Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.
It is so important to believe in yourself and know you have the power to create the life that you want. Believe that regardless of what external circumstances surround you that you can transform them and accomplish all that you desire.
I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.
In pursuit of my college degrees, work at Fortune 500 companies, and memberships in professional organizations, I was directed and trained to ensure ethical compliance --- as it's a personal, organizational, and company responsibility.
Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
We don't just become who we are. The outcome is very much influenced by decisions we have made along the way, people we've observed and seeds that have been planted personally or by others about our abilities, limitations, preferences, values and principles.
My view of God is simple. If there is a source of the most beautiful energy that we can see and feel which transcends our earthly existence, than the essence of that energy is God. Is the Bible the living word of God? I think it might have been centuries ago but we live in a different time now.
My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.
The notion that one can be spiritual but not religious is like saying you have blood in your body, but don't care much for the skeleton. Similarly, claiming you need to go to Church to be spiritual is like saying you need to shop at Macy's to wear clothes. Both ideas are bunk.
We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
Taking a road safety approach to financial education, including both protection and possibility, will help young people avoid financial accidents whilst being empowered to make life choices that will leave them happier and fulfilled.
The same is true of our attitudes and values around money which very often can be traced to childhood influences, either through repeated exposure to a parent's habits and language, or like the barking dog, a single dramatic event.
Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.