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Life is What You Make of It

I have heard the phrase, ” Life is what you make of it” countless times. In fact so many times that I am not really sure if Eleanor Roosevelt was the first one to say it. But since that I have matured (and aged)–I can understand it and see the truth in the words. Life simply is what we make of it. Each decision we make–good or bad–shapes our lives. This phrase is far from working hard and getting what you dreamed of. There are countless times when a person strives hard, but it just wasn’t their time for their dreams to come true.  That doesn’t mean that they failed, just mean that it wasn’t their time yet. I really think this phrase has a lot to do with HOW that person reacts to not reaching their goals and how happy are they with all the decisions that they made so far. Everyday it’s usually hard for us to keep a positive outlook when we are experiencing life.  Let’s face it, there are just things that will just get us down.  But I love this phrase, because things may get us down, but that doesn’t mean it has to keep us down. Among all the things that we have remember, and go through, I hope this is one thing that we won’t forget: Life truly is what you make of...

It’s All About Our Perception

This Memorial weekend, aside from spending time with family, I can honestly say it is a great wake up call. I am not a military person, and those who I know who served in wars have long passed away, but I can’t help to think about what they went through. Not just those who were in my life, but all the soldiers who have served and are currently serving this country. I could just imagine that after serving in a war; you come home and feel completely out of place. Instead of fighting for your basic right to live, you come home to complaints about sales, or some non trivial thing–nothing comparable to being on the front line. No wonder a lot of soldiers re-enlist. Memorial day is a way for me to not just honor those that have fought and died, but to honestly put things in perspective. These men and women are on the front lines day after day risking their lives for us. In many cases, the unit they belong to are a second family. They look to that person on the left and on the right to protect them. Just as those people look for the soldier to do the same. When you just think about a person who chose to do these things and those who volunteered to fight, my bloggy fingers goes out to them. Nothing that I can say I did was truly life and death. I never saw what they saw, or had to do what they did. In all honestly, sometimes the mundane things in life are the very things...
Sunday Prayer: A Mother’s Prayer

Sunday Prayer: A Mother’s Prayer

I’ve been slacking on my Sunday Prayer lately, but this week I’ve got a prayer that was sent to me from my cousins.  It was a prayer they sent over for mother’s day, and I meant to post it up last week, but weekends lately have been somewhat crazy. What made me really want to share this post is that my cousins recently lost their mother, so this was their first mother’s day with out their mom and their father (who also passed away years ago). I am thankful that they thought of me during this mother’s day, even though I know that it was a day that they would be hurting much.  I’m very glad to have cousins like this in my life. I hope that you enjoy the prayer as much as I did. A Mother’s Day Prayer   I [we] thank you, Creator of us all, from my [our] mother[s]. I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay tor cry and that I should always tell the truth.   Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know taht I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day with your love....

Life’s Lessons

I’ve been quiet lately.  Too many things on my  mind. Just trying to process it all. What really has me thinking is that sometimes, we never really bother to understand our loved ones until they are gone. Growing up, my Dad did a lot of things that didn’t make sense (at the time), like freezing bread.  We always though that was crazy, until we started doing it ourselves. But one of the things that really has me interested, is what he was interested in.  My Dad liked to listen to Jazz, and at the time, I never had an ear for it.  I always thought it was just old music.  Yes, I can give credit to the classic Jazz musicians, but my interest beyond that didn’t go far. Now, since it’s been 5 years since his death, I can understand his appreciation for Jazz.  Heck, I now fully appreciate it as he did. Another thing is Science Fiction.  I was NEVER a fan of Sci Fi, and one show in particular was Star Trek.  After watching the reboot of Star Trek (2009) the movie (also known as TOS), I started to look back on the series that my dad loved so much.  Although still a beginner in the Sci Fi world, I really do enjoy the 1966 original series. I don’t know what it is though.  Growing up, do we naturally try to shun away from our parents interests, just because it is THEIR interest?  Did I have a mental block on other things around me? It’s just seems that while he was living I didn’t take the time to fully understand his thinking, and his...

Skokiaan!

