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Collective Beings

Life is this very intricate concept that is impossible to master and understand. Though we’ve all entered into this complex loop individually, we entered into the human existence collectively. Over time as we’ve moved through our human existence, we’ve lost sight of the collectiveness that exists within the individual. We no longer live by the philosophy, ‘‘it takes a village to raise a child” but instead have adopted the phrase, “I’m all about self.” This ‘self’ has become the most monumental being of our human existence. We feed it, validate it, clothe it, and love it. This ’self’ has joined together with other ‘selves’ to create a community of individualistic thought patterns with an illusion of collectiveness.
We’ve segregated ourselves into cliques, squads, posses, and teams. We’ve made it cool to exclude those that are different from us and that don’t fit into our group. We’ve blurred the lines of

Begin with Peace

Ask any person in this world what they want in life and their reply will be, “To be happy.” Though no person in the history of the human race can say that they have been or always are happy, we strive for this state of being daily. Happiness is not a permanent state of being. We fluctuate in and out of moments of happiness based on our experiences and the sensations that we feel from being stimulated from those experiences. We then equate these moments into our understanding of what it means to be happy.
The richest people in the world are generally the unhappiest and the most impoverished people in the world are usually the happiest. Yet we’ve come to equate time, money, and success with happiness. Materialism and intangible things have become representations of our happiness. We believe that we will be happier once we reach a certain level

The Expert Within

We are all born into this world alone. Not a single person can say that they were born into the world with another, not even sets of twins. Life has been individually gift wrapped for each of us to create individual experiences with collaborative interactions in order to build our stories. Your life is your story. It is for you to experience the fullness of what it means to be a human being. With this experience of life comes the responsibility of making hard choices.
While it is good to seek counsel from others, the choices and decisions we have to make for our lives are our own. We have to become experts in our own lives, instead of relying on the thoughts and opinions of others. People try to prevent you from making choices that they view as “bad” because they want to protect you. The choices that we

Defensive Growth

Defensiveness is a strong indicator for change. Anytime that we are defensive about something, it should serve as an indicator for an area of growth. We become defensive about the things that we are not yet consciously aware of and do not hold to be true about who we are. If someone says you are selfish and you don’t believe this about yourself, you would simply disagree.
The exact opposite is true when someone says something that you do believe about yourself, even if you are not consciously aware of this belief. If someone said that you are mean, and you believed that you were, you would become upset, perhaps argumentative, defending your character and standing by your belief that you are not mean. Your response to the statement serves as evidence of your meanness more than your words do. We do not argue about things that we do not believe