Wwriting the fiction I love to write.

I’m working hard on the writing. I’ve been in a writing funk for a while.

See, I used to write fiction nonstop, then suddenly it all stopped. The stories stopped coming. To date I have multiple short stories published in various literary journals and such, but getting them in the journals is the easy part. Then I began focusing on getting paid. The name of the” pay” game is 1) Write what other people want you to write like trade journals, journalism, or copy for.advertisements. 2) Publish your own stuff, market your own stuff, sell your own stuff. 3) (by far takes the longest) write a novel and shop it to publishers. Sadly, the creative juices dried up. Then I started writing for blogs,mine and others,  and the nonfiction took over. Poetry survived, has been published here and everywhere imaginable and I also have 3 books of it available on Amazon(check it out, just put my name is the search box-BTW, yes I know I.could have put a link but I figured if you really want to buy or read my books you’d take the time to go look up. Its an awesome collection). But poetry is not fiction (unless you’re talking about The Great Gatsby) and the passion and the depth just isn’t there.

NOW however…it’s all changed. Now suddenly the fiction is back and it is back.with a.vengeance. Suddenly, all of the amazing stories that could and can be are.being poured into my head and I’m elated! 

So be ready for some short stories to read. but the real question is…do you want to read them?  Let me know!

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An elevator (Enjoy your floor Mj)

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I pushed the down button and waited for the next car.

At that moment I had to take a phone call. I watched people get on and get off the elevator dozens of times. Then I had sort of an ephiany:

All of these people geting on the elevator were existing in my 2nd floor world. They would exist, walk, talk everything…existing on this 2nd floor world. When it was their time to go, they walked over to the elevator and left. I never spoke to them.again. Standing on the 2nd floor I known the smells of the hospital, the looks the walls, the look of everything on only the second floor. This is my limited perspective.

When these people would leave for the second floor they had all sorts of experiences in their 1sr floor world. They did so many things that I dont evenen know, I would never know…for all intents and purposes to me they were gone.

In reality, the 1st floor world has a gift shop, the cafeteria, the emergency room, and the amazing outside with all of natyre. Pretty amazing if you lived on that floor. But what is really going on is that most of us are truly sitting on the second floor.  We accept that this is our reality and that theres nothing else but the 2nd floor..but what about the bottom floor?

Yes…what about it? This is where life truly happens. This is where you can breathe the air, hike, run, jump, drive, and have the greatest time in the world!

And someone on the.2nd floor wouldnt know anything about it. In fact-all they would know is that the people took the elevator.

This is my very simple view on death. The process of death is merely an elevator to another floor where there’s so much amazing awesomeness that nobody wants to come back!!

What do you think?

To and for my dear life partner MJ who now has an end date: 5\28/64-10/2/13. Always my locr!

Five way to find Happiness after a break up

We all can be the change!

We all can be the change!

You were in a relationship that was slowly sliding off the cliff. No matter what anyone says, we always know when the relationship is going south. When the break up finally happens, it really should not be that big of surprise. When the relationship is over..there’s many reasons to be upset. No matter what you have that sense of loss. That’s normal and human. Then you have that sense of, “If I did something different, maybe it would have worked…also normal, also human. They you get angry. Angry for it happening. Angry for all the things THEY did. Angry for all the things YOU did. Angry for all the things you let happen and said yes to. Then you feel guilty…guilty about all sorts of things. It’s ok to go through these things. It’s called the 5 levels of acceptance.

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. depression

5. acceptance

You have to go through these to finally come out on top, happy, and read to accept the world. However, how long does this all have to last. That’s your choice. I’ve said it time and time again: Choice is everything. YOU choose how you act, feel, and  live. You are the creator of your world, and you are the creator of your future. There is nobody else who is in charge of that very big decision for you. Therefore, accept that you have to go through the steps, but never loose your happiness. Never loose your sense of optimism and joy. 

But how you ask?  How when I’m feeling so used and horrible. How when I feel so…so…bad.   These 5 things will get you up and peppy in no time.