Every now and then, I’m a sucker for good music.  When it comes to great music, I just can’t keep myself from sharing it. I want to make this Wednesday light and happy, and after you hear this song by one of the greatest, you can’t help but want to get up and dance to this tune! When they said that Lois Armstrong was a genius, you know they were not kidding!  Zee and I just finished listening to this song several times and each time we just had to get up and move. I know that not everyone likes Jazz, but you’ll be surprised how far Jazz will take your feet.  So I hope everyone enjoys and have a...
Two Americas

Two Americas

; One person said that reality is only what your brain perceives it as. This saying couldn’t be more on the money. In this country, we are painfully aware that there are two Americas. There are two different ways where we live our lives. On one hand, a lot of Americans live “the dream” in a happy existence. These Americans still have problems, but nothing like the other Americans face. On the other hand, the other Americans live the dream through bars before their eyes. I’m not talking about being incarcerated, I’m talking about being free-ish. Not sure what free-ish means? Here’s several ideas: 1.It’s not being able to walk to your mailbox in your apartment building because of a “clean hall” law that has been passed (NYC). So if you are a male of color, just stepping out your door will subject you to harassment by the police regarding your motives (taking out trash or getting the mail). I’m sure the other America doesn’t experience this. 2. Being viewed as the Boogieman. Now I’m sure there are seedy characters from all walks of life–it’s human not based on race. However, a large segment of Americans do not come in daily contact with people of color. So in a way it makes it easier to cast people of color as the enemy, or people up to no good. After all, that’s all you see on TV right? Never a positive story about what we do, always about us killing each other. 3. Which brings me to controlling of images in the media. I hate to sadly disappoint the other...
Sunday Prayer: Health

Sunday Prayer: Health

Dear Lord, Thank you for my health. There are times that I take it for granted, or I feel that I can do more than my share, but Lord that’s just not how you have it. Illness is just another way for us to stop and catch us from make a fool of ourselves. A perfect reminder that we are doing more than we should. Even though it’s a temporary pause, it’s still a time for me to see what’s on my plate and what I can remove. At the end of the day I know that my health is the one thing I should not be taking advantage of–others do not have that luxury. Thank you God for allowing me to get my perspective correct....
Sunday Prayer: Precious Gifts

Sunday Prayer: Precious Gifts

  Dear Lord, Three years ago today, you gave me the most precious gift of all.  My daughter. Even though there have been ups and downs; good times and bad times, they were all memories that have been stored in my mind forever. I look forward to the time that is to come, and cherish each moment that passes. As I watch Zee getting older, it is a reminder to me to never take our children growing up for granted. Thank you for the chance for me to become a parent....

Season of Lent

I originally posted this in March of 2011.  I looked back on it, and I realize that the words that I have written for the beginning of Lent still ring true to me.  I hope you enjoy the following post and links and I still do. ************************** As far as I could remember, every Ash Wednesday that has come and gone, the first thing people would usually ask is “Did you get your ashes yet?” It seemed like our whole existence as Catholics came down to the Lent season, and the showing that you are of a religious group. Now that Ash Wednesday has come to a close, we can finally focus on what’s really important during this Lent season–change. Change one of the key highlights for Lent. It is a time for us to reflect and accept who we are, how far we have come and acknowledge the things that we did not do. The beauty of Lent is that you don’t have to be Catholic or Christian to understand what it means and how it can make a person feel. While Lent begins the 40 days prior to Easter, every one of any religion can appreciate the meaning and significance of these days. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we came from dust, and to dust we shall return. Whether we want to or not, we have to come to terms with our own mortality, and the sheer beauty of everyday we are given. Simply, we just have to live. There is far so much to say about this season and what it comes to mean to me...
Sunday Prayer: Home

Sunday Prayer: Home

Dear Lord, Thank you so much for the roof over my head. Food in my fridge, and a family that loves me. Sometimes we take for granted the things that we have, and seek things that we think we need. Through Your love, you have shown us that we have everything that we need. I pray for those families who are going through hard times right now–emotionally, spirituality, financially. These problems of the world really have a way of weighting people down and bring down their spirits. I pray that You hold their hand during these hard times and guide them to better days....
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