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St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi: he did not have a Facebook page, an Instagram account, Linkedin, Snapchat, etc. Chances or you have no idea what he looked like, but his mark on this world resonates. We are more than our bodies, our physical appearance; we are a conglomerate of the impressions we leave upon the world. This incredible man was the patron saint of animals, a champion of the poor, and the downtrodden. Not saying people should vie for sainthood; simply that value lies in more than a meme or picture or opinion. I am an internet queen; I am not dispelling it’s worth. With the times comes the advent of social media; there are many positive uses and quality things out there, however, often we find ourselves involved with the negative. If I do not get distracted by arguments and ideas in such a manner, I find my day goes much more smoothly. I have many friends who have strong opinions on issues; I do not discount these and value their thoughts,as it provokes me to research these and develop thoughts on subjects. I simply stay out of disagreements; I am a pacifist of sorts and choose to stay neutral. Again, this is not dispelling other’s opinions; they have their own beliefs and reasons behind them, often completely valid and personal. This morning, I will take a lesson from St. Francis, and shower the world with love. If you are not familiar with this man, I urge you to research and enlighten yourselves. I leave you with his prayer:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.”

My friend

My friend (s), life is far from perfect, only some claim perfection; they would be mistaken. Failure is part of life, “the master has failed as many times as the student”. Falling down happens, but it is not the end. There is light after the chaotic darkness; believe it. Do not quit before the miracle occurs. Sometimes we need extra help; I have. You’re not alone with that. Stay strong, believe in yourself; if you’re doubting yourself, stop! This is your life, not your family’s or friend’s. Take care of yourself, the best you can, now, with what you have.

Inspired

I have been VERY busy doing things for different organizations, mainly mental and physical health. At the gym this morning, I saw a senior citizen fitness class. A man showed me how he was walking better with a cane. These things made me elated. A man next to me was lifting heavy weights, but I couldn’t help but be enamored by people with canes and walkers working out, walking slowly in a circle in an adjoining room. A friend told me of a young man with a prosthetic leg on a swim team a few months ago..another friend exercises despite having arthritis. Things are not just physical, I know for myself and MANY people, it’s VERY hard to do anything,even the mundane. Or see light when all you want to do is disappear into the black. The people that go to the gym when they do not need to, who participate in life when it’s unfathomable; they are the ones who give me strength and hope. Personally.

Mental: Be the best YOU. Not compared to social constructs or what you see and read and feel you “should” be. An example: one has the notion you can never be too rich or  too skinny. They keep losing weight; it is never enough, eventually they end up in the hospital psych ward; the illusion almost killed them. Then they realize they have the world at their fingertips financially, but all the money in the world cannot buy happiness; disillusioned, they shirk life. Happiness is not tangible; no weight,no chemical, no money can replace it. Be happy with you, not compared to others.

Physical: Just do it! Everyone has to start at point A. You should not be embarassed. No person has the power to make you feel that way. No one starts out wonderful,don’t feel like you should. Do it for your heart, your metabolic system, your lungs, your balance, your movement, your cardiovascular system…your health… not so you look good in gym clothes or have the biggest muscles.

Social: Sometimes we just have to do things because we know they’re right, although we may not WANT to. Doing the right things, in society, is not always easy (at all) when we are pulled in the opposite direction (by ourselves and others). But it most often will simply feel better!