Life Is Immeasurably Precious! #41

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Psalms 139:13-15

Right now its 11pm, I am sitting on the bed thinking and feeling some things that I needed to put into words and for reasons I have yet to fully understand I feel compelled to share my thoughts and feelings with others, maybe my thoughts and feelings will help you in some way.

It seems like every day lately I am hearing of the death of someone who has at some point been a part of my journey through life. I have said it before and will surely say it again but experiencing my father’s death when I was sixteen years old changed the way that I think about life and death. I think that although we know that death is the most inevitable part of life it is always heartbreaking when we have to face the fact that we will no longer have our loved ones in this life with us, yes we’ll always have them in spirit but knowing that doesn’t always make you feel better, especially when you are in the thick of the never ending process of grieving. Most people see the death of a young person or someone who was not ill and seemingly healthy as an untimely or sudden death but I don’t think that way any longer I believe that on the day of your birth God has already planned just how long he will give you time in this life, unfortunately that time is longer for some than it is for others.

In the last week and a half the earthly journey ended for four people who were once a part of my trek through this life. I am hoping and praying that the phone doesn’t soon ring with news of another death. I thought that I had reached a point in life where hearing of death really didn’t affect me, but I’ve been proven wrong on that in the last few days. Although I am forever grateful for the lives of those four people and all my loved ones who have been called to their eternal home, I am feeling a bit melancholy because the realization that I will never see those people in this life again has hit me and I haven’t learned how to turn off that feeling. Having so much death happening around me has made me earnestly think about how immensely precious the time is that God gives us on this planet, on this side of life.

Last week I celebrated my birthday by having dinner with my small circle of close family and friends, none of them know it because I didn’t say anything, but I set at the table with them near tears thinking of how thankful, grateful and blessed I am because God not only allowed me to still have breath in my body to celebrate another year of life, but he allowed me to share time with some of the people that I love most in this world. The love that my family gives me is a blessing that I honestly don’t always feel worthy of. They love me through all situations and circumstances, flaws and all. There aren’t any words in any dictionary that I could use to describe how blessed I feel because God allowed me to be born into such an amazingly awesome family. They are my most cherished gems.

I think about my family, and the many other amazing people God has placed throughout my life, and I realize just how precious life is, and how immeasurably blessed the time God has given me thus far in this life has been. My heart is so full in this moment because all my ups and downs, good times & bad times have made me realize just how precious life truly is and I thank God for that realization.

That’s just my perspective!đź’ś

Blogging Milestone ~ A Note Of Thanks #40

leone-venter-559377-unsplashI can’t believe that I’ve reached 40 posts. When I first started this blog I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just wanted a venue to utilize and improve my writing skill and to share my thoughts on various topics with whoever chose to read them. It has been much more difficult than I ever thought it would be. It seems like every time I schedule a date or time to post I experience writer’s block or life some how gets in the way, so I can’t post on the date that I want to, but eventually with a lot of stressing out and praying about it the words finally come and sometimes they don’t stop coming until I have several paragraphs. I have been told that my posts are sometimes too long so I’m working on not being so extremely long winded within my writing.

My reasons for continuing the blog have changed since I posted perspective #1. I still want to utilize and improve my writing skill, but my blog has become something that I am very passionate about because I want my words to make a difference in this world. I want my words to be thought provoking in a positive way. I have done a lot of introspective thinking in the last year & a half and I have come to feel that there is a special reason why God made me someone who can easily express what I am feeling or thinking through writing and maybe the reason is for me to be someone who makes a positive impact in this world through sharing my perspective on current events and life experiences. There are so many goals that I have for my blog that I haven’t been able to accomplish yet but I won’t stop working toward completing those goals. I think writing this blog has allowed me to experience some personal growth. I have a very small audience of readers which I’ll admit was a bit discouraging at first but I haven’t let my lack of readers deter me or give me an excuse to quit.

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I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has visited my blog and taken the time to read my perspective up to today. Thank you to everyone in my world who always has very encouraging words, advice and kind compliments in regards to this blog and my writing in general, your words always give me renewed faith in myself and my determination to accomplish my writing goals regardless of any obstacles I may face. Even though I may sometimes write about negative things going on in the world or negative things that we all go through in our lives, I hope you’ve read something that has made you think about life in a more positive way. I would sincerely appreciate your thoughts, opinions and suggestions about how I can make my blog better. Tell me what you would like to read my perspective on. Let me know what’s been your favorite post and the ones that you really just didn’t like. I would love to know your thoughts. If you can spare the time please email me your thoughts at  perspectivebyzena@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from my readers. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my small spot in the world wide world. Please continue to stop by for my perspective.

