I think we all go through times in our lives when we wonder if you need a change? Usually by the time we are thinking about it, more often than not, we already know we need it. We know we need something different. We find ourselves in a comfort zone but the crazy thing is time and time again after crawling our of that comfort zone it ends up feeling so much better so I don’t know why they call it a comfort zone. Jobs, relationships, friends, our health, all these are probably on the top of the list when it comes to needing to evaluate from time to time. Things change, we become smarter and we need to think of ourselves and what is best for us. Growing and evolving is so important no matter where we are in our life journey. This goes for any and all no matter your gender, nationality, class, or where you live. We are all the same when it comes down to basics. How about trying new things? Those things you always wanted to learn or try. Do we have it in ourselves to do it or just think about it. What takes us beyond just thinking about it all the time. Confidence in ourselves maybe? A lot of struggle with that. It takes us back to the comfort zone. I hate that term. I thing we use it as a crutch sometimes. It’s never to late to learn new skills. Artistry, Music, Trades, cooking, oh my the list can go on and on. I’d like to know that I could prompt just one of you to follow your dream rather than just leave it as a thought. Having a feeling of accomplishment only gives you more power to do more. It’s amazing. It actually has such great potential. There are so many catch phrases we use. One is, Life is too short, True! Another is the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I think it is. While you sit and waste away in your comfort zone I bet you are pretending you are alright, basically living a lie. It’s time we take the bull by its horns and do something for ourselves. Something I’m very passionate about is the fact that Life is too short. We need to truly start living each day as if tomorrow is not ours. Why am I so passionate about this? Again at 58, it’s time for another evaluation. I know I’ve had a lot of joy in my life, but also, I’ve had a lot of heartache. At age 29 I lost my dad to brain cancer, than my mom at 38 to a brain aneurysm, then my brother to cancer, he was only 47. A year ago a childhood best girlfriend died unexpectedly. That was not supposed to happen. This one I blame on the pharmaceutical companies.. I’ve seen too many friends bury their children. More Pharmaceutical company tragedies. The pain of seeing young people pass is real and scarring. One of the items on my list has always been to help others. It’s been there a long time. I can’t help but step out of my way if I have to because it calls me. I’d like to change the world so I’m always trying. I think my kids think I’m crazy but that’s me. Last night while I was in the sauna, I met this awesome healing woman. We both agreed that we were meant to meet. We both had done things a bit different then normal which brought us to the same place. We ended up talking for quite a while and when we parted I left with much hope. I couldn’t wait to share it. I woke up in the morning and right away texted my son excited to share some good and promising information with him so he could pass along to his friend whom I knew needed it more than anything. Instead of responding back with the typical text response he called me. He said he didn’t want to text me because he had bad news. He told me his friend had passed away in his sleep this morning. I was so taken back. I couldn’t help but cry. He was a young man , father of 6 children and his wife. He had been struggling with cancer for the past few years. He fought to the end going as far as traveling out of the country to get treatments they won’t do here in the USA. So sad, they do work but insurance won’t cover it. If only money wasn’t an option maybe he would still be here. Such an inspiration to all of us. He was at work on Friday, it was his planned last day to start a medical leave so he could spend some quality time with his family knowing his condition was worsening. After an emotional work farewell from all who loved him for all the years he was there, he had his first weekend off but that was it. He never woke up Monday morning. He died peacefully in his sleep. It just brings tears to my eyes. These kinds of stories are like an atomic bomb going off in my brain. What does it take to push us over the edge to do something. Whether it’s for ourselves or someone else. We need to change the way we think so we can get out of bad situations, get into better ones or maybe to just do something good. We all have the potential of making a difference. It’s a choice. Don’t use your comfort zone as a crutch. You are only cheating yourselves. Comfort is your Enemy to moving forward.
Do you remember when you were 14, excited because you knew when you turned 15 you were probably going to get your driver’s license permit. Oh what a day that will be. The beginning to the process of getting your real license. Freedom! The day you turn 16! Every teenagers dream. Getting on the road . Oh those were the days. Little did you know that was just a beginning of a string of permits you would be required to get. Maybe the next, one more exciting one, would be your wedding license/ permit depending on where it was to be issued they call it different names. Anyways, Other then those two happy times, it would end up being some sort of permit hell as far as I’m concerned. A money-making process for the city. Checks being written for this that and everything in between. Those inspectors, well, you would just hope they were in a good mood the day they came to see you. No wonder so many elect to forgo the permit process and do what ever they can under the radar, unless of course there is absolutely no way of getting away with it. Anyways, Happy permit to you.
