Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
I think that no matter how far along you have come in life there are always some things that have stuck with you and even though you think that you have let go of it, you really haven’t.
For me to be happy in life and to really enjoy the experiences that I am blessed with every day, there is a constant letting go of perceived slights, whether big or small from others. Forgive the people, let the act go and release the negative from your life. Read more...(1013 words, 5 images, estimated 4:03 mins reading time)
Although I have trouble sometimes with certain concepts, one thing has become abundantly clear. Being Confident in life is a choice.
Confidence stems from the conscious decision to accept yourself for what you are and to not let your weaknesses rule over your strengths. Can it really be that simple? The answer is apparently a loud and emphatic YES!
Let’s face it, we are all people, and all people are constructed to have a list of strengths and weaknesses that we are born with. Everybody is in the same boat. Read more...(1042 words, 5 images, estimated 4:10 mins reading time)
There are few teachers in my life who have gotten my attention and held on to it quite like pain. When you are in pain there is no escaping the message. Pain is a neurological phenomenon that is vital to let us know something is wrong. It could be physically wrong or mentally wrong but either way, pain lets you know that something must change. Without exception, pain has changed me with each visit it has made to my life. Read more...(679 words, 9 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
I think that I have to answer this question by saying that I am doing what
I believe in because I Am sincerely searching to find what it is I do believe in and what I am doing is giving me the ability to keep looking for the right path for me.
I believe for much of my life I was settling for what I was doing, and that led ultimately to a life that was unfulfilled, unexciting and fake. Read more...(510 words, 4 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
As a human being living on the Earth, you are constantly bombarded with warnings from the time you are born, until the time your life here is done. People tell you the rules, clearly and with very little gray area, what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Some were designed to keep you physically safe, but many were designed to keep you from being original, or standing out in any way. Read more...(1478 words, 11 images, estimated 5:55 mins reading time)
For many people, including myself, there are times in life where we are not sure what to do next. A new situation confronts us, we have to move left or tack right, something is headed right for us! What do we do?
Now for me, either because of the way I was brought up or because I am just a very stubborn person asking anyone for help or advice is almost always out of the question because, it would reveal to the world, gasp, “I don’t know everything.” Read more...(515 words, 4 images, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)
For much of our lives, we are continually hoping that our luck is good and it will bring us good fortune. Unfortunately, I have found over my life that there is no such thing as luck. Events occur and we assign the value to them. They are not going to be to your liking simply because you have a lucky rabbit’s foot or find a four-leaf clover. Luck simply doesn’t exist. Read more...(1110 words, 9 images, estimated 4:26 mins reading time)
All People live by a code of beliefs, that are accepted over the course of their lives, based on their accepted moral code. What has worked and what has not worked in my life has led to a list of core beliefs that generally guide my day to day actions. There are days I lose my focus but I have found that getting back to the core of beliefs is a step in the right direction.
These are ever evolving and I am editing completely but at that time this is what they were, in no particular order. Read more...(950 words, 11 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
Life is such a crazy, wild, up and down ride that it can be difficult for anyone to deal with. Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason why things happen and dealing with the sudden, quick changes that are thrown at us makes it hard to understand if there is something that we should or could be doing better. I mean, in the end, shouldn’t we be happy? Shouldn’t our daily routines and struggles bring us personal satisfaction and make us feel valuable as individuals? I think that it should, and one way to do this is to practice positive thinking. Read more...(1034 words, 4 images, estimated 4:08 mins reading time)
In life there aren’t many experiences which bring large numbers of positive people into your life at once. Each person making a lasting impact on you, whether it is big or small. If you are a reader of this blog, then you have noticed my absence recently.
I had great intentions of being able to keep writing while working the hours that this great experience requires for the short-term. Unfortunately life has gotten in the way, and my intermittent contributions will have to do until the middle of August. Read more...(555 words, 2 images, estimated 2:13 mins reading time)
As our society has evolved to produce more and more entertainment for people to enjoy, the moments available for actual individual, creative thought have become few and far between.
I know that personally, there were times where I was entertained during every moment of my free time. It was common to turn the television on immediately when I got home to add noise to a quiet house, to having music playing all night long to, “help me sleep”, it was a non-stop bombardment of my senses that was actually distracting me from engaging in any original thought at all. Read more...(810 words, 5 images, estimated 3:14 mins reading time)
When I was teaching high school, after about ten years or so, I thought that I was a pretty intelligent person.
I had seen a lot of kids come and go and continually I saw them make the same mistakes with their lives. I wanted to tell all of the new students that were coming my way how to avoid all of the pitfalls that ensnared so many of their predecessors, but it seemed that if you try to tell any kid anything, they have a severe case of selective hearing. Read more...(1012 words, 5 images, estimated 4:03 mins reading time)
Today when I think about myself, I do not feel all that much different from the person I was at younger moments of my life. Yet I know that when I look in the mirror, that person has seen some things. I have to wonder what exactly makes me me?
I think that it is kind of mind boggling to think that of all of the billions and billions of people that have ever existed in the history of the earth, that there has never before been anyone who is exactly like me. Read more...(632 words, 6 images, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Every day there are events that take place in our lives that we experience. Some are things we have to do, like work or eating. Some are things we choose to do, like exercise or hobbies.
All of these activities combine to provide us with the experiences of our lives. There are some that you will remember always and some that you will forget almost as they occur.
This is my attempt to become more mindful of what happens each and every day and to make it so that each day is an event to remember and cherish. Read more...(837 words, 11 images, estimated 3:21 mins reading time)
Love is a difficult topic to discuss because there are so many parts inside of us that can be exposed through this discussion, that it is easier to brush it off and make a joke of it, to distract from the fact that love is a huge part of being human and being happy on the face of the earth. Read more...(859 words, 5 images, estimated 3:26 mins reading time)
What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
by Jonathan Hilton
All people are going to answer this question differently depending on where they are in their life. To me being alive is a fact of nature, and enjoying life and living for a purpose is truly living. But how do you enjoy life?
Other people will answer this very differently. It only takes a few visits to any number of blogs to experience the wide variety of philosophies and beliefs that exist. Read more...(1074 words, 11 images, estimated 4:18 mins reading time)
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I am reminded of a good friend as I struggle to answer this question, he says so very much that it would be impossible to ever do more than he said.
However for myself, I think that the simple answer is that I strive to do more than I say. Doesn’t everybody?
Ancient Chinese Secret
An old Chinese proverb says that “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” and I believe that is true, and actions are preferable to speaking about something. Read more...(504 words, 9 images, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
The more I look for topics to write about and expound upon, the more my writing process comes clearly into my mind. I write best when I have someone specifically in mind to write about, because it is like I am explaining my thoughts or emotions to them, or that I am giving them advice. Often I know the advice would never be received directly, so I just give it on the pages of my writing. Read more...(525 words, 11 images, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)