Insomnia

Have you ever had a thought about something you needed to do just as you were about to go to sleep … and you kept thinking about it and thinking about it? Like when you’re going on a trip or have some big event happening the next day and you think about an item you didn’t pack or something you forgot to do. Or maybe it’s something that has to wait until the next day. Either way, you can’t go back to sleep.

When you think of something your mind believes you’re supposed to do something, so it keeps poking. I’ve discovered that keeping a notepad close so the paper can hold onto the “thing I must not forget” allows my mind to let it go, so I can go to sleep

Inhale Rest, Exhale Anxiety…
Inhale Release, Exhale Overthinking…
Inhale Relax, Exhale Sleeplessness…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Rule of Law

As rich as the current administration’s antics are for mining leadership lessons on what NOT to do, I find too much of the negativity is corrosive to my soul. So I’m currently on a sabbatical from the news.

Or at least I was until #45 declared himself above the law.

“When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon, the only U.S. president to resign to avoid impeachment and removal from office

“Rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law, including people who are lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and judges. In this sense, it stands in contrast to an autocracy, dictatorship, or oligarchy where the rulers are held above the law.” ~ Wikipedia

Inhale Law Abiding, Exhale Anarchy…
Inhale Decency, Exhale Corruption…
Inhale Democracy, Exhale Autocracy…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

OBE

A question, a plan, an issue is Overcome by Events (OBE), when things happen that answer the question, void the plan or make the issue irrelevant. An example is the question reporter Bill Simons posed to tennis G.O.A.T. Serena Williams during a post-French Open-match press conference.

After stating that Donald Trump suggested after the 2004 Wimbledon final (won by Maria Sharapova) “that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks” he asked Williams “Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are you thoughts about that occurrence?”

Fourteen years and 19 wins against this “rival” not to mention her record breaking 23 Grand Slam titles, most in the Open Era…this question was OBE. The premise for it was racist and ridiculous and Williams had already answered it…on the court. I guess he wasn’t paying attention.

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Awareness, Exhale Oblivion…
Inhale Relevance, Exhale Irrelevance…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Shared Wisdom

I was blessed to have my grandparents in my life until I was fully grown. My paternal grandmother would advise me to “Listen, and listen good,” and proceed to share what she felt I need to know, whether or not I wanted to hear it. She often did not spare my feelings. I am eternally grateful.

“If I don’t tell you, how will you know?” ~ Hattie Pride Smith

Inhale Knowledge, Exhale Stupidity…
Inhale Information, Exhale Cluelessness…
Inhale Experience, Exhale Ignorance…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Bring It!

Last week, yet another person I know had their book published. There was no reason for me to know he was working on anything…it was an exciting surprise! And another nudge to finish what I’ve started.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Gospel of Thomas

Inhale Forward, Exhale Failure…
Inhale Fulfillment, Exhale Unfilled…
Inhale Finish, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

This Life Phase

One of my faithful blog readers recently wondered why a particular post had not been widely shared on social media. I thanked HIM for sharing and reminded myself that in this phase of my life, I’m called to share what I’ve learned, regardless of what happens with the information.

“We have taken the wisdom factor right out of modern civilization. We use retirement as the way to get [people] out [of the work force] as soon as possible … just when they know something, just when their experience and their own sense of moral choices has now been developed to a high point ’cause that’s what aging is. It’s the wisdom factor.” ~ Joan D. Chittister

Inhale Aging, Exhale Youth Obsessed…
Inhale Development, Exhale Stagnation…
Inhale Wisdom, Exhale Ignorance…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

A Platform of One’s Own

I heard a negative comment about Jada Pinket Smith’s new Facebook show which features three generations of black women having very transparent, vulnerable conversations.

I didn’t really understand why Smith using her very large platform to share what she’s learned on a variety of topics would be perceived negatively. And I wondered if the commenter was using HER stage similarly.

“Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” Proverbs 11: 14 MSG

Inhale Experience, Exhale Immaturity…
Inhale Knowledge, Exhale Ignorance…
Inhale Wisdom, Exhale Rejection…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Picture of Hate

When I see pictures of people being actively racist, I am always amazed at how the negative energy is reflected in their faces.

I wonder why they can’t see the toll hatred is taking on their very physicality.
I wonder how they continuously deny the impact of their actions on their psyche.
I wonder how their purpose has been thwarted … perverted.
I wonder what they could be doing if they overcame their fear.

“Hate is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” ~ Anonymous

Inhale Physical Health, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Healthy Psyche, Exhale Hate…
Inhale Purpose, Exhale Perversion…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

I Define Me

Defining others based on our own experiences creates a comfortable sense of familiarity…we think we know them. But whether we’re identifying with or judging another person, our preconceived definitions sometimes prevent us from knowing others truly, deeply and authentically.

Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Misunderstanding…
Inhale Open Mindedness, Exhale Judgment…
Inhale Present Moment Awareness, Exhale Pre-conceived Idea…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

I’m Black and I’m Proud

I am a black woman living in America. Therefore, my experience, whatever it might be, is a black experience.

It might not be your black experience…it might not mirror the experience of many or any black people in America, but it is a black experience … ‘cause I’m black.

Blackity, black, black…

Black.

“Say it loud! I’m black and I’m proud!” ~ James Brown and Alfred James Ellis, songwriters

Inhale Experience, Exhale Exclusion…
Inhale Similarities, Exhale Separation…
Inhale Differences, Exhale Division…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe