When we wake up in the morning the first thing we should do is give thanks. For the past few weeks I have witnessed yet another holiday where people are supposed to be giving thanks for things they have but instead they only want and ask for things they do not have. Here we are again putting to much value in money and materialistic things. Our kids and new generation get a false advertisement of Christmas, Valentines Day and many other holidays. Kids think it's all about gift giving. We take them to the stores with us and shop around for the entire family. We get upset when we can't find what you are looking for and we get road rage and shoppers insomnia; All of which kids are watching and imitating with their kids when they become adults. This has been repeated for generation after generation. It annoys me.
During the holidays I love to volunteer my time and other efforts to those in need. I donated my time to feed the homeless, I donated money to families in need, and I donated old clothes to the Salvation Army. Often times we forget that we just celebrated Thanksgiving where we gave thanks for everything we have now on Christmas we forget that part. My momma use to tell me, "Stop wanting shit all the damn time. People in hell want ice water."
My point is you can want all day long, that doesn't mean you will get it. But when you give, you get something priceless in return. The reward for a generous heart is a merciful soul. Everyday should be a holiday for everybody. People are nicer during the holidays. It should be like that all the time. As a person we should genuinely want to be loving, giving, and happy every single day. Why not? Who wants to walk around being selfish, stuck up, and mad? We should learn to be humble, generous and pass it along to our kids so we break this cycle.
We should have our youth participate in community service during the holidays so they understand life from different angles. You yourself should do community service at least three times a year to set an example. We should also take ownership of our own actions individually. Everyday you should make yourself responsible for putting a smile on and being a more thankful and generous person all together. All of this just makes for good positive energy in the universe.
Be thankful-Give thanks.
There’s been a ton of things I told myself I would accomplish but looking back I never even started trying to accomplish those goals. I was stuck in the mud. I didn’t know how to start or where to start. I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of not knowing and making mistakes that could push me backwards. I was afraid to take risks and seek change. Today I have changed. Today I set goals and I accomplish them without fear of failure.
When you doubt yourself one bit, you better look in the mirror and think again. I know about 100 people including myself that have failed. I know about 100 people that tell me they were going to do something but they never did. Start! Is something my good friend Cyntay told me, Owner of Royal Writes, Inc. You will get to see that exclusive interview later this week. The minute you tell yourself you can’t is the very moment that everyone gunning for your spotlight gets that much closer to shinning brighter than you. After successfully opening 2 businesses trust me when I say the only thing you will regret from starting is not starting sooner.
The fear of starting something new is a cancer. It slowly eats away at you. You continue to WANT to do many new things but you NEVER do it because you never even START! What are we waiting for? I myself have been trying to move out of Jacksonville, FL since 2013. It’s now creeping up on 2017 and I’m still here because of fear of what could take place moving to a bigger city where I know even less people than I do in Jacksonville.
If I never start to move then I will see myself in Jacksonville year after year after year. I have to START. I have to call around look for places to live. I have to apply for jobs, and go visit the place I want to move in order to actually move. On this motivational Monday I want to inspire you to pick up that dream where you left off and finally START. Whatever it takes for you to accomplish your goals just START and START TODAY! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? GO NOW! This post is over!
I can’t remember a night I had to go without food simply because we couldn’t afford it. In fact, I don’t remember to many times not being able to afford things I needed to survive like food and shelter. I know my family wasn’t the richest but my mom was very good at making us believe that we could have anything we wanted. She worked hard and made sure we had the necessities. I would go to school in nice shoes and clothes. I really wasn’t big on brands. If it were clean I would wear it. My mom taught me that brands are just names. She would say, “they should put my face on a t-shirt and it would sale millions.” Mom taught me to be appreciative and humble.
I was never the kid to crack on people based on their financial situations or the clothes they wear. In fact my heart is very pure. If someone asks me for a dollar and I got it then they got it. If my friend came to school hungry and I had a snack then I’m splitting that snack. It’s always been in me to do what I feel is the right thing to do. After 29 years on this earth and doing all the right things I have never went to a homeless shelter to feed homeless people. I see homeless folks on the street all the time and when I have spare change I always bless them.
Over the years of me giving monetary donations I ask myself well what do I really get out of that? Us Americans put so much value on the dollar. Giving a homeless person one dollar is nothing. Giving a homeless person a hot meal and a smile is more than you will imagine. The day I decided to give my time to the homeless changed my life. I had so many preconceived notions about the homeless and who they are. You never know what someone has gone through in their life to get to where they are. We just have to assess where they are and try to help them rise from the debt they are in.
With every homeless person I met that day I smiled so big and they smiled back. That moment inspired my spirit and I will make this a yearly tradition to go and feed the homeless. I will never be ‘to good’ to give a hand when needed.
I simply cannot stand a Debby downer negative Nancy type of person. Have you ever met a person that just seems to have the worst luck? On Monday they had a flat tire, Tuesday they get rained on, Wednesday they waste ketchup on their new shirt, Thursday they got fired for being late, and Friday they're bank account over drafted. This person usually responds to a week like this with the hash tag #FML.
If you continue to say things like, "Nothing ever goes my way", "My life sucks", "I'll never get that new car", "I'm broke", etc. All of those things will inevitably continue to take place. Nothing will ever go your way, your life will suck, you'll never get that new car and o yea you'll be broke too. A pastor once told me that there was power in the tongue. It makes sense but what I thought about immediately is that before we actually say things it has to process in our brain. We actually think about it before we say it. So if power exists in the tongue then it also exists in the brain. Therefore there's power in your thought process. Think it and it shall be so.
Today and everyday I want you to start changing the way you think. The more you think positive the more positive things are going to happen. If you don't believe me try it for 21 days. Instead of thinking about the money you don't have and saying "I'm broke" try thinking of the money you want and how you're going to get it and say, "I'm rich". Stop thinking of the car you don't have and saying "I'm tired of walking" and think about the car you want and imagine your life in that vehicle. Instead of thinking of every small bad thing that happens like a flat tire is meant for you and instead think about it as a blessing. Maybe it was in your plan for your tire to go flat at that very moment to keep you from getting into a ten-car accident.
All I'm trying to say is things could be worse. You have to start taking your negative situations and making them positive or your life can just continue to suck. At the end of the day at least after reading this you know that you had the choice to be happy and live a fruitful life by changing your mindset. Life happens and yes it can stress you out to the point where you start to feel and act negatively but that doesn't mean you get to actually do it. You better put on your big girl panties and go at life again full force. Having a more positive outlook on life and the things that occur in it will be great for you in the end. It may seem hard but trust me it's easier than you think.
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