limits!

“Challenges are what make life interesting.  Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Joshua J. Marine

Motivational Monday

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – Neale Donald Walsch

Life truly begins the moment we step out of our comfort zones and are forced to explore the unknown.  Skating through life on easy street, avoiding any and everything that appears complicated, and afraid to adventure into the unknown is a sure-fired way to live a stagnant life void of the euphoria of discovery.

It is a testament of faith and determination and there is no doubt that if things in life do not challenge you on a cerebral, physiological, psychological, and emotional level, there is no way growth can take place.  Challenge may be the cause, but change is the effect to help you discover your inner depth.  Life is meant to challenge you because with each challenge, a new layer is revealed and you will discover the prowess of your talents, a deeper desire to succeed, and uncanny ability to overcome life’s trials.  With every challenge you will be forced to venture from what is comfortable to something that may be unfamiliar, but is uplifting.  

Let go of the fear of the unknown.  The moon was unknown until someone dared to send a man into space.  Electricity was unknown until someone challenged contemporary thought and ignored the naysayers.  The list goes on and on about all the wonders of life that would have never happened if someone did not decide to challenge the conventional in order to change the future.  What is challenging you to make the change the change of your life and are you willing to walk in the unknown to chase your dreams?

Change is not a bad thing, especially when that change is the first step towards destiny.  Never again let comfortability stifle your growth.  If the caterpillar remained on the ground, comfortable to crawl around, afraid of change, how would it ever turn into the beautiful butterfly?  When you remain in your comfort zone, you remain grounded, doomed to wallow the on the dirt.  But when you accept change, dare to discover the unknown, this is when you sprout wings and gain the ability to fly high, cover new terrain, and see wonders never imagined.  

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears. ~ Dan Stevens
 
You should not remain in your comfort zone; if you want to make it big, you must challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and succeed in doing well outside of your comfort areas. ~ Rohit Sharma

Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. ~ Edward Whitacre, Jr.
 

Walk That Talk

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The world has been glued to their televisions, phones, and tablets monitoring the events in Ferguson, MO., and as the scenes have unfolded and continue to surface, many have stepped forward with commentary and actions.  No matter what has transpired, the blame has been placed far and wide, on both sides of the fence.  It is still amazing how facts are quickly swept under the rug for propaganda, but one artist snatched the rug away and revealed all the hidden dirt! (more…)

Motivational Monday

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Yesterday I was enlightened with a profound word from @pastorj_higherd in which he stated, “If you want to change your reality, you have to change your mentality.”  Many times we allow our thoughts to cloud our vision and ultimately, destroy our destiny.  Today, that cycle ends! (more…)

Motivational Monday

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If it doesn’t enrich your life, bring value, or challenge you to stretch beyond what you thought was possible, it is not needed. ~ BrotherWord

Greatness is only obtained by those that strive for it.  If you are waiting for change, waiting for opportunity, waiting for something spectacular to happen, you are fooling yourself.  Great things happen to those that prepare and position themselves to pounce when the possibility arises.

Passion fuels the fire, but preparation wins the battle.  Prepare like never before and will yourself to victory.  This is the biggest test you will ever take and you possess everything you need to triumph.  Do not accept anything but your best and do not leave it to others to do what you can do yourself.  Your circle may get smaller, but your vision will get larger.  The challenges you accept today will certainly shape your future and change you in ways unimaginable – great ways.

“You were born with potential.  You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.  You were born with wings.  You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.   You have wings.  Learn to use them and fly.” ~ Rumi 

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: ‘Are your ready?’ ~ Johnny Carson

Motivational Monday

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead
 
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  ~ Barack Obama
 
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Often times society is a reactionary creature and many times the actions taken are after the fact and much too late.  It is easier to try to fix the problem after its gone awry than to prevent it before it ever has the chance to manifest.

In light of the Zimmerman verdict, I began to think of the series of events and how things could have, should have, been different.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but what about foresight?  Having the prudence and perception to see what lies ahead and the courage to take a stand and make a difference is a quality that is rarely used.  We rally to the cause after the effects have the damages are done… some of them irreparable.  What if measures were taken before Trayvon Martin ever went on that fateful walk?

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