Bible Verses to Encourage, Uplift and Give Strength During Hard Times

People are increasingly searching for answers and meaning of what to do during troubling times. So much corruption is coming to light that many questions. How does anyone find peace in stressful situations? If you desire to stay positive during tough times, you need to read the encouraging and uplifting Bible verses that I put together. These Bible verse shares how, and where to find strength during the worst of times.

You can quit being a victim as I learn to, although it is easy to seize the role of a victim during tough times rather than take responsibilities for yourself. But, the burden comes with numerous rough nights where you will not get enough sleep. It’s best to concentrate on the positive and re-evaluate the meaning of your life.

Better yet, why not take the time to read through these scriptures, I am sharing? Bible verses that help me learn God is my strength during the worst of times. He will be your strength as well and He will lead you safely through the storm; he did with me.

People are increasingly searching for answers and meaning of what to do during troubling times. So much corruption is coming to light that many questions. How does anyone find peace in stressful situations? If you desire to stay positive during tough times, you need to read the encouraging and uplifting Bible verses that I put together. These Bible verse shares how, and where to find strength during the worst of times.

You can quit being a victim as I learn to, although it is easy to seize the role of a victim during tough times rather than take responsibilities for yourself. But, the burden comes with numerous rough nights where you will not get enough sleep. It’s best to concentrate on the positive and re-evaluate the meaning of your life.

Better yet, why not take the time to read through these scriptures, I am sharing? Bible verses that help me learn God is my strength during the worst of times. He will be your strength as well and He will lead you safely through the storm; he did with me.

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Lose You to Love Me!

The very moment I saw you, “My Eyes Adored You.” I was very fond of you, so I put you first in every event, even when I did not need to. You mistake my love and kindness as a weakness; I saw it, yet I ignored it. I realize I have contributed some time, but I needed to concede if I want to get love and respect, I must put myself first. Just before I did, it took me running on E, having no energy to perceive I needed to lose you to love me.

It is so sad to say, but each time we shop, you get the most expensive things because you were not using your money. You acted pettily and always had to have the last word. Attempting to remain mindful of you was killing me, and I experienced the highest level of stress. It made me recognize you, not an accommodating person. Just, it is entirely unquestionable that the most significant thing I have is me.

I gave you the world, and you compensated me by just trying to ruin my life. You underestimated me and left me in torment with three decisions throughout everyday life: one, to refuse to acknowledge how you treated me by willingly being in denial. And two, I had to surrenders by allowing depression to take control. Three, give it all I got, and I gave life to all I got.

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I Love Me Better Than That!

Life can be harsh. It has a way of draining all the positive energy out of you. When you allow obstacles to suck all the positivity out of you, it can wreak havoc on your life. Trials are a part of life, and it happens to everyone. In hard times, it is essential to use difficult times as life lessons to grow and learn. And I am the one that can choose how to handle my circumstances. I can stop neglecting myself, be a woman who refuses to live as a vulnerable adult that places her well-being at risk, indicating, “I love me better than that.”

Everything in life has cycles, from frogs to flowers to people. This series has a beginning and an end. The ultimate circle begins and ends with the period of birth and death. The essence of life is determining the art of living by naturally adjusting to the infinite cycles of beginning and end. And it is difficult learning because there will be days where you feel down and times when you feel on top of the world. But in hard times, when it’s hard to see the way out, it’s essential to understand how to make tomorrow better than today.

When you have had several setbacks, and things are not going your way, appreciate that nothing is permanent. Life will always come with difficulties, and if you want to find true happiness, remember that there is no life without problems. Life is not a rose garden; there will be times where you have little control over things that happen to you. And when you tried everything to fix areas of your life, but nothing is working, it is easy to be critical of some things — and unenthusiastic about the rest.

In challenging situations, maintaining a healthy mindset is the most influential thing anyone can do. In the worst of times, I learn if I avoid irrelevant catastrophe, endure through the hardship, staying positive, and be resilient will turn the situation around.

People frequently forget when you allow your thinking to become overly pessimistic and discouraging; you go through tough times. But if you promote thoughts in your mind that will improve your emotional state, you’ll realize what you are facing is just a subjective and distorted perception.

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Not A “Superwoman!”

In today’s world being a strong woman empowers and frees females from being dominated negatively by men in the workforce. It’s no secret, women have developed and come a long way in their career, but still far from being equal with men.

What are your thoughts of women in the workforce?

When I think of being a woman in the workforce, I can’t help but feel, I am an individual that process so many skills that empower me, and they allow me to mingle within the mainstream of society to make a significant contribution.

The fact is that in today’s world women are often forced to perform multiple roles simultaneously. There are fathers that come in various forms, but it is the women who adjust their schedules and make compromises when it comes to caring for the children.

In today’s world women’s contribution to society, family and in the financial sector is significant. But to achieve that role, women often find themselves in a situation where they need to perform multiple roles of different magnitudes.

This often makes a woman to be pulled in many directions feeling like a “Superwoman.” There is no such thing as a “Superwoman.” You can find one only in a fictional story, playing a superhero character. In reality, the term “Superwoman” is just an expression make up for a woman to demonstrate she is assigned with too many tasks and most of the time without any appreciation what so ever.

By nature, a woman possesses some inner strength. But it is a matter of debate that whether a woman is able to be a wife, a mother and at the same time is capable of securing a good career.

Needless to ask the question is whether a woman can perform multiple roles, in fact, often they were forced to perform the multiple roles. Often it is not considered whether a woman should quit her career to attend the duties at home or juggle the responsibilities and maintain them both.

I think woman cam performs multiple roles in the home and in her career. The core concern is how she picks the priority of her responsibilities between her career and caring for a family. A woman can balance between her family and career with the love and support of a life partner. Usually, a wise woman prefers a working partner and a loving home. With the right partner helping her in the home raising children, that woman will be on the right track of success in both family and professional life.

The Three Essential Duties of a Mother

  1. A caretaker: A mother takes care of the children, the husband; she cooks, cleans and ensures the home is in order on a daily. A mother rarely receives the two words she deserves, “thank you.”
  2. A teacher/supervisor: a mother takes the time to teach the children the essentials they need to prepare them to live a successful life. She supervises the children to dress and look their best, how to tie shoes, brush teeth, cook, wash dishes, clean the house, do laundry and ensure the homework is done.

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The Importance of Self-Care!

Living in a fast-paced society means many of us are so busy working long hours to survive, caring for the families, having a social life, and so much more. Amidst so much going on in our lives, we forget to take care of ourselves

Some of us are so busy worrying about others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Don’t forget about yourself, it’s important you take time out to care for yourself before something unexpected happens to you.

It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you’re busy doing a lot of other things. But bear in mind, the importance of self-care and make sure you take the time to put self-care in your daily routine.

When we’re involved in a lot of things that bring about stress, self-care is usually the first thing overlooked. Self-care goes a long way in handling the stress level and releasing the tension, the worry a heavy workload can place in your life. Some of us give so much of ourselves to others that we are overextended, burnout and believe that caring for ourselves is not self-indulgent.

Too many of us are dealing with heavy stress when we don’t have to. The number one priority is to take the time to pay much attention to your body, mind, and soul, and then let that convey to others that you value yourself.

Why do some of us fail at self-care? Most of us are insanely busy, trying to live an overly stressful life and too consumed with putting others first that we don’t take the time to practice self-care.

And to make matters worse, most of us find ourselves feeling really guilty about even thinking about taking the time needed to show ourselves self-care, so finding the time is usually last on the agenda.

How do you stop feeling guilty and find interest in Self-Care? Learning to stop feeling guilty for putting yourself first will not be an easy task. What you will need to do first is to learn how to love yourself.

Then set up some goals to figure out ways that will contribute to your well-being and self-care strategies. Plans that will be especially helpful for you. Once you learn how to put in place a strategy for self-care, then implement it in your regular routine.

You can stop feeling guilty about putting yourself first and start living, instead of just existing. You will even have enough strength to start doing new things like taking up a new hobby or learning a new task that can make your life more purposeful.

Something that will give you a new reason to want to get up in the morning. This new profound self-care routine will be something, you will not only use it for one day but will also use it on each and every day.

Three Primary Benefits of Self-Care

1. Self-care betters your physical health. When you take the time to take care of yourself, it brings about less stress and provides you with a better immune system. The type that comes with no upset stomach, lesser colds and fewer cases of the flu. It can surely assist you with more energy to feel more physically able to take care of yourself inside and out.

2. Self-care improves your self-esteem. When it comes to your self-worth, self-esteem is all about how you feel about yourself, so, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to ensure you feel better about yourself. The best way to improve your self-esteem rests in changing the way you treat yourself and adjusting to the way you think.

3. Self-care betters your productivity. When you learn how to put yourself first and say “no” to things that are taken away from you, stress you out and over-extend you. You can learn how to better your productivity and start making time for things that matter the most.

When you practice self-care, it not only allows you to help yourself but it makes room so you can help others as well.

Knowing the benefit of self-care and taking the time to choose to care for yourself will bring about a routine that will help you understand the specific changes you need to make. Just in case you still don’t quite understand self-care, it is an all-inclusive term that includes just about anything you choose to do to be good to yourself.

Practicing Self-Care is Important: Five Easy Habits to Get You Started
It’s very easy to place yourself on the back burner because it demands so much of your attention.

What you need to realize is that it’s important to make sure you take good care of yourself, especially if you have work-related stress that drains you out every day. Don’t take the precautions only when you get sick, practicing self-care should be done on a regular basis. It isn’t always easy, but it’s important to take a break when you need it and take care of yourself.

No matter how much you desire to live a decent and prosperous life, self-care is needed to live a fulfilled life. With that being said, you shouldn’t neglect, self-care.

Five Easy Habits to Get You Started

1. Make it a point to ensure you get enough sleep each night and make it a part of your self-care routine. If you want a chance at a productive day, sleep can have a huge effect on your attitude and how your day turns out. To prevent feeling both emotionally and physically drained, put together a self-care method that involves getting to bed each night at the same time, that will ensure you get a good night’s rest. It is something that will remove stress and other distractions that wreak havoc on our sleep habit.

2. Eat healthier and make it a self-care habit: We’ve all heard the phrase “You are what you eat”. It’s a saying that means if you want to be healthy and fit, it is important that you eat good, healthy food. The food you eat has a significant impact on your state of mind and health. What you eat will keep you in good health or it can potentially contribute to awful weight gain and unwanted diseases such as diabetes.

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Wasteful Holiday Spending!

The holiday is on us and it’s that time of year again; the season when people do a lot of wasteful spending. It’s the season for gift-giving, and the urge to splurge on things that toss money down the drain. With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, many are thinking about the special people they want to give a gift.

The survey revealed that people are not excited by gift-giving, they are only honoring holiday traditions. It also confirms that people want to unwrap gifts that will make them “a little more” happier and will not bring about too much hardship.

Furthermore, the recipient feels people need to think harder about what they are buying because many are tired of receiving gifts that they would not buy for themselves. Besides, a lot of people yield to one of the most wasteful traditional of all-time, they buy Christmas cards to share the joys of the holiday season and mail them nationwide.

Buying holiday card(s) can be pricey, and the money paid to send them is wasteful. While people send holiday cards in an attempt to bring good cheer, sending holiday cards is reckless because all the people do is filling up the trash can after they receive them.

Spending hasn’t changed much over the past few years and neither has effective advertising. Through promotion, you’ll see a noticeable increase in sales of the ads that are placed to persuade shoppers to buy things they don’t need. Moreover, the three main traditional holidays people allow themselves to waste a lot of money on are Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Many will get caught up buying giant bags of candy to pass out to the neighborhood for Halloween, but whether you’re passing out candy or entertaining a Halloween party, it still wasteful spending.

Some homeowners will decorate the front yard with scary decorations to honor Halloween. The children will dress up in their favorite costume and go from door to door to trick-or-treat for candy. But when it comes down to it, people spend money on holiday things they don’t need so it is wasteful spending.

This holiday season, whether you’re entertaining a small party for only the family or hosting a large group that includes a lot of friends, you must plan the entire event, including food, wine, and decoration. The average woman will buy the biggest turkey to cook a large meal for Thanksgiving when its all wasteful spending. All and all, the holiday that holds the candle for the most lavish indulgence of wasteful spending through purchasing a lot of gifts and sending out holiday cards is Christmas.

He who buys what he does not need, steals from himself. – Swedish Proverb

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For many honoring the holiday is a meaningful part of a yearly tradition, and to a lot of people, it symbolizes getting into debt. The holiday season can bring about stress and misery if you do not know how to minimize the pressure that comes with it.

There is a quote that says, “He who buys what he does not need, steals from himself.” I concur with this quote, buying what you don’t need for the holiday isn’t wise. Also, people should give away gifts people are happy to open; and need if not, it ends up being something of a waste.

Halloween is a yearly tradition that is celebrated on October 31st. A lot of children spend Halloween dressing up and trick-or-treating for candy. You can drive by different homes and see all kinds of scary Halloween displays in many yards. Decorations like a carve Jack-o-lantern, the most common theme among zombies, the apocalypse, ghost, black cats, witches, spiders, skulls, and skeletons.

The National Retail Federation surveyed Halloween on more than 7,400 people. The survey questions whether or not people plan to celebrate Halloween by handing out candy. If they will dress in costume and whether or not they will decorate the home.

Of the 100% survey, it reveals that 68% plan to celebrate and 32% do not. Also, it shares that 69% will hand out candy. 47% of the people will dress in costume. And 49% of homeowners will celebrate the holiday by decorating the home.

Some might consider Halloween’s celebration a very affordable holiday, especially since It doesn’t cost as much as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Bear in mind, wasting whether big or small is unwise.

Halloween is considered the ultimate kids’ holiday and since the adult is too old to trick-or-treat it could appear as if all the fun is limited. But who says Halloween is just for the kids, its funfor all ages. It comes with the mysterious and spooky things the adult can do to have some fun with decorations, food, drinks and hosting a Halloween party.

The top five costumes for children and adults to wear on Halloween are a witch, zombie, superheroes, vampires, and princess attire. According to LendEDU, the average American will spend (waste) around $162.29 on candy, decoration, and costume for Halloween.

