What would #MartinLutherKing say about where we are? #MLKDay

Today (January 19th) honours the birthday of a man who paved the way for many and played an integral role in all of our lives.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionist who did all he could to make a difference.  In a world that feels unjust at times, we have to keep striving for a change. I’ve yet to see the movie Selma but I’ve heard people say it’s fitting as we are currently experience social unjust with the recent events.

I wonder if Dr. King was alive today, would he feel we’ve progressed or receded as a race? On one hand, I would think that seeing a black president would make him proud.  Not because President Obama is black, but because it shows the power of perseverance and the persistent need for change; people kept working to carry out his legacy of hope.

On the other hand, with senseless deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless other nameless souls (whose story will never be told), these lives have been taken and justice was blinded by the laws that were put in place to protect the innocent.

This makes me question, how much progression has really occurred? How much have we as humans actually evolved?  Is it possible that history is just a series of reoccurring events which circles time?

On this day, as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, we (as a human race) need to be aware of where we’ve been and where we’re going to get to where we are destined to be.

Let’s work at being ‘the change’ that needs to happen.

#30Day Challenges – I can do this…. @BrianTracy #Changeyourthinking #Changeyourlife is a great start!

Back in April I did a 30 day fitness challenge.  I made a point to be active for at least 30 mins a day for 30 days.  It was fantastic!  I actually exceeded my 30 mins on most days but the great thing was I made sure I was active every day.  The funny thing is, I did it for no other reason than to challenge myself.  I didn’t buy anything special as a reward or have a special night out.  I stayed focused and completed it and was so pleased with myself when I did!

May was a busy month so I didn’t continue with the challenge but I’m back at it in June.  Today is day 2 and feel stronger today than I ever have before.

Seeing how that was so successful, I’ve decided to challenge myself to do something that I love. Write.  My goal is to write every day for 30 days – no excuses.  My sister and her friend (who’s like a sister to me..Wendy) and countless others have motivated me to refocus my efforts and share my passion with others. 

With that said, today’s entry is about Change.

As with most people in the world, there is often something in our lives that we would ‘change’ about ourselves or the way we live.  It could be trying to overcome an addiction or something as simple as changing the colour of your hair. It may seem like a difficult decision at first.  It may seem overwhelming when you think about all that needs to be done to make the change happen.  It’s easy to give up on trying to make the change but we have to remember, anything worth changing is worth the challenge.

Regardless of what needs to be done, we have the willpower and courage to overcome it or make the move.  Never second guess yourself and always trust your instincts.  Believe me when I say we are all capable of overcoming our fears.  Fear is just an emotion, it’s not physical. Fear is the enemy of change. Don’t let fear win, change is (often) a good thing.  When you commit to doing something different, and if the choice you make doesn’t take you where you want to go, stay strong, that means it’s only a stepping stone leading you to where you need to be.

Trust and believe in yourself as much as you do in others and you may be surprised how strong (mentally, physically, spiritually and/or emotionally) you truly are. 

Need help on how to accept change? I suggest reading “Change your Thinking, Change your Life by Brian Tracy”, I found it to be helpful when learning how to open my mind to a new way of thinking. 

Embrace change and you will find happiness within.  Happiness isn’t an end goal, it’s a part of the journey.

 

And Scene…Fade to 2013?…

Well, we made it my friends!

We made it past the doomed Dec 21, 2012. People seriously believed that the world, as we know it, was going to be done and over with. I never really followed it to know how it was suppose to happen but I can tell you if I did believe in this apocalyptic event, I would have stopped paying my bills a long time ago and traveled the world. Wait, I can’t believe I just thought that.. Why would I wait for something massive to happen before going to see the world! Hmmm…. I’m onto something here. But I digress.

We made it past Christmas Day too.

I’m not sure if you felt it too but this Christmas season wasn’t the same.
There was no ‘buzz in the air’.

It could be the lack of snow in the city (which I’m not complaining about). It could be that I did my shopping in October so I wasn’t in the malls to hear the holiday music or see the shoppers bustling around looking for that perfect gift for their loved one. 

Actually, I was in a grocery store the other day and heard ‘Cuts like a Knife’ playin overhead but unless that song was about carving turkeys, I don’t think it counts as a Christmas tune.

I didn’t have any parking lot confrontations, which is unheard of. Or maybe it was because I only watched ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ once and didn’t see ‘Elf’ at all.

A few people I’ve spoken with have agreed that something is different. They said if it wasn’t for the children in their lives that they may not have gone all out. All I can say is thank God for children. They truly keep the sparkle of Christmas alive.

Though I have no kids of my own, there are 9 kids that I’ve know since their birth and all of whom I hold dear in my heart. Most of them are tweens now and they already have everything in the world so I have no clue what to get them but gift cards.

Well, regardless of what the difference is, I am grateful for many things such as my health, my family (by blood and by love), my career, my home and mom’s fresh bread (made from scratch – no bread makers here).

One thing I do feel is something big coming for 2013! I have no clue what it is or what form it’ll come in but it’s near.

Over the years I’ve experienced these feelings of when there is a shift in my life. I’m not crazy…not in the psycho sense anyways.

We all have a sixth sense, it’s just a matter of tuning into it. When I get these feelings, something always comes of it. This one is going to be major!

I’m looking forward to the change.

Change is evolution and that’s the only way we grow as individuals.

Change is often for the better. Don’t resist it…embrace it and believe me it will work in your favour!

2013 is going to be a spectacular year!!