“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”
― Steve Maraboli
I recently got a new vehicle and it is a black journey. I didn’t realize the significance of the vehicle until yesterday. My life has been a black journey up until this point because I would not let go of the past! I was fearful out what was ahead so I clung to the known because it was safer.
I know the road ahead of me is so promising but fear strangles the life out of you and all your energy is spent trying to figure out how to keep going.
When I walked into the dealership I knew what I wanted and had everything picked out in my mind but something about this black journey just pulled me in. I didn’t want to test drive it because I knew it was just what I needed to get me to my next destination in life. The one thing that was holding me back was now getting ready to launch me into the journey of a life time. It gave me my freedom back!!!
“Silence is so freaking loud”
― Sarah Dessen
One day you wake up in 2016 and it seems as if the world has reverted. As if I was living in a bubble the world seem to be showing itself for what it really is; which is divided. The silence has been deafening for so many years but no one was speaking. Look around, listen closely and don’t speak and you will hear the sound of breaking hearts. Hearts that have to hear your baby is not coming home because someone didn’t value their lives. Hearts that have to hear your child was the wrong color in the wrong place even though they have freedom to be wherever they please. Hearts that have to hear your family is not welcome because they just do not fit in. Hearts that have to hear your child was wearing the wrong thing! Hearts that have to hear they should have just listened to what they were asked to do! Hearts that are being broken because this world is so full of hate! It’s not just a black or white thing it’s a HATE thing that I can not get with!!!
Hearts that has to hear that your family members who are police officers that are to serve and protect is either serving and protecting or maliciously taking the life of someone else. Confusion is stirred up and fear becomes the force of retaliation. The hands that are dripping blood are crying out for help. Who will pull them to safety? Who will continue to close their eyes to what is going on around them? Who will stand up and say this is enough and change the current situation?
Look past the color of the skin and listen to the cries of the heart. The people children once looked up to are scared to see them driving by them. In their minds they relate police officers with death not protection. When we younger all the kids in the neighborhood played cops and robbers because in our mind only bad people were supposed to be caught. Everyone wanted the role as the cop but now I do not even think any kid would want to do that especially with what the media is portraying.
I had a conversation with a seven year old who said he wanted to be a cop when he grows up because he can kill whoever he want no matter what they do. I asked him why would he say something like that and his reply was “because they do not deserve to live.” What are we teaching our children? What are we showing our children? How do you explain to a seven year old that is the wrong mindset and that is not the role of a police officer? It is time for us to speak out and let our children know that no one deserves to be treated wrongly. However it is also time for us to speak out and let everyone know that everyone police officer is not out to harm the people. Every police officer is not racist! Every white person is not a bad person! Every black person isn’t lazy and a criminal! Every Muslim is not a terrorist! Every Mexican is not an illegal immigrant! Speak out and teach your children now so they will not grow up to have an one-sided thought process. Stop the racial profiling if you expect the world to get along with each other.
Can you hear what your silence is doing to this world???
“For the person with creative potential there is no wholeness except in using it.”
― Robert K. Greenleaf
I was never able to tap into the creative nature inside of me until I learned:
To let people go
To let people grow
To not let everyone’s problems become my problems
To not be everything for everyone
How to forgive
How to live
How to place my needs before others
How to take the time to celebrate me
How to rest my mind
How to rest my body
How to enjoy life
How to smell the roses
How to enjoy each day for what it was
How to go off and enjoy my own company
How to ask for help instead of everyone asking me
How to stop people pleasing
How to cry if I’m hurt
And laugh when I’m happy
How to sit in solace and be content
It’s time to take the tattered pieces and create something beautiful!
Your life is your canvas pull out your utensils and put them to good use!!!!
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu
Weaken by Pain
Strengthen by Love
Fearful because of Hurt
Courageous because of Love
They loved me enough to push on the painful spots that in turn gave me the strength to move past the pain
They did not physically touch me to invoke more pain they just pressed enough on the sore spot until I decided it was time to find my strength to let it go
When fear tried to overtake me they waited for me with an open hand and a gentle heart as I found my courage to transform from a caterpillar to a butterfly
Step by step my metamorphosis was taking form because I became courageous enough to allow their love to strengthen me
THIS IS HOW I IDENTIFY LOVE
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
As she sat with her head bowed for so many years
Something inside of her was still allowing her to rise each day
Slowly her head began to rise and the twinkle returned to her eyes
From the depths of her soul
Arose the biggest smile
Because the joy that was once
Lost could now be found
Because she realized that God was there all the time!
The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
But never be quiet…
Silence is only silence if you stay silent!