According to an online survey, an estimated cost of money to be wasted on Halloween in 2019

The three most popular candy for Halloween: skittles, M&M, and snickers

A popular Halloween item: Pier 1 Imports, a black cat LED Light-Up figure for $14.98.

A portion of the spending on candy: Candy 34% ($55.18)

Cost of home decoration: 29% ($47.06)

What waste on Costumes: 37% ($60.05)

Total spending: $162.29 per person; $8.8 billion total nationwide

Costume and Candy are to Halloween what buying gifts are to Christmas. Dressing up in costume and collecting candy make the scary festivities what it is today and the children are just as excited as they are receiving presents on Christmas.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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Bible Verses to Encourage, Uplift and Give Strength During Hard Times!

People are in search of answers as to what to do during troubled times, so much corruption is coming to light that many questions, “How does anyone find peace in so many difficult situations? If you desire to stay positive during difficult times, you’ll need to read the encouraging and uplifting Bible verses that I put together. These Bible verses share how and where to find strength during the worst of times.

You can quit being a victim as I learn to, although it is easier to seize the role of a victim during tough times rather than take responsibilities for yourself. But, hear me when I say that burden comes with many rough nights where you will not get enough sleep. It’s best to focus on the positive and re-evaluate the meaning of your life.

Better yet, why not take the time to read through these scriptures, I am sharing, Bible verses that help me to learn God is my strength during the worst of times. He will be your strength as well and He will lead you safely through the storm; he did with me.

I found so much peace and strength in the Bible verses, I am sharing with you. If you are going through trials, tribulations and wondering where do you find your strength? In the midst of troubling times when you are at odds as to what to do, look to God for strength.

When everything seems to be going wrong, you need words of encouragement to give strength and assurance in the worst of times. Bear in mind, it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do to endure. No matter what you’re going through, here are some encouraging Bible verses for strength, uplift, encourage and something to remind you that tough times will come, but they don’t always have to last.

Bible Verses for Strength in Hard Times

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

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18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

1 Peter 4:12-13, 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Scriptures that shares you don’t have to Worry, or Fear, Find Your Strength in Him.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Luke 12:25-26, 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Psalm 27:1-3, 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

Scriptures to help us through hard times and share our God with us through it all

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

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If Someone Doesn’t Appreciate Your Presence, Make Them Appreciate Your Absence!

If you feel like people step all over you, it’s time to take action. You must value yourself first to gain the confidence necessary to put your foot down. | Source

Underappreciation: We’ve All Been There

Being treated poorly or unfairly, giving without receiving anything in return, feeling victimized by the people we love the most—we’ve all been there.

But if you are feeling underappreciated more often than not, it is time to put your foot down and learn to truly value your life and contributions to society. Learn to be caring in a healthy way, recognize detrimental behavior, and set some ground rules.

How to Appreciate Yourself and Be Appreciated by Others

  • Practice Generosity (in Moderation)
  • Identify Selfishness
  • Set Boundaries

From my experience, I have learned that people will only treat you poorly if you allow them to. But to get the appreciation you deserve, you must learn to appreciate yourself first. So let’s get started!

If you give all of your flowers away, your garden will be barren and lackluster.
If you give all of your flowers away, your garden will be barren and lackluster. | Source

Practice Generosity (in Moderation)

A generous person might be inclined to give someone everything they have, but the gesture can mean very little to the wrong recipient. A one-way flow of energy like that is very detrimental to a generous person’s health.

Are You TOO Generous?

A generous person is usually underappreciated and taken for granted. It is not that giving is a “bad thing” (far from it), but giving when you receive very little in return is unfair to you. If you are allowing another to take advantage of your niceness, it can lead to a feeling of hopelessness and support the false belief that you don’t deserve respect.

Consider the following to help determine if you might be too generous:

  • You find yourself putting the needs of others before your own.
  • If you are not able to “give” the way you would like to, you find yourself apologizing excessively.
  • It’s possible you might be giving because you want to feel admired, loved, or desired.
  • You see yourself as the “provider” in almost every relationship.
  • You feel guilty when someone gives something to you.
  • You are uncomfortable at the thought of asking for something.

Don’t Neglect Yourself!

Someone who is too generous gives, and gives, and gives, even if it means neglecting themselves. Remember, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

If you are being too generous, it is important to recognize your unhealthy habits. If you continue down this path, it will leave you in a situation that is emotionally draining.

Once you have recognized this, it is time to put your foot down. You might feel guilty for saying “no.” You may even find yourself feeling as if you are letting others down. But you must put yourself above all others, and only practice generosity if it is a positive experience for all.

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Signs You’re Eating Way Too Much Salt

Salt is the seasoning that most people cannot have their food without. And while the body does need salt to function properly, consuming too much of it could be very harmful to your health.

Are You Eating too Much Salt?

If you are unsure how much sodium you are consuming in your daily diet, there is a possibility you might be eating way too much of it. With that being said, it’s best to understand whether or not, you need to limit your intake. To know the amount of sodium in your food, you can read the Nutrition Facts label and understand how much salt is in the food you buy.

The dietary guidelines for salt intake per day consist of lesser than 2,300 mg. If you are someone who’s used to adding more salt to your food, the older you get, it is very important to be cautious of what you eat. Salt is an essential part of the human diet, but some foods you eat can be high in salt, even before you add it as a seasoning.

Maybe you are not too familiar with the foods that are very high in sodium. Sodium is located in foods like canned vegetables, fast processed foods, instant oatmeal, veggie burgers, cottage cheese, food that’s heavily lower in sodium and sweets like cookies are all a few foods that are high in salt and it’s something most people probably don’t know.

Too much sodium intake can make you feel in a way you normally shouldn’t and if not corrected it can contribute to you suffering from mild, chronic hyponatremia. Even more, who would ever guess that salt could impact your brain function.

Reducing dietary salt is not only important for those who already have elevated blood pressure – limiting added salt is essential for all of us to remain in good health. Joel Fuhrman

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Here are signs that you’re eating way too much salt and need to cut back

  • Extreme thirst: when you eat foods with a high amount of sodium, you feel thirsty and sometimes your thirst is stronger than usual. You might experience being thirstier than ever because too much salt is messing with the stability of fluid in your body. At times, the thirst continues even after you drink water or another drink to kill it. You will need to drink a lot of water to flush and restore your blood cells.
  • You will experience hypertension: High blood pressure is often associated with eating too much salt. When you add too much sodium in your diet, it can lead to high blood pressure. This causes the heart to hold extra fluid in the body that will make the heart pump harder. To correct the issue and avoid high blood pressure, you will need to put together a low sodium diet that can assist in lowering your blood pressure.
  • Excessive swelling in the body: Consuming too much salt contributes to your body looking and feeling more bloated. It’s a swelling of extra fluid in your body called edema. Edema is an underlying disease, a symptom with an easy solution which is to cut back on salt and cook your food with a substitute; a flavorful herb or spice.
  • You experience a stomach ulcer: Eating too much salt can damage the stomach lining causing a stomach ulcer. Most might not know it, but a person who’s a big potato chip eater is taking in too much salt. Most chips are high in sodium and eating them regularly destroys the inside of the stomach. Sodium is connected to a stomach ulcer.
  • Frequent headaches: When you eat food that is high in sodium, it will most likely give you headaches. If you do not drink a lot of water, your body is probably dehydrated. You will need to monitor the amount of salt that you intake and drink a lot of water.

Most of the food we eat is loaded with sodium, therefore it is best to substitute another seasoning for salt. Although, it won’t come easy as there isn’t a spice that accurately imitates the way salt tastes. But as you age, you should try to watch your salt intake, and pay careful attention to the amount of sodium in the food you eat. If you see, your body is consuming too much salt make the necessary changes.

There are several different seasonings that people can use to put a taste in their food, except salt is the overall favorite. Although, it is necessary to control how much you consume.

Some of us, when we cook, automatically reaches for the salt to add it when we should try different herbs and spices that can add flavor to our food without taking in too much sodium. There are fresh herbs and garlic that you can learn to love that are flavorful while you wean yourself off the excess salt. These spices have anti-inflammatory benefits.

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If You Died Today, Would You Be Prepared?

Death is something no one wants to face, yet it is something we all should prepare for ending our journey. Death never takes a wise man by surprise, he’s always ready. For this reason, I ask you, “If your last day was today, are you prepared?” What if you learned today was your last day? Why not prepare for a good end of life and treat your last day like it’s a gift you treasure?

Our time here on Earth is limited and we must not waste our life because one day all of us will die. While we cannot control the course of time, we can get the most out of it. There’s power in acceptance. We have to accept that we won’t live forever. Although we won’t live forever, we have to learn how to live and appreciate each day.

If you had only a day to live, what would you do? Would you spend time wondering and pondering, “Did you live a full and satisfying life?” Or would you have a lot of regret at your final moment? Maybe you don’t understand what you’ve lived through, or feel you didn’t have enough time. Perhaps you’ll have much gratitude for a life well-lived.

Some of us act as if we’ll never die. And give very little thought to the question, if my last day was today, am I prepared?” You don’t consider what will happen if you died unprepared.

If you were told today is your last day how would you spend it is an intriguing question. Some might answer by saying they would want family and friends around them. Others may respond by saying they desire to be left alone.

When a man knows he’s going to die, he feels the need to prepare to ensure his last end time is planned right. He might even feel the need to right the wrong he has done. And some people might want to get some things off their chest or just do things differently. Various people might even want to spend their last precious moment attempting to freeze time so they will have more time left to enjoy their loved ones.

Only, there is no way a man can stop time, but he can take full advantage of the time he has left with his loved ones. But there is no denying that life is full of surprises, so why not treasure and enjoy every precious moment. Death is never the thing desired by anyone, but life would be so much easier after a man dies, if he would have a plan for the end of life, to make his wishes known.

Is there anything you want to be known? Possibly you want to talk about how you feel or make your last request known. Maybe you will find room in your heart to forgive the person who wrongs you for many years. Forgive and begin living because you’ll never know for certain the time your life will tick down to the end.

If today is your last day how would you spend it is an intriguing question. Some would answer by saying they would want to be surrounded by family and friends. And others just desire to be left alone.

A man should never fear death, but he should take the time to process the concept, and accept the inevitability of it. Moreover, no matter how prepared you think you are for death, you can never be fully prepared to die. Plus none of us will know-how, or when, we’re going to leave this earth or how our life will end.

There is a quote by Mark Twain that says, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” He doesn’t have to live in fear of dying, he can make peace with knowing that someday he will die. He made peace by simultaneously taking control of his lives. Moreover, he prepared for the day he will die.

The number one question is why not enjoy the time you have left on Earth? And why fear death when you can never avoid it? Your assumption that death will be difficult is incorrect, death is something very simple, humans have just complexified it.

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply. Billy Graham

There is no easy way to prepare for the passing of a loved one, especially one that you lean on for support. I lost two peoples that I lean on for support, three years apart; my mother and husband much unexpected and I was so unprepared. The initial shock made me feel as if I lost a part of myself. I can remember standing at the head of the grave watching the coffin lowered in the ground, and feeling as if a part of me was buried as well.

My mother was the one person who could see my faults, even when I tried to hide them and she would call me out on them in the most effective way. She made me feel as if there is always room for improvement, even when I felt I was at my best.

After losing my mother, I reflect on how blessed I was to be born to a wise, rare woman with so many great qualities. Different unique characteristics that she would share with me and they had a way of making everything in my life so much better. Furthermore, I will miss her being around to ensure I never make excuses for my shortcomings or settle in life.

She taught me what it means to grow up to be a woman with integrity. Not every girl gets so blessed to have a mother to raise them to understand a person’s word is their bond and have morals and values in life. Coping with losing my mother contributed to me losing so much in life. It was hard to recover but after almost a year of anxiety and stress of trying to figure out how to continue without her. I finally was able to focus on learning to live fully again.

My husband was that one person who was available and there to assist me to recover after my mother’s death. He was a realist and the one who knew how to smile even in the worst of times. When things went wrong as they sometimes did, he would flash that big beautiful smile and go search for a solution to find the best one.

He was a man with a big smile that had an even larger heart. There is no doubt that he was one of the most loving and forgiving people anyone can meet. He spread love where ever he went. To a certain extent, he felt the need to love and help whoever he came in contact with. In many cases, he was the type of man that felt helping others is the secret to living a life that is not only happier but brighter. And he would never let anyone come to him without leaving feeling so much better and a happier person.

To lose him was one of my biggest challenges, I ever had to overcome. Only knowing he wanted me to maintain without him and raising the beautiful baby girl we shared assist me to pull it all together. Furthermore, it gave me the strength to continue living.

No one knows when they will leave this world, there are unexpected deaths every day of the week. Death is a surprise, no one expects to leave home and the end. Thus, you need to prepare before you die. After death, the body returns to dust and the earth. The spirit will return to God.

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The Secret Ways You Flush Money Away: Seven Highly Unnecessary Expenses People Waste Money on Every Day!

Some people are so wasteful with their money until they realize just how much of their income is secretly flushed down the drain each year. The last thing anyone should want to do is create debts or waste money on everyday desires and wants. But Americans waste thousands of dollars. Before they know it the monthly bills quietly sneak up and there’s not enough money left to cover their expenses.

Just about everyone is working within their own set of constraints. The ability to have self-control and maintain your emotions and behaviors is typically called willpower. When you know something is restraining you from living with awareness, understanding the purpose of self-control can be essential for your health and happiness.

Although you may not see overspending as a total waste, purchasing an extra item here and spending additional dollars there makes costs add up rather quickly. The smarter approach is to know where your money is going and how to enjoy it the most, thereby reducing the purchasing desires.

There’s nothing wrong with purchasing small luxuries and tiny treats, but when you buy them constantly and unconsciously, it’s time to know how to stop the most common wallet-draining spending habits so you can begin keeping more of your money in your pocket.

Find out about the biggest money-wasters in this article and take the time to understand. You work hard for your money, why waste your check on things that don’t give you pleasure? When you are overshopping, piling up too much stuff, it is common for you to buy the same item twice, forgetting that you already purchased it before. The unfortunate result is recklessness, and less satisfaction. It’s time you learn how to stop secretly flushing your money down the drain.

