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What’s In Your Music?

Okay y’all. I’ve been thinking about music lately. I’m not trying to scare anybody, trust me. I love music. But one time I found out that music can have really bad lyrics.

Sometime ago, I made up my mind that I would never listen to something until I made sure the lyrics were only going to build my mind.

My decision came in, ultimately, because I realized how powerful music can be to our minds. I read an article once where some teens listened to satanic rock music, and that influenced them so powerfully, that they actually went to a park and committed suicide. One of the guys suffered a delayed and painful death, because he didn’t die instantly. He said before he died; (I’m paraphrasing)…. “It was like I couldn’t stop.”

This is serious business. Music is very powerful. It can really draw us in, and especially us youth. We can get so caught up in the beat that we forget everything about what it’s actually saying! Sometimes if you start really paying attention to the lyrics of certain songs, it’s like you can actually feel your IQ dropping by the second. It’s more than just a great beat, and if it’s negative, it can stunt our positive character growth.

If the music promotes violence, inappropriate behaviors, or silly ideas that we wouldn’t DO, then why would we want to listen to it? Why not fill your mind with something that’s going to motivate you to reach higher, to be better in life, to have a positive mood, and to make the right choices?

It really goes beyond music though. Think about the shows on TV, for instance. Or the movies. If it’s violence or inappropriate in the name of ‘entertainment’, personally, I would cut it out. It affects your thoughts more than you realize.

I challenge you to go through your music CD’s and such, and weed out anything that’s negative. You’ll see a big change in your thought process!

Try it. You’ll like it. 🙂

Change

Sometimes this one, simple little word can seem oh so hard. When we find out we were wrong, we can feel stuck. It can feel like the murky waters are too deep. Or that we’re too covered in mud. Or….that what if as we try and change we just…cant’ do it

But when it comes down to it, change requires us recognizing that we really can do this- if we only will, and go at it with all our might.

I saw this quote that said if you want something you never had before- you’ve gotta do something you’ve never done before.

How true.

No matter how deep you’ve sunk, there’s always hope where there is life and determination. Never ever give up on yourself or others.

The strength of humility

Wherever our society got the “meek is weak” idea from, I don’t know…but this idea is so far removed from the truth that it’s not even funny.

Think about this for a minute.

Any weak-minded, untaught individual can raise a fist. Many with no effort it seems, can whip out a disrespectful remark in no time. It’s part of people, because they have been desensitized to disrespect and violence for so long.

Often, when kids get bullied, parents- desperate, and unsure of what to do to help their child, may say things like  “That’s it. We need to take you to karate school so you can learn to fight back.”

When has retaliation ever solved a problem? It just creates more retaliation. It perpetuates a cycle that society seems to fall in line with perfectly, and one that keeps going around and around…It’s like the dog that can never catch up with his tail. He never catches it, he just keeps chasing it.

It takes a strong-minded person to break the negative cycle of retaliation and pride, and to re-train their mind. To build new genes. It takes a lot of strength to walk away from a fight. To deescalate a tense and stressful situation by saying “I’m sorry.” To listen when being talked to, and not think you already knew everything. It takes a certain strength of mind to turn around and give a cup of coffee to the person who just yelled in your face.

It takes true strength of mind to be humble, because being proud, overbearing, and taking revenge, have been glorified for so long.

Humility, my friends, takes some character.

Planning ahead for February 12, 2015

Okay. So for all of you who have been sitting around on your sofa with your cup of coffee just WONDERING what in the world I am going to be doing on February 12, 2015— here is my answer. (even if you’re like most people, and didn’t even think about it)

There is this awesome movement that has begun to spread like crazy!!! It’s called P.A.V.E, which stands for People Against Violent Examples. And for a whole day, people across the globe are not watching any violence that whole day. I’m going to support this great cause. Do you want to join me?

This means for one day: Put those violent video games away. Turn off those violent movies, and don’t watch violence on the computer. And for heaven’s sakes, get violent behaviors out of your life too.

Now, even if the whole world isn’t doing it, does that mean you shouldn’t? As I learned a long time ago, “Stand up for what is right, even if you’re the only one standing.” So, there goes that excuse. Even if there’s just a few of us. We’ll do it and we’ll make a difference one of these days.

So what will YOU be doing on February 12th?  I sure hope it’s not watching violence. If you care to share, drop a note down below.

You should totally check out their Facebook page when you get a second, and I don’t mean when you’re done procrastinating. Don’t delay 🙂

Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/PavePeace

Thank you so much y’all, and I hope you join in on February 12th of next year and take a stand against violent viewing!!!!!

The important things in life

For so long it seems people have lost the meaning of values. Now the important things to many people, are just the opposite of what they should be. Why do people take joy in watching violence and suffering on television in the name of ‘entertainment’? Why do people camp in front of Apple for a week to get the latest iPhone, and trample any one or any thing in their path to get to that iPhone that they need! They been waiting for a whole week for this thing!!

There are things in life more important. Things that society has seemed to lose. Self-respect, peace, listening to people, patience, kindness, self-control. Morality. Teaching our kids ourselves, instead of letting the TV dump garbage into their innocent minds. Finding joy in life. (even when away from the iPhone) The definition of a true lady. Healthy living. These are the things that move me to break silence. Bringing back the basics and finding the beauty in life is very important to me, because as a young person in this generation, I feel that society is so depleted.

The character lessons are missing! Why, this oughta be the top thing in our minds. We look around and see school shootings, bullying, and violence. Parents put their children in front of these movies, as this being an entertaining and acceptable thing– where the people are ‘acting’ all these bad scenes out, and then ask why they have so many behavioral issues. Societies values have diminished from what they used to be.

Being raised with an excellent character program, I guess these things stick out to me. I never had gotten into a lot of the troubles that many kids my age got, and get into…so when I see into this troubled world, it makes me want to make a difference. I am very grateful to have been raised with the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. Here’s their website right here. And no, I don’t get anything for tellin y’all about it!! LOL.

Come on, people. It’s about change. Change doesn’t start with the other guy.  I once heard a quote from a very wise teacher, who said “Moral character is not only the solution, it is our obligation.” Now, I know sometimes we can have lazy tendencies, but this, my friends isn’t something we can afford to be lazy about. This is our future we’re talking about here. Our next president, our future congressmen and women, our future UPS delivery guys, our future teachers, and dads and moms, are the kids that are growing up today. To me, its ever so clear that if we want a sane world then, we need to teach character now.