Category Archives: Reflections
I was just in line at the gas station to get some gas minding my own business, a young lady in front of me is taking forever. I overheard the cashier tell her that both of the cards were declined, the young lady said there must be something wrong with the machine. She turned around to walk away. I had a smile on my face.
She said to me, “Why are you f**king smiling!
I said to her, “Watch your mouth, I always smile and you should too.”
I looked at the cashier and said, ‘What pump number is she on.’
Cashier, ‘it was pump number two.’The cashier asked, ‘why?’
I said, ‘can I put $20 on pump number two for her?’
Cashier: ‘are you serious she was very rude to you.’
There was another black guy behind me who said go ahead and fill it up. We both went half on her gas. When we walked outside to tell her about the gas this lady apologized so many times crying her eyes out. She went inside her truck to show us her new hire paperwork. She started work on Monday so she needed gas for the week until she gets paid. Lord thank you for reminding me of all the reasons why I should keep a smile on my face. That goes to show you we never know what a person is going through and we all have a purpose on this earth!
by Bryan Brown
Written by Brynne Huffman
Ok here goes. Read this. It’s long. I don’t care. I don’t want sympathy. I don’t want compliments. I want action. Read it.
Women. Please, I beg of you PLEASE do not tear each other down. There is so much hate in the world right now. Rape culture. Hating Islam. Hating LGBTQ. No more hate.
Today I put on a pair of mid-thigh denim shorts, a flowy white blouse, flip flops and left the house to run a couple errands.
Let me pause for a moment to tell you it took some courage to both purchase and wear said shorts because my legs, while tan from swimming and muscular from dancing, are (1) not where I would like them to be and (2) are not up traditional beauty standards (read: Photoshopped) because cellulite.
My second errand of the morning was a drop off at the UPS store. I stood in line between two women. Woman #1 in front of me was about sixty. As I took my place in line behind her, she smiled and complimented me on my tan and my hair. We chitchatted about the weather and children until it was her turn at the counter.
It the spirit of paying it forward, I turned to Woman #2 behind me and smiled. Woman #2 was probably about 30-35, very attractive, about a size 8, wearing a shirt that says “COEXIST”.
She says: “Your hair really is amazing. ::cocks head to side:: “You should probably rethink the shorts though.”
Yeah. Read that again.
My face instantly flushes, not out of embarrassment but anger. No, not anger. Rage. This as my head slowly tilts to the side. If you’ve seen me really angry you know what I mean.
My fists clenched up. I know this because I felt my nails digging into my palms. So many things ran through my head. Because I don’t have time to get arrested today, what came out was this:
“You should probably rethink your shirt.”
I turned around and ignored her until I left the store. I wanted to say more but was afraid, of all things, that I would start crying. All I wanted to do was go home and change my clothes. And THAT made me angry.
Gender doesn’t matter.
Race doesn’t matter.
Religion doesn’t matter.
Sexual orientation doesn’t matter.
Apparently fat matters.
And I’ll go a step further and say it especially seems to matter as an actress. Matter more than talent. Than attitude. Than pretty much anything else. Because fat girls are not believable heroines, ingenues, or objects of sexual desire. But that’s a whole other post.
Plus sized doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy.
Plus sized doesn’t necessarily mean lazy.
Plus sized doesn’t mean ugly or undesirable or untalented or uncoordinated or LESS. THAN. HUMAN.
You might have an issue with my body. I don’t. And I’ve worked very hard past judgmental family and friends, past divorce, past depression to NOT have an issue with my body.
Women. Do not tear each other down.
Celebrate each other.
One of the things to you can do to live POSITIVELY is being in touch with nature. It has been proven that communing with nature does your spiritual health a lot of good. However, camping and hiking is not for everyone. A lot of people are simply afraid of bugs, the inconvenience of not having access to the things that make life “comfortable” such as nice sleeping space, electricity, toilets etc.
So these two brothers created TENTSILE that they hope will encourage people to be more adventurous. The creators said, “Tentsile Tree Tents were conceived as treehouses that you can take anywhere. Our “tree tents” offer an incredible new way for you and your friends to experience a whole new level of Freedom. Separated from wet, lumpy, bumpy, uneven ground and with increased protection from snakes, bugs and other creepies, our range offers the opportunity to camp in places no one has ever camped before.”
So what inspired this brilliant idea? On their website it said:
In 1983: A six-year-old London boy, Alex, saw the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest on the BBC news. A few weeks later, his grandmother took him to see Return of the Jedi. The Ewok tree village on Endor planted an idea – our forests would only survive if trees had a value to us humans, he thought, other than a monetary one. If we used trees as living accommodation, that might just save them! The seed of treehouse architecture had been sown.
Many years later, after training as an architect, Alex conceives ‘Tentsile’ as a usable space created through pure tension. The lightweight, portable treehouse would use three anchor points to create a “living space” suspended between the trees …and so began the process of designing and prototyping affordable, habitable, tensioned tree structures.
So would you consider being more outdoorsy if you have one of these?
Photo & Video Source: Tentsile
Colorful, insightful, soothing, and empowering, THE GENTLE REMINDERS is the perfect gift for anyone-of any age-who appreciates vibrant images and bite-size pieces of inspiration.
We are always a huge fan of individuals who stand out among the crowd. Meet Fred Rawicz, he is in this world to live his life according to his own rules or music for that matter. Without a care in the world when the song started playing he begun to show off his delightful dancing skills and the crowd roared in approval. Here is another reminder that the simple joys in life are always FREE. So let’s groove along with Fred and appreciate life to the fullest. Enjoy watching the video and remember always be yourself even if you are living in a crowded world!
Video Source: Daft Dancer TITP
1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.
2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.
3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.
4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.
5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.
6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.
7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.
8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.
9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.
10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.”
Written by Shannon L. Alder
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