If you are a person who spends money carelessly and recklessly, here are five questions you should ask yourself.

  • Why am I so careless with my hard-earned money?
  • Why am I throwing away money that can be put to better use, especially since it didn’t bring me joy?
  • Why don’t I take the necessary steps to make sure I don’t secretly flush my money down the drain?
  • How do I stop overspending and take the necessary steps to respond accurately to every desire as it arises?
  • How can I start setting goals, and build a budget?

I’m not saying spending money is a bad thing – its purpose is design to use and it’s important to have self-discipline. Who doesn’t want to save money on a good sale? Besides, a deal is what attracts us to shop. However, if you would take the time to think, I’m sure you’ll realize that a sale is something to entice you to spend a lot of money. And offering a discount price is the retailer’s way to attract new customers. But the key message is they don’t give away anything. Furthermore, the flash sales offer is there mainly to encourage loyalty and take your money away.

Reason Why You are Overspending

It’s no secret people spend money for many reasons. Some are not at all uncommon. Although the biggest issue is poor decisions, wants, and temptations. Furthermore, it is the poor decisions people make that secretly flush the money down the drain makes it easy to spend money, but saving money is so hard. Although, most times if we’re just honest with ourselves, we can avoid making the mistakes that contribute to overspending. Three reasons why people overspend:

  1. Shopping and Not Tracking Your Spending Habits: Most of us know the importance of keeping track of our finances and spending habits, yet we choose not to trace our income and live beyond our means. When you have that type of behavior, it doesn’t matter how small or large your income, you’ll never be in control of your money. However, if you track your expenses, daily it can help you get your finances under control. You will know what’s coming in and where your money going each month.
  2. Paying with the Credit/Debit Card Study shows that people spend 15% more whey they use a credit or debit card over paying with cash. When a person spends cash, they miss the money, but when they shop with a card, they able to overspend because it feels like using someone else’s money.
  3. A Lack of Self-Discipline. Self-discipline is a crucial requirement to make good decisions. A lack of it means it’s hard to resist the attraction that comes with impulsive spending. Self-discipline requires effort, inner strength and control, for that reason, most people don’t have it.
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According to an online survey, more than eight of ten Americans admit to wasting money, and in many circumstances, this useless spending isn’t just a few dollars, it by a large margin. If you are wondering what are the seven highly unnecessary expenses people waste money on everyday read on.

  1. Small-dollar purchases: like cigarettes, energy drinks, coffee, and bottled water. Small spending can add up to big money before you know it. Nevertheless, if you would takethe time to reflect and see how mindless spending can cause a drastic loss of income.

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Shaken, Not Stirred!


At times, life has a way of shaking everything that can be shaken inside of you. It can shake you so hard that it can affect every aspect of your life. From my experience when a person experiences this kind of challenging trials, it’s only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened. And when someone encounters a profound trial, it mounts to be one of the most compelling priceless gifts anyone can receive.

When life traps you in a debilitating or life-threatening situation, it feels like you’re living in a thick fog that separates you from the rest of the world. It’s the kind of unshakeable experience that comes with a distinctive test, and what’s challenging feels overwhelming; what’s disheartening feels unbearable and you desperately want the difficulty and hurt to just go away.

In other words, I learned the heartache and pain you’re feeling is what serves a special purpose for your good and it is God ways of pulling you out of your comfort zones so that you can grow closer to Him.

Reminiscing back to my early 30’s, the trials and tribulations were much like a martini. They came in mixed distress and a shaken that feels like severe pain that’s hard to distinguish from different part of the body. Some encounter came to shake me really hard and others I didn’t allow to stir me. The aftermath of the encounter was more like the whirlwind that sweeps away every object it meets. And I was left feeling like an uncertain juggler in the pursuit of balance.


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Bible Verses to Encourage, Uplift and Give Strength During Hard Times

People are searching for answers as what to do in troubled times, so much corruption coming to light that all around the country, Americans are in need of words of encouragement.

Therefore, I decided to put together some encouraging and uplifting Bible verses sharing how and where you can find strength in the midst of hard times. Through these scriptures, I am sharing, I learn God is my strength during the worst of times and He will lead me safely through the storm.

I found so much peace and strength in the Bible verses, I am sharing with you. If you are going through trials, tribulations and wondering where do you find your strength? In the midst of troubling times when you are at odds as what to do, look to God for strength.

When everything seems to be going wrong, you need words of encouragement to give strength and assurance in the worst of times. Bear in mind, it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do to endure. No matter what you’re going through, here are some encouraging Bible verses for strength, uplift, encourage and something to remind you that tough times will come, but they don’t always have to last.

Bible Verses for Strength in Hard Times

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

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18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

1 Peter 4:12-13, 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Scriptures that shares you don’t have to Worry, or Fear, Find Your Strength in Him.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Luke 12:25-26, 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Psalm 27:1-3, 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

Scriptures to help us through hard times and share our God with us through it all

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

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A Rude Awakening, a Massive Effect; the Day the World Stops Turning, Part 2

Sometimes it’s the smallest of events to happen to you that can change your life forever. The small experience that changes Eliza’s life was the shock and agony of hearing a word never said to her before, “NO” and it contributed to her losing herself.

She will need to take time to re-evaluate where she feels the best parts of her have gone, but like many of us, Eliza has experienced her first lesson in learning no one gets everything He/She wants.

It has been five days since Eliza received the shock of her life. The initial trauma that has her so consumed with sorrow is wearing off, but the anxiety is starting to come in waves putting her in the worse of mood.

From her devastating experience, she’s made no conscious effort to take control of her life. Eliza has allowed things to get so bad that the only color she’s wearing is black. And at times, she wears a black veil over her face as she sits in one area and stares forward as she hums to herself and refuses any association with others.

Eliza’s mother is trying everything in her power to lift her spirit and bring back the bossy, spoiled princess brat the servant is released to receive a break from. She has not left the house, and hardly ever eats.

“Yes,” Eliza is upset, and the rejection took a significant toll on her, but the thing that really brings about heartache is the one thing that is hard for anyone to control and that “Love.” What Eliza feels for Monty is “Love,” but because she’s so inexperienced in it, he did not understand the message she was trying to convey.

True love is formed upon free will and freedom of choice:

She went about everything wrong, trying to intimidate and threaten Monty to do what she desired physically is wrong. But what she failed to realize is “True love is formed upon free will and freedom of choice, not control and manipulation.”

Now it’s hard for her to learn that regardless of how much money, command, or authority a person thinks they hold, one thing they definitely can’t control, and that’s “Love“.

When it comes to being in love Eliza is in the dark where others have seen the light. She learns this first hand to lose all power she felt she held and temporarily loses herself after she fell in love with a handsome young man who refuses to be her victim.

Eliza had a role in a movie she desired to take part in, but the grief, anger, and hurt she feels is preventing her from being apart. She’s grieving with much pain while her heart is broken and aches so much.

Eliza mother’s Elizabeth wrote a letter to the writer and executive producer of the movies. She begins by stating, I am writing on behalf of my daughter, Eliza and what I am putting on this paper is her words, and with her permission, I am giving you her sincere apology for being unable to rehearse or be a part of the film she was scheduled to be a part of.

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These days Eliza life consists of feeling stunned, heartbroken, and welcoming of emotional pain. She has started to hurt in places that she thought used to feel okay. Her big brothers have been trying to encourage her and do all in their power to assist her through her heartache and pain.

Harry sits and talks to Eliza; at this time, it was later in the morning just a little past when most people begin making the best of their day. He shared with her the pain she’s feeling is normal and she needs to take it slow, so she can begin taking back control and feeling like herself.

A Brother is a friend to the spirit:

Harry continues to talk to Eliza, and finally, he reached her, she replied to him by saying, “What happened to me was a big disappointment. It was very frustrating because the guy I wanted to go to the prom with so much said “NO” only he’s a guy from a whole new generation, the heartthrob type that is a total dreamboat.

Harry asked Eliza to share the details with him as to what happened; she told him, “I walked up and offered to allow Monty to take me to the prom, he’s a heartthrob, the hunk of a dreamboat I wanted to take me to the prom, except he said, “NO thank you.” I was flabbergasted, how can he say that word to me? No one ever said that to me.

After listening to Eliza rant and go on about Monty, Harry notices his little sister is in love and doesn’t know to deal with her feelings, and her sorrow is that she’s heartbroken with grief-stricken.

So, his every intention is to make sure she doesn’t stay at odds for a long time over a guy. Harry plans to help his sister pick up the pieces and move forward. Harry told Eliza to admit, she has a strong feeling for Monty. Unless she gathers the courage and confesses her feelings, she won’t be able to get better.

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A Tale of Best friends till the End of Time, Part 2

Sometimes it is all so obvious that two peoples are meant to be friends. A best friend is sometimes the guy/girl you never thought you would talk to, just another person you think you’ll never ever see again.

Only, once two people come into contact with each other. And after having a pleasant conversation over lunch, they will discover they have a lot in common and become the best of friends.

When two peoples are meant to be friends, it truly shows. Often, a great friendship is developing the moment they both start a conversation and from that day on nothing is the same.

Love goes all the way back to Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet’s meeting and falling in love, in Shakespeare’s tale as “star-crossed” lovers. It was a dangerous love that ended in death, no one should make this type of decision for love.

Although, we’ve all lived the played-the-fool role for love at least once in our life. Let’s not follow the footsteps of Shakespeare’s tale of Romeo and Juliet, their love was doomed from the very start.

Perhaps, Romeo and Juliet are a tale written but it is scary to think that there are people living today in that position themselves, in a love that turns out to place them in a very dangerous situation.

Henry was at home alone crying and listening to music to attempt to clear his head as he was tired of being in a love where he felt his entire life was crumbling. He thought back to all the good times and the smiles he shared with his best friend, John.

As he listened to Karen White’s song, I’d Rather Be Alone. The lyrics began to catch his attention. Much as it pained him to admit it, it was as if this song was written for him.

Mmm…mmm…I don’t wanna be a fool, I don’t wanna be a fool for love, No, no, I won’t, no, Hey, no, ooh…I know that people do go through changes, yeah, but this just don’t make no damn sense. If we’re gonna keep sayin’ we love one another, yeah, yeah. Well, then we better stop fightin’ and arguin’. …cause baby, I’ve heard. I’m sorry. Too many, many times before.

Now I know better, it hurts to hold on to this kind of love even more, No, I’m not crazy, I won’t be a fool, a fool for love, cause I know I’d rather be alone than be here unhappy, I’m not gonna choose, choose for you, cause I know I’d rather be alone than be here unhappy, I know it’s time to go when I feel lonely. When I’m layin’ in your arms and it don’t feel right, oh, cause every…

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As Henry listened to the song, I’d Rather Be Alone by Karen White, deep down inside he distinguished he had been a fool. He also knew he had been the biggest jerk to his best friend, John, and he had to fix his wrongdoing.

It took Henry a little time but, he finally picked up the telephone and called John to ask to meet him for lunch at their favorite restaurant. John was all too happy to agree.

John entered the restaurant first, he shared with the hostess that he was meeting a friend. She nodded confirming that she knew she had to bring Henry and sit him at the table when he arrived.

Five minutes later, Henry arrived and immediately the hostess knew he was the friend John was waiting on, so she directed him to the table, the two greeted each other and Henry took a seat.

While Henry was talking to John to clear the air, ten minutes into the conversation, he looked up and saw that Evelyn stood nearby like as if she had followed him. Had she been there all along? Had she heard the conversation between John and Henry?

Henry was in the middle of his statement when he saw Evelyn so he stopped short in his words. He felt her presence was an intrusion on what he had hoped would be a private conversation between two friends.

It had taken a lot for Henry to find an unhurried afternoon to meet face to face with John and admit his wrong. Evelyn walked over to the table with a passive aggressive attitude. She said, “Look, I heard most of the conversation and I thought you were speaking from the heart and it was terrific.”

“I’m so sorry to have inflicted so much pain on you,” she paused. “No worry, I will do better,” said Evelyn. Henry was shocked and lacked the words to say in return.

He knew at that very moment if he wanted to continue being someone Evelyn had respect for, he had to maintain control and be the man he should have been in the beginning. He responded by saying, “I expect great things of the people I hang around with.”

Those words and that moment were so packed with meaning to Evelyn that she shimmered through time allowing her imagination to work over time. Henry told Evelyn, “You rudely interrupted us and joined the conversation, you owe John an apology. We can talk later.”

In that totally unforeseeable moment, she got a dazzling glimpse of what Henry was made of and the embarrassed Evelyn mustered an apology to John for the intrusion. She told Henry that they would speak later and left the table.

For Henry, that was the moment that made him the man he desired to be in Evelyn’s life. Better yet, the thing that worked in Henry’s favor was that he realized his wrong and dealt with his issues head-on.

He finally understood that life provides turning points of many kinds but the most powerful of all was in a person’s character that revealed moments. The moments that explained a person personality, it described it so well that it went right to the heart of who you were.

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A Tale of Best friends Till the End of Times, Part 1

true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. Here we are going to discuss the mindset of two friends and the moral responsibility they had in support of one another.

People may come and go, but two friends will be there for each other until the end. Well, that’s what one friend though when it came to his best friend, except one made the choice to be tired of feeling as if he’s living with his friend shallow. He made the decision he wanted the life, love and the success that comes with it and he didn’t care how he got it.

John and Henry:

John and Henry were two best friends who shared a friendship where they make the distance seem so near to each other even when they were so far away. They had each other back to the point where they provide security for each other in an unsafe, insecure world. John and Henry both considered themselves to be strangers hard to feel at home in an evil world that will happily pull both feet from under you when you least expect it and at the worst of times.

They met at a retreat for lonely people struggling to gain the ability to obtain security to meet people they have the most in common with. It was as if it was Faith that brought these two together as best friends.

John stood up and introduced himself first and what he shared about himself hit so close to home in similarity to Henry’s life that He listens and knew they both had a lot in common. Both young males were at the retreat because their mother made them attend or get put out of the family home.

