Wednesday, May 30, 2012

20 instructions for Life.....

20 instructions for life by the Dalai Lama

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.


3. Follow the three R’s:

- Respect for self,

- Respect for others and

- Responsibility for all your actions.


4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.


5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.


6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.


7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.


8. Spend some time alone every day.


9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.


10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.


11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and

think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.


12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.


13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.


14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.


15. Be gentle with the earth.


16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.


17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.


18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.


20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.



22 questions with Susie

Say Hello to Susie....

Zodaic sign: Aries 

  1. If you could give one piece of advice what would it be? Never regret anything in life, everything is a lesson learned.

  2. What do you value most in other people? I admire people with integrity, and who strive to better themselves.

  3. Can’t stand being around people who ……….? Disrespectful and have no ambition

  4. If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your children, what would it be? My level-headedness.

  5. What is the best advice you have ever given and received? “Don’t waste time looking at the past and regretting things. Learn from it, push past it, strive to be better and do not repeat the same mistake twice. The best I have received would be “Go to medical school, if you don’t you will spend the rest of your life wondering what if?

  6. Favorite part of your body? My ears

  7. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? And Why? Hitler..because I would love to know and hear was his thought process was. I want to know how one man can get thousands to commit such atrocities

  8. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I would be the smartest person in the world, and because I love knowledge.

  9. What current event in the world affects you the most? Failing healthcare systems around the world are an ongoing issue that never seems to get better

  10. Optimist or pessimist? Pessimist

  11. Two songs currently played the most on your music playlist? Mr Wrong by Mary J Blige and changes by TuPac

  12. If you had another life, what career would you choose? To Be a Neurosurgeon

  13. What in the opposite sex, attracts you the most? Very laid back and has a good hold on his ego

  14. Would you rather stop war or world hunger? World Hunger

  15. Would you rather fluent in all languages or master of every musical instrument? Fluent in all languages

  16. Never have kids or have 20 kids? Never have kids, I don’t think my body can handle popping out 20 kids and further more I don’t think I would be financially stable enough to support 20 kids and it would be rather cruel of me to have kids I could not provide for

  17. Find true love or find $10 million? $10 million

  18. Would you rather be very famous or very attractive? Very attractive, because I would know it is God-given. I think fame comes with a price and I don’t think I am willing to pay that price

  19. Your comfort food? Popsicle

  20. Last book you read? Mirror image by Danielle Steel

  21. What is one thing in your wardrobe you can’t live without? Jeans

  22. What is your fashion style? Don’t have one, I just wear what I feel comfortable in.


I have known Susie for more than 2 years and in those years she has become one of my very good friends. Like myself and a few others, she is a MAP FAM. She is a wonderful friend. she is hardworking , this lady studies like there ain't no tomorrow but she does know how to have fun..and did I mention she is a good dancer. Of course there is a lot more to say about Susie but that's all I'm telling you...However I don't want to leave this one information about her which is her smile. My dear susie has a great smile....and some nice teeth to go with the smile. :-)

Being a kid back then.....

I’m entitled to my own opinion right? Ok. Well I will say this any day and any time “Being a Kid back then is better than being a kid now”. Back then as kids, our innocence was preserved....we were exactly what we were “KIDS”. All we wanted to do was go to the playground, watch cartoons, sing nursery rhythms, play with our dolls, or race cars. We were made to use our brains…..our minds….to develop them. As a kid back then, you might see an empty cardboard box and with the beauty of imagination, we would turn that box into a play house, and did different fun stuff with the box. All we wanted to watch was Barney, Rugrats, Telly-Tubbies and so on. We would go out to play and get ourselves all dirty with sand and come back home and our parents will clean us up or when we were a little older, we would clean ourselves. However today…look at the kids, their innocence is taken away from them. We have more kids being brought up in unstable homes, no structure. These little kids are given more responsibility than their mental and physical abilities can handle. Back then, at the age of 8, you just wanted to play dress up, you might have a boy or girl in class you liked, but the strong desire to have sex? C’mon it wasn’t there but today, in the news you hear od many girls who are barely 10 years of age, raped and some sexually active even before the age of 12!!. Back then, the music we listened to, had a good message and the music videos were almost like watching a short movie but today, you can listen to some music and struggle with understanding exactly what the message is. It’s almost like if you don’t have a woman at least half naked then you don’t have a good video. Technology! Technology!! Yes technology is great and it had grown and is still growing. It has many great advantages but looking at its effects on the kids in this generation, I would say technology has done SOME pretty damaging things to kids. Kids today can barely have a decent conversation which each other when they are in the same room…it’s like outside the world of texting, kids don’t know how to relate with each other decently and rationally. Back then, to do a math problem, we had to use our brains not calculators. Ok…trust me its good using calculators sometimes to work some math problems but today some kids can barely do the basic math problems without a calculator. Back then, you didn’t have easy access to laptops and watch endless videos of who knows what…we had to read books, some with pictures. We fed our brains!

