What Are You Thankful For?


I just got home. It felt good to have a key to pull out, a keyhole to put it in, and a door to shut behind me. “Aaaaah, I’m home.”Unfortunately, some people don’t have that. We take the simplest things for granted, sometimes.

Take a moment and think….WHAT are you thankful for?

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Thank you and many blessings.

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Try


written by: Colbie Caillat and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

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Put your make-up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don’t be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong, so they like you
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
Yooou don’t have to try

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Oooh

Get your shopping on, at the mall, max your credit cards
You don’t have to choose, buy it all, so they like you
Do they like you?

Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
Yooou don’t have to try

Oooh
Oooh

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
You don’t have to try

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you

Read more: Colbie Caillat – Try Lyrics | MetroLyrics

RISE


Maya AngelouIn her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou recounts some of the traumatic events of her early years. As many know, she overcame those events to become an actress, poet, dancer, civil rights activist, author, educator….Her accomplishments go on and on.

She did not let the negative experiences of her past dictate her future. There were no excuses. She rose above it all, and said it best in one of her best known works – STILL I RISE.

R.I.P. Maya Angelou 4/28 – 5/14

 

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
Just ’cause I walk as if I have oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like suns and like moons,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hope springing high,
Still I rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Don’t take it so hard just ’cause I laugh
As if I have gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You can shoot me with your words,
You can cut me with your lies,
You can kill me with your hatefulness,
But just like life,  I rise.

Does my sexiness offend you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance as if I have diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past rooted in pain
I rise
A black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak miraculously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the hope and the dream of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou

 

SOMETHING MORE


Something MoreIf you’ve perused the ‘Inspirational People’ page on this blog, then you’ve seen the mini profile for Nick Vujicic, a remarkable man who hasn’t let his physical limitations put a limit to the extraordinary life he has led. He has inspired thousands with his positive outlook on life. Please watch the touching video below. The message is very powerful, especially for anyone who might be going through a difficult situation or thinks that they have obstacles which are too big to overcome. Most importantly, please share. You never know if someone you know needs to see it.

 

 

Definition of Beauty


LupitaThere is no need to preface this video because Lupita Nyong’o states it beautifully and profoundly. Please WATCH AND SHARE. Someone you know may need to see it…and, may benefit from it.

 

 

UPDATE: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” ~Lupita Nyong’o (quote from 2014 Oscar speech, accepting award for Best Supporting Actress.