When it was Henry time to stand up and introduce himself, he was so overcome with the John introduction that he was unable to share his presentation of who he was with the group. He was so afraid everybody would think he stood up to just copy and share John’s words.

After the retreat was over Henry attempted to run off in fear and to prevent from saying anything to John. All he wants to do is avoid John, John senses his avoidance so he blocked the doorway and held his hand out and said, “Hello, I’m John and what’s your name?”

Still, very unease with John, Henry tried to turn his head and look off with his hands in his pockets in hope John would go on and leave him alone. The way John handles himself with Henry one would think he’s a man of confident, active and living a full and varied life. Although his life was the entire opposite and that’s the true reason John is at the retreat.

What John said that caught Henry attention the most is when he stood and said, “I do my best to meet people, I feel I am outgoing, I’m not timid, but I’m lonely and don’t have any friends.” Those words were the exact way Henry felt and it was as if he shared them himself.

The way Henry acted John knew he was running in fear away from something and he felt deep in his soul, he was the guy to assist him in stopping. John felt I’m utterly friendless, therefore, I have nothing to lose in taking a risk to meet a guy who seems to be making it a point to avoid him and better yet, there is no reason I’m so lonely; I’m a good guy, well most of the time unless someone forces my hand.

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A Rude Awakening, a Massive Effect; the Day the World Stops Turning, Part 1

Eliza Windsor, a rich princess brat that grew up believing the world is hers to live, think, and do as she, please. She was the only girl born with two brothers who were very overprotective of her. Growing up, Eliza was the most fortunate little girl; she could have everything she wants, and “NO” was a word she did not hear. And please, thank you, and you’re welcome was three words, not in her vocabulary.
She grew up with everybody around her doing all they can to make her happy — she likes making people speak what she desires to hear and do as she says. Eliza did not play with dolls; jump ropes and all the stuff the other little girl grew up doing. She played games that involved the similarity with Cinderella character where everybody listens to her give out orders and wait on her hands and feet.
At the age of sixteen, Eliza laid eyes on a handsome basketball player by the name of Monty James. She was so attractive to him, except “Love” was something Eliza had no experience in so, she didn’t know how to handle the pleasant feeling she was experiencing.
After going out her way to come face to face with Monty, Eliza approached him with an advance that was of no interest to him, after all, a relationship is voluntary, and if a man is not committed, he will say, ” No thanks in advance.” And that’s pretty much what Monty said, and that very day, Eliza was up for a rude awakening, she thought about little else, and it took a considerable amount of effect, and it was the day the world stops turning, and she experiences her very first panic attack.
The Windsor family consist of a mother, two boys, and one girl. The two boys’ names are Henry VI and Harry VII. The girl name is Eliza. The mother’s name is Elizabeth and the daddy’s name Henry V. He’s no longer lives in the home, the Windsor live in a gorgeous nine-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion. It comes with a private pool, nail salon and spa, movie theatre, fitness center, a game room, bowling alley, and basketball court.
Eliza great grandfather, Henry III, is considered the Prince of Denmark and the Queen’s eldest son. He is the first in line to the throne when the Queen dies. After he passes away, Eliza’s dad, Henry the V will inherit the throne as the eldest son of the Prince, Henry IV is dead. Princess Eliza is the younger daughter of Prince Henry V and Elizabeth. Her full title is Her Royal Highness, but she has no official surname yet. When she marries, she will retain her royal title, but will more than likely have the option of taking the husband’s surname.
Eliza is the only girl and the youngest born with two brothers, which allowed her to be spoiled and get her way in every way. She got her way to not go to a private only school. But oh, how she long and sometimes wishes she could escape the confines of a life where servant does everything, and she never gets to travel alone.
In some cases, the dynamics reveal that money predictably influences the way one goes on to think about their way of life, work, passions, and other people. That underlying influence must be right in the case of Eliza; she was raised to believe she should be worship in every way necessary and accustomed to being honored as a divine being as she enjoys life.
One might wonder how Eliza could think the world is her oyster? Perhaps it’s because she is like most people who have a lot of money, they believe they can have anything they want.
Eliza’s mother and dad divorced when she was thirteen years old; he traded her in for a younger model. She is an adolescent who loves taking the fate of others into her own hands. Her family is wealthy, so she feels that money is freedom, help her to live a good life, and it gives her the ability to pursue her passion, in fact, money allows her to do whatever she pleases.
“Awakening is not changing who you are but discarding who you are not.” Deepak Chopra
Eliza has a history of playing with guys emotion and making them feel as if she has them on a string jigging them up and down like a puppet. She also has a history of making other females feel low and as if they are living in a low-morality world.
Monty is a seventeen-year-old handsome young man that is adored by many females. He’s well respected because he’s socially and physically dominant. He was raised and influence of a well-rounded assertive father. Some men have ‘lopsided power,’ they strong in unforeseen situations and weak in the next, but not Monty, he’s a young man that knows how to be very powerful in almost every way.
He was raised in a vigorous home; his family is not wealthy but middle class. Monty mother raised him always to respect and treat a woman as he would treat her, and he’s done his best always to honor what he was taught.
Eliza and Monty have attended the same school for a year. Monty is a senior in high school, and Eliza is a junior. The two have never met face to face until recently. Monty is the captain of the basketball team and the most dominant players in the lineup.
He has managed to establish himself as one of the most popular Small forward (SF) at Denmark High. He can play as a Power forward as well. It’s been predicted that Monty abilities are so good that he will be able to skip college and go play pro basketball in the NBA after graduating high school if he chooses to.
Monty is also on the debate team and is the head writer (journalist) of the school student newspaper. He’s part of the music, and drama team in which he feels it open his mind to so many things. Because he is involved in so much, he has very little time to attend school parties or have a personal life. For this reason, Monty has not met Eliza until a couple of days ago.
Upon meeting, Monty, Eliza was so taken with him. She thought of him often; she had to learn his name. Since the seven grades, Eliza has been going through boyfriends as an addicted smoker goes through cigarettes.
Eliza is a rich, snobbish girl; head cheerleader and she was crowned Ms. Denmark Junior High of the school, and she plans on becoming prom queen this year at the prom. Everybody knows she paid her way to be Ms. Denmark Junior High because she’s not popular with her classmate and Linda was in the lead by a huge margin that was not possible to overcome the day of the decision. Only when the decision was made, Eliza was announced as the winner.
Eliza laid eyes on Monty, and she wants him as her boy toy. She does not know what “Love” is, nor does she know how to show it, so she wants Monty as something she can have around, show off and treat the way she pleases. Eliza begins asking questions and doing her homework on Monty before approaching him.
Eliza is a person who is used to getting what she wants and most times after she receives it, she’s bored in no times and makes the decision it’s not what I thought so she disposed of it. And if it’s a person, she messes over him and sends him packing in the worst way.
Monty is a modest and well-respected young man with a bulk of intelligence. He surrounds his life around been involved with many activities helping others; he delivers meals to the seniors from a company he co-founded with his dad named Senior Forages.
It was Monty ideal to found and name the company Senior Forages. He wanted the name to stand for what he desires to do, and that provides food assistance to seniors.
As an astute businessman, Monty hired some of the best marketing team to assist him in ensuring the company gets donations to have enough funds and food. He engages and ensures it’s a delivery team to distribute the food to seniors on a daily. Monty even does delivery himself when times allows him.
Eliza has her heart set on Monty being her escort to the dance, and she has spent three days weaving her a big web to catch him in. She even paid particular attention to her appearance, she went on a shopping spree, regular beauty appointment, and had various pedicure and manicure done. The next day, she felt the time right; she went on a search for Monty.
“Awakening means you’ve come home to yourself, that consciousness has shifted back to its original nature.”

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Life Is An Echo; What You Send Out Comes Back!

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Life is an echo; what you send out comes back. What you experience today is the consequence of yesterday and tomorrow results depend on what you do today.

What you do in life, echoes in everlastings so be mindful how you live each day. Those who live to do what’s right will harvest everlasting life. While the one who chooses to do wrong will reap many perpetual sorrowful days.

Moreover, most of you know the Chinese Proverb, “Life is an echo. What you send out comes back,” the saying is a legitimate statement, yet, most of you live your lives as if the meaning of this quote is just something you should forget or like you don’t believe this saying to be true.

Some might not believe life is an echo, except, if they walk a mile in another man’s shoes, they would remember the Golden Rule of life. The practice where you treat another, the way you would want to be treated. It’s a saying that goes far beyond words simply being said; it’s a very simple adage everybody should believe and live.

Do you believe the Golden Rule of life to be true? No one wants to be placed in an unfavorable situation where life echoes the circumstances of their own doing. As it’s hard to reap what you sow when you place yourself in an unfortunate position.

When we are forced to deal with the echo of life and it seems too much, a person will like any opportunity to make their lives a little easier. To do such you need to start giving the world the best you have and before you know it, the good you share will all come back to you.

Your main focus should be to treat others as you want to be treated. Yet numerous individuals fail to do so and there are two main reasons why. Many don’t treat others the way they want to be treated because of number one: many are lovers of themselves and fail to care for another. Two: they are selfish, and allow themselves to be interested in their well-being only.

There’s a famous saying from Lyndon Johnson that says, “If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.” If we selfish and lovers of our self, is this fair to the other person who involves? No, remember life is like an echo, what we send out comes back and what you reap you will sow.

You don’t have a right to be upset when life echo back to you what you put out to someone else. I had to learn this wisdom first hand myself. And hear me when I say I put out a lot of good more than wrong, still, it was hard for me to maintain or continue living life when this one wrong return back to me.

Five years ago, I walked away from a relationship I share with my sister, we were close, two peas in a pot, we talked about any and everything and help each other dealt with life’s challenges. We shared everything and we had each other back, when she was weak, I was strong and vice versa.

This particular time we both were going through at the same times and we both were weak. My sister was taking her problem out on me and saying mean things to me. We argue a lot and I was tired of her taking her frustration out on me.

I tried talking to her and telling her she needs to consider my feeling and give me a little more appreciation as I was respecting her. She continued her rage, throwing out words that cut through the soul and one day we encounter a very fiery conversation and she said words to me in a heated moment that I felt was unforgivable.

When she saw how hurt I was she apologized to me, I walked away. She tried calling I wouldn’t answer my phone. She even came to my house and tried talking to me, I ask her out and we didn’t speak on my part for two years.

Although what she said was not something, I would have ever said to her, I was wrong to take the words so personal and reject her from my life. Two years ago, I flat hit rock bottom and turn to a loved one in my family for help. It was another bad decision I made.

My sister, I walked away from heard of the hard times I fell upon and reach out to me. It was not easy for me to hear from her during the most challenging times of my life, but I did. I’m sure the person that was not doing right by me told her and that’s okay too, because maybe they mean it in a bad way, it turns out to be for my good.

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We were able to salvage two years of past hurt to put behind us and to wipe the sled clean and move forward. I am happy she reached out to me because I never would have contacted her and I missed her dearly. When she shared with me how unhappy and miserable, she was without me, it made me so sorry I ever act in such a foolish way.

Most of all for her to share with me, she knew it was wrong of her to say what she said out of anger and I was wrong to walk away from a bond we share since we grew up as little girls. She was hurting and wishing it was something she could have done differently so we never lost two years hurt me to the depths of my soul.

I shared this experience to say, we should be careful what we say and how we treat another as words are powerful and once, they come out the mouth they cannot be taken back. The way you treat another can affect them and words have a way of destroying everything from relationships to people’s lives. Especially in a situation where the person you throwing harsh words to not strong enough to take them.

I had a right to demand she calm down and choose better words, except, I should have handled things better. The way a person manages a situation can contribute to the outcome. Walking away from her the way I did was not the best end and I feel because I handle things that way as I continue to live life it echoes in a situation I didn’t desire.

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls; Please Stick to the Rivers and the Lakes that You’re Used to!

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“Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” are words of advice from a TLC song that indicate that one should not randomly chase dreams by moving forward recklessly and impulsively taking a risk without first considering how things will end. The words to the songs are indicating that people shouldn’t go chasing after what may seem good, but in reality, they know it is impossible to catch.

In other words, one should work hard, stop trying to take the easy route out like selling drugs for the money which is chasing waterfalls. Learn to be appreciative of your career, although every assignment may not be your dream job. It’s all about finding what you like and appreciating it. You should focus on the interests that will bring about happiness and don’t chase after unrealistic “better” things.

I agree with the expression, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”, but I disagree with the words, “Please stick to the river and the lakes that you’re used to.” Reason being these words is applying that one should be content with whatever they have, be afraid to branch out; don’t strive to better yourself. Life is all about taking a risk, sometimes you have to take a chance to get out of life what you deserve. The wealthy became rich from taking risks.

Although I agree with the expression, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls” research shows some people disagree, they feel it’s okay to chase waterfalls because it’s what makes life such an adventure.

I will admit there’s nothing wrong with experiencing life’s adventures, in fact, I say it can be like running a marathon, but don’t blindly compete; make sure you know where you are starting. Be familiar with the starting line, and take pleasure in running through life, enjoying the adventure one day at a time.

If you are a person who knows what it’s like to be broke and struggling when an opening presents itself to you as an opportunity will you know whether to open the door or allow it to remain closed?

Just because a situation is present to you as an opportunity, and it looks appealing, doesn’t necessarily mean it is the chance of a lifetime. How would you know if it’s an opportunity or if you are chasing a waterfall?

From my experience when an opportunity is presented if you have the feeling it too good to be true it normally is. I learned from several mistakes, it’s essential to listen to your heart and feelings as your deepest intuitions know best.

And in a situation where it can be an opportunity worth opening the door and pursuing. Although you know what you want after you create your goals, fulfilling a dream isn’t easy because generating a plan isn’t exactly a guaranteed way how you’ll pursue your purpose. When you begin walking the path to fulfilling your purpose chances are conflicts will arrive.

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While trying to complete a vision time is a very costly resource. That’s why it is absolutely essential you don’t waste your time chasing waterfalls. When you are presented with a clear path toward a goal in most cases, conflict arrives when you are so close to living in alignment with your vision, reaching your highest values and meeting the deadline.