Zena T.đź’ś

What Are They Thinking? #39

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2NIV

One of the personal goals I set when I decided to create a blog and share my feelings with the world was to try and refrain from posting anything that could get me engaged in a war of words with someone who reads what I have to say and disagrees with my perspective, because I am not an argumentative person. I realize that not everyone is going to agree with my perspective on the topics that I write about, but I would prefer to agree to disagree with anyone who has an issue with my perspective.

I promised myself that I would not devote an entire post to expressing my feelings about the current administration occupying the White House, but unfortunately I just couldn’t keep that promise to myself. I really do not understand why it is that some Americans don’t want people from other countries to migrate to America. I might be totally wrong but I think if most Americans did some genealogy research on their family history even if you have to go back decades or a century there is someone in your ancestry that was not born in the United States unless you are of Native American descent, but that’s not what today’s perspective is about.

I am sure that I will never be able to wrap my mind around how or why the so called leaders of this country felt like it was alright to take children from their parents and families simply because they’ve decided that they don’t want immigrants in the United States. How did the person(s) whose mind that policy was created by not think that thousands of Americans would be outraged by such an inhumane policy. Immigrant families make the journey to America attempting to escape the harsh, violent, impoverished conditions of their native countries, they get to the states and their children are taken from them, according to information that I read some adults were deported to their home countries without their children, obviously no one thoroughly thought about how that was going to make America look or maybe making America look like a horrible place was the goal of whoever created this heartless policy. My guess is the goal was to make America look like a horrible place to live to deter people from other countries from even contemplating bringing their families to settle here and make a better life for themselves, their children and future generations of their family.

When the current occupant of the oval office was campaigning the slogan he used to attract supporters was “Make America Great Again” but so far in a year and a half all he and his administration have done is take America in the extreme opposite direction of being great. My heart aches for the small children who were taken away from their families and have yet to be reunited with them, because I am sure they have no understanding of what is going on and why they are no longer with familiar people who love and care for them. It is really an extremely sad situation. It is racism and xenophobia at the maximum level, but the much more awful part is that it is 2018 and although this was a new way to handle immigration, that type of behavior is nothing new in America. As I have stated before, the current occupant of the oval office has only emboldened others into thinking that displaying racism, xenophobia, sexism and many other repulsive beliefs is a way to make America great and it is absolutely horrifying to me to conclude that the words (tweets) and actions of one person could cause so much chaos.

I do believe that there is a reason that God allowed the current president and his administration to obtain their positions and a reason why we’re only half way through 2018 and its already become a year to remember for mostly negative occurrences. Everyday I am hoping that God will soon reveal that reason because right now I think many Americans are living in a state of confusion.

That’s just my perspectiveđź’ś

No Expectations #38

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Alexander Pope

More and more everyday I am learning to try and live life without any expectations. I have come to a place in my life where I try not to place expectations on other people, because I have learned that when you place expectations on others most times you end hurt and disappointed because the people around you are unable to live up to the expectations that you have placed on them. When I was younger I imagined what life would be like at the age that I am now but my life is completely different from how I imagined and expected it to be. Every morning when I wake up I try not to have any expectations of what is going to happen in my life because I am trying to be trusting of God and realize that regardless of what I’ve expected life to be like, God’s will, God’s plan for my life is what’s going to take place each and every day.

That’s just my perspective💜

Is Dr. King’s Dream Attainable? #37

     â€śWe must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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April 4, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, since watching all the television coverage of the various celebrations of his life and his work within the civil rights movement I’ve been wondering if Dr. King’s dream for this country is actually attainable. Dr. King’s assassination was fourteen years before my birth so of course I can’t give a physical account of what it was like to live in the United States within his lifetime, but I think I have read enough about this country’s history and heard enough stories from all of my family members who lived during the same time to have formed the opinion that life in 2018 is somewhat similar to life 50+ years ago during the height of the civil rights movement.

