I Am Not Okay

Every struggle is different, even during a collective time of uncertainty, hate, illness, death, where anxiety is at an all-time high. Now more than ever, it needs to be okay to say, “I am NOT okay”. My first introduction to suicide was at the ripe old age of twelve.  I was in seventh grade when…

You Don’t Get To Tell Me How To Feel

Yesterday (5/25/2020) a man was lynched.  His name, George Floyd.  He was murdered by a police officer, Derek Chauvin.  I won’t even ask why the police force allows individuals like him to join because historically those same individuals would participate in the KKK at night and patrol the streets during the day. Yesterday (5/26/2020) a…

Gratitude Day 21: Life

The past two days I have been busy with work and traveling for work I didn’t even have time to post on my birthday which was the last day of the 21 Day Challenge.  I think with every new year or as I’ve recently heard, every year around the sun, our human instinct is to…

Gratitude Day 20: Health

The older I get, the more I appreciate my health.  Although not perfect health, I do realize I could be worse off. The sad thing is I have put everything before my health but another day brings another opportunity to commit to a healthy me.

Gratitude Day 19: Peace of Mind

When I think of peace I think of serenity, the sound of waves in the ocean gently rolling back and forth where anxiety is washed away and calmness resides. No matter how loud the noise, the intensity of howling winds blowing down trees beating against brick houses. I see a woman sitting warmly in her…

Gratitude Day 18: Forgiveness

A big word deserving of a few big gulps.  Forgiveness is an action requiring people to swallow their pride, overlook offenses, get over themselves, see others for who they truly are and learn to accept them for such. There’s a saying you may have heard, ’forgive and forget’. I know what you’re thinking, it’s from…

Gratitude Day 17: Joy

“When we light another’s way we light our own as well.” This quote surrounded by white lights sits at a house in my neighborhood during the Christmas holiday. I shared before how I love to laugh, I love to be happy. Who doesn’t want to be happy?  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Outside things…

Gratitude Day 16: Progress

What is progress?  Move forward or onward. Progress (progressive), not to be confused with the insurance company, is one of those buzz words like diversity, equity, and inclusion people use to describe the change or at least their awareness of the meaning. The problem with progress is the measuring meter.  There are many examples to…

Gratitude Day 12: Friends

Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on? Friends, how many of us have them?  Friends, before we go any further. The rap group Whodini came out in the early eighties.  They had cuts like Five Minutes of Funk and The Freaks Come Out At Night but the one that…

Gratitude Day 11: Protection

As we honor our veterans today I can’t help but meditate on protection and how there are times we’re unknowingly sheltered from danger.  When the enemy is lurking in the shadow ready to attack, when the weapons form but nothing comes of it.  Then there are times we know without doubt protection has come our…