Since time isn’t your greatest source the more precise you must be with your time. You have to take into consideration that to waste any of your time when you are vision-driven, is such a waste of time and is like chasing waterfalls. From the waste of energy and time, it can leave you feeling hurt and in much pain.

An example of how conflict can unexpectedly arrive, a couple of years ago, I was offered a high-paying position to write Lesson plans for school students. I accept, but, my motivation for taking it was all wrong. I was mainly interested in doing it for the money. Not because I start off believed in writing content that could really help children and what I believe in toward education, and what I was writing.

For that reason, everything started off wrong, it took me a week of conflicts, for me to come to the conclusion if I was going to do it. I need to consider it for the opportunity it was and believe in the purpose, put forward the effort to not only write the lesson plans, simply make sure it assists the students using it. After all, it was a “great” opportunity, why waste it.

So often in life, many spend countless time chasing things and people that defeat their purpose without considering the consequences. The purpose of life should be to seek the significance of each day, seek to find love, learning acceptance, when to let go, to have integrity and live a meaningful life. To prevent chasing waterfalls, you need to know which dreams to follow and what illusions to let go of.

Unfortunately, too many people chase financial success which can lead to a loss of self. As financial success is a persuasive motivator. And although every human life is motivated by something. Financial success has a way of dominating, controlling and destroying many lives. It comes with the unknown, taking a risk that can come with searching and chasing waterfalls.

To obtain wealth and fame, financial success will choose and control your professions and dictates all your time, eliminate your energy, and move you away from any sort of support. It will affect and run relationships, comes with busy schedules, and destroys families. To some, it even becomes an all-consuming passion that leaves the individual involved a broken person.

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The Mind can be Both Your Greatest Ally and Worst Enemy; You Make It Your Strongest Ally!

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The brain is a powerful force and it is the most influential organ of the human body. It is how thoughts are generated, plays an important role in coordinating movement, assists you to maintain good posture, and balancing of the body on a daily. Your mind can be your most powerful ally or it very well can work against you as your worst enemy.

The best-guaranteed way to ensure your mind operates as the ally over being your worst enemy is by being conscious of what you’re good at and putting great use of one of the most powerful tools you will ever have at your disposal, the brain.

Once you put to good use that powerful tools, you must know how to get control of your thought process. To get control of your thought process, you must ask yourself a question.

Ask yourself how can I take action when my mind seems confused about the task? You look for the solution when you are a victim of your mind. The truth is you can take full control of your thoughts. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

With that much capability of the brain, we all such appreciate the power of the mind. The mind has the ability to be the greatest hindrance or your biggest ally. It can be used to clear the road and pave the way for you or block you causing all kinds of misery.

The brain is the greatest resource for any human. It is the opener of getting the best grade in school or getting into the best college. The brain will help a person to achieve a job and a promotion, it can help an individual to accomplish a lot, yet until a person learns to empower the brain, it stands to be either our worst enemy or our best ally. You get to choose and there will come a time in your life when you can no longer put off choosing.

From the moment you begin your day, the process of mind and how you deal with your thoughts begins the power to choose. The current of thoughts goes on from the moment you get out of bed, begin to walk. You left choosing rather shower or take a bath to get dressed. To choose rather eat breakfast, or just grab a cup of coffee. Whether to brush your teeth with a spin brush or just a regular toothbrush.

Our brain is the opener to choices, you face the decision rather talk on the telephone while the drive to work or hang up and safely travel to your destination. Did you know that your mind is the most powerful tool that you could ever possess?

It is my suggestion that you start taking now to train your mind and your thought. The reason being is the thought process goes on and on like a constant rational noise until you fall asleep. By changing your thoughts, you can improve your life. Your mind comes with exceptional power – use it well.

There’s a familiar quote that says, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Allen. We all should pay attention to this powerful saying, it’s a hint for the wise.

The mind can be your most powerful ally and your worst enemy. With this awareness, it’s essential to understand those negative thoughts will affect you mentally and physically and create poverty. Positive thoughts will create a life of abundance. Your thoughts have a significant impact on your life. In other words, you have the ability to understand your thoughts and make it your strongest ally to be a powerful force.

Yes, you can use your thoughts as a creative force to process the mind to be your strongest ally and create a life filled with happiness. It is estimated by a specialist that the human brain produces 70,000 thoughts per day, and that’s a lot of observations. Although you don’t have access to easily turn off or control the flow of your thoughts, you do have the next best thing, the ability to make it your strongest ally.

Most of us probably don’t take the time to regard what kind of thoughts we think. If you take the time to pay attention to your thought process, you would be surprised to discover that most of them are useless, unnecessary thoughts that pass through the mind at an enormous speed.

You might not believe it, but the thoughts passing through your mind is just like being on a very busy train that is capable of running at a fast speed or on an airplane where it capable of flying at a greater capacity to get you to your destination in less time. With this type of awareness and knowing the mind can be a powerful contributor or an enemy, you need to make sure the mind is your strongest ally.

You need to know that you are a powerful force sitting in the driver seat, controlling your thoughts. Never ever move over to the side passage and allow your fear-based thoughts to change your desires because it will affect your reality. You have the ability to take control of your thought process no matter what you have believed or experienced in the past.

The mind can be like a busy bee or a diligent butterfly that flies around from one flower to the next, never being still. Although the mind goes on at a none stop, it is only when you need to focus on something particular that you might be aware of the thought process, but on a busy day, you more than likely will not notice how the mind can be this ongoing endless thinking habit.

What Negative Thoughts Do to Your Brain

For many centuries, our marvelous brain has evolved to make decisions and whether it’s the right or wrong decision, it responds quickly to all situations, even those that are threats to your safety and very hard to endure.

Negative thoughts can have a powerful effect on the brain, it comes with a lot of nonstop chatter that needs calming down. When negative thoughts generate, it brings about a change in the mind. When a person’s stress, grieves or worry, the brains are deceived into thinking whatever is going on is a threat which causes neurochemical changes. These changes cause a harmful effect on your health and well-being.

What Positive thought do to the Brain

When a person is occupied by thoughts each thought releases some kind of chemical. Nonetheless, when positive thinking is created there is growth in the brain, reinforcing and generating new synapses. When you feel happy, it brings about positivity. The cortisol level decreases and the brain produce serotonin; generating good health and well-being.

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Smiling Depression: When Sadness Hides Behind a Smile

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When we think of a depressed person, most of us envision someone who looks and feels sad. Except there are people who are good at putting on a brave face and hiding behind a smile, only inside, they are a victim of a condition called “Smiling Depression.”

Some people think they know what a depressed person looks and acts like, only they might want to reconsider their decisions. If you are someone who finds yourself hiding behind a smile and that smile is to seem happy, then the moment you are behind a closed door, you feel empty and it’s another, chances are you have, “Smiling Depression.”

You might even be like many sufferers; putting on a big smile and hiding behind a mask instead of dealing with your pain. Not accepting that the pain will never go away, it’s only will get worst. “Smiling Depression” is a word used for a person who is depressed, but doesn’t looks it and they will never admit it.

The Urban Dictionary defines smiling depression as a person who is very depressed inside yet He or She can hide their aches to others to appear happy. Some people confuse smiling depression with traditional depression, but in fact, it differs considerably.

Research shows that a person with “Smiling Depression life can be in more danger than an individual with traditional depression. The reason is the person with “Smiling depression will plan and follow through with suicide when a person with traditional depression most likely will only have thoughts of it.

We all heard the saying, “Things are not always what they seem.” This adage is indicating: Things may look one way but it can be another. This expression is applying to those who look happy from the outside, but inside they are sad, stress, depressed, or all three.

People with “Smiling Depression” tend to hide in a little shell to suffer in silence, pretend nothing’s wrong while things are “awry.” They fear the world might criticize them. When they should acknowledge their pain and find the courage to ask for help from the people they trust.

What You Need to Know About “Smiling Depression”

From associating with a few people who struggled with “Smiling Depression” I learned that they do not want anyone to know how depressed, suicidal, fearful of life they are and at times they don’t know how to cope in different circumstances.

In addition, I learn when dealing with a person who has “Smiling depression,” they are good at putting on a constant role play of being happy. The routine can seem so real that the people who are looking at the person pretending do not know they are acting.

Furthermore, a common symptom among those who struggle with smiling depression is putting on a performance that isn’t real, as no one will never suspect it’s a pretense.

What You Need to Know About “Smiling Depression”

First, let’s recap what is Smiling Depression? It is an act where an individual appears happy to others where they manage to wear a smile; while inside they feel pain as they smile through the hurt, they keep all the inner turmoil hidden.

Smiling depression isn’t something that can be recognized as a condition like one that can be Diagnosed in a mood disorder like depression. But it is a situation that many people need to know and learn to recognize it in someone else.

Some may be wondering why haven’t I heard of “Smiling Depression.” Maybe because some may be looking for “Smiling Depression” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, you won’t find it in there, but expert’s studies reveal it as the highest risk of suicide, if not treated.

People suffering from smiling depression show no indication of their condition to others. They have no problem finding a job and work a full-time job. Most are even successful being head of the household or starting their own business. They are good at maintaining a moderately active social life. Smiling depression can be described as the darker side of a smile, the desire to hide an inner gnawing depression.

What are the symptoms of smiling depression?

Smiling Depression symptom is a person who appears happy from the outside to others. On the inside, however, they are experiencing sadness, panic attack, fear, the feeling of loneliness and very low self-esteem.

Although depression affects everyone differently and has a mixture of symptoms, the most distinct one is continued sadness. Other classic symptoms include:

  • Change in the sleeping habit
  • Change in the appetite, and weight
  • Tiredness or inactivity
  • Feelings of hopelessness, low or lack of self-esteem

Someone with smiling depression may experience some or all of the above signs, but in public, their symptoms would be mostly

  • May seems like a hyperactive or a normal-functioning individual
  • Someone able to keep his or her work-life balance and enjoy having friends and a social life
  • A person who appears to be energetic, hopeful, and usually happy

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There Must Be More to Life Than This!

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The title, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” holds accurate interests. The title of the song expresses the way a person chooses to take a look at life, they can see it as routine and distress because they see it in a negative way.

Moreover, to truly understand the meaning of the title, one must stop focusing on what’s going on in the world, concentrate on what is most important and realize we live in a big world that consists of many things.

In this crazy world, we live in, it is an enormous very noisy place and the endless distractions can make focusing unmanageable. Being able to focus is very significant as a shift of focus can destroy anyone’s life. We are responsible for looking at our own day and figure out how to begin it.

Time waits for no one; you have 24 hours in hand presence for you and you need to use that time wisely. We should be inspired to what matters as it has a major effect on important life outcomes.

To learn “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” one must be “awakened,” you have to understand your life and write your own life story and choose which events you create or decide which functions you attend.

You hold the map that plans your life, your values and beliefs to the world and the conscious brain are great at imagining things. Before you can succeed at anything you must first have a vision.

Without a vision follow through with a goal one can’t help but feel there must be something I am missing. He or She will also find his or herself believing how can I cope in a big world without directions.

Someone who chooses to look at life without a plan, goals or vision sees it as routine and negative and will always find him or herself thinks, and applying the phrase, “There Must Be More to Life Than This” very broadly.

A person who feels there must be more to life than working long hours, there is and you have to understand its possible and achievable for you when cutting back on your hours at work and find more in life by exploring things that can bring about happiness in your life.

If you want more from this unjust world, you must create news headlines, one that is not distressing, but one that could possibly give you more in life where you control your own destiny.

In a world that has changed extremely and not for the best. I can understand many wonders, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” but all the same, you hold the control of your outcome.

If you are one of those people, trust me, I understand as I used to be one of those people myself. That’s why I can share there is a new life for those who apply and put in the work.

Here’s something to think about, like anyone else, if you keep doing the same things, you have always done, how can you look for something more? You will have the same life you want away from.

I know and understand, “Yes” like anyone else, a change is not easy, but if you keep doing the same things, you have always done, you will continue to get the same result.

Wise words of Albert Einstein, he said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Take into consideration, if you desire and want different results, you must try a different approach.

Although I believe that saying holds significant value and a person shouldn’t continue with the same unwise decision, I don’t really view that decision as insane. I do see it as the human races are creatures of routine and it’s something hard for many to change.

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Five Powerful Life Lessons, I Wish I Took the Time to Learn At a Younger Age

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Life is full of valuable lessons, whether they have been good or bad, as long as you live on earth you’ve learned them throughout the years. Lessons learned from the past can attain priceless or costly experiences. These experiences come with lessons that are continuous learning, and how you learn them can have an impact on your life. Therefore, it’s best to learn the lessons while you’re still young. If you don’t, the consequences will affect your life as you get older.

Throughout life, how you learn life lessons will bring about huge discoveries, or many disappointments and failures. Moreover, when you learn, they are full of wisdom which is not at all hard to gain if you take on the responsibility, you can gain a lifetime of knowledge.

There is an old proverb that says, “Youth is wasted on the young?” I believe that saying to be so true and I wish I’d hadn’t wasted my youth on things that were petty and not worth my time or worrying about, with my heartaches that gave me regrets and pain I should have put them behind me move forward and lived. After all, we all have to follow our own individual path, perceive there aren’t new lessons and there no distinctive method to learn them in life.

However, as I aged and develop wisdom and maturity, I realize my mistake to not put my talents to good use, when I was young, I allow opportunities to pass me by wasting time pursuing a pointless chase. If only I had developed a growth mindset earlier, I could have accomplished more, but I wasted away time and fritter away my abilities in childish carelessness.

If I had the confidence, maturity and the self-awareness, I develop over the years I would have never allowed petty things to get the best of me. I would have focused on the important things in life. Though, when I think about it, I believe “life lessons” are called that for a reason. And we must know those reasons to truly learn and there are different ways to learn. You can learn from your experience or watching others that have learned.

Some life lessons come with powerful heartache that will awake even the most apathetic people that didn’t take the time to listen or follow the teaching of a parent who tried to give them skills that could be used throughout their lifetime.

