You Can Not Make It Alone

There are so many great people that I have encountered throughout my life that I have grown to love as if they were my blood relatives. I am most grateful to God for bringing all of them into my life; no matter the length of time or season. Just know that I love you all…You are most gracious and beautiful in your own right, spirit and personality. I do have to admit that those closes to me share a similar mind, heart and spirit. We are beautiful inside and out, but never back us into a corner…we are coming out. We stand for something and most people are bothered by this whole notion. How could one continue to stand when I am doing all I can to see your demise? Maya Angelou said it best, “And Still We Rise.”

Having close family and friends are important for the navigation through this maze called life. I always say, if God meant for us to be alone he would not have created other people. It would simply be no world, and we simply could not hold up the world on our lone shoulders. We would be crushed by the masses of all the things that life hurls our way. It is nice to know that we do not have to journey down roads less traveled on our own. “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand make this world a better place if you can.”

The thought of knowing that we have someone to lend us a hand when we need it most is a sense of security. Do you know of anyone that has entered into this life without the assistance of another? Before you were welcomed into this world it was your mother who coached you through the birth canal. No matter the highs and lows of life we encounter we will always need the aid of another. Whether it is a pep talk, help with brushing us off or a hand to pull us back to our feet so that we can continue our race through life. “Get up Stand up, don’t give up the fight.”

We have a sense of responsible for each other, whether we like it or not. We are connected in more ways than one and we are our brother’s keeper. In order for the cycle of life to continue we have reach back and pull another forward. I was once told that there are three kinds of people; those who are born with it, those who can be lead to it, and the third group are stones (you should just let them be).

Before you can do anything for anyone else you have to first start by loving yourself…encouraging yourself…healing yourself. Then and only then are you able to help someone else. Even if you are going through always try to help someone else in need.

L.J. 11/26/2018

 

Gifts

Gifts…

I just want to give thanks…

To be loved is one of the greatest gifts that one could ever receive. I just want to say, “Thank you!” for being a friend.

Throughout the years I have connected with a few that I would call friend and I am most gracious for the positive interaction that transpire between us. I like to believe that I have a square and it does not fit in a circle. Meaning, that we are very different and we do not fit with many, so we may be considered a square to others. All the same, I love it. My square friends and I fit together like a “hand and glove.”

I wanted to say, “Thank you,” Before I share some pictures of the material gifts that I have received from some of my friends.

Remember: “It is better to give than to receive.” I hope that you like my gifts as much as I do. Thanks again, friends.

 

L.J. 10/31/2018

Look Within

Examine your heart for only you know what is in it…we hurt others because we are blinded by the reason as to why we hate, envy, and dislike others. The grass is not always as green as you believe it to be in someone else’s yard. I never long to have what another has, I only want what God has for me. Do you ever consider what others go through to get what they have? Are you willing to make the sacrifices, be it good or  bad to keep up with the Jones’s? One thing for sure, we cannot take anything from this earth with us when we expire.  I believe that one of the most valuable assets that we can possess is to love. Love yourself! Dream of the things that will bring you happiness and will keep you humbled. This means to look within and stop looking out into the world and comparing yourself to everyone else in the world. What do you really truly want out of life? How do you obtain it?

Set goals for yourself…short term…long term goals that are obtainable for you to reach. Do not take someone else’s dream and try to make it your own. We can have similar goals in life but there will be something about our goals that will be unique that no one else can duplicate. For example; when you go shopping, you do not shop at the same store.  Why is that? Each store may carry similar items but the prices may vary on some of the items that they carry which may be a variable as to why you shop at different stores.  Therefore, we can have similar talents but there is going to be a slight variable that makes our craft stand out from the crowd.  We are all unique in design; examine yourself and fine the value within your uniqueness. It is there; look within and bring it to fruition.

When my son was little he was always adventurous and finding things, I used to tell him that he could not find anything at someone else house…we cannot find ourselves looking out into the world. We are equipped with everything that we need to live but only when we seek within ourselves will  we be able to open up the door to our lives. It is time to reach way down deep into the heart that holds your buried treasures and pull out the blockages that are keeping you from seeing your potential, self-worth, and your talents. Believe me, they are there.

Love yourself and know that you are unique for a reason and that reason is that you have a purpose in this life. No one can fulfill your purpose that is why no two people were created exactly alike.