There is one line in Dr. King’s now famous “I Have A Dream” speech that has always been one of my favorites since the first time I heard that speech, it’s when he says “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Fifty years after Dr. King’s death, fifty-five years after he gave the “I Have A Dream” speech, we have come so far but still have so far to go. Unfortunately we have yet to reach a time when people are solely judged by the content of their character and the color of their skin is of no importance. I think that racism may be more prevalent today than it was before Dr. King was killed. We live in a world where people are automatically prejudged and demonized simply because they were born of a certain race. It is deeply dispiriting to realize that this country has become a place where those who are supposed to be leaders display racist and prejudice behavior on a daily basis which in turn leads others to think that it is okay to have and publicly exhibit their repugnant racist, prejudice, bigoted beliefs and behavior. It’s absolutely appalling but sadly that’s the state we are living in right now and it seems like a change is not near.

I wonder how Dr. King and many others who worked so very tirelessly for all people especially African Americans and other people of color to have some of the simple civil rights that we now have would feel not only about the condition of this country but that of the whole world. Dr. King would be in his late 80s now and I wonder if he would still be working toward achieving his dream of making this world a better place or would he have chosen someone else to pass the baton to. I wonder if we will ever learn to live together peacefully without judging one another based on our differences. It may be pessimistic of me but I am not so sure Dr. King’s dream is truly attainable. If some day this world becomes the place that Dr. King dreamed it could be I hope that I am around to witness it.

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“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

That’s just my perspective💜

Why Kill? #36

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Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death. Leviticus 24:17NIV

It seems like I am always thinking and writing about things that occur in this life that I just do not understand and today’s perspective is no different. It seems like everyday there are multiple murders not only where I live but all over this world. I have not researched them but I am sure the murder statistics are staggering in all 50 of the United States. What I can’t seem to wrap my mind around is why people choose to kill others. Maybe I don’t understand because I have personally never gotten angry enough with someone or had any other reason to even think about killing someone. I think a person who will kill has completely lost all value for the lives of others as well as for their own life. People who kill must feel like they have nothing to lose. I wonder if people who murder ever consider the consequences before acting out the crime, do they think about getting caught and having to live life in prison. Do they think about how it will affect their own lives and that of their families?

My guess is that they don’t consider how it’s going to change their own lives and the lives of the people who loved the victims and are left to mourn them. Maybe there is no time to think of those things or anything else when murder is an impulsive act, but when it is premeditated I wonder what goes through the killer’s mind. I very often write about how I feel like there is a reason for and a lesson in everything that God allows to happen, all the murders that are occurring around me near and far happen to be one of those things that I have not figured out what God’s reason for and lesson in allowing multiple murders to occur every single day is. What is it that God is trying to teach us by allowing all the violent crimes that occur on a daily basis throughout this world?

In some places outside of the United States people are taught to kill from a young age because it is believed that it will in some way make them a martyr, I don’t think I will ever understand that belief or train of thought. Maybe I’ll have to do some research on those beliefs for another day’s perspective. I am sure we all know that there are even places where presidents and prime ministers are killing their own citizens for no apparent reason. It is completely senseless to me. It is not often that I personally know the names and faces of the murder victims that I hear on the television or read about online but it’s always heartbreaking to me to know that someone’s life was ended by the hands of another. I always feel such sorrow for the victims’ families as well as the perpetrators’ loved ones because I am sure it greatly affects both families.

After numerous murders occur back to back as they did recently where I live, people want to start playing the blame game, they blame the police, the mayor and other elected officials, or the perpetrators’ background, but no one ever comes up with a solution to prevent the murder/crime problem and it seems to be a cycle with no end in sight. I often wonder if there really is a real solution. Can you really stop someone from getting a gun or some other weapon and killing another with it? I guess figuring out why people choose to murder is just one item on a list of many things that I will have to keep praying about and hopefully soon God will help me to gain some understanding as to why murder happens and why it happens so much. I think it’s time to start building each other up instead of killing one another.