It is imperative not to waste time nor wait until your way past the age of thirty to allow life lesson to teach you skills you should have learned while you’re still young. I learned from my life lessons the future belongs to those who take the time to learn skills and apply them to their life.

As people age, some miss the marks of maturity they should possess in life, so they don’t learn how to handle real-life situations. Artificial maturity comes with a devastating situation to teach some a major lesson, they should have learned at a young age. Besides, the most valuable lessons learned in life are learned from the people you come in contact with or issued from family and friends.

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As we continue to live life, it comes with many lessons. Existence comes with schooling that will teach you to find your own way. Moreover, the world is shifting and evolving fast, therefore, it’s best to begin learning expertise while you are still young. Then utilize them in your everyday life. For the reason that if you don’t learn chance are you are not escalating. And it’s safe to say your life is decreasing since you fail to learn, and you are merely going backward.

If you want to spare yourself from learning life lessons the hard way, you should acquire life flairs early in life, skills like time management, money management, comparison shopping, meal prep, health, and hygiene, cleaning, laundry, and most important decision-making skills.

Some of the most valuable abilities that any person will use in their lives are learned during high school and through college years. Although it teaches many aspects necessary for succeeding and prospering in life, it does not prepare you for all life lessons. The reason is that the academic curriculum doesn’t teach, nor prepare you for life occurrence, you have to experience life, learn from it and apply it in your everyday life.

High school and college fail to teach skills like thinking and decision making, money management, dating, getting married, and starting a family, learning how to build and maintain good credit, and starting a career, finding a job, interviews and the benefit of supporting oneself and family. All the things which are valuable in life.

Five life lessons I wished I took the time to learn at a younger age

1. I wish I’d known to live life, meaning. I wish I hadn’t wasted my youth chasing things I thought I want, instead of going after what’s beneficial for me. I should have enjoyed life with that one person that completes me. Live life now, don’t do like some who waste time and their life waiting for an opportunity to come that will never arrive. I learned from my experience that the world is my oyster, so I start living like it’s my last day on the earth.

2. I wish I’d known to develop self-awareness: to develop self-awareness, I had to acquire a deep understanding of my past and current self. I explored by asking myself how well do you know yourself? How thoroughly do you understand your history? In order to be the best version of myself and to know myself, I had to develop a daily practice of self-reflection to understand my history

Becoming self-aware didn’t happen overnight, nor in a day, yet, after focus my attention on understanding what shaped me into the person I am today, and appreciating both my current actions and comprehending future goals, I ultimately develop “Self-awareness.”

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3. I wish I’d known that I can’t rush the desires of my heart, impatience does nothing more than makes everything take longer. All my life I spent it planning and rushing my desires. After planning, I’ve wanted my desire to come on like finishing college, getting my degree, finding a job, become successful, marrying my knight in shining armor, having a family, purchasing the home of my dream, and driving the ideal car.

I was obsessed with my heart desires, I was determined to move forward and doing it fast. I had to come to the realization and “awakened” to all the many disappointments to learn that impatience turns my life upside down and turn the clock backward to make everything longer.

4. I wish I’d known the “easy” road would end up being the hardest one, there an old adage that says, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’ this saying goes with “easy” roads and just because something sounds great, doesn’t mean it is. Everything isn’t always as it seems. I learned the only person that can make things happen for me is me, so I don’t wait for handouts.

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That’s What Friends Are For!

Screenshot from That's What Friends Are For A friend is someone who knows your innermost secret, understands your every desire, knows your past and believes, support you in your future. Furthermore, a friend accepts you just for who you are.

Besides, there will be times when you feel defeated, broken, alone, and hopelessness may even consume you, and if any of these moods describes you, know that you are not alone… that’s what friend are for

They will always be there to give you a pick me up when you feel down, discouraged or depressed during the worst of times.

If you want to bring about a change, you must put forth the effort and have the courage to turn things around. It is so easy to get separated from a well-defined journey. The view ahead for a rover may shift at any moment, leaving the evolving mission a difficult path to reach.

In fact, when a person attempts to bring about a change, it can be so difficult to do, even planning can bring about all types of inaction that aren’t that easy, but in these types of trials and tribulation, that’s what friends are for.

As a person begins to live the life of their aspirations, barriers will rise. The truth is we all will face obstacles in this world. Whether we have nothing or have it all, we are all confronted with the same challenges.

And while going through these barriers, never allow the obstacle of failure to make you give up. Hindrances are like a big bully, they are cowards that will bluff you if they sense fear and you allow it.

As you continue to live life, challenges are liable to spring upon you; but a person with the proper support from a friend will look those hindrances in the face and not feel worried or afraid, but they will conquer those fears.

Life is so much easier with a friend, they bring about a smile, someone who encourages, makes a difference in your life, uplift, comfort, support, assists with all life’s pains, and you are so very thankful to have them in your life.

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Friends bring about many things, there is power in having a real friend. One person alone, when faced with challenges, can overcome a hard obstacle, but the power of two true friends is unstoppable.

We all will face obstacles in life, but while going through them, never allow yourself to believe you can’t win. Obstacles are like a crutch, they can be lean upon as support, but can also be reckless if not used properly.

Moreover, we all have the potential to defeat obstacles, but it, even more, possible when you don’t have to face it alone. A person who learns to take control of their barriers can focus on different things and bring about progress, but two friends who work together can command many things and create the level of success they desire.

A person who desires to overcome all heartache and pain can manage obstacles. Furthermore, a strong-minded person will rise above the misery by realizing that it is okay to feel hurt and to overcome, they have to allow themselves to be sad, and angry to deal with their emotions. Without appropriate treatment, complications and grief will be your constant friends, it only lifts if you allow yourself to deal with your hurt.

Furthermore, a true friend is there to comfort, support and give you the strength to overcome the challenges you are facing. They will help you to understand it’s okay to be angry with your circumstance so, you can take control and overcome the ache and get past your grief.

A friend will help you to stand tall and rise above any obstacles, although you might still feel some of those struggles, you will understand life will continue to give you the same recitation until you deal with it.

The Power of a True Friend: We all begin making and developing a friend in elementary school. And as we get older, we come in contact with different people. People will come into our lives for many reasons, but the one who will lift and support you when you down, one who brings out the best in you and can bring new energy to your soul when your spirit is low. A person who will stand with you and fight to prevent too much darkness in your life to put out your light is a true friend.

True friendship doesn’t happen overnight, nor did it come about without challenges. Moreover. it can come about like a seed placed in the ground that spring up in slow growth that undergo and withstand the weather and the storm and it involves many things, but, above all, the end result is so worthwhile and the intensity of friendship will soon blossom into the power to make and shape many wonderful moments.

There’s a saying that says, “A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” That also goes with saying, a person who afraid to look ahead, shouldn’t look backward but can look beside them and their best friend will be there, that’s what friends are for.

Five Defining Quality of a True Friend

1. Telepathy: A true and best friend knows you as well as you know yourself. They have the ability to know when the other person hurt or what they are thinking sometimes before they share with them.

2. Trust: A true and best friend is someone you can lean on, share anything with and trust with your innermost secret and it kept like food in the refrigerator. Nobody knows your inner thoughts, but you and your best friends.

3. Philanthropy: A true friend is always beneficial, give from the heart with boundaries, never take advantage of the other. When one person down or in need, the other picks up the slack.

4. Integrity: A best friend has strong moral principles, they are honest with each other. You tell each other the truth, even if it’s not what the others want to hear. You both love and trust each other enough to share what needs to be said.

5. Support: Friends are always supportive of each other. When one is weak, they lend each other strength. Together they can overcome the impossible.

A friend is irreplaceable, what will happen or who would we be without one? From the moment we come in contact with a true friend, they assist in many ways. Friendship means something and the significance of it is announced July 30th as International Friendship Day.

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Tell Me…How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?

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It’s still very hard for me to believe that you are no longer here, and each holiday, and on your birthday, it seems more and more unbelievable to accept that you are at rest, and not here.

I can still remember like yesterday, the day, the moment and the time when the doctor said you didn’t make it, I became overheated, passed out and when I came back to reality, I had to get myself back together to view your body for myself and ask, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

Although lying in front of me was just a body, the last talk we had was one that meant so much to me. I know you were the one person that didn’t want the end of you to mean, “I can’t live without you.” I desired the same thing, but I must admit the one thing that came to my mind was, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

I didn’t take this time to reminisce back on thoughts of you to become weak and want to break down and cry, just the opposite, to enjoy fabulous memory of a man that I hated seeing leave when your time here on earth came ticking down to an end.

How can I blame you for leaving? It wasn’t your fault if you had a choice, I know you would choose to stay with me, but since you didn’t get to decide; you were called home and I have to try to build my life and continue to live. Although I can’t help but think, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

I longed and hoped to find someone who can give me the same amazing kind of love you have given, I even tried with a guy who was an exceptional friend, until, he wanted to be so much more than a friend, and although he was an extraordinary man, when I couldn’t offer him that, he walked away and again, I found myself wondering, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

I met a few guys that could be some of the most endearing things that you meant to me, but I refused to connect myself in a relationship just to feel that what it takes to not think about you or desire to have you near.

We had so much in common, shared the best of time and in every way, you completed me, it took living over time to deal with the ideal you weren’t here with me and every so often, I still find myself thinking, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

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Without you, I found it hard to continue living a happy life in this world. You were the only guy who understood me even in the times when I felt down and the words fail to come through my lips as to how to share with you why.

You played a significant part in my life and you knew just how to make me open up and talk, I can remember how easy it was to pour my thoughts out to you, it would take away my many stressful issues and I could look forward to what’s coming tomorrow, for this reason, I sometimes find myself feeling, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

I cherish all the special moment we shared in life, the bond that was unbreakable and I understood that although you were a friend to me, you were so much more, you were the love of my life.

I can remember the first time you walk up to me and said hello, I didn’t know it then, but shortly after I started to slowly fall in love with you. Even when I said in my own way go away and leave me alone, you refuse to give up on me.

You patiently waited, stolen my heart, which was something that was not easy to do, I had given up on love and I admire the man that brightens up my entire world. Also, you taught me to believe in love again, our relationship shaped me to become the person I am today, to become the best person and the true version of myself. Because loving you was so easy, I sometimes find myself wondering, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

And the day, I look at and recognize that big, bright smile you flashed at me, I knew then I was in love with you. From that day, I forgot why I didn’t believe in love, suddenly, my nights that were covered in deep darkness, without stars and no sight of the moon, turned into nothing but light with laughter, smiles and many sunny days.

It’s been many years since I lost you, and no one has come into my life to make me feel the way you have and no one has dared to take a risk, to come into my life to deal with my broken heart or break down my walls with the strength of their love as you did.

One guy did manage to occupy my time and attempt to assist me in dragging my feet when it came to love, but he didn’t stay near me, and to actually get to know the real me. He failed to help me when I became withdrawn and he didn’t make the effort to bring out the best of me by dealing with my suppressed ugly side and assist me to open up when that side of me appear.

He did not know how to challenge my beliefs and bring out all the best principles. I must confess, no one has given me a reason to take a chance on love since you left and for this reason, “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

Each morning I awake required to continue striving to give my best each day, and I do, although, I desire to live on this earth with you. I miss and desire to feel the beat of your heart next to mine. I miss the long talk, even being able to touch you and to kiss your lip and most of all just you being near.

During different trials, I still have to overcome my regretful days. And I had to learn to deal with my awful days alone. I miss being able to lean on your shoulder, share everything with you that’s inside my heart. Most of all I miss having you around to love me even when I make a huge mess of a sudden part of my life and the days when it felt like the world was collapsing down on top of me, you were always near.

I had to realize and remind myself that I know if you could, you would be here, but since you were not given a choice you could never be around again and I come to accept that because I don’t want to pay the price, I’ll pay, if I didn’t, only because living with you was the best thing that has ever happened to me, I find myself pondering, I know I have to, but please “Tell Me…How am I supposed to live without you?”

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The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and Desire Can Turn to Success

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Maybe everybody doesn’t know it, but there is power in being broke, just like there is misery in doing without. I learned both lessons first-hand from my experience of being broke, and from that overwhelming encounter, I discovered that when you don’t have money, you’ll invent ways to find resources others don’t see as income.

There was a time in my life where I lost everything, I was so devastated that I knew I had to dig into my creativity and aggressively pursue the strength to change and turn things around.

During that crushing and very overwhelming experience, I was forced to create a new mindset. I begin asking myself questions that could assist me to get to the next level and receive stuff that helps me to learn the power of being broke.

In my experience, enduring being broke changes a person’s mindset and allows them to see where they went wrong. And through the desire to change the situation, they receive the control that the power of broke play where it will show them how having no money can be turned into an advantage.

When you have goals sometimes you have to go on a tight budget. When you are forced to take a tight budget, the idea of obtaining a new savings goal may seem hard to next to impossible.

While it’s nice to have paychecks coming, some of us are living one paycheck to the next so we feel short of money. When you live so close to the edge that you feel like you’re falling apart because you can’t pay your bills until you receive your next check, It’s time to discover the power of broke.

How to Begin

The very first thing you need to do is create a lifetime personal commitment to knowing where every dime goes after it comes in. Then plan a tight budget to stop spending on things that are not a necessity. That method can serve to change your daily spending habits. Below are ways to assist you to begin the first six months.

For the first six months, you must begin by committing to keeping up with how much income comes in and only using your money to pay for the following expenses:

  • Grocery Expense
  • Car Note/Gas Expense
  • Mortgage/Rent
  • Telephone
  • Utilities

The expenses listed above are the standard-of-living necessities that must be fulfilled daily. Boost your savings goal by choosing lower-cost choices for your usual spending habits.

While your bills are something you have to pay, you do have a choice to lower the cost of them monthly. I recommend people do what I did when I made the decision to change my spending habits for the most effective results.

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In other words, if you want to be able to ensure you get the best of your savings goals, you need to begin by checking and making sure you have the lowest-cost options, if not immediately change your usual spending habits.

Here are a few examples:

Do you have a home phone and a cell phone? If the answer is “Yes” let go of the home phone and only keep the cell phone. Next, check with your cell phone provider to make sure you have the lowest cost. If you have extras with your plan take them off and only pay for the basic.

