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?

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

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.

28 Days of Kindness


28daysofkindness

WHAT IS 28 DAYS OF KINDNESS?

28 Days of Kindness is a global initiative to promote awareness of doing good deeds for others. While you can easily share the love on any day or month of the year, we chose February for our month long virtual event.

WHY FEBRUARY?

February is a month already associated with love in the minds of many. It’s also the month of Valentine’s Day.

Our goal is remind people that no matter where they are in their lives, there are ways to realize and enjoy the love and kindness they have all around them.

Everyday, for the entire month of February, we’ll be posting quotes, ideas, and stories of good deeds happening around the world. We want to inspire people to go make somebody’s day, and we promise it’s a lot easier than you think.

WHY LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS?

Through our own personal experience, it’s sometimes the little things that have the biggest impact. You can make someone’s day simply by buying their cup of coffee, offering to pay for a meal, sending them a card in the mail, or even making a phone call to let them know their thought of. With enough good deeds, we can make a difference.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Mosey on over to our “Join Us” page to learn how you can help spread the word and join us online. You can also easily click on one of the two icons over on the right, to join our month long Facebook event, and to follow the Twitter hashtag of awesomeness happening all over the world. Now, go forth and be kind.

WHO’S BEHIND ALL OF THIS?

Really happy people, who want to cause ripple effects of goodness in lives of many.

official site: http://www.28daysofkindness.com/

Judging Others…Growth


At the end of 2013, many made resolutions that they were going to make changes in 2014 to “be better”. It’s unfortunate that some continue to bring so much negativity into the new year.

The internet makes it easy for anyone, at any time, able to voice their opinion – warranted or not – on everything. Sometimes, statements and opinions are helpful. Sadly, others choose to take their right to voice their opinion to the extreme of bashing others. Not only is this prevalent on social media sites, but,  just take a look at comments on blogs, comments on YouTube videos, or even comments on random articles on any benign subject matter. It is sad.

Some judge what others do, how they live their lives, what they wear, how they look, etc. It baffles me how many people can be so negative towards others – especially of those they’ve never met –  yet, if the situation were reversed, they would probably be the first to respond, “They need to mind their business!”

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes and fall at varying degrees far from perfection. The goal is NOT to be a perfect person, but, to grow on a daily basis to become better than we were the day before. As with anything, the more you practice at anything, the better you become at it.  Before making a negative comment about another, you might want to shine a light on yourself and make note of your own imperfections.

Examples of some negative comments made online:

  • Newborn baby video on YouTube:

  • Blog on Golden Globe Red Carpet dresses:

  • Comment on a music video performance on YouTube:

  • The following clip from OWN TV, of the Mowry Twins, brought tears to my eyes.

 

Stop Judging Others