When I hear the word Creature, I automatically think of Creature Features from the 1960’s. As a kid I loved watching the show with my mom. the Creature Feature Theme song was so creepy it stuck with me over the years. Horror, Chillers, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Bucket of Blood. Oh my there were so many! The word creature always seems to be used to tell a story about something like a weird unknown creature that has been found in the ocean, or pulled from the lake or dug up somewhere. That’s what you hear. Then we talk about ourselves as creatures of habit. So in reality, it’s a word used for everything living and breathing or use to be. So here’s a creature for you. I like this little guy. I met him at the Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago. I think we connected . He stared me in the eyes and it was all over. It was love at first sight. LOL
You’ve been Puzzled!
Wouldn’t it be fun to play a game? Call it, let’s say, You’ve been puzzled!
Play it at a party. At the party, when it’s time, bring the puzzle out and tell everyone what they are going to do. Break everyone up into teams and tell the first team they’ve been puzzled. Give them a time limit, when their time is up they have to pass it to the next team that has been Puzzled. After they are done they get to tell the next team they’ve been puzzled and so on and so forth til the puzzle is done. Great fun for interaction.
Or, make it a neighborhood activity. If you have a nice close circle of friends, Buy a puzzle and knock on one of your neighbor’s door and tell them they’ve been puzzled! Tell them that either after a specified number of days or a specified number of puzzle pieces placed together to pass it along to the next neighbor to be puzzled. Explain to them what they need to do and then what to say when they are passing it on to the next Puzzled neighbor to keep it going. It probably is a good idea to add in that if at any point the Puzzled neighbor can’t do their part they should just pass it onto the next so it doesn’t get held up. I think this could be a fun activity to do before having a neighborhood Super bowl party or backyard picnic. Could make for some good conversation!
You never know when you are going to get Puzzled!
To Hydrate or not to Hydrate. That is the question. And all of you should be asking yourselves, Am I hydrating enough?
Did you know that your body is made up of 60/65 percent water? The key to water intake is to drink enough of it. Everyone is obviously different but for the most part, most people don’t drink enough. It kills me when I see people taking little sips of water here and there and they think they are getting enough. Then if you are drinking diuretics, such as coffee, you need to drink even more. Quick and easy signs of not enough water are dry skin, being tired, bad breath, head aches, and that’s not even mentioning the long-term effects of being dehydrated which is where the biggies come into play. Achy joints which start feeling arthritic, gout, asthma, and the list goes on and on. So basically, if you aren’t keeping your cells hydrated and you are letting them dry up, think of a raisin. Those poor cells, screaming for water! Those cells are not going to function at full capacity. Water removes toxins from your body via the kidneys. If you don’t hydrate, your kidneys will also suffer. Let’s not forget about constipation! So many of these complaints end up in the doctor’s office. It doesn’t have to be that way. Water is natural. It’s even free. It doesn’t take long to get dehydrated, but it takes a long time to completely hydrate your body again but I promise you will feel a difference. Make it a goal to start drinking water. You will see and feel the difference. I want to hear from you. Please write in your success story. Others will want to hear from you.
The other night, I was visiting the city you held your Chicago Freedom Movement. Something that would change the world. I must tell You, You picked an awesome City. Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to myself. From North to South it stretches so wide as high as the buildings appear to reach to the stars. One of my favorite things about this big city is the reflection in the lake especially when the sun starts setting and you can watch through the cracks between the buildings as goes down, down, down then as the sun disappears the sky starts changing to different shades of blues and pinks and starts resembling a beautiful watercolor painting. Now as that’s going on and the buildings start appearing darker and turning to a silhouette, the reflection intensifies, the lights start shimmering, sparkling, and flashing. Do buildings really talk? These Chicago buildings can, and they do. Today they were talking for you. It was a message you once shared. One never to be forgotten. It was a reminder of your great work. We remembered you as One of the most important men during the civil rights movement, A man who made a difference in our land. You changed our World but unfortunately your life was tragically ended at a very young age. Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. You had a Dream, and now, we live your BELOVED DREAM.