1. Remember, you can always do better

The relationship ended for a reason. Either you left them, or they left you. Obviously this relations ship was wrong or had problems. Even if you didn’t see the problems, the person who left sure did. If you didn’t see any problems…that’s good news. That means you weren’t the problem. They were all in the other person’s head…and aren’t you glad to be rid of those

It's all about love. Love for your life and yourself

It’s all about love. Love for your life and yourself

problems. Either way, if the relationship ended it needed to end. It obviously not the right person…obviously.  Remember, No matter what, you can do better. If there was something you didn’t like about them, then you can find someone who doesn’t do or have that problem that they did. You’ve also now learned those things you really like in a person, and the things you really don’t like in a person. You’re amassing a list that a person needs to fit into. Nothing too strict..simple stuff: nice to you, respectful, etc. That means the person you begin dating next, will definitely be better…as long as you keep up your standards.

2. Think of the new opportunities.

New opportunities are the best. Suddenly a whole world is at your fingertips! As a single person you have a phenomenally new set of opportunities. If you haven’t been single in a while, explore and do all the things you couldn’t do while being in a relationship.  Anything that was definitely off limits, yet you liked – go do them! Get all of the old friends back together. Start actually associating with all your friends now. Go out with the co-workers for drinks or happy hour. Go have fun!

I ran into a friend of mine that just got a divorce after 22 years of marriage. It turns out that the marriage was so violent and volatile she should have left a lot sooner. She was lazily watering the lawn. She smiled at me and pointed out that she was watering the lawn, she would continue watering the lawn, and she didn’t care if there were puddles in her lawn…she was smiling and enjoying herself. Evidently, watering the lawn was a big no no.

Another friend of mine went out to a bar, and when they asked if anyone wanted to come up and sing…he jumped right up. He hadn’t sang in 15 years because his spouse told him he had a horrible voice and he was stupid for wanting to do it. He opened his mouth and a voice like no other came out. He had an amazing voice!

Go out and do those things you’ve always wanted to do.

3. If they weren’t the right ones, then they just aren’t

When the wrong person walks out of your life…it shouldn’t be a big deal.  Here’s a news flash: If they walked out, they’re not the right person! That’s it…no more questions! So, now you know whom you aren’t supposed to be with. Now, go find who you are. Many people cannot find love because they don’t know how to love, be loved, or even how to treat people. Learn to treat yourself, and you will learn to treat others. This is very very important. Like attracts and creates like. Find out who you are. Find out what love really is, and how a relationship should look. Seriously think about it. Don’t think about the gorgeous person in the seat across from you, think about the real things that matter.  Treat yourself how you want to be treated. Seriously go out to a nice restaurant alone, go to a movie alone, and enjoy the life you want to live.

 After that, go test drive some people and see what “types” you like.

4. Why get upset?

There’s an old Buddhist saying that says: there is no good or bad, it’s how you chose it to be.

There’s a lot that can be said for this saying. We are the creators of our own emotions. We are the creators of our perception. If something is god or something is bad it is that way because we decided to see it that way.

For example:  Sir Francis drake – A cut throat pirate who looted Spanish ships for their gold and killed most of the men aboard OR A hero stopping the enemy from pilfering what is rightfully his and the people he works for. He is merely helping out his country, his family, and the families of his men.  Which one is the true picture of Sir Francis Drake. They are both the same, it all depends on your perspective. The English, who he worked for, he was a hero and celebrated as a great captain and wonderful Englishman that deserved the highest regard. To the Spanish, who were losing gold and ships, he was a blood thirsty pirate who killed their sailors, sunk their ships, and took their gold. they believed he should be hanged for piracy! It’s all based on perspective, just like your view on your break up.

You must decide whether the break up is good or bad, and whether or not it is worth all the crying and self-pity! Is it worth it?  No! Get up…start smiling, and get happy. It’s been shown in study after study that just the act of smiling or frowning will help put you in that emotional state. So smile! Keep yourself feeling good, feeling happy, and feeling top-of-the-world! When that depressions sneaks in (because it will!), write down a list of all the reasons it’s a good day, great time, etc. and all the reasons you are ecstatic about being single!