A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:3NIV

That’s just my perspective.💜

Don’t Let The Load Loosen The Grasp #35

07CB4A51-98F6-4D31-B4DA-4B225A746014In my last perspective I wrote about how I feel that every thing that happens in this life is all a part of God’s plan for each of our lives. I’ve been thinking about that topic a lot more in the last few weeks probably because I have been paying closer attention to everything going on in the world around me. My perspective hasn’t changed, I still feel like everything that happens to us is already pre-planned by God. My thoughts have been on how some people say that God won’t put any more on us than we can bare. Sometimes it seems like God loads people’s lives with piles of problems with no solution in sight just to see how much they can bare or maybe its to show them their own strength. Maybe God piles a million and one problems on our backs with no solution in the foreseeable future to teach us to trust him. I think in some situations and circumstances when life has piled a load of problems on our backs and we don’t know how to keep carrying the heavy load while trying to continue to walk straight and travel through this rocky journey called life, that is just the time when God steps in and shows us that we can carry any load that life piles on our backs if we always trust in him to help us. God has the solution even before we are presented with the problem, but we have to trust that he will make a way when we don’t see how it’s even possible to do so. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

We all experience times when we allow our right hand to slip away from God’s grasp, because trials and tribulations that come along with living life seem to be endless, those times when the devil gets his bullhorn out sticks it right in your ear and very loudly constantly reminds you of all the problems on your back so that you can not hear God saying “just trust in me.” I have experienced various health issues in my life due to having been born with a birth defect and those are the times in my life when I personally felt like God was putting more on me than I could bare, but they are also the times when I have come to realize I am much stronger than I feel sometimes. Lately when I experience those times I try to snap out of it really quickly by reminding myself that God gave me the gift of life for a specific purpose, a purpose he hasn’t shown me yet and while he is shaping me into the person he needs me to be to fulfill that purpose he has blessed me beyond measure and I can’t allow life’s problems to make me forget that. I may not have as many problems loaded on my back as many others in this world but my life isn’t an ease everyday, I have to remind myself that I know that God didn’t promise that life would be easy, he promised not to leave or forsake me and through fourteen surgeries and many other trials God still has a tight grasp on my right hand. Sometimes I loosen that grasp a bit, when I find myself asking “Lord why me?” and questioning him when I know I shouldn’t but I always get my answer, usually not right when I want it but always when I must need it.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

That’s just my perspective.đź’ś

It’s All God’s Plan #34

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalms 32:8ESV

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9ESV

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If you’ve read anything that I have previously written you are aware that it doesn’t take much to stir my thoughts, everyday just staying abreast of what’s going on around me keeps me in deep thinking mode and wanting to write about my thoughts.

I recently heard someone say that sometimes we mess up God’s plan for our lives. It was a statement made in reference to the mistakes and bad choices that we humans sometimes make in our lives. The statement really stirred my thoughts, because I am not sure I agree with that theory. I believe that everything that happens in our lives is all a part of God’s plan for you and me. My belief is that both the good and the bad things that happen in our lives are all part of God’s plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture that speaks of God’s plan, it’s a scripture that I have probably used countless times within my writing because it’s one of my favorites. In the good news version of the bible Jeremiah 29:11 says, I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. I think that from the time you are born into this world until the end of your life in this world God has your life all planned out, nothing that happens in your life is a surprise to God. There is nothing that you do that can mess up God’s plan for your life, because God knows what you are going to do before you do. We are all meant to go through everything that we do each and every day of our lives.

I have probably said this before, but I think God allows us to endure certain things because he wants us to learn something from the experience. You know, those times in life when the bad moments seem to occur in a domino effect, back to back and back again, those times when it seems you have more bad days than good and life makes you wonder just when will it get better. I’m sure most people may not look at those moments like I have come to look at them, but I feel like those moments just like my good times are all part of God’s plan. I have found that for me the bad times in life have been the moments that have most taught me to appreciate the gift of life. I know sometimes it seems we make mistakes or it seems we get off track in our lives but I believe that each and every thing that happens to us is all a part of God’s plan for you and me.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:18

That’s just my perspective💜

Heartbreaking Moment #33

Almost two weeks ago I was in the car with my mother and two of my aunts headed to meet some other relatives and see a play at the local auditorium. While we made our way to the location of the play, as usual I was in my own introverted world, not really taking part in the conversation that my mother and my aunts were having. I was in deep thinking mode, concentrating on whatever was on my mind at that moment in time. As soon as we turned into the parking lot of our destination I quickly came out of my introverted haze, because something caught my attention, something that I don’t think anyone else in the car paid any attention to.

47AB1906-C42A-48C8-BD3C-E62D52C1EAFBThere was a man who I suspect was homