Opinion Editorial

You can not sleep your way into success. Success requires you to be willing to be the first one up and the last one out. Don’t sleep your life away dreaming of success; go out and get it.

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Do not allow people, places or things keep you from moving forward towards YOUR purpose. You’ve got to be committed to yourself, not vain, selfish or conceited, but determined that you are going to make it, even if it means you have to separate yourself and go it alone or find somewhere, someone new who is for you. You may want to give up, but keep moving forward and press towards the mark of what is YOUR calling in life. Love people, but leave them if you have to. #QuickThought

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Life/Living, Opinion Editorial

What You Think

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You simply do not have the time to be a steward over another’s thoughts of you or others. What I think, they think, we think does not matter in the scheme of your life. It is what you think that matters in what you do, how you live, what you say and all that you can accomplish.

Top waiting for or seeking the approval of disapproving people. They do not care about anyone, except for themselves. If I can have you do one thing, it would be to define yourself by what is before you, not what is behind you.

Have the courage to look beyond where you are and see where you are and can go. The level for which you think is the level you can achieve.

It doesn’t matter how big or small you are when you know where you’re going.

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Making a Peaceful Day

Do what makes for peace. You can begin by limiting or eliminating the chaotic people in your life. If they are family, neighbor or coworker, simply limit your time with them. Be nice, but handle them with caution. Peace is your responsibility. You’ll never have it if you don’t make it a habit. Do what makes for peace and enjoy your day. When you do, you’ll learn who comes in and with peace. Embrace them.

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Courage vs. Bravery

Courage comes from the Latin word cor, meaning heart. Courage is demonstrating the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. Bravery is simply defined as a quality or state of being. Most can see how the two are connected, but allow me to share how they are different.

To be brave, you must have courage. Bravery isn’t needed to demonstrate courage.

Many of us are brave, but not many demonstrate courage when it is needed, desired or required in our lives. It’s difficult to share the story of who you are with others sincerely because we expect their condemnation and disapproval. We choose to share who we are with those who are like us in some way or may have had similar experiences. This allows us to be brave without much fear.

Those who have the courage, the faith to take the first step, demonstrate courage. To be authentically you with people not like you, people who publicly claim to hate or disagree with what you are more than considering who you are takes courage. When you can let go of what you and/or others say you should be and begin to walk into who you are and can be, you not only demonstrate courage, but also your faith. Have the courage to go beyond the narrow definitions and emotions we place on things, words, yourself and one another. Take a step forward.

Embrace who you are, but don’t become anchored by it. Who you were years ago isn’t what you are today. Just like time, we too must keep moving forward. Everything in your life doesn’t require certainty; it needs your courage, it needs you to be brave, it needs you to have some measure of faith. You can get through it.

Consider the day that we may live where neither you nor I are blamed or blaming, but demonstrating the courage and bravery that accepts responsibility. Stop pretending that what you say, what you may do, nor the things you say and think doesn’t matter, because it does. It is what help you’re your perceptions and encourages your interactions.

Understand that what matters. You matter. They matter. I matter. We matter. Allow yourself to be seen, not by boasting, pretending or exaggerating yourself to be more, less or aligned with what everyone else is doing. Be brave enough to share with others what it takes to be you by demonstrating the courage to let them know it’s alright for them to be themselves.

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Live On Purpose

The moment you begin to live on purpose, nothing anyone say, think or do will matter. The joy you gain when you live on purpose will be like a train going downhill; nothing can slow it down or stop it from reaching its destiny. When you begin to live on purpose, money can’t satisfy you, accolades won’t move you, prestige doesn’t persuade you and people or circumstances will not hold you. You’re like a train going downhill. Whether it appears you’re lower than low or riding high, living on purpose will only take you higher. Live today on purpose.

When you live in your purpose you discover this joy that’s like a fire within. Your haters, doubters and persecutors will say and do things to dampen your spirits and steal your joy, but when you live in your purpose there’s nothing they can really do except hate, doubt and talk about you.

There’s a verse from a song I was taught as a kid that says, “…this joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me. The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” I understand that joy even moreso today. I understand it in midst of challenges and trials. It’s the reason why I can still smile with no money, because I know what it feels like to have nothing and have nothing promised to come my way. I know that I have a promise; today is the opportunity I have to redeem that promise and live on purpose.

You don’t have to be like me, because there’s something within you that receives what I’m saying, even if it isn’t proper grammar, you understand it without explanation. I’m simply speaking to your purpose. It’s what your eyes can’t physically see, what your ears may have never heard, but your conscious understands. I’m not saying anything you don’t already know, I’m just encouraging you to live in it. Live on purpose.

It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, the amount of education you’ve obtained, how much money you have or don’t have, nor whether you believe what I believe. What matters is what you believe, what you do and most importantly what you’re open, willing and actively seeking to give others. Your purpose is bigger than your circumstances, issues or perceptions. Recognize your purpose and live it.

You have purpose. You have a mission. You have a promise. You matter. Live on purpose.

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