Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This thing called Life

That moment when someone ask you 'how are you' and you don't know how to answer....I am in that moment. You don't want to say 'bad' because things aren't really that bad. You don't want to say 'good' because things could be better. You don't want to say 'okay' because it may get followed with the question 'what's wrong' and there really isn't anything wrong. I've learned that when this moment comes the best answer is 'I'm living'.
Sometimes we get caught up in this thing called 'LIFE' that we forget to stop and focus on important things like family, friends, relationships, laughter, fun, etc. We get caught up in a routine and that can make us tired, stressed, and have that 'blah' feeling. Well I have a suggestion, whenever you find yourself in that 'I'm living' moment, immediately find something different to do. Find something that will make you laugh. Call someone and be annoying....(DeLano, if you're reading this...get ready for your phone call). Take a short walk. Send someone an email/text just to say hi. Smile to a random person and ask them how they are doing. Basically, do something out of your norm. Find something that will remind you that life is not a routine, it's something that is vibrant, no matter what situation or circumstance you're in. God has blessed you with the ability to live another day so be a blessing to someone else.
Live life happy knowing you're in the care of the Father.

Be Blessed!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Knowledge is Power

This morning I had a disturbing conversation with one of the staff members that works in the cafeteria. The ladies asked how I spent my furlough (yes, it's just like asking how was your vacation) Well, I informed the ladies that I participated in a mission trip to Haiti. They asked how it was, did I like, does it really look like it does on TV, etc. I informed the ladies that I had an AWESOME time and that I couldn't wait to go back!! They were quite surprised and then one just began to tell me how she wouldn't be able to take several connecting flights to get somewhere. I just chuckled. Then she went on to tell me that she has never left the country, then I thought to myself 'yeah, she doesn't understand'. But we on to talk about my trip to Haiti and how I felt so much at peace while there and that I could consider Haiti to be home. Then she brought up Africa. She talked about how she watched some documentary when the Jackson brothers went to Africa. At this point I wanted to check out but for some reason I continued to entertain her. So, she said that she thought that Africa would have made a museum or tourist spot of the area where the slave trade took place and that Jermain Jackson did as well. I asked her what made her think that. Her response was "I don't know, that is what was in my mind and in Jermain's too". I just nodded my head and let her continue. She then said that she was shocked that it was run down and looked horrible. So then I had to ask this question, "why would a country want to capitalize or glorify a place that hurt them so much ?" She just went on saying that she just thought that they would. She continued to talk about other things and the more she talked the more I realized how much ignorance we possess when we speak about things we really don't know much about. Then I began to think about how we as people and a society tend to stigmatize a whole race/gender based on one person's ignorance. Just crazy. This is something that I've known but to witness these things puts a whole lot into perspective.

With all of this being said, please do more to educate yourself. READ. READ. READ!!! Don't just use the Internet, read books, find natives of a place, research history....GAIN KNOWLEDGE!! If a subject comes up that you KNOW that you don't know much about only talk about facts and ASK questions. Knowledge is Power!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's Pray

What is the world coming to? I am sure that is a question that a lot of people are asking. Every time you turn around there is something going on; murder, suicide, car jackings, shootings, abuse, etc. My heart just aches for everyone affected by all of these random acts of violence or incidents. We should always stay in prayer. As you are in prayer, remember to pray for those you don't know. You never you, you may be the only person soliciting a prayer for that individual.