November 16th, 2015

What are you going to do about the atrocities and the injustice in this world? Are you going to tweet about it? Are you going to condemn it? Change the color of your profile? None of this changes anything!

 In our quest to make symbolism synonymous with substance, we put up another rainbow or pink or tricolored bumper sticker or touching post and consider it done. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 When we see a child starving on the other side of the world we can’t reach out with a sandwich but we can look around our circle of acquaintances and see if they or any member of our immediate community is hungry and feed them. 

​ When we see people killing other people through some warped sense of beliefs we can’t shield them from harm but we can take an objective look at our beliefs and see if our beliefs have estranged or even hurt those we profess to love unconditionally.

 When we see racial or economic subjugation of a people we can’t ride in on a white horse and save them but we can start responding to the cashier the same as we would a professor and begin to treat people as equals in feelings and needs.

 When we see the sick and the infirm we can’t just wave a magic wand and make them healthy but we can look at ourselves and take inventory. Are we living the healthiest life we are capable of living?

 We are all connected as living beings but that doesn’t mean we are all the same. Tolerate those who are different but never tolerate those who are hurtful.

 We can’t help everyone individually BUT we can help the whole by being better at everything we do. A glass of pure water makes a polluted lake a tiny bit better. A sticker saying that we believe the lake shouldn’t be this bad does nothing.

 Be the best you can be. Be conscious of the needs around you. Add to the light in this world with every word that comes out of your mouth. Add to the peace in this world by being strong. Add to the healing in this world with a good example and a supportive attitude. Add to the betterment of this world by striving to be better on every level. Above all, walk in beauty and gratefulness for that alone makes a difference.

(c)2015 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride

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November 9th, 2015

 They say that tomorrow never comes but it’s just semantics. Tomorrow will be here and when it is born, there will be a name change. It will be called Today but just for 24 hours. 

​ Are you planning for tomorrow? Or maybe you are fearing tomorrow? Or maybe it’s just another day? Let me tell you about tomorrow before it gets here.

​ Tomorrow gets here tonight at midnight. It takes a new name and it lives for just a day. In that day, provided you have the good fortune to live for all 24 hours, you’ll have both the power and the ability to change your life for the better. In fact the changes that you make could positively affect the rest of your life.

 A period of time with that much potential cannot be taken for granted or ignored. Tomorrow is a gift that is coming to you with no strings attached. You can be grateful, surly, peaceful, resentful or any one of the seven dwarfs. 

​ Sure there’s some limits on what is possible in one day but depending upon the choices you make, you can alter the course of your life one way or another. 

 Ask yourself now, Do I want tomorrow to be like today? Do I want my thoughts to be the same? Do I want the same view of myself? If the answer is yes, go ahead and strengthen your resolve. If the answer is no, write a new script for the coming day. Get a piece of paper and write out not a to do list but a how I am going to deal with all I have to do list.

 What mood will dominate your day? Who will be reminded of how much you love them? How will you approach your reflection in the mirror? Will your words be criticisms or praise? 

 You have wished for great opportunities. Well, tomorrow is coming and it could be the beginning of the best time of your life. Yep, it’s that powerful. Ready?

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Life Works

November 2nd, 2015

Life works. Your life works. Not every day is a day at the beach but your life works. Sure, you have had obstacles and setbacks and loss but none of that has ever stopped you. You have adapted, overcome and persevered.

 Health, financial and relationship problems have visited you and some have even hung around but you keep going. You find a way to make it work. You actually find time to help other people. You are amazing.

Your life works and it could be a little easier. Sure, more water, exercise and meditation would help and you are working on it but there are some things that would help right now.

 Relax. Sure there’s a bunch of things going on but take a moment to drop your shoulders, take a conscious deep breath and just for a moment, think of someone you love.

Just live. Yes, there are many things that require your problem solving abilities but it is unnecessary to analyze everything. Let some things go.

Lighten up. There are definitely serious things in your life right now but don’t let them overshadow everything you say and do. Your strength is a product of your ability to rise above the petty stuff.

 Against so many odds, you have made it this far and you are more experienced than ever. You are here because you are needed. You are here because you make a difference. You are here because you really are special. 

 Love your life and love the light within you and keep going. Oh yeah, smile a bit more. It looks good on you.


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