Story, Situation, Solution

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You are the author of your story. Each day you have lived is a page in your book of life. Writing this book within your mind you are creating your self, a character, your stories protagonist.

Being the thinking, creative beings that humans are, our selves are not one dimensional. Living in today’s world information is unlimited, education is universal, opportunities abound and experiences seem unlimited.

Your self has many chapters, situations of today, this moment in your history. In this situation, who are you? Are you your hero? Are you healthy and proactive, creating a character to be admired or even idolized. Do others look to you for inspiration, do you inspire  your self?

Or, are you your own antagonist? Are you struggling with issues from previous chapters. Are you creating obstacles? Or, are you trapped within a chapter that you can’t find the words to write your way out of?

Do you have and ending for your story? A solution. You will deal with situations each day, write your story and through your actions make solutions.

Maybe you have a goal, a long term solution that will take several chapters to write. Solutions are endings to the challenges in your life. Day to day, month to month, year by year you are solving your life.

Solutions are always ahead of you, waiting for you to write them.

 

Universe, Utility, Unknown

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Your universe is made up of all your experiences. It started small, through dim eyes that had little focus and was controlled by forces beyond you. Your senses took in your environment and analyzed; cold, hot, soft, hard, sensual or painful. Your universe is what has made you and your universe grows, you become aware, you mature.

What you make of it is your utility. You have the ability to harness great power or be shocked into numbness. What is your utility? What benefits you? What is useful for your growth? What is profitable for your potential? It is in each moment of your utility that you have the power. You have the decision to act, to commit, to be silent, to drift.

What is unknown is where this power to take control will lead you. The unknown can be fearful. We can be paralyzed by it. The unknown can be exciting. We can be inspired by it.

 

 

Truth, Today, Tomorrow

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Each of us have truth, the experience of life that you have come from. It is unescapable. It is a place that began out of your control. Where, when, what, who and often why are elements of life that as children we are thrust into.

When you were born you are placed in a historical point you can not change. Where you were born decides the culture you will be raised to believe and be grounded in. What events happen are in general out of  your control as the world is large and chaotic.

From these you stand today as a person affected by each of these. Much of what you believe, your perspective is trained into you by your surroundings. Who you are today may be engrained. But it is not unchangeable. Who you are, today, you can change to be something different tomorrow.

Why would you want to change? In this moment, today,  are you Happy? Sad? Loving? Hating? The elements you are in do not matter. It is your comprehension and questioning of the thoughts that shape the who and open you to the possibilities of why?

When today you question the why, you open up endless possibilities for your tomorrow.

 

Risk, Resolve, Recovery

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Life is a journey in susceptibility.

From the moment of birth we are influenced by our environment. The affects can be positive or negative.  Each of us take risks in our choices that effect our journey.

Our choices are formed by our environment and our personal reactions and responses. Life can be lived in these actions or we can resolve to alter our reflex and choose an alternative path.

Each of us arrive at these moments of resolve, points in our journey where we make a choice.

If we have purpose to our resolve, it is then we choose to live in recovery. Choose strength. Choose clarity. Choose health. Choose life.

The choice is ours and ours alone.

 

She Bop!

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In the early 1980’s a vocalist wrestled her way to the top of the charts. She was unique. She was outspoken. She opened up herself and sang songs like “Boy Blue” and “True Colors” bringing a raw unfiltered experience to a world that was grappling with the onset of the new epidemic AIDS.

Cyndi Lauper has never ending strength with her support for those in need. Those underserved. Those at risk. Those marginalized. And she has never thought once about not being that advocate. It is her true heart.

“What’s going on”? Is an anthem, a remake of a Marvin Gaye song, that sang a new truth into the words that “Only Love can Conquer Hate”.

I want to thank Cyndi for all her support to those of us who have needed and are still in need.

If you would like to show your support, I invite you to support her True Colors Fund https://truecolorsfund.org/

 

Just Breathe

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In this post, I want to acknowledge the amazing uniqueness of a young actor, Jaden Smith.

This young man reminds me of all I believe America’s founders intended for our country. The intention to breathe a new life into a new world. The intention to break down the establishment that would oppress. The intention to give voice in unison to all those who wanted to speak and to speak for those who could not speak for themselves.

Americas basic principles are outlined in the early writings of these men that shaped the foundation of our country. And, don’t forget, these men were revolutionaries! These men sought change. These men fought for change. Some of their fellows died for change as Americans still fight and die for change today.

Change does not come in silence. Change does not come in retreat. Change comes when men speak up and step out, taking the great liberties that America is blessed with and freeing us all from those that would hold us back from creating a better more perfect union.

As we stand here together in 2017 America is continuing the revolution. It has never ended. Our Constitution is a living document intended to change and grow as our nation matures.

As we step out of a period of amazing gains for liberty and justice for all Americans we must live in freedom. We the people must resist those that want to close the doors that have been opened. We must resist those that want to take us back in to oppression.

America is strong like this young man. America is a beacon in each generation to the light of our Constitution. America is at liberty to be what it wants to be. America is free to breathe.

A Man Can Not be Numbered

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The title clarifies that as Shia LaBeouf is my second blog about people who inspire and share, that number places him in no different position to any other human that will or shall exist.

I envy the stage your life is currently playing on. It is an elevation that is above any of our human frailties to withstand for extended periods of time. I admire  your idealism, and that your identity is much more complicated than what we see on the screen.

Your voice spreading virally around the globe is a phenomenon that at your age, in my life couldn’t have fathomed. The dichotomy of its defiance and love show what is in your heart and gives me hope that our struggle will not fail, falling to the  side of the road in rocky soil where it’s seed will dry up.

Your voice continues the dialogue of a place that most of humanity has been affected by. Your voice speaks of what happens when no one speaks.

The holocaust came about not just from a single man that wrote of hatred, that spoke propaganda, that bullied opposition and spread fear. It was a voice that believed he had a destiny. That he and those like him were superior. The words had the power and the man abused the words for personal gain, personal glorification.

“He Will Not Divide US”! is today’s conversation about a man that in too many ways similar. A man that bullied the top politicians of one of America’s most powerful political parties into irrelevancy. A man who bear false witness against another man that he believed was inferior to him because of his race and religion. A man who manipulated media and usurped the power of the greatest nation on earth for his own glorified sense of self.

I am thankful for you, Shia LeBeouf, for your courage. For calling him out. You are affecting a mass conversation and message that I am dedicated to continue sharing in your movement until this man is removed from office. Until his power to tear apart the fabric of Americas Constitution and values is stopped.

#HeWillNotDivideUS

Mark Hamlett