Respect Class

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What I say to him, may not be what you say to her.
How I treat her, may not be how you treat him.
No two people or relationships are ever the same.
What may be acceptable to one individual may be intolerable to another.
Respect differences and keep your manners on their best behavior.

Inspiration: Differences

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Unplug Yourself

Often times we do not realize that multiple appliances are draining our energy. The more energy you give, the more likely you are to have a power outage. Learn to detach appliances that have a dead battery ; you can only charge items, you can not be a battery. Conserve your energy and . . . Unplug yourself.

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Clouds

dark_clouds-wallpaper-1440x900Life has become Heaven on Earth, the Sun is shining bright and joy is radiating from every direction. Sadly, this moment of bliss comes to an end as multiple clouds arrange themselves for a storm to descend upon us.

Negative emotions are like clouds that distort perceptions of our reality. Ego, Stubbornness, jealousy, self-pity, insecurity, ignorance, narrow-mindedness, stress, and depression are all clouds that have the capacity to create a storm in our life.

Steer clear of individuals that spread and house negative emotions with in their hearts and minds. Trying to help and save toxic personalities is like using our hands to put out a fire; we will only hurt ourselves in the process of trying to save someone else. The more we try to put out the fire the more energy and time we will lose.

Negativity is an attitude, it is not a problem that can be solved by listening and investing precious hours contemplating a solution to. The more emotional baggage we help unload the more we will be expected to carry.

Overtime, the clouds of negativity around us will create a powerful storm in life that will entrap us in the same misery as its source.  Beware of . . . Clouds.

Inspiration: People inspire you, or they drain you . . . pick them wisely. –Hans F. Hansen

Me Vs. Us

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Often times we find ourselves in situations of self doubt, questioning our potential and lowering our self worth as each insecurity resurrects into our conscious thoughts. MY expectations, MY feelings,  MY fears, MY needs, MY life, and “ME” often make a minor pebble into a larger than life mountain that is perceived as beyond ones capacity to climb. 

When in the “Me” mindset, negative emotions such as:  jealousy, anger, guilt, possessiveness, fear, and greed begin to isolate you from reality. This “Me” mindset is caused by insecurities that an individual has about his or her self and often prevents them from creating/maintaining healthy relationships with others. On the contrary, the “Us” mindset brings forth positive emotions such as: gratitude, love, happiness, patience, and humility which enhances self development. While the “Me” perspective of life keeps you isolated from others,  the “Us” mindset acts as a social magnet and helps us create a healthy self image of our persona.

Relationships are formed when two confident individuals share common interest in life and see a reflection of themselves in the other person. When these two individuals are in sync with each other they are in the “Us” mindset and positive emotions are further enhanced by the experience of sharing joy with one another. However, the minute one partner allows negative emotions to take over their relationship they regress back into the “Me” mindset.

The “Me” mindset is a destructive state of being that creates problems for singles as well as couples.  At various instances in life the “Me” mindset may want to creep up into your life but, always remember that negative emotions only cause isolation.

Our greatest enemy in life is “Me”, learn to understand “Me” and make it an ally. Life gets pretty dull with just “Me”. Learn to step out of “Me” and enjoy the company of “Us”, only then will you realize how it feels to be truly alive… 

Inspiration: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win,  by fearing to attempt.” ― William ShakespeareMeasure for Measure

I’ll Be That Bridge

Have you ever noticed the eyes of people who are lost? Whether they be requesting  physical or emotional direction there is an intensity in their gaze that is hungry for knowledge. They wait in anticipation on your every word contemplating over the  insightful information that may lead them to their destination. The pitch black route towards their destination scares them; somewhere along this rigid path they make a wrong turn and no longer know which direction to go. You happen to intersect them on this lonely road and their eyes light up with hope.

The lost eyes look at you as if you are the only person in the world that will understand them. The stranger maintains an eye lock with you searching for an answer in your eyes; he believes you are going to deliver a message that will lead him to salvation. You have never crossed paths with this stranger, but you feel this immediate bond with him. Each time you look into his perplexed eyes you feel a certain familiarity that you can not identify. His lost eyes are captivating  and you have no control over yourself; each time you try to walk away from this stranger fate seems to pull you by the arm and redirect you back to him.

As you guide this individual to his destination you learn more about the stranger and even more about yourself. You never thought you had the inner strength to support and encourage an individual to acquire a destination in their life. You did not know that it would feel so rewarding to watch someone taking steps closer and closer to their goal. One day your journey with this stranger ends, he has finally arrived at his destination. There he stands beaming with fulfillment and pouring gratitude through his once lost eyes.  You feel a sense of pride and joy; these emotions escape your eyes and fall to the ground. Then you realize why the lost eyes were so appealing and why you were initially drawn to this stranger. Those lost eyes contained a reflection of you. Your soul was drawn to aid this stranger because you saw your own lost eyes in his. The journey towards the strangers destination was never just for him. You were never helping a stranger; you were helping yourself . . .

Everyone has experienced the feeling of being lost in life. Sadly, not many people are found or guided and their journey never seems to end. When you see someone with lost eyes be the bridge that will lead them to their destination.

“If you need a helping hand, along the way and I’m the one, I’ll be your soldier, I’ll fight all your best
Till freedom come, and if you need some shelter
Cause, Coming storm
I’ll be your cover keep ya, Safe and warm
I’ll be close by, Any time, Night or day
I’ll be that bridge
That take you over the mountain
I’ll lift you up, and take you over the top”

I’ll be that Bridge -Elliott Yamin

Inspiration: Lost eyes and Elliott Yamin- I’ll be that Bridge