Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Fisher King Wound/Anti-Bullying
This video may seem harsh...but it's the truth.
This is my effort to stand up against bulling in schools. People may think their words cannot hurt others, but the truth is, they do. The hurtful things you say may scar someone for life. I don't know if any of you have seen the movie "The Fisher King," but the truth is, WE ARE ALL WOUNDED. We all have our Fisher King Wound. You can read the original story of the Fisher King here:
We are all wounded from our past; we are all scarred from our hardships, from others who hurt us, from the pain within us, or simply from a certain event that triggered a loss of innocence. This loss of innocence is a drastic event; I experienced the loss of my innocence when my favorite dog, Alfred, who I grew up with, passed on after 15 years with my family. This dog was the best dog anyone could have. This dog protected me and my sisters. It was difficult for me to grasp that the people and the things that I love will not survive forever, nor will I. This is the reason why I appreciate all that I have every day, and why other should do the same.
You may be angry, you may hate yourself, maybe you're having problems at home or your insecure and you think you need to put others down to lift yourself up from the sorrow in your soul. Instead, take a moment, reflect, think about how you can help others for all of our lives are interconnecting. Show others compassion and understanding, show them the beautiful you and they will accept it. WE are all beautiful and meant to shine; some people simply choose not to let their own light shine. If you feel down or helpless, it will make you feel better to know you are making a positive impact in the lives of others around you. In this, you may just start a "chain reaction" of kindness (Rachel Joy Scott). Maybe this will give you purpose; maybe this will help you find your way. Think about that next time you think about putting others down. This is my stance against bullying. I am presently working with Rachel's Challenge to make a change in today's society and to create awareness of bullying, because people don't really see the true danger. Pass this on to your friends and family, and share the importance of respecting others and showing compassion towards others with your children.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The first word that came to my mind when I listened to this song from the move "Life of Pi" was "inspiration." What inspires you? What do you really want with your life? It can be difficult to stay motivated when you don't really feel you have a purpose; this is why it is key to know your purpose and believe in it with your heart. This purpose does not mean, winning the next race, getting an A on an exam, or making more money. This purpose comes from within you as individual. It is about improving yourself as a person. What kind of person do you choose to be? Do you choose to be someone who is honest, compassionate, caring, disciplined, etc. Do you want to be the kind of person others admire for your integrity, for your work ethic, for your passion? I have my own purpose that inspires me. This is what fuels my fire and keeps me going. I learned this valuable lesson of having a purpose from sports psychologist/ life psychologist, Jim Loehr, when I visited him at the Institute For Human Performance in Orlando, Florida a few years ago. What is your purpose? By having a purpose, you have given yourself some sense of direction. This should empower you, knowing that you have control of your attitude, choices, and perspective. All you need to focus on is being the king of person you want to be, and stop worrying about the things out of your control. By focusing on yourself in a reflective way, you will automatically be in the present and therefore perform better at the task at hand. This mindset takes some practice and discipline, however, it has been a key to my happiness as a human being and the small successes I have had. From this, you can really see that the world is full of opportunity for you, and you will realize that you can write your own story. I hope this will help you in all your future endeavors, and that you can develop a new perspective on things.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


"Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life.
The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.
  • It is more important than my past
  • My education
  • My bankroll
  • My success or failures
  • Fame or pain
  • What other people think of me or say about me.
  • My circumstances, or my position.
Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress...It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope.
When my attitude is right...
  • There is no barrier too high
  • No valley too deep
  • No dream too extreme
  • No challenge too great for me
What about you? Does attitude make a difference in your daily life? Do you make a conscious decision about your attitude?  "

-Charles Swindoll

How to Stay Motivated in the Winter

I get asked the question "how do you stay motivated in the winter?" quite often really. I am human, like everyone else, and t...