The sooner you decide to be happy, the sooner you will be happy.

5. It’s just a chemical dependency.

Ahh the science of it all. Because if the rest doesn’t cheer you up or get you seeing the world happier….you can look at the basic science and be happy!

What is love and adoration? It’s a cocktail of hormones and pheromones reacting together to change your brain chemistry. When your brain chemistry moves around, and one side of the brain gets more chemicals and dopamine than the other, you’re in love.  It’s really not much deeper than that. However, suddenly the brain receptors start to want this dopamine rush. So they ask for more and more and more and more, till they have to have the full body motherload of chemicals- SEX! The stronger these dopamine receptors, the stronger the need for filling these receptors, the stronger the need for the person who is creating these sensations.  Does this sound like drug addiction? Good…because that’s what it is. When that person comes around, the dopamine is let out and fills the receptors. When they are gone…and there won’t be anymore dopamine your body goes into detox. These are the dead relationship blues. So, it’s just drug withdraw, pick yourself up! You are better than this, and you have a whole life ahead of you. 

Let’s GO!!!!!!

Viral video spawns sad response

I was sitting with a group of friends watching internet videos…because there are a lot of good stuff being created on youtube right now. In the middle of this, a new addition to the group suggested we watch a new viral video that was “all the rage! “Everyone is tweeting about it”. Here’s the premise of the viral video (I’m not going to post on here):

I hope she si ok!

I hope she is ok!

Girl stands in living room and begins dancing. She steps back so that her whole body can be seen. She is standing in front of as door on one side and a glass living room table with lit candles on it. She begins “twerking”. She twerks around the room. Thens he gets the idea she’s going to twerk upside down leaning on the door. Her friend opens the door causing her to fall on the glass table and her pants catch on fire amidst screams of terror.

Story 1:

Flashback to me and my friends…a group of people aging 30+ who do a variety of different jobs. At the end of the video, everyone erupted in laughter. Some tried to act concerned, but everyone (except me) begin laughing and falling out of their chair. A few of the comments were: “that was great”  “omg, that  was hilarious” and “wow, it gives new meaning to hot pants”. The roar of laughing continued and continued for many minutes.

Story 2 :

I watching a youtube video of a group of people watching this same video. They all sat watching intently at the computer screen. You hear the crash emitting from the computer speakers. Then every person erupts with a roar of laughter!  They begin to fall out of their seat, and continue to laugh on the floor till someone fumbles over in half cackle to end the video.

Story 3:

I was watching a very popular talk show in the afternoon where a group of famous woman conversate about the events of the day and the world. They decided to showcase this video that went viral. They showed an abbreviated version of this video to their millions and millions of audience and viewers. At the end of the viewing, the entire live audience begin laugh uncontrollably. The ladies couldn’t control themselves either and were lying on the table laughing and crying. After they wiped the tears of laughter away, they focused on talking about it. Most of them laughed and laughed as they spoke.

 

I hope she is ok!

I hope she is ok!

A few years back there was a video of a woman who accidentally ran as fast as she could into a bathroom stall door. It was a very very hard hit, and you can hear the crunching on the tape. It went viral and many people laugh about it to this day.  I knew this woman. She didn’t realize the stall was open and cracked open her skull. She had to have stitches, and was in a lot of pain for many many months. Then when the video went viral she became the but of all the jokes and all of the chats. Imagine seeing your image of a mistake that scard you for life passed around everywhere including the nightly news. To this day, this haunting memory follows her.

When did we stop seeing people as human beings with feelings and emotions?  When did we lose all feelings for our fellow human beings? Now we watch people get hurt and laugh and laugh. Besides Gangman style, the videos that go viral are usually of a person hurting themselves or injuring themselves to the point of needed emergency medical help.  EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP PEOPLE!!!!! Is it because there is distance between us and the people on the screen?  Is it because we don’t know them so we have no emotional tie to it?  Is it because, as scientist speculate, that we as a human race are becoming less empathetic and more numb of other people’s pain?  Is it because the media constantly mixes humor and violence together so that we are taught from a very young age that violence is funny?

