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Be The Change

As I sat here reading the Jemele Hill story and the mounds of equal support and backlash, I couldn’t help but wonder where will this latest public outcry lead to. Let me say this and be very clear, I agree with her statement! What has been demonstrated from the oval office, the highest seat and authority in our country is deplorable and equally laughable. Our most covenant hierarchy has been made into a mockery of disrespect, hatred, and ill will that even the staunchest of constituents cannot deny. And even with that truth, I wish she would have not said it in social media or publicly.

She has every right to voice her thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, but I also feel she has a unique responsibility to use her words to build and uplift and not continue the same rhetoric and perpetuate that very hate and bigotry she is speaking against. I am not a fan of her pundits, but I agree when they say if someone would have made a statement like this against Obama, all hell would have broke loose and heads would have rolled. She has a platform and a powerful voice, and as such, I wish it would have been used to build and not continue to waddle in muddy waters where there is no escape. As true as her statement is and I agree she is right, it does not and will not change the person it is aimed it, the followers who believe in the same backward and shall I see I say, evil doctrine, or those who choose to turn a blind eye and pretend it does not exist.

My hope is for those that are fighting for change, that they educate others who are seeking knowledge and want to understand on a higher plain that differences do not equate to separatism, that opinions do not mean right or wrong, that ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or anything that is deemed to be less than, makes one person superior than the other! That at the end of the day, we are all human beings created to love and be loved! My sincerest hope is that those with a platform concentrate on being a voice for freedom and equality. You cannot change hate with hate.

And for those that believe politics and sports shouldn’t mix, they are the same ones who think church and state are different beasts too. Until we all understand that we are all connected in a woven paradigm that shifts and ebb and flows and we begin working on solutions and not staying stuck in the mundane, superficial, and irrelevant, we will continue the same patterns. If people acknowledged and stood up against the hatred and bigotry to begin with, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. And as long as we continue to have the same discourse, we will never move past it. It’s beyond time for new dialogue and rhetoric. Time to move forward and to be the change we want to see.

Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world! Today, choose to show love, to be a little more understanding, to forgive and move forward, to be an example of what you seek the world to mirror. If each individual moves in this direction, imagine the ripple effect that could create. In no way am I discrediting or distancing myself from Jemele Hill either. She is a stalwart for the African-American, female, AND journalistic communities and someone I admire and thoroughly enjoy her commentary. I am just ready for the voices of the people to sway the dialogue to solution-based conversations and not continue to perpetuate what has already been done. We learn from the past and then we do what needs to be done to correct where possible and never repeat again.

Dan Abnett is quoted as saying, “I know that words cannot move mountains, but they can move the multitude – we’ve proven that time and time again. People are more ready to fight and die for a word than for anything else. Words shape thought, stir feeling, and force action. They kill and revive, corrupt and cure.” I would say he is mostly right. Words can move mountains and the right words delivered to the right persons in the right way and embolden them to move any mountain, whether it be physical, mental, political, or spiritual. Words are the weapons of the masses and how you use them, will determine not only how you are perceived, but also how you impact others. Jemele is a voice of the people and now is the time to move the people in a new direction; it is time to BE THE CHANGE!

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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