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“All of life is a journey, which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”

Initially, this blog was intended to be a place for me to post chapters from my autobiography. As I was setting up the site, I found myself thinking of others and the road they traveled in life. I decided to add their stories, as well. Why did they choose to travel down the road to the right, when they very easily could have gone left? What is it that makes some see the glass half full and move forward and some see the glass half empty and never move at all?

We can all learn from and empower one another…

Regardless of where we start in life, the road we choose to travel is ultimately our own decision. What is your destination?  Do you harbor resentment towards people you don’t even know because of the “hand you were dealt” or, because of outward appearances, you perceive someone to have a better life than you have? If so, you are traveling on a back road, on a path that leads nowhere. Ask yourself this – how can you make your life better if you are focused on what someone else is doing with theirs? On the other hand, if you seek to give, share and live a life of purpose, then taking ‘directions’ along the way – dropping the jealousies, bitterness, entitlements – may assist in leading you to a life of happiness and fulfillment.

I do not profess to have all of the answers to the perfect life. Far from it. I have made poor decisions and mistakes along the way, just as everyone else has; however, I live a very happy life because of the lessons I have learned, my priorities in life and what I choose to focus on – spreading LOVE, PEACE and POSITIVITY and living MY LIFE, not someone else’s. If we can come together, help our fellow-man find their ‘own road to travel’, I truly believe it will help in our own personal journey in avoiding many of the bumps in the road – or if not avoiding them, then moving past them.

What lessons have you learned along the way that can help another? How can we uplift one another? Whose story has inspired you?

Let’s travel this road together, shall we? Live in the light and SPREAD LOVE

Watch your THOUGHTS, they become WORDS; Watch your WORDS, they become ACTIONS; Watch your ACTIONS, they become HABITS; Watch your HABITS, they become CHARACTER; Watch your CHARACTER, for it becomes your DESTINY.

A life journey…

It’s one thing to share some of the more private — and at times, embarrassing — parts of your life with your closest friends; it’s quite another to put your entire life story on display for all the world to see. It leaves one feeling very vulnerable; however, when I decided to undertake writing my autobiography, I knew it was going to have to be all or nothing. If not, what’s the point?  To share a story, and leave out the ‘uncomfortable parts’ is not helping anyone…and ‘glossing over facts’ does not make them disappear. You cannot hide from yourself.

With such apprehension…why make it public?

The purpose for me embarking on this started simple enough; friend after friend over many years has said to me, “You have to write a book. No one would ever believe this.”  I must admit that at times, some of the things I have experienced seemed far-fetched, unbelievable and beyond comprehension – even to me. The impetus has more to do with observations of others stories and actions, rather than my own. I have seen, heard and known so many that have struggled with situations in their life. Since childhood, I have always sympathized and empathized with others, regardless of whether I knew them or not. I’ve felt helpless at times, with not having the resources to help those in need. Some part of me has always wanted to be a philanthropist, even before I knew the definition of the word. Since I have no great fortune –and cannot “spread the wealth” financially — I decided that sharing and giving (my experiences and those of others) is the best way I can help those that are searching for answers, looking for someone who has been where they are…or perhaps, only need to be heard.

To see the pain and suffering of others has always been difficult for me to deal with. There are no great tragedies that I have had to overcome. I have simply had a life – as so many others have had – with many ups and downs. However, I haven’t let the ‘lows’ change the person I am or how I treat others. I have never sought to retaliate against those who have either betrayed me or tried to cause me emotional or physical harm. I have simply tried to live my life the best as I could – regardless of the circumstances – hoping to grow as a person on a daily basis.

Other statements I have heard over and over through the years: “I wish I had your life”,  “I wouldn’t have been able to get through that”, “I live vicariously through you”, “I feel so sorry for you”, “you’re so lucky”, “I don’t know how you turned out to be the person you are with all that you have been through”… Contradictory statements, due to the fact that not everyone knows my full story. Some think I have had a wonderful life based on isolated incidents they know of, while others think my life has consisted of nothing but ‘coping’ with bad situations and bad people. I’ve had my share of both.

I have tried my best to overcome situations and stuck to my mantra of “things could be worse”. I am thankful and blessed for the ‘valleys’, as well as the ‘peaks’, for without the rain, we could not appreciate the sun. There is a reason and purpose for everything that happens in life and I want to convey that message to those who feel that their life is not as meaningful as others. Sometimes, it’s not your life that needs to change, it’s your perception of what a ‘happy’ life should be. Trying to live your life by others standards and expectations will lead you to living “their life”,  not yours.

Remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side. We ALL go through obstacles in life, it’s how you choose to deal with these obstacles and which road you choose to travel, that will determine how your journey ends.

“If you cannot find happiness along the road, you will not find it at the end of the road.” ~ Author Unknown


20 thoughts on “❀ WELCOME TO THE JOURNEY!

  1. You words bring light to our days. Always providing powerful points and smiles. For this, we are grateful.

  2. 6,904 visits to this road. <<Says something about how you resonate with others. Silawn have friended you and been with you from Myspace to the Maxfam, facebook and now here. What a treasure you are! I don't know how you do it other than it must be your niche ! I am not cerebral so haven't had a chance to read all the blogging here but sure did on myspace and your adventures as a child growing up in Brooklyn NY. Wonderful reading…felt as though I was right there with you. I love and admire you Sis. Keep up the good works. In closing I only would say that each of us is on our own Journey. It is personal to us and in sharing any parts of it with others makes the world a better place.!!! All Love, Phyl aka Krishna aka mamaK

    • Oh, my goodness. That was such a sweet sentiment. Thank you so much. I luv sharing every part of my life, even more-so as I grow older. I want each comment, photo, experience, video, news item, etc. I post on this blog to touch at LEAST one person.

    • Thank you so much, Diane. Sometimes I feel as if I’m too open; in fact, I know for a fact that I have over-shared at times, but I prefer being an open person as opposed to being an enigma 🙂

    • Thank you so much. I am glad that you enjoy it enough to share with others. It means a lot to know my words are reaching so many.

      BTW, please be sure to subscribe. I had one person tell me that before she subscribed (and started getting updates) she wasn’t even aware of some of the other pages.

  3. As a young writer living in South Africa, i found that you can also change your blog to be a book that will go down in history to be read by Generations to come even when you are the otherside of life, I am a writer/author and i live In South Africa found in the motherland Africa!! Your blog touches lives and it can be documented in a book to stay for ever so that it can reach part of disadvantaged countries like the ones found in Africa, please consider the option to make your blog into a book for an ever lasting memories, thanks. TEBOHO MASAKALA, BLOEMFONTEIN,SOUTH AFRICA, (U CAN ALSO GOOGLE ME, ENTER TEBOHO MASAKALA ON http://www.google.com and search 4 me)

    • WoW! South Africa??? I had no idea my blog could/would reach that far. Thank you so much Teboho Masakala for taking the time to acknowledge my blog and offer the suggestion. It is indeed an honor to have a writer state that my blog touches lives and is important enough to be turned into a book for those in other countries to read.

      As you suggested, I did google you – and see that you have various works. When time permits, I will definitely read some of your writings.

      Again, thank you so much. Many blessings to you.

    • You are more than welcome. I was so happy to see that your dad is doing well. Your story is very inspiring and you are helping so many people around the world with your efforts. God bless you for helping to save lives!

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