We need to regrow our empathy!

We need to regrow our empathy!

Whatever is the reason that we have been taught and we are now mainstreaming this type of misery of others on a national level into millions of peoples’ homes it is a starteling and precarious situation we’re in. Here’s a scenario….a very real scenario….

Your mother……She is an older woman (senior citizen age) and she is walking onto a stage . Her glaucoma and orthopedic shoes make it hard to see and hard to walk. She carries a cane to help her walking but her glaucoma has almost made her completely blind. The doctors are working on getting a surgery date but it hasn’t happened yet because of some problems with medicare. She is walking onto this stage to receive a very prestige award for all the people she had helped and the volunteering she has done for the community.  As she walks across the stage to receive her award, she looses sight of where she’s walking and FALLS!!!!  She falls sideways, as one would who didn’t expect to fall, but there is a cafeteria table there to break her fall, but she falls through it in a shower of splinters.        THAT’S FUNNY RIGHT?  hahahaHAHAH

NO! It’s not funny…it’s gruesome. It’s heart stopping. It has the possibility to be a detrimental fall that paralyzes her for life or possibly puts her on a machine if she doesn’t die first. It’s shocking! It’s sad. It’s a picture of our own mortality and our own road as we get holder. It’s disrespectful to be filmed. It’s horrific.

We need to be more compassionate!

We need to be more compassionate!

Beside the part about it’s “your mom”…it was a viral video that was shown on every news channel in the nation, as well as various other “funny video” shows. it received millions of views and it was re-enacted by various groups and digital artists.  This is where we have arrived….

This is a call to action. A call for change. We can’t be this crass, this heartless, this disrespectful, this sad, this unsympathetic, this amazingly cruel!  We, as a society and a culture, are not sociopaths who feel nothing. We still have empathy for those who are hurt and maimed. We still feel fro those who are in pain and are suffering. This empathy is what makes us humans. This empathy for our fellow human, animal, friend is the natural state. All animals regardless of the class or species, all are concerned with the pain and hurt of another of their kind as well as those who aren’t their kind. Crows actually have a funeral for their fallen friends. Dogs gather around a pack member is hurt till they fiinally pass.  Big Cats stop hunting for a time when one of their pride dies. Dolphins band together to help a fallen or hurt animal.

Seeing other people get hurt and laughing or “a lack of empathy” is a psychological key to multiple brain problems and psychological damage.

WE ARE NOT THE THESE PEOPLE (without a diagnosis)

We have to do something to change the horrific laughing at people getting horribly hurt.

We have to do something to change the horrific laughing at people getting horribly hurt.

Now is the time for change!!!!!

The ability is in your hands…so what should we do?

1. Stop watching and viewing these kinds of shows and videos. (Lack of views…lack of posting)

2. Comment on these videos no matter where they are posted and explain how they aren’t funny they are sad and these people are seriously injured.

3.Tell others!

it’s time for us to start treating others like our fellow brothers and sisters rather than the disrespect we treat them with now!

 

5 things anyone can do to turn up their positivity meter

What level is your positivity at?

What level is your positivity at?

As I was eating breakfast with my family I watched a man come into the restaurant. He pushed open the door and he shook his head. His face was screwed up into a scowl that never left his face. He was disgusted by the table he sat at, the food he ate, and the people who he talked to. When I told him to have a good day…he argued with me that “it wasn’t and never was going to be a good day”. This man oozed negativity and everyone that dealt with him feels it. It’s as if he leaves an oil slick of negativity all around him. I’m sure many of us either have seen or know someone like this.

It got me thinking:

Couldn’t everyone be more positive?  Couldn’t we all create a more positive existence?  Couldn’t we all turn up our positivity to 11…yes that’s right, not 10 but 11 out of 10!  (Spinaltap reference)

So here are 5 things anyone can do to be more positive in their life. (I’m not saying this is the definitive work on being more positive…I’m just saying this will definitely increase your positivity meter!

