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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.  

BITTERSWEET

I'd like to think I am a forgiving person, but truth be told,  there is always some sort of "situation" that sort of "comes up" . . showing me there are definitely some things I am"not quite over".   I think sometimes we underestimate the affect holding a grudge might have on us.  In a recent interview with a top cardiologist from the mayo clinic, the doctor being interviewed stated that in a recent study the clinic had done, they actually found that people who had truly forgiven those who had hurt them actually LIVED LONGER and were in better cardiovascular health. Wow.

We do all these crazy things to stay healthy these days from juicing, to herbal remedies, to extreme workout plans ( which I myself am guilty ).  Who knew forgiveness should be on the list next to Kale?

One thing I have learned in my own journey, is what forgiveness is NOT.  Forgiveness is NOT about ignoring something hurtful.  It is NOT saying that what happened was ok. It is choosing to let it go. Not for the sake of the person who hurt you, but for YOUR sake.  It is for YOUR benefit, simple as that.   Bitterness is a cancer. It spreads itself thru our soul.  It can also wreck our GOOD relationships, as it tends to punish the innocent, instead of the guilty.

This year, let bygones be bygones . .  for real.  Set yourself free.  Just forgive.

                        " Above all love each other, because love covers a multitude a sins"