Do you eat out for lunch at work and eat out once or twice a week for dinner? If the answer is “Yes,” stop eating out altogether. Bring your lunch, and plan meals, cook and eat at home.

Do you have cable (most people do)? Downgrade the channels and eliminate the extras like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime or Starz, and the extra sports channels.

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you need two or more cups of coffee each day? Maybe you depend on a cup of coffee to start your day. If you do start by cutting back on the total number of cups of coffee you drink. Next, drink the free coffee at work and check on lowering the cost of your coffee. Maybe check for sales or purchasing in bulks to get a better bargain.

Maybe you love going out or enjoy different activities. Well, it’s time to save on the gas by going only to the places you need to go, like work, doctors appointment, or church, and stop some activities altogether as you are now committing to a tight budget.

You put together a goal and set up a budget: now let’s visualize the progress. In order for any goal to be put into effect, you must not only create but visualize the perception to stay motivated throughout your challenge.

You are turning into a smart saver and now you need to set a target of what you want to save each week, bi-weekly or monthly. Create a spreadsheet to keep up with your goal. Make sure you faithfully balance and keep up with your progress to motivate yourself.

Open up a saving account to store your funds, there are many accounts you can choose from but bear in mind that the best account is one that has a high annual percentage yield.

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Till Death Do Us Part; A Story of Mystery and Intrigue Part 9

till death do us part 9Mama Xin answers a telephone call sharing with her that her son and his girlfriend is at the hospital. As she rushes out the house, she’s nervous, shaking, barely able to maintain and drive. She tells herself she didn’t want to end up in the hospital herself.

As Mama Xin drives on her way to the hospital, she tells herself if something happens to Leroy, she might find herself on deathbed joining her husband. She’s concerned about Laura as she was almost nine months pregnant with twin by Leroy.

Mama Xin can’t put the car in park fast enough, and she walks into the hospital in a hurry. She walks up to the nurse’s desk asking what room her son Leroy Xin and Laura Mills are in. The nurse tells her to have a seat and she’ll find out if Laura out of surgery and tells her Leroy in the waiting room on the 3rd floor.

Mama Xin couldn’t sit down, she rushes over to the elevator push the button to the third floor, quickly get off it and walk over to the waiting room and hugs Leroy. He’s pacing back and forward and looks a mess. His clothes are torn and have mud and stain all over them.

He runs and embraces his mother as a tear rolls down both of his cheeks. He tells Mama Xin he was afraid for Laura and wasn’t sure if the babies would make it. He had a big bruise on his forehead that shines and an ugly cut on his lower lip.

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Leroy shared with his mother how devastated he was when he witnesses, one of the kidnappers throw Laura in the water. And when her body flowed under he told Mama Xin he felt as if he would breathe his last breath, and he could see an image of his daddy with his arms held out to him welcoming him away from this world.

He told Mama Xin He’s not sure how nor does he remember how he received the strength, but he overpowered the guy holding him and dive in after Laura after her body floats to the bottom of the water. Within minutes of dragging her body to safety Mark and his guy was standing there with their gun on the kidnappers.

“I ministered CPR to Laura,” said Leroy and it seems as if it took the paramedic forever to come. Although it wasn’t a long time, she coughed up lots of water and the doctors said they are not sure how much water flowed down to the babies nor have I heard the news as far as how they are doing.

The doctor came to the waiting room and talked to Leroy and Mama Xin. He shared with them, he had to do a C-section (Cesarean Delivery) to deliver the babies. The doctor shared that one baby is doing okay, but the second child inhales more of the water and on a machine to breathe and under heat to warm as he went into a shaking shock from the cold water and they hope he pulls through.

The doctor explains, Laura being thrown into to the icy water and the too cold water alters her blood flow to the uterus which leads her to go into an early labor. Therefore, both babies were delivered at 36 and a half weeks of the pregnancy.

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Leroy asked, how Laura is doing? The doctor shared she is not in the best of health at this moment, but she should be okay. She came through the Cesarean Delivery just fine and they expect her to pull through, but they need to keep her a couple of days to monitor her and ensure all well from the delivery.

That was the best news to Mama Xin’s ears. Leroy can finally breathe again, as he felt the severe pain in his chest from the pain he encounters from his bruised ribs as he inhales in a deep breath.

Leroy needed to see his babies and baby mama. Can I see them ask Leroy? The doctor shared He can see Laura and one of the babies, but he would need to wait an hour or two before he could visit the second baby.

As Leroy and Mama Xin walk off to see Laura they did not know that Laura ex-husband’s baby mama ends up in adjacent hospital rooms. Also, she gave birth to a son and a daughter. A funny interaction results between the doctors and the two sets of twins.

Jeannette was very ill upon delivery her babies. After delivery, one of Laura’s baby is taken away because he needs immediate medical attention. As the doctors oversee the complication the set of twins are mixed up and the parents are not sure which sets of “twins” is their babies.

Jeannette dies a day after giving birth, Laura, ex-husband is in jail and no family member is concerned or cares enough to take care of the twins Jeannette gave birth to. Laura, ex-husband sign away his rights as the father.

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Till Death Do Us Part; A Story of Mystery and Intrigue Part 8

till-deathMama Xin sits reminiscing about losing her husband to a stroke years ago which left her to raise two children alone. She sacrificed a lot to raise a teenage daughter and an adolescence, son to ensure they both had food to eat, shelter and that they could have some form of happiness.

Although she tried and desired to do more she just wasn’t able to give them the clothes or the things other children in school received. Sometimes things were very hard and children at school would laugh at them for not being as fortunate as them.

But one thing she did manage to do is make sure they didn’t lose out on their education or become losers in gangs or hooked on drugs like some children in the neighborhood that are being raised in a single parent home.

Leroy and Liz were brought up in the poorest part of Chicago, Illinois and Mama Xin did everything within her power to protect them both from the gangs, drugs and all the awful things that were going on in the streets that go together with the inconvenience things.

Liz was the kind that loved feeling dominant and the boss of everything and for that reason, she fought with Leroy a lot. Leroy was the type who loved being loyal and helping others, even if they did have a bad character and always tried to make peace with his sister.

Although Mama Xin raised them in the worse underprivileged part of Chicago, she was always available for them. Striving to raise two children alone, she watched them grow into two little individuals with different personalities. She knew they both would grow up to make her proud one day because they had one thing in common to lead them in the right direction. They had her to guide and look after them.

Mama Xin reminisces about Leroy’s best friend, Morgan. He had met him on the school playground and she knew he was nothing but trouble and had warned Leroy about playing on the devil’s territory. He liked feeling privileged to have a friend, even if he did have a bad reputation. It was wanting an acquaintance that mattered to him, rather than listen to the warning his mother gave him or the way that other people saw him.

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As Mama Xin was reminiscing she gets interrupted by the phone ringing. She answers the phone to be excited to hear the voice of her daughter Liz. “Hello Mother,” “how are you. “I received a message from Leroy to call home for a family emergency, what’s going on?” said Liz.

Mama Xin replied, “I am happy to hear your voice, Leroy probably was calling because I was held hostage by kidnappers for ransom.” “Oh my God, mother How could that happening?” – “I will keep in touch more,” said Liz.

“I am okay and I was praying for Laura when you called, I was freed, but she is still with the kidnappers and the abductors are money hungry so, I am praying she comes home safe,” said Mama Xin.

“Whose Laura?” said, Liz. “She’s Leroy girlfriend,” replied Mama Xin. “I hired her to redecorate my house while Leroy was in the hospital.” She also a Business Attorney.

What? Replied Liz, “Leroy was in the hospital, a lot has gone on since we last talk.”

“Yes,” replied Mama Xin. “A lot has happened and went wrong.” “I will never stop praying and trusting, that if I just keep praying, trusting God, that things will change and fortune will be on our side, one day.”

Mama Xin enjoyed talking with her daughter, but she had a kidnapping seminar to attend and she did not want to be late. This seminar has helped many victims to not live in fear, protect themselves and turn from a victim to less of a target.

The seminar was titled, “How not to be a victim giving the ordinary person the capabilities to defend themselves.” Mama Xin fit in perfectly and her desired were to NEVER feel helpless again, especially since she’s a widow being alone and some people love preying on the older individuals with no protector.

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Mama Xin was ready to learn all the essential the seminar covered like how to avoid the most common mistakes when coming home at night in the dark or traveling alone to dangerous places. She really loved learning what body action to display, what to say or not to say, and what to do or not do and how not to present fear.

Mama Xin first couple of classes were very hard for her, the soreness she encountered. When she had to counter punch or flip her opponent and they do the same to her was not easy, but she was determined to know how to defend herself.

The class covered how to know if you’re being followed, preparation, planning, and emergency actions, escape the trap laid for you and it outlines all the stuff that made Mama Xin feel safe and not live in fear after her abduction.

Mama Xin main purpose of taking this seminar is to know what to do if she’s unarmed in worst-case situations. She even went and purchase a gun and became certified to carry a weapon. It’s best to be prepared as one will never know if they find themselves in a bad situation and It’s nothing like being prepared and able to defend yourself.

After returning home Mama Xin soaked her aching body in the tub. It is tiresome for Mama Xin waiting to hear words from Leroy with news on freeing Laura. She lay down to relax and fell asleep from a long exasperating day.

The phone woke her up ringing, she reached over and answered it, it was Louise, Mama Xin sister. She was so happy to hear from her. It’s good to talk with you, I was so worried when I learned you were kidnapped, said, Louise.

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Twenty minutes after Mama Xin hung up the new break caught her attention on the television. The only thing Mama Xin could think of was what if the News was about Leroy and Laura, and what they could be going through in their terrible situation.

The News covered the kidnapping story of Laura being held hostage from her ex-husband, she married him when they were fresh out of high school. He was her high school sweetheart, but the married didn’t last, it went sour a little over a year after they married.

The news explains how the kidnapper held his ex-wife hostage for ransom. He needs money and felt he was not going to allow his ex-wife to live it up in richness while he lives in poverty.

He was unable to get spousal support from her after the divorce. Plus the guy the ex-wife now dating, the ex-husband read in fortune 500 he’s a billionaire, so he kidnapped her and the mother for ransom.

The mother was fortunate enough to be freed a couple days ago, but the Ex-husband the kidnapper was still holding the ex-wife for money as he’s a junkie on crack/cocaine who need money that just got out of jail. He has now been caught but his guy still at large with the ex-wife and boyfriend, He’s now in custody and is headed right back to lock down.

The kidnapping took a wrong turn after the briefcase shown to the abductor was filled with money, but in that one brief moment, the kidnapper was distracted it was switched with one filled with Newspapers.

Before they could leave the driveway the kidnapper held up the bundles of torn up paper asked: “What’s this?” That moment things got a little out of control and the ex-wife and boyfriend drove off afraid the kidnappers would take their life.

Out of the excitement, Mark shouted at his men “You know what the kidnappers will do if they get the money.” The car drove down the driveway toward a dock where there was a lake filled with water.

The car pulled to a halt at the edge of the wharf where Leroy was forced to bring it to a stop. The kidnapper immediately ran to grab the car door open and take hold of him and Laura beginning to drag them toward the water’s edge.

The Power of Forgiveness Will Set You Free

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As a nation, that needs reform, America needs a leader with a loud voice to build the country and to combat hate. Instead, it is being led by a white nationalist, racialist, resentful person who promotes violence.

It’s beyond me why the leader of America or any person living in America would choose to encourage hatred toward thy neighbor, condemn another person, promote violence based on culture, color, or a person resources.

My prayer is we learn how to “Overcome Hate,” and be transformed to let go of grudges, forgive the one who hurt us. Embrace forgiveness and shut up the people, that says a change in different race can’t be done, and allow reason to move us forward.

I believe in what Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on, repent to right racial wrongs and something Malcolm X talked about, invite a nation of sinners in a spiritual walk. If we the American people would hear Martin and Malcolm evolution, we could see a new kind of improvement and salvation.

The question, what is forgiveness? Forgiveness signifies various things to separate people. Ordinarily, it means a choice to let go of hate and get over the feelings of retaliation.

Forgiveness is something that is hard for many to do after being hurt. Nonetheless, a person should forgive another as it is the best way to heal. Forgiveness purifies the soul and eliminates the anxieties; this is why it is such a dominant weapon, and it is more compelling because the person is in control of a much-needed recovery.

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Forgiveness is the way to establish freedom, all you have to do is decide to release the hurt and put the misfortune behind you. By choosing to forgive, it will separate you from all adverse outcome experienced in the past and give you a gift to overlook the person who hurt you.

Some view the step to forgive as a resolution of weakness, but in reality, it entails courage and strength. Forgiveness is a means to move away from the victim role and view everything amidst another aspect of victory.

Learning to forgive – even when it feels impossible

First, a person needs to understand that everyone is responsible for their own life journey. To learn can mean they will need to travel to various paths, and it can be complicated and slippery before you discover your capabilities.

Also, a person needs to understand they are responsible for their attitudes regarding a situation. To forgive means, you have discovered how to release the hurt from all who have angered and injured you, not for them, but for yourself.

To forgive a person who hurt you doesn’t mean you have to forget what happens and continue to keep them in your life. It says you are willing to work on yourself to develop a better relationship with others in your life.

forgiveness-key-740x552Although you are willing to forgive doesn’t mean you are someone’s fool. Through forgiving, you are taking on the responsibility and accepting the reality of what transpired and discovered a way to live and be set free.

Being able to forgive is a continuous process, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep in touch with the person you are forgiving. When you learn to forgive, it doesn’t indicate you are doing it for the person who mistreated you; it means you are taking on the responsibility to free yourself from the hostage stage that not forgiving once held on you.

Something to think about since forgiveness is a way to heal and be set free, why is it so hard for many to do. There are various reasons, but most people main purpose is seeking retaliation to punish in revenge.

Attempting to forgive the person who hurt you before you release the anger is impossible. Forgiveness involves the mentality and the willingness to forgive.

Most times it is hard to forgive a person that hurt you, or the individual who expresses no concern or regrets that they abused you. It is best to discharge your anger to forgive. Therefore, you can reconnect with who you are and resolved any ill feeling.

