The line between church and state is blurred—almost into obscurity. Religion should act as an liaison to community, not a strong arm to democracy. Continue reading The Church is a Habitual Line Stepper
It’s officially election season and the games are about to begin. Regardless of your personal party affiliations it’s important to know who and what you are voting for. There are currently 23 Democrats that have declared a run for the 2020 presidency. Voters of all ages are encouraged to vet candidates that best reflect their interests and policies that will serve them. It’s important to … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Know the Vote
Love is a beautiful connection between two people that should not be dictated by race. Just a few decades ago, it was illegal for black and white people to marry. In the case of Loving vs Virginia it was ruled that it was unconstitutional to prohibit people from marrying because of race in 1967. Unfortunately, people still hold on to the belief that races shouldn’t … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Love Is Colorblind
The mosque attacks in New Zealand killed 50 people and injured many others. The tragic loss of life in Christchurch was met with immediate condemnation. The Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has pulled the country together with immense empathy and promises of tighter sanctions on assault weapons. In today’s video students in the Christchurch community showed their respect and solidarity with the Muslim community by performing … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Communities Heal Together
Woman have long fought for the right to be acknowledged and respected. The first Women’s March in 2017 was a protest of resistance to President Trump. This year the march has grown to address a multitude of issues and is led by the Women’s Agenda that is described as the first intersectional feminist policy platform. This years focus on Women’s Agenda Today’s video celebrates the … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Women’s March 2019
The Grandy Twins have been boxing since the age of two. Their father Daniel Grandy helped grow their skills and they are flourishing. At the age of 10, they have already competed in 30 bouts. In today’s video the twins are sparring together and one is leading the session. It is refreshing to see the qualities they both possess at such a young age. The … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: You’re Never to Young to Learn
Mark Rober is an engineer that has used his expertise respond to an incredibly frustrating problem, package theft. With the rise of companies like Amazon, online shopping has become a way of life. Unfortunately, this convenience leaves hard earned money glittering on your doorstep. In today’s video he shows up his latest invention. It’s a booby trap package that shoots glitter, squirts fart spray and … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Man Thwarts Package Thieves
Going to see Santa Claus is the highlight of any child’s Christmas. As families we celebrate the the magic of Santa, his elves and reindeer. In today’s video, Santa makes a little girl’s Christmas even more special by using sign language to communicate with her. She instantly lights up when she is able to tell him what she wants. It’s joyous to see every child … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Santa Signs With Little Girl
What are your memories as a child? Do you get warm and nostalgic over holidays past or are you filled with anger or even deep seeded resentment?
There isn’t a book around that can completely prepare you for parenting. Babies are ushered into the world under the guise of protection and unconditional love. Completely at the mercy of the caregiver for their every need and the vulnerability of this time is unprecedented.
Children are the ultimate wonder the life. They are beautiful creatures of creation. Naturally luminous in love: growing, learning and pushing the limits to their next step. When getting ready to create worlds for our children, we often project idyllic views on how their childhoods should be. Hopefully they are better than our own. Maintaining this utopia means that we have mastered the stressors of work, relationships, finances and occasional dodge balls that life throws at our feet. Sigh
Eighteen years is a ridiculously short time to raise a person. For all intensive purposes, it’s unrealistic. Everyone who has surpassed early adulthood can say with authority that an eighteen year old is probably the most clueless person on the planet. We were hormonal, generally arrogant, and ready to run out into the world with our pants metaphorically down.
By the time we get to our first therapy session, fifteen (or less) years later, we are desperately trying to unpack why we are who we are. Looking for answers for our failures, miscommunications and emotions. As we have all seen on TV with highly experienced psychotherapists; he or she will slide back into their chair and find a soothing voice to ask the dreaded, ‘tell me about your childhood’, question.
We will spend time combing over every desire, promise or incident to find the answers and surely they will be there. Fault will most likely be assigned to that of a mom, dad, or relative because someone needs to be found responsible. As children we always see adults as beaming with superpowers and holding keys to a world we can’t yet understand. But a parent is just a person; a human experiencing life as it is thrown at them.
Most are trying hard to be the best they can be everyday. Being a parent is the hardest job that anyone will have. Nothing highlights your capabilities faster than mitigating the irrational cries of an angry two year old who can no longer draw all over the walls in sky blue crayon.
Suffice it to say that if you had clothes on your back, a roof to sleep under and a semblance of love in your house, you were ahead of the curve. That doesn’t take away from those who experienced undo cruelty or hardship as a direct result of a parents actions. Also, incidents out of the control of the caregiver can completely change the landscape of the child’s life have and have an equal effect on everyone.
Families have their issues because they are impossible to avoid. There are a host of variables present in every situation that drive the actions and emotions behind them. Parenting requires ridiculous amounts of compartmentalization to not transfer the weight of your world on your children. Parents doing well at this aspect deserve more credit. Those who don’t cope well just need more help. More often than not, we are our parents. Children are raised based on the childhood of the person who is raising them. It’s a cycle that continues for better or for worse. There isn’t a family in America that acts like they are on the set of Full House, because reality exists.
When exploring the depths of the past it is important to remember that people are just that — people. We can either learn and grow or stay stubborn and stagnant. Childhoods contain the blueprint of our futures, but we hold the keys to our endings as adults.
TD Jakes is the Senior Pastor at The Potters House of Dallas. He is an entrepreneur, producer and New York Times best selling author; most importantly he is known for his motivational outlook on life. His words always resonate with those who are fighting the good fight, and keep pushing to be better people. In today’s video he conveys a message that everyone needs to … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Don’t Give Up
Will Smith is a popular actor and by all accounts seems like a down to earth person. Aside from his obvious entertainment value, he also gives amazing motivational speeches. In today’s video he discusses the thought process behind his 50th birthday bungee jump. In life we have to be willing to take chances, we don’t get any do overs. Don’t hesitate and just jump. https://youtu.be/I2DAHTTGJ5I Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Jump and be Free
Serena Williams is a tennis player with 23 Grand Slam titles under her belt. Since the age of three she has received many accolades and has worked tirelessly to become a household name. In today’s video, it splices a home video of her playing tennis at s young age and her current professional career. She is being coached by her father who believed that one … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: It’s Only Crazy Until You Do It
Getting on stage at any age can be daunting. With the support of loved ones, anything is possible. In today’s video two year old gets some assistance from her dad at her ballet recital. She was afraid to perform, so he jumped onstage to help her with her moves. The sight brings a heartwarming meaning to daddy’s little girl. Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Dad Dances With Toddler at Recital
The issue of hunger across America and even the world is a monumental. One girl is doing her part to end it in her corner of South Carolina. Katie’s Krops was inspired by a homework assignment. She was given seeds and asked to grow cabbage. To Katie’s surprise, it grew to be as large as 40 pounds. With that bounty she went on to feed … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Kids Feeding the Hungry
Ida Keeling is 102 years old and breaking track records. Her age only stands as a motivator to get up and get exercising. She began running after losing both of her sons and says it turned out to be therapeutic. In today’s video, Keeling reminds us that the biggest obstacle between someone and their goals is will power and determination. Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Woman Can’t Be Stopped at 102 Years Old