Time Capsule

Have you ever taken the time to really see the people that you interact with on a personal and not so personal level? If you really look closely you may find that some individuals are trapped within a time capsule. They still have the same wayward thinking, style of dress, and their behavior has never reached maturity.  Their age is what betrays them…

Is it fair to say that the “stripes on a tiger never changes?” We are either building each other up or tearing each other down. Are you a builder or are you a demolisher? Some of us like to believe that we are not role models. Whether or not you chose to be a role model; you are being carefully observed.  Tupac said it best, “All EYES On Me.” It does not matter how well or bad we are viewed in the eyes of another; there is someone who wants to be “like Mike.” For many years I have worked with an individual who always frowns. Finally, I mustarded up the courage to ask her, why she frowns so much? Her response, “because my father frowns.”  Flash Warning! This is a full fledge adult woman that has chosen to entrap herself in a time capsule to walk in the generational footsteps of her ‘Father’.

“Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.” We have all been warned at some point throughout our lives to be aware of our associations.  As kids, parents would tell you that they did not want to see to hanging around with certain individuals.  When you look back, hind sight is 20/20. Mother knows best… Parents could see things that we could not understand through the lens of a child but as we mature our view of the world should change. Unfortunately, this does not always hold true; think about the workplace where such childish actions and behaviors are displayed. You and I both know that if it was not due to the nature of business we would not have any personal dealings with most of the people that we work with.

Many companies are becoming very lacks in their workplace environments. Could this be due to the personnel’s that are hiring and promoting within the company, changing the environment from professionalism to a playground environment?   The workplace is starting to resemble the school playground…it is time for recess…let the games begin. You know how a child is playing on one of those equipments on the playground and another child or group of children decides they do not want this child to play on this particular equipment. This is how some employees behave at work; they believe that they have the authority to come over and tell you what you should or should not be doing. Who put you in charge of another employee? You are not the Boss!

Maybe, many employee’s are re-living their childhood…They may have been the protégé of bullying, therefore believe that they can continue their time capsule behaviors within the workplace. Whatever it is, they hold the key to unlock the time capsules that they have chosen to hold on to.

As hard as it maybe, we have to look deep within to dig up the content of the time capsules that we chose not to release. We have a choice… either hold on to it…or let go.

Nothing In Life Is Free

I know that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but I would like for us to not wait until that time to give. Let us not wait until that time of the year to show kindness, to give a smile, or to say, what we are most thankful for. We cannot continue to put off today, for tomorrow is not promised.  If we can only learn to be kind and loving to ourselves it would be much easier to be kind and loving to others.  No, everyone is not going to be kind to you because you are kind to them, but remember the quote, “Be kind anyway.” The universe is like a boomerang, it gives us what we give it.  A gift of kindness or any type of gift does not have to have monetary value, but it is those small gentle deeds, that bring about a smile. We are all guilty for not doing more when we have the opportunity to do so, we often time find ourselves saying that we do not have time.  We make time for all the things we deed of importance…

We all can attest to feeling least appreciated by those that we do for without them having to ask. If they do ask, we happily honor their request. When you can feel the underlining pain of being unappreciated then we should consider the feelings of those who put us first. Many of times we are overwhelmed with taking care of those who appreciate us the least that we forget altogether to take care of those who appreciate us the most.  Many times it is ourselves that we forget to take care of.

Take a minute out of this day and quiet yourself…reflect on your life at this present moment who appreciates you but you are not appreciating them. Change is not easy but life is but a mere moment, so while we have this time and opportunity let us share a gift of kindness. Remember that kindness, respect, and love are free… “Nothing in life is free.”  You are absolutely, right. So, expect the same things in life that you give to others. Be Kind!!!

Written by: -L.J. 10/20/2018

Skull Soap Dispenser

No, Halloween is not my favorite time of year but I could not pass up the chance to replicate this piece. I saw a YouTube video last year where this soap dispenser was made and I thought, how cool is that I would like to make this myself.

Sure, enough Dollar Tree had these skull heads and I purchased one and happily went back home to search for the YouTube video so that I could attempt to make it. It turned out perfect with my first attempt. You do not have to be an artist or a craft specialist but with just a little ambition we can do anything that we put our minds to.

Go ahead and mustard up the courage to try your hand at something that you have been contemplating on doing.  Please feel free to share your projects. I would love to see your creative side.

Skull soap dispenser

Written by: -L.J. 10/11/2018