Happy Friday! I’m severely under the weather today and I actually haven’t had a voice for much of the week. As such, I haven’t been able to record any new videos. However, I did come across a video that I recorded earlier this year that I never got a chance to post and I feel like it’s really fitting since it’s the last few days of the year and we’re going to start assessing 2017 and declaring what we want for 2018. Look at Gawd! Won’t He do it! The Fizzle actually inspired this. I watched her do the same thing and become frustrated because she felt that she wasn’t. I was all set to get upset with her and then it hit me. How often have I done the very same thing over and over again. I’ve put my song of life on repeat and thought that since I changed a lyric or two that I really did something different. But I hadn’t. And while I won’t put you on the spot, I’m sure I’m not alone in that. At first it made me sad. But as I looked at it further, I recognized that it is good news for us. That means the change we seek is closer than we think because it is within us. Hooray! Happy changing my friends.
Happy Friday! I’ve had quite an interesting relationship with Love throughout my life. I’m convinced that when I signed up for this life I did so deciding that Love would be my focus, as Run DMC once belted, “it’s tricky.” I’m happy to say that I’ve had a come-to-Jesus moment with Love and I’m happy to say that I’ve released quite a few fallacies I once held regarding Love. It’s interesting to see how much more simple things have become for me. What about you? What fallacies about Love have you been holding onto? Are you finally ready to let them go.
Happy Friday! We are now in the midst of the holiday season. Contrary to the myth, depression and suicide are not on the rise during this time. However, that doesn’t mean that loneliness, sadness, and strife don’t exist during this time. Sometimes I think it gets highlighted more because this is a time that is supposed to be all about gathering with loved ones.
And therein lies something about the way we connect with one another. We tend to let a day hold more significance for our relationships than we do the cumulative moments. We tend to get irritated with our loved one–and people in general–just for being human. We expect them to think and act the way we would. But we forget that they are not us and they do not have the same life experiences and world view as we. I think it’s time for us to have fuller, deeper, more rich connections with ourselves and one another. But in order to do that, we have to get real with ourselves and with one another about what really happens when we don’t like something. That means we can’t just react or lash out. We have to be mature–even when we don’t want to. I think we should give it a try. What have we really got to lose? Glad you asked! Truthfully, not a doggone thing.
Happy Friday! I have spent a great deal of my life hating myself and to be honest it hasn’t felt good at all. But here’s what’s crazy about that. For as horrible as it felt to hate myself, I continued to indulge in the hatred. Part of the reason I hated myself is because I was judging and criticizing myself for all of my past mistakes. I was looking at myself through this lens of hindsight vision, expecting me to have behaved in the past the way I would currently now that I am armed with all the information I have today. It was incredibly unfair and abusive to do and while it has taken me some time, I have finally learned to release those wounds and forgive myself. To be even more honest, it’s been one of the most glorious and freeing things I could have ever done. I hope you have not been as unkind to yourself as I have been to me. But if you have, I hope you can forgive and free yourself and begin to love all the parts of you there are to love because you’re so doggone loveable.