For some of us, life throws obstacles in our way. These barriers prevent us from achieving personal goals or following our passions in life. Persevere…. make time to invest in yourself. This is a mantra I started telling myself. I found myself slowly being consumed by work and losing out on the moments that I NEED to be creative. Writing is not just a past- time for me!!! It is for my well-being and a passion. I will no longer ask permission to achieve greatness.
“I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?”
I was led to write this post because I’m so tired of hearing people complain so much lately. Over the last two years, the weeping and whining of American citizens have grown to unbearable heights. This has become very unacceptable for me! It seems no matter where you are the grocery store, mall, even the florist. Who can be mad while purchasing flowers? Why not channel all this bottled up discontent into making things better?
I love the scene in Batman: The Dark Knight when the Joker (Heath Ledger) said: “Why so serious?” I find myself wanting to ask people that question. Not because I live my life with my head buried in the ground but because there is no sense in complaining if you’re not going to do anything about it. We may not have the ability to fix all of the issues in our country or the world and even our lives, but we can make steps to make things a little better. Instead, all I hear is worthless murmuring with no alternatives mentioned.
Yin and Yang
The ancient Chinese Yin- Yang symbol represents the existence of opposing forces that interdependent. They work in perfect harmony; one cannot exist without the other. So, why dwell in the negative? In my opinion, doing something positive would be much more productive. Bathing ourselves in the negativity in our home, workplace and the country does nothing to make life better. Balance out the negative by attempting to make changes and that which we cannot change substitute with an affirmative action. Of course, it will not bring an ed to that which we detest, but the good vibes that we release into the universe are pleasing to our spirit.
It would be great to hear a conversation that ended with a positive outlook. After lamenting about our current president, taxes, rights, and other issues end with what you can and will do to make a difference. Encourage others to make a difference as well. Put your selfishness aside for a moment to realize that we are all on the same sinking ship. We all have two choices, do what we can to help ourselves and others survive or give up and go down with the ship. I don’t know about you, but I have enough fight and positivity in me for the both of us. I challenge you to engage a stranger with a smile and talk about the beautiful the day.
I was recently nominated by Mike Senczyszak of Solsbury Hill. Solsbury Hill is definitely a deserving recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m a fan of the “Photogenic Quote of the Week” and all Mike’s other eccentric musings. I do find my thrill on Solsbury Hill!!! LOL!!! I had to do it, I just couldn’t help myself!!! For those of you who caught on to my corny joke. But anyway…
I am deeply honored. This is my first award so you can imagine my level of excitement. This award fits my style of writing and blogging perfectly. When I started blogging I did not want to fall into a cookie cutter style. My intention is to write about the truths of life as well as entertain my readers. My blog is not only about my love of writing but also my need to Live, Love, Share. My versatility and transparency is what makes my blog real.
Seven things about me:
- I have driven a military ship (destroyer class).
- I spent time in Russia.
- A lover of corny jokes. As you can see above.
- I love to cook. I just love to feed people, it warms my heart.
- Working on a fictional novel.
- I have a sock fetish. I love all types of cute and weird socks.
- I love tattoos, I have two but I plan to get four more.
Now, this is where I get to nominate 15 other bloggers. There are 15 other bloggers that are deserving but I have limited it to my top picks.
Two Drops of Ink a literary blog dedicated to the art of writing.
Poetic Parfait is a blog by Christy Birmingham a poet and author. If you are a lover of poetry her book Versions of The Self is a must read.
Shehanne Moore Smexy Historical Romance is a blog I frequent. She has written several books my favorite is The Viking and the Courtesan.
Michelle’s Mosaic is about Brokeness Made Beautiful and her writing is definitely beautiful. Michelle has a way with words.
Rick Amitin’s blog is very inspirational. Rick blogs about Thinking Positive and Feeling Alive in the world we live in today. Rick is a speaker and the author of If Only I Had a Dad.
Getting to Know Chuck Jackson an interesting author and blogger. His first book One Month, 20 Days and A Wake Up is a memoir about his live as a PJ during the Vietnam Era.
These are my nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rule is 15 but these are the blogs that I feel compelled to visit and promote daily. There are other bloggers that I frequently visit and share but due to time constraints I just shared my top six WordPress blogs. Congratulations to Mike and all the bloggers who were nominated with me. To those I have nominated today… Congrats!!!🍾🍾🍾 I hope this makes your day. 😊Happy blogging!!!😉
I almost forgot about “Music Monday”!!! As I sat engulfed in my days work and steadily declining due to the disconnection of my coffee flavored IV☕. R.E. M gave me a reminder call as it summoned me to answer my cellphone.
I liked R.E.M growing up and I still do, Their lyrics and the the alternative rock flavor of their music has made me a fan for many many years. The song posted is one of my absolute favorites. So, why not take a couple of minutes to shake🕺💃 off that Monday feeling and get motivated to blaze through the rest of the day. Hopefully, I will make it until 8 PM tonight!!!
For many of us Monday’s usually suck. Returning to work after a nice calm and relaxing weekend can be really frustrating. New deadlines, articles to write, work left over from the prior week, etc. You’re either pulling your hair out by 10 or praying for your lunch hour to quickly approach😣. Well, one thing I do to remain calm is tune in to my happy😊 music. I decided to shake things up a bit!!! One thing to know about me is the fact that I love music of all kinds. So #mondaymotivation on my blog will be music. It may not always be motivational but it will move you. If you like it, awesome if not just say… “no way Josea”. LOL!!! Feel free to share your musical interests with me as well.
This share is from one of my favorite bands ‘Rascal Flatts’, called “Banjo”.
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