“To thine own self be true” – William Shakespeare
February is the month when Cupid gets to spread love far and near. Roses are plucked and arranged by the truckload. Chocolate gets melted, molded, and devoured. Men everywhere are given a golden opportunity to buy their way out of the proverbial dog house.
Traditionally speaking, most romantic relationships are between two people. Or are they? I believe that there is always a third party involved. Party number three is usually uninvited, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose your own third wheel, or go with the default. Just know that the nature of your relationship hinges on your choice.
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“You’re imperfect and you are hardwired for struggle, but you are worthy of love.” – Brene Brown
This is one of my favorite quotes, not because it’s so profound, but because it’s so true. Even still it took me a long time to really get this. On a fundamental level I have always understood that I’m imperfect (we all are), but that did not stop me from striving for perfection (a.k.a. trying to be something that I’m not).
One of my girlfriends has been encountering some resistance from one of her co-workers lately. They were joking and she made what she thought was an innocent comment and he went ballistic on her. The comment wasn’t personal and it didn’t relate to him directly at all, yet he was completely offended, so much so that he has since stopped speaking to her altogether.
This is the time of year to give thanks, right? I mean that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it? Well I’m here to challenge that notion, not because I don’t believe in gratitude, but because I think it is should be practiced all year-long.
I often find my heart swelling with gratitude for no good reason. While standing sipping tea at the kitchen counter, gratitude will seep into my bones, warming me up from the inside out. Or while speeding down the highway, sunroof open, sun kissing my cheeks – in steps gratitude, causing me to break out in song, smiling from ear to ear (which often results in crazy stares from neighboring vehicles).
I know life seems really hard at this age, growing up is big business. It feels like you don’t fit in, like you’re constantly going against the grain, but don’t you worry. Your unique spirit will carry you far in this life. Don’t waste your time and energy conforming, because it’s just not who you are. People will not always get you, but there will be so many that not only get you, but who will respect your views and seek your wisdom.
The other night I plugged my cell phone into the power strip beside my bed. A few hours later, when I picked up my phone I realized that it wasn’t charging, so I moved it around a bit and the charge light illuminated. When I checked it again later it was still not charging, so I checked the power strip to make sure that it was plugged in and everything was in tact, but I soon discovered that the power strip was not securely plugged into the wall; therefore, my phone could not charge. This isn’t rocket science, we all know that electronic devices require electricity in order to perform, well human beings operate the same way.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” How many times have you heard that? It’s cute when you really think about it, but how many people take the notion to heart?
It’s not easy to turn a bad situation into something sweet. When you’re down and out, you like to hang out there, wallowing in your misery. If you’re lucky you’ll find someone who is willing commiserate with you, two is company, after all. When you finally begin to come out of the stupor, you realize that nothing has changed, so you begin to slosh around in the puddle of suffering all over again.