 

1. Stop Killing bugs

I know, I know…you are thinking I’ve finally lost it, bonkers, gone mad, crazy, simply off my rocker.  The normal comments I hear when I say this is “I hate spiders and I’m not going to stop killing them. I hate them and they deserve to die.”    or   “Well don’t expect me to stop killing ants, they are disgusting.” Then there’s the very famous and number 1 on the bug EWWWWW list: Roaches! “I won’t stop killing roaches! Those things are disgusting and they deserve death. I’m not getting any closer than I need to with them!” (and then they shake and shiver).

Ok, ok, I get it. Bugs are gross. They are also tiny and smaller than us. This gives us an overactive god superiority complex that decides to tell our brain that we are bigger, more powerful, and have dominion over bugs!  AURG!

However think about these 5 things for a moment:

They are truly remarkable living creatures!

They are truly remarkable living creatures!

1. They outnumber humans 100 to 1.

2. They have more powers than we do. (Think about it, an ant can lift 10-100 times more than their body weight)

3. They have a better social structure and in many respects get along with each other better than we do. (Remember, they don’t develop ways to obliterate the entire population)

4. They’ve been here for millions of years longer than us.

5. They are living creatures. (If not for any of the others…this one!)

As soon as you stop killing bugs…or at least reduce it by a great amount…you begin seeing the life that lives in each of those little bugs. There’s a great scene in Men In Black when he’s about to step on a roach and he decides not to and the roach says, “That was very kind of you.” There’s a scene in Disney’s Princess and the frog where the evil bad voodoo man laughs and steps on a great and valiant bug. It’s a tear jerker because we understand the value of this little bug. Often, we forget the value of a living creature. When we begin to see the value of all living creatures, we begin to see the whole world in a different less violent way.

Try it!

 

2.Smile

I could write and write…give you examples etc…instead I’ll just let Ron Gutman of Health Tap do ti for me:

Charles Darwin, who in addition to theorizing on evolution in The Origin of the Species, also developed the Facial Feedback Response Theory, which suggests that the act of smiling actually makes us feel better (rather than smiling being merely a result of feeling good).

Even buildings smile!

Even buildings smile!

This theory is supported by various recent studies, including research out of Echnische Universität in Munich Germany. In a 2009 study, scientists there used fMRI (Functional MRI) imaging to measure brain activity in regions of emotional processing in the brain before and after injecting Botox to suppress smiling muscles. The findings showed that facial feedback (such as imitating a smile) actually modifies the neural processing of emotional content in the brain, and concluded that our brain’s circuitry of emotion and happiness is activated when we smile!

Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match. In a study conducted in the UK (using an electromagnetic brain scan machine and heart-rate monitor to create “mood-boosting values” for various stimuli), British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars; they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That’s 25 grand a smile… it’s not bad…at 400 daily smiles quite a few children out there feel like Mark Zuckerberg every day!

And unlike lots of chocolate, lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling has documented therapeutic effects, and has been associated with: reduced stress hormone levels (like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine), increased health and mood enhancing hormone levels (like endorphins), and lowered blood pressure.

If that’s not enough, smiling also makes us look good in the eyes of others. A recent Penn State University study confirmed that when we smile we not only appear more likeable and courteous, but we’re actually perceived to be more competent.

So now we know that:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When others smile, they look good and feel good, too.

Perhaps this is why Mother Teresa said: “I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.” What’s the catch? Only that the smile you give has to be big, and genuine!

In my fascinating journey to uncover more about smiling, I discovered something far greater than just a way to get through a challenging run – I found a simple and surprisingly powerful way to significantly improve my own life and the lives of others.

So now, whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your marriage, or reduce your stress…or whenever you want to feel as good as when you’ve enjoyed a stack of high quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, or as if you randomly found 25 grand in the pocket of a jacket you hadn’t worn for ages…or when you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…SMILE 🙂

 

You have the choice to be happy.

