One decision can change the entire trajectory and destiny of our lives. Hanging out with a gang or the wrong crowd can lead to mischief, pain, suffering, and even death. If you associate with pigs you will get dirty, and the pigs will like it. Eradicate toxic people like a bad habit. While being truly serious about change, similar to stopping smoking, cold turkey typically works best.
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing had happened” (Sir Winston Churchill). We must courageously heed truth when it helps us make a positive difference in our lives, in turn, in the lives of others. Let’s stop wasting our invaluable time and begin living meaningfully focused, purpose-driven lives. Time and truths have the potential to heal all wounds. Why not allow healing to begin?
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own” (Benjamin Disraeli). Each of us has profound gifts, talents, skills, and abilities that can bolster ourselves and everyone around us to new levels of greatness. Let’s encourage and help one another find, develop and release individualized gifts into the universe for others to enjoy and benefit from. We have the capability to truly change the world one person at a time. That able and gifted individual starts with you. Additionally, a few people working together on the same mission really can change humanity in a positive, productive, innovative, and purpose-driven way.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” (Victor Frankl). Have you or a loved one ever felt trapped, seemingly with no way out due to bad decisions or uncontrollable circumstances? I certainly have and overcoming the seemingly inescapable confinement as a result of poor choices is a wonderful and liberating experience.
“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time” (George Orwell). Divine instruction embraced, combined with unwavering hope as a result from experiencing progressive light can tame humans and negate the savage within. Additional insight and enlightenment from teachings through the attitude of keeping an open, willing and cooperative mind allows empowering, gracefully brilliant light, to shine through crippling black, secluded, cold, damp utter darkness and merciless evil perils. Let your newly lit light shine on through to this side of ABLE.
“Choose the harder right, instead of the easier wrong” (Author unknown). Transition from dark to light. Stay standing strong, shining bright. Change environments and habits, being it’s easier to avoid temptation, than it is trying to beat temptation. Self-control only lasts so long in the midst of enticement. Cues create propensities toward behaving, acting, speaking, exercising, and eating in certain ways. Knowing what we desire and why, allows for clarity towards planning different measurable choices to implement at specific times, therefore manifesting a brand-new life. Frequent and consistent measurable goals set for specific times makes implementation likely and perpetual, eventually habitual. How we begin life is irrelevant and over, yet the rest of our story can be anything we choose.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” (Anne Frank). Our existence and legacy can take on incredible meaning and purpose that transcends through generations. Change begins by igniting flames within our soul, coupled with a choice. What gifts, talents, skills, and abilities do you desire to share with humanity and the world?
It is irrational and illogical to do something just because our parents, grandparents, or whomever did it a particular way. Their reasons and ways of believing, thinking, doing, and acting may have been or might be erroneous. There is a story of a young woman who habitually cut off both ends of a pot roast. A friend asked her why she did that and the answer was because my mother did it. The young woman asked her mom why she cut the ends off the pot roast and the reason was because her mother did it too. Finally, the grandmother was inquired and subsequently gave the real reason for cutting off the ends of the pot roast. The ends of the roast were removed so it could fit in the small pan and oven that was possessed at the time.
Do not live an unexamined life. Why do you believe, think, and behave certain ways? Is this the best way to live your life? Are you living with purpose and meaning, beyond yourself?
“It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit—enable them to see visions and dream dreams” (Eric Anderson). This applies to all ages alike. Knowing what we don’t want helps us understand more clearly what we truly desire. This can emerge through learning from other people’s experiences (OPEs) or our own, being open-minded and receptive toward new ideas, growing knowledge and skills, taking prompt action, and through self-reflection. Being prudent by maintaining appropriate boundaries is our responsibility toward respecting life, growth, and prosperity.
Additionally, on Netflix there is an insightful documentary, Obesity: The Post Mortem, which shows the deleterious effects from poor dietary and sedentary lifestyle choices. A corpulent woman’s autopsy reveals reasons for her demise. It can be a motivating factor toward taking immediate life-altering action, therefore not dying prematurely from preventable etiological contributors.
Moreover, due to obesity, the heart has to pump much harder to propel oxygenated blood throughout excessive adipose tissue and vasculature in our bodies, while returning deoxygenated blood back to the lungs and heart to do all over again. The burdensome strain can lead to heart wall thickening, cardiac chamber compensatory enlargement, and subsequent non-compensatory heart failure, among other unwanted illnesses. Let’s decide how we want to live, while practicing daily self-restraint, thus strengthening ourselves against any problematic agonistic consuming approaches for dopamine. We can live to eat or eat to be fully juiced, energized and alive. Ideally, each of us begins and continues striving for the latter.
We each possess approximately one hundred billion neurons in our brain. New neuronal connections and pathways make learning and growing possible. Each rudimentary structure of a neuron has a cell body, axon, and dendrites. Chemical messages called neurotransmitters act as keys, traveling in unidirectional routes from presynaptic axonal terminals across the synapse to dendritic doorways, which unlock vastly powerful biological reactions that help or hinder our physiological processes within out body and mind. We can control various chemicals produced in our soma and brains by creating many of our feelings and emotions through our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, actions, and reactions toward ourselves, others, situations, and circumstances. Forming new habits can, in turn, produce more dendritic receptors and rearrange synaptic links through what is known as neuroplasticity.