integrity

Gratti - tude

This has been a hard year for a lot of us.  I don't think our world has ever felt more divided on so many issues.  As much as I frequent Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it's hard to stomach the stuff you read sometimes, isn't it? We are an angry bunch, that is obvious. What's ironic is that most of us have more than we need on so many levels.  You would think we could just shut up and be grateful for 5 minutes and talk about THAT.  Think about this - We own cars, homes, and tons of clothes. We have multiple pairs of shoes. We have running CLEAN water just steps away at any moment. We can buy fresh food on pretty much any street corner we pass - plus we own refrigerators to put all that food in, another bonus.  We have medical care and pills for pretty much anything that goes wrong. We get to take hot showers daily. We receive mail right to our home every single day - bringing us anything our heart desires. We can pretty much DO, BUY, and BE anything we would like.  Still. .  We are pissed off.

I know problems are real.  I have them too.  And I know that some of us are just struggling to keep food on the table this year - I get it.  But in the big picture of our lives, I just want to remind us - myself included, that perspective truly is everything in life.  There are people who would give ANYTHING to have what I have or what you have.  I don't say these things to make any of us feel guilty or bad. It's just a reminder to be thankful for what you DO have.  A reminder to be thankful, even when things aren't perfect.

What has helped me get thru this crazy year?  Reminding myself how MUCH I really have.  Sure, there are still some problems in my life I need to solve. But every day when I wake up and my feet hit the floor, I thank God for the chance to fight for these things one more day.  

I challenge all of us to take a few moments this holiday season and make a list of what's going right.  Start a gratitude list and read it every day.  I am amazed at how this affects my attitude and my perspective on everything.  We will always have our differences, but we share more in common than not.  Without gratitude, we can never find true compassion for each other.  After all, it is our compassion that makes us powerful on this planet.  Compassion is the catalyst that brings us together to fight the very real evils and problems in this world.  From the looks of things, we are gonna need each other so the sooner we learn this the better.  It starts with you and me.

I hope this is a meaningful holiday for everyone. I am grateful today for a million things. . Not least of all YOU, my friends and fans.  You guys are such a blessing to my life. Thank you for your love and support this year.   2018 will not be without some battles to fight.   Lets have each others backs out there.  

FRIENDINTORY

We listen to other people a lot.  It's funny how we can have such a strong opinion about something and than, after one conversation, begin to doubt ourselves.  This is not always a bad thing . .  if you are surrounded by people who share your integrity, faith, and morality.  What messes us up is when the people who are close to us, poison our souls with their misguided opinions and ideas.   We don't talk much about guarding our heart in this world we live in.  We even hear people say that everyone has a RIGHT to their opinion or ideas.  While that may be true, we need to be careful WHO'S opinions and ideas we are letting into our souls.

Not everyone who is close to you has the right to speak into your life.   Choosing the right friends is important.  And recognizing the wrong friends is also important.  Every once in a while it's good to take a "FRIENDINTORY".  Check out who you have on your "Favorites list" in that phone and ask yourself some honest questions:

 Is this someone I admire and respect ?  Do they have my back when things are a mess?  Is this a genuine friend or a user?  Can I trust them?  Do we share the same moral fiber?  Is this friendship making me better or weaker?

                            WHO we are listening too has a huge impact on our destiny.

So many people mess up there lives all because they started hanging out with the wrong people.  Finding REAL friends isn't easy but worth the effort. And don't forget to put yourself under the same microscope.  We tend to attract what we put out there. If you want to have genuine people around you, than be a genuine person yourself.  The right friends can make us or break us.  It just depends on who we choose to let in . .  and who we keep out.

                              " Do not be misled.  Bad company corrupts good character"

 "Though one can be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  And a cord of three strands is     not quickly broken"