You have the choice to be happy.

3. Choose to be happier

How simple. Positivity and smiling and happiness is a choice. You can decide to be happy or you can decide not to be. We live 24 hours in a day or 1440 minutes. Taking 6 hours our for sleeping, we have 1080 minutes to live in a day. It takes 5 seconds to decide to be happy. Try it, tell yourself…I decide to be happy! Now, as you walk around constantly tell yourself: I decide to be happy. When you arrive at situations that are upsetting, remind yourself: I decide to be happy.

I’m not a psychologist nor am I a emotional scientist; however, this excersise works. The more you tell yourself you are going to be happy, the happier you become. You will get nagry or frustrated, but then you “decide to be happy” and it’s all gone.

 

4. Look for the positive.

I’ve written many many blogs about this, please just search for “look for the positive” on this blog and there are many!

In every situation and every moment there is a way to look at the positive:

You crashed your car – You are alive. Your children and spouse is alive. A car is only a material thing.

You got robbed – It was just stuff, all people are ok. They must have needed more than you did. There is some stuff they didn’t get. This is a moment to learn about security. Now you have a moment to reevaluate what is important in your stuff and what isn’t it. The insurance money might help.

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You are going to die – No matter what faith…the afterlife is great. If you have a faith, the afterlife is great.  Still wondering…well it has the ability to be an amazing adventure. It is a good time to really see your life as it should be seen. The Buddhist state that death is the moment when you are at your most clear.

There is a positive in every thing. Positivity abounds so often, but we are trained to see and dwell on the negative.

Remember – Nothing is good or bad, it is how we perceive it. Decide it is a good thing, and you change your perception to a more positive outlook .

5. Stop watching the news and negativity

It’s simple negativity breeds negativity.

Remember “News” is a business, run by a corporation, developed by a board of trustees that want to get paid. Reporters will write what will be sold and create ratings. Reporters are vultures for “great” stories for their own personal gain. I’ve seen reporters stand in the way of water running off of a roof to tell people about a horrible hurricane…it’s about the story, the money, the ratings, and the bottom line!

Turn off the news, turn off the negativity!

Turn off the news, turn off the negativity!

Starting with the War of the Worlds broadcast, we found out that fear and negativity sells! It sells big! In fact, people will tune in every minute of every day to listen to, watch, and be part of negativity. Pay close attention to every news channel, network, etc that you know of and you will find that the news they are putting out is fear based and negative. Negativity and violence sells!

Not only that, violence and negativity is poison to your brain. There’s an old saying – garbage in garbage out. It was a term created in the early computer world reminding programmers if they put garbage into the program, that’s exactly what they would get back. If you take a crystal clean beautiful lake and pour 1000’s of gallons of oil (like is happening right now all over the world) into it…you pollute the water and the only thing that will come out of that lake is oil. This is what you are doing with violent and negative shows. It’s only a show right?  Nope! It affects your brain just like you are experiencing it. Your conscious brain gets that it’s a show; your unconscious brain is experiencing every part of that show as if it was your life!  Put violence and negativity into your brain and that’s exactly what you will get out of your brain.

Follow these simple ideas…I guarantee you will turn up your positivity meter many notches. In fact, you might find that your meter can go even higher than you can even imagine

What other ways can someone become more positive?

Don’t let the world turn into bacon

Don't destroy the world.

Don’t destroy the world.

This  post is not about Bacon!

When people ask me: What is it that you do?

I answer: I’m a motivational speaker and visionary.

They then ask…what do you do with that?

My answer is always: I motivate and inspire people to change the world.

Their answer is always: Cool. So how do I help.

My answer – It’s simple. If we all picked just one cause, it doesn’t matter what the cause is. If we all picked one cause and then spent some time focusing on that one cause. if every person in our billion people did this, just spent 1 hour of their day helping/volunteering/donating/educating about your cause…we could truly change the world.

They always…always…say: You’re right, that could change the world.