Listen! Kids are supposed to be a gift to mothers…to parents from God. If one isn’t ready to take the responsibility of having a kid, then don’t and if you do or happen to get pregnant then it’s your responsibility to protect the child’s innocence. We are having way to many kids raising kids…yes! I see many young girls…teenagers, barely hitting 18, with babies…raising kids! Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he would not depart from it”. No matter how many times we deny it, the way we were raised affects us as we get older, it sets our values. Now I believe that the parents, guardian, single mothers or fathers can’t do the job alone and the society has a role to play. The leaders and people in authority in the states and local areas need to rise to the task and do something. We are having too many kids killing themselves. As a kid back then, I was looking forward to growing up…we dreamt of becoming a doctor or a baseball player or being an adult like mommy or daddy so we could do things like them but today we have many kids who have lost the desire to live. Kids!!! Too many kids being kidnapped. Too many kids being abused.. This saddens me greatly! :-(

Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's Memorial Day Weekend!!

Memorial day weekend is here....the actual memorial day is Monday, May 28th, 2011. I'm sure many people are excited and looking forward to the weekend especially because they get Monday off from school or work. Before I go into ideas for the weekend, here are some facts about memorial day.

  • It was formerly called Decoration day

  • It is a day to remember those who died for the nation during war and their graves are traditionally decorated with flowers

  • It was declared a federal holiday in 1971 and it was in the same year that congress made it the last Monday in May.


This holiday was created for a purpose and not just for someone to have a free no work or no school day so try to enlighten yourself by reading up more historical facts about this day and remember those who have sacrificed themselves for this nation.

Unofficially, memorial days is said to be the start of summer...so YAY!! I'm happy because I won't have to see more slimy nasty worms which you see during spring because of the rain! Ugh! I really don't like those little crawling creatures. Ok! Enough of the worms talk, I am getting goosebumps already.

Here are some ideas for memorial day weekend

  • Barbecue..a grill outside, tossing those burgers on the grill, some hotdogs, chicken and fun people around, hmm, I think that sounds like fun.

  • The beach. A walk on the beach, lying down in the sand, some water splashes...great!

  • Out to eat at a nice restaurant

  • Picnic

  • Bonfire

  • A family getaway or family gathering of some kind.....nice to spend time with the family

  • Hiking! Taking a walk with different nice scenery. Don't forget to take a camera with you, so you can take pictures!

  • Shopping. You know there will be some great memorial day sales

  • Fun at home. You can cook some amazing recipes, get a good movie to watch, relax, read a book....

  • Attend a parade. Check ahead of time and know where the parade is taken place, time, so you can plan your time to be there...


Whatever you do.....I hope it's an amazing weekend for you :-)

Have yourselves a very wonderful weekend! and have a happy Memorial Day

XOXO

 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Can I have popcorn and a drink.....

Iron Man (one of my all time fav actors Robert Downey Jr), the Hulk, Captain America (sexy Chris Evans), Thor, Hawkeye and others.....together they make THE AVENGERS!!!! Yay!!! Trust me I'm doing a happy dance right...May 4th 2012. Make sure you go watch it! It is going to be A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!!

Ok other movies coming out this month that I am looking forward to seeing are

  • Dark Shadows (with the amazing Johnny Depp) - May 11

  • Battleship (I liked the trailer and I heard Rihanna is in it too...hmm) - May 18th

  • Men in Black III (Oh Yes!!! Will Smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!) - May 25th


One movie I am ANXIOUSLY!!!!! waiting for its release is.....is.......is....is....THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With another of my fav actors Christian Bale!!!!

So get yourself some popcorn and a drink and enjoy the movies :)

 

Me, You...Self Righteous?

Listening to sermons by Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and TD Jakes last week made me ponder on this issue: Christians are usually the most judgmental and self righteous people. We have many christians who feel that other christians who miss church one or more sundays or who don't constantly update their facebook status with bible passages or who forget to read their bible one day are not good Christians. You do remember the bible says our righteousness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) As Christians we are not to boast of our righteousness or our good acts or deed otherwise we already get our reward and have no reward from our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:1).

Listening to a sermon by Joyce Meyer, she makes a point using the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31). It is better to be a prodigal son than the older brother who was self righteous. When the prodigal son returned home the father, his father was over so glad to have him back, he asked his servants to bring out the best robe for him, got sandals and a ring for him. He also ordered that the best calf be killed and they had a party for his arrival. When they older son came, he was angry because he had never disobeyed his father, always did right but a party was never thrown for him with the best robe or best calf. Joyce said many christian are in the house (church) who attend church everyday, read their bible everyday, do almost everything that would make one say "oh that is a very good christian" but have an unforgiving heart, resentment, malice in their heart and very judgmental. She points out that God would rather be happy with a person who does not attend church regularly and has a pure heart than a person who pays tithes but has a wicked heart.

Pastor T.D Jakes said God needs us despite our situation. That is no matter how many times you fall into sin and ask for forgiveness, no matter how long you have taken to find your way back to God, no matter how many times you have missed church, mo matter how many times you forgot to read your bible this month, no matter what you decide to post on your FaceBook status...God wants you!! God needs you!! You remember in John 4, When Christ was talking to the woman by the well. She had many husbands..five to be specific. When His disciples came they were shocked to see Christ talking to her. Yes! Christ loved even the woman with 5 husbands!

Next time you are about to judge another christian, remember....don't! As Christians if you see another christian falling astray, you are to pray for them, talk to them and help them back in the right path rather than judge. Judge not that ye not be judged (Matt 7:1-2). Even our Father does not judge us "You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one" (John 8:15).

So dear fellow Christians, let's stop being so self righteous and so judgmental of others!!!