Happy Birthday to Me!

I’ve been thinking a lot about aging in this birthday week. And I believe that being intentional about learning new things, applying learned lessons to my life, staying holistically healthy so I can share what I’ve learned, and thanking God for it all, has kept me young at heart, full of laughter and feeling blessed.

So I will continue doing those things. Happy Birthday to me!

“Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value.” ~ Christiane Northrop

Inhale Laughter, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Lessons, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Life, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe…

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Reflections with Renita

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American Religion

White American Evangelicals would have you believe Jesus is white, white American males are oppressed and the only terrorists in this country are of Muslim ancestry. And that they, individually and institutionally, are not the direct beneficiaries of “talents” stolen from black and brown bodies…

I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. When you put on your next prayer-performance, I’ll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing people to pieces, and your hands are bloody. Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless.” Isaiah 1: 14-17, MSG

Inhale Love, Exhale Religion…
Inhale Love, Exhale Hypocrisy…
Inhale Love, Exhale Separation…
Just Breathe

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American Terror

Apparently, white male supremacists caught up in the fog of a fictitious American history…fearful of their impending replacement as the majority, are willing to burn it all down or blow it all up…

God help us all.

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.” ~ James Baldwin

Inhale Humanity, Exhale Brutality…
Inhale Humanity, Exhale Hatred…
Inhale Humanity, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe…

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Relationship Fail #5

When you’re constantly making excuses for your boo’s behavior … fighting to stay in the relationship … giving your significant other multiple chances to act right, maybe you should consider he/she just might be all wrong…for you.

If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one.” ~Anonymous

Inhale Love, Exhale Excuses…
Inhale Love, Exhale Struggle…
Inhale Love, Exhale Strife…
Just Breathe

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Relationship Fail #4

When you share all your tricks to attract the opposite sex with the person you’re seeing, maybe it’s not a good idea to try and use said tricks to manipulate that person.

Truth is true in all places and times and applies to all people.” ~ Buddha

Inhale True, Exhale Fake…
Inhale Truth, Exhale Tricks…
Inhale Trust, Exhale Deception…
Just Breathe

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Relationship Fail #3

When you insist on having a conversation with Person A about the text message you received from Person B, it might be a good time to turn in your playa card.

Just an observation…

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

Inhale Self Awareness, Exhale Delusion…
Inhale Reality, Exhale Illusion…
Inhale Clarity, Exhale Confusion…
Just Breathe

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Relationship Fail #2

When the person you are with consistently behaves in a way that indicates he/she really doesn’t want to be in your life, maybe you should allow them to leave.

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Inhale Actuality, Exhale Fantasy…
Inhale Clarity, Exhale Ambiguity…
Inhale Discernment, Exhale Indecision…
Just Breathe

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Relationship Fails

Relationships fail when people take their own insecurities and project them as their partner’s flaws.” ~ Steve Maraboli

When the person you’re with is feeling insecure and making their fears about your flaws, maybe it’s time to reassure them that your love is accepting of their fears, their flaws…their failures. Or not…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV

Inhale Patience, Exhale Ego…
Inhale Protection, Exhale Exploitation…
Inhale Perseverance, Exhale Indifference…
Just Breathe

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Core Love

If we are connected to others from a place of truth, is there space for jealousy? If we understand the truth of who we are at our core, can we speak negatively about another? If we believe in a Higher Power, is it necessary to take on the responsibility of judging someone else’s truth?

The mind judges what is good or bad. Love brings only good.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Inhale Love, Exhale Jealousy…
Inhale Love, Exhale Attack…
Inhale Love, Exhale Vengeance…
Just Breathe

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Risk Love

Our move to Scott AFB in southern Illinois was the sixth move for my sixth grader and probably the most stressful. In addition to the general meanness of girls on the cusp of junior high, my daughter experienced the isolation of being the new kid, and not just any new kid, but the child of a military member always facing the possibility of being reassigned to a new location.

As one mother explained, it was difficult for these elementary school kids, who had known each other since first grade, to open their hearts to someone who might not be around in a couple of years.

They were too young to know that to love is to risk loss.

You have to be willing to lose in order to win. In love. In Life. In everything you’ll ever do.” ~ Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project

Inhale Love, Exhale Defensiveness…
Inhale Love, Exhale Protectiveness…
Inhale Love, Exhale Insecurities…
Just Breathe

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