So, hypothetically…let’s say pigs were endangered, or you simply didn’t want people to hurt pigs.

If we, the world, or you, 1 person, did nothing the above picture would be our reality. Pigs would be made into bacon and made into bacon until there was no pigs left.

#1 This is REALLY what is happening to our pigs. they are being treated horribly!

Pigs are put into pens that they can'ty sit or lay down in, or they can only lay down in. They are used for food and making more food...they are not treated as living breathing animals!

Pigs are put into pens that they can’t sit or lay down in, or they can only lay down in. They are used for food and making more food…they are not treated as living breathing animals!

This treatment is happening to all animals that we use for food: Beef, chickens, lamb, and even buffalo.

#2 There are endangered and almost extinct animals that are being hunted down relentlessly. Rhinos, elephants, and hippos are just a small example of this. We are killing and hunting animals to oblivion!

#3 Our planet!!!  WE ARE DOING THIS TO OUR PLANET!!!!We are chopping it up (fracking), destroying it (pollution, carbon footprint, etc., etc), and then vomiting all over it (lack of recycling, overflowing landfills, waste water, oil spills, etc)

#4 Our own human brothers and sisters. It’s all about who grabs and gets the money first, and if you don’t well you’re the one that loses. When people loose, they die and we create poverty and hunger. There are multiple billionaires and middle class people who are routinely eating and throwing more food away than a lot of people see in a week. If you open your refrigerator and there’s food in there…you’re better off than 33% of the population of the richest country in the world!  These people didn’t create this problem nor did they ask for it to be this way…it just is, and they were born into it. We have sentenced many people to a life of hunger and poverty so that the very rich can live in opulence.

What if nobody did anything about these problems. We turn everything into sliced up bits of flesh and remnants of a once thriving sphere we call Planet Earth. This picture is exactly what would happen if none helped the problems of the world.

Choose a cause…and do something! Don’t let our world turn into strips of what once was a life.

Peace stuff?

A young man came up to me today as I was teaching a class about peace. He said,”If this peace stuff is.suppose to be all that, why hasnt it worked yet? Why isnt the world peaceful? Why arent all people geting along? Doesnt that mean its a.failure?”

GREAT QUESTION!

Number one, the fact that this student asked this shows what we are displaying and showing our children. The news, the TV shows, the movies, magazines, newspapers, and the popular novels are all showing future generations that violence is the way and the onl y way. Kids, tweens, teens, etc fon’t see nonviolence working. They don’t see peace. the only peace that most of our future generations sees is a trendy sticker or cool necklace with the peace sign on it.

Future generations do not see adults acting in a peaceful way. in fact, they see adults acting in horrible ways. Look at the examples he show are young people on a daily basis- domestic violence, boxing, ufc(i understand its a sport…but not if you see it as fighting), war, terrorism, fight terrorism which war, screaming, yelling, gang violence, revenge, jealousy, ownership, kidnapping, if you do this all do this, street fights, riots, and constantly yelling at them. The younger generation is a mirror of what we teach them. They learn to act like adults by watching us. hey man how the world is supposed to be by watching us. if it seems like the world is getting worse, it’s because each generation take it a little further.

Of course this student came in asked me this question. This is a really good question for the student. this student go home and watches his brother protect their house, their stuff, and their family name. this student watches his mom get beat daily. this student watch violence in his neighborhood every day. this student is encouraged to play violent video games by his brother, his parents to buy it for him, and his friends.
This student watches violence in cartoons, violence in TV shows, violence that is coupled with humor, violence in movies(all the very popular are violent), and violence in neespapers and books.

Then I walkin that violence is wrong  violence is wrong and that there is another way. this is a thought that is completely foreign to most of the people I speak with. This idea I was completely crazy when I first heard it at 14. however, when I heard it and I saw examples that people were not all violent, it changed my entire life.

We have to start showing our students that peace is possible. We have to start join them examples of people who are doing amazing things to help others. We have to start showing them examples of nonviolence. Wehave to start showing the younger generation that the world can be a better place.