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How to Maximize your Space for Big Living in a Tiny House

tiny houseIn the wake of the United States’ economic crisis, many are trying to find a solution to a world of uncertainty; downsizing seems to be the best way to finding any form of a solution.

More and more people are enchanted with the idea of building tiny homes, as others are moving into apartments, condominium or town-homes with small rooms. Living in a tiny home, townhouse, an apartment, or a condo can sometimes mean having to fit many items into rooms too small to hold them all, at first glance.

When placing furniture in a living room most people chose dark furniture because it is design-friendly, but the darkest furniture needs much leg room as they often seem to block passages and take up more floor space than is desirable.

When choosing furniture for a small area, it is best to choose light colors such as cream, white and light blues that make the room seem larger.

When selecting furniture with limited space, we have to pay close attention to the weight and the size of the objects.

The question of how many pieces have legs and how many have a box shape is also an important factor in finding the right furniture.

Believe it or not, how many pieces and the color of the furniture makes a difference: furniture in lighter colors goes further in making your small space feel larger than those in darker colors can.

Most people decorate their living rooms with a combination of box-shaped furniture and furniture with legs, such as a wooden or glass coffee table, two matching end tables, or sofa tables.

However, these all give the appearance of a cramped space, even if the piece itself is rather small. Here are some tips for fitting as much furniture as possible into a tight living room and still getting it to look more spacious:

  • Figure out early what size of furniture is right for the living space you have to work with. Measure the room and the furniture items by hand if you need to; you have to make sure that you will have enough space to move around and fit other objects and other people.
  • Consider lighter colors for the furniture. Darker colors take up the surrounding space, but light colors make any room seem larger.
  • Try to avoid furniture with legs or a box shape. These types of furniture often take up most of the view of the floor, making the room seem smaller.
  • Slim or vertical furniture works best in a small room. Vertical furniture, in particular, will emphasize the height of the room. Furniture that can serve this purpose includes tall corner lamps, shelves, grandfather clocks, jars, and vases.
  • Even if you find a perfectly sized, light colored, slim, vertical piece of furniture, you should still take care to avoid having that perfect piece be a sofa or couch. Sofas and couches are often too big for smaller living rooms. Try substituting in chairs and love seats instead; they can be as comfortable as sofas or couches and save space in your living room at the same time.
  • If you want a coffee table for your room, look for glass instead of wood or other solid material. Glass is effective at reflecting light and allowing light into the living room. More light means that more space can be seen in the room, making it look bigger.
  • Every bit as important as finding the right furniture for the living room is maintaining the tidiness. Objects that are of no use in the room will only create a mess and, even worse, compete with your other furniture for space and with the floor for visibility.
  • Add accessories and decorations to the room. As with the furniture, choosing smaller pieces will allow to you have a higher number of different decorations in the room. It might also be a good idea to put a few fair-sized fixtures in the corners to act as accents, but always take care not to put so many accessories that the room just ends up feeling cluttered.
  • Make sure that the chamber matches. Curtains, throw pillows, rugs, and carpets do not have to be of the same color, but they should at least mesh well with the color of your furniture. A small, elegantly patterned vase might help to accentuate space a bit.

Three ways to make living in a tiny house feel huge and more comfortable!

#1: Sleep in the small bedroom

When most people hear tiny house, they feel it means living cramps up, but the tiny house and small rooms do not say you have to be cramped.

Most tiny homes consist of two bedrooms in which it has one bedroom slightly larger than the other. The biggest room is the “masters,” and the smaller room is for the child, or the guest if the child has moved from home.

You can fit mainly your bed – no room to fit much more so, please avoid the temptations to use it for providing much stuff. Most tiny home’s rooms consist of a hotel like experience.

It is a small room that provide– a space for a bed, two nightstands, lamps, and enough room to spread out the luggage.

The small closet is only big enough for limited clothes, as a matter of fact, because the space is so small; it is a high threshold for clutter if you try forcing much stuff and too many clothes into it.

However, you do not have to give into the clutter of invasion, just use the space just as it is.

 

The Fox American Sitcom,‘Rel’ Review

Rel TVRel’ is an American 20th Century Fox television sitcom created, and perform by Lil Rel Howery. He executive-produce it with his ex-coworker, Jerrod Carmichael from the Carmichael show.

Also, Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett, Mike Scully, Abraham Higginbotham, Matthew Fernandes, Arthur Spanos, and Gerry Cohen all assist in producing this comedy sitcom. It airs on Sunday night and first debuts September 9, 2018.

‘Rel’ is a new TV show builds off some of Rel’s real-life and comedy situations, it’s a story about a guy who works as a nurse for a living. Rel’s life is built off terrible choices that presented him with consequences that are hard for him to bounce back from.

The main cast consists of Lil Rel Howery (Rel), Sinbad (Dad), Jessica Moore (Brittany), and Jordan L. Jones (Nat) and from watching the show, I can tell it is an attempt for a big TV return from Sinbad.

Moreover, Lil Rel is trying to be a breakaway star with a voice to be heard saying, “I’m capable of doing it all.” Jessica Moore is a well-known and refined stand-up comedian endeavoring to break into acting.

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Jordan L. Jones is a person I am not familiar with at all, watching him on Rel is my first time to see him act. Although from watching him on the show, I can tell He’s an actor who can fit in with the cast and hold down his own.

Rel plays a busy, hard-working husband and father who did not pay enough attention to his wife. She felt lonely and deprived of care, get attention from Rel’s barber and sleeps with him. When Rel learns of the affair, he felt embarrassed and betrayed, which lead to a divorce.

Rel’s wife took the children and moved to Cleveland leaving him a long-distant lonely dad, missing his children facing one of the most challenging trials any guy could suffer. He is determined to pick up the pieces and restart his life on the West Side of Chicago where crime is high, and many live-in fears of the gangs.

Rel is now separated from his son and daughter in search of a barber as He attempts to get back into dating, as a single father with the support of his best friend, Brittany.

Also, Rel has the love and the encouragement of his younger brother, Nat who attempt to assist him to learn how to get back in the swing of being hip and single. Nat is striving to show the world he worthy to be trusted, qualified to receive a second chance and not a threat to society as he’s a newly out-of-jail criminal.

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Rel’s widow father, Sinbad is disappointed in him for being the talk of the church and the town for not being man enough nor having the ability to please and maintain a marriage to his wife.

Rel’s dad is angry with him for destroying the life that he felt was entirely on track with a wife and two children. Rel is left with the impression he needs to salvage, repairs and re-establish a relationship with his father.

And prove to his father he’s capable of finding love again, fixing all that wrong in his life and make his father proud of him.

Rel face the embarrassment of losing the love of his life (his wife) to the last person anyone would have ever imagined, his barber as it’s not easy to find your true love and settle down.

The highlights of Rel’s Episode one

‘Rel,’ Episode one, the first highlight consists of the laundry room and Marla Gibbs playing Ms. Jenkins, I am a big fan of Marla Gibbs, as it was a pleasure to see a familiar face and such a talented actress.

There were several attempts to get Rel’s clothes out the laundry room that end in disappointing fails from his best friend, brother, and father.

Rel determine to get his clothes and neglecting to listen to the security guard warning that the gang members are having a meeting and was refusing to allow anyone to enter in to pick up their dropped off clothes nor to enter in to use the laundry room.

Rel risk entering the laundry room to get his clothes out the dryers to see drugs inside it and pretend he was unaware what he viewed. The gang members tell him what it is and he gets into a heated argument with the gang members. In desperate need of help being rescued

‘What’s Going on?’

whats-going-on (1)What do, many do when this world has so much going wrong that it no longer feels like home? Where do various people turn when America, a place many have called home for a long time no longer feels like home?

How can people find ‘a peaceful mind’ in a world where some people are wrongfully denied forgiveness and has no dramatically way of changing their life?

What changes America from a place that once brought joy and warmness to many hearts? How can a country turn from a warm, loving, peaceful place to just feel cold and alienated?

There’s an old saying that says, a home is considered where the heart feels most satisfied. Moreover, because so many no longer feel like this world is a place they can call home the utter question is: What’s Going On?’

Some American citizens are giving up their citizenship where many are still holding on to an American passport as they no longer feel like an American. With all that is going on in America today makes many citizens think about moving to the United Kingdom, so the hard question is: What’s Going On?’

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Indeed, many today are facing far more difficult circumstances than the conditions of what most retains before things turned so critical and many are still waiting to see peace as an endpoint, again I ask, What’s Going On?’

As so much development in life-condition change for the worse, many are currently searching for answers to some of the most challenging issues. Some are turning to the political candidate like the house of representative’s members, Senators, Vice President, Mayor, and the President.

I say we should be willing to do what is necessary to bring healing to this nation and to do that we the people need to turn to God by doing what 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV) says, many needs to humble themselves and pray. Turn from their wicked ways. Then will God hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal the land.

With all going on, my main concerns, how can any intelligent American vote and allow a man in office as President like Donald Trump with no Political background who spends too much time twitting and raging when he supposed to care and take care of issues in the world to prevent things from going wrong.

Instead, he’s the exact cause of chaos and the reason why sudden things go wrong. And not to mention the Trump horror of a tax plan he put in place, which is one of the most significant changes that include the worst recession and the most bull wash ever since the Great Depression, I can’t help but ask the question, ‘What’s Going On?’

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The youth violence, burglary, street gangs, drugs, and killing have been a significant concern for years. Except for today with the economy in crisis, and America in need of leaders to have our backs and care to protect the nation, burglary is at the highest rates that robberies take place during the daylight hours.

The gun violence and mass public shooting are on the rise and getting deadlier by the day. And many states are a part of the dangerous trend as there is an essential need for stricter gun laws.

Poverty-stricken people are selling drugs and see it as significantly more of a statistical way to survive; I can’t help but wonder, ‘What’s Going On?

The president’s motives remain unclear to violence, and mass shooting leaves many Americans shaking in fear of being a victim of a mass shooting that some do not feel safe to worship and praise God in the church.

Why on earth should people fear to worship God as the church should be the last place anyone feels afraid for their life. Some do because the mass shooting has happened in several churches already, the big question place in many minds, ‘What’s Going On?’

To surpass it all children shouldn’t have to feel threatened by gun violence in school. The school shooting should have been stopped because a school shooting is an attack on education and is preventing the children from learning.

In 2012, after one of the worst mass gun shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a severe attack claimed the lives of six adults and twenty children, things should have changed.

Instead, Florida School was hit by gunfire where over twelve were injured, three adults died, and fourteen children lost their lives. Again, the question is ‘What’s Going On?’

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Till Death Do Us Part; A Story of Mystery and Intrigue Part 7

tillIt’s been three days since Leroy received a call for the ransom on behalf of his Mother and girlfriend. For Leroy, life has been full of darkness where every day seems to be a night with no light involved toward bringing the daylights.

It’s hard for Leroy to imagine life without his mother and the love of his life, Laura. Without them both, He feels as if someone is holding a plastic bag over his head determine to smugger him. Feeling as if he had limited air, Leroy pulls open the curtain and window. He sits and waits for the kidnapper to call as his imagination run wild.

Determined not to allow his mind to get the best of him Leroy begin to looks out the window at the neighbor, Ms. Lord. She sits on her front porch. She notices Leroy near the window and waves, but Leroy did not signal back. Wondering if he’s okay, Ms. Lord walked over, across the street rang the doorbell to check on Leroy. Leroy slowly gets up from his seat to walk to the door and answered it.

Ms. Lord is a widow, her husband died a little over a year ago, and she has been waiting for an opportunity to spin Leroy up in her web since she read in Fortune 500, He was a Billionaire.

Ms. Lord keeps her eyes on the house at all times so; she knows Mama Xin is not home, Leroy is alone. She intends to take advantage of Leroy stage of mind. She can tell something is going on, he’s not his self, and she hopes to be the shoulder he can lean on.

Can I come in, said, Ms. Lord? This is not a good time replied Leroy. However, Ms. Lord was not hearing him she steps pass Leroy and sit down on the couch. Leroy closes the door and asks how I may help you.

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Ms. Lord grabs Leroy and sits him close to her. She immediately starts kissing him on his neck. Leroy pushed free of her. She stands up and hops on his lap, pinning him down and ripping his shirt off. The phone rang and Leroy never in his life was so happy to hear a ring that possibly was the worse News of the kidnapping.

Pulling himself free of Ms. Lord, excuse me said, Leroy. He walks over to the end table pick up his phone to answer it. Please, I need to take this call, it’s the important call I have been waiting for. Ms. Lord leaves, Leroy hoped it was the kidnapper telling him where to meet him. But It was Aunt Louise, she asks if it were any words on her sister.

Leroy was so happy to hear from his aunt. Most of all he felt it was the call that saved him from the neighbor who attacks him unexpectedly. Leroy replied I am still waiting for the News. Leroy was so in need of someone to talk to and took advantage of his Aunt being on the phone; she gave him encouraging words. Aunt Louise told Leroy, you are your mama son and you can handle the worse of any situation.

She went on to say, although it may seem as if you don’t know what to do and I am sure this is one of the hardest situations you ever had to endure, you can withstand. When you were a child, I used to tell your mother; you were a child trapped inside an old man’s body because you were so much more mature than your sister Liz, although she is three years older than you.

Leroy shared with Aunt Louise he has not heard from Liz in a little over a year. She married a wealthy movie director and moved away. Liz husband travels a lot producing movie all over the world and Liz goes with him. She even an actress in most of the films he produces.

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Leroy tells Aunt Louise the last he heard Liz and Curtis were in Japan doing a drama that many felt would be a multimillion seller base on the film, King Kong taking over Japan. Curtis is famous for drama and horror movies. Leroy went on to say, and I feel my life consist of drama, maybe one day I can sit down with my brother-in-law and write a movie of my life for him to produce I’m sure all I been through it would be a sellout.

Leroy and Aunt Louise laugh as he shared with her it would be nice to have his sister around to be supportive in one of the worse of time. I believe Liz would want to be around for mother if she knew. Aunt Louise urges Leroy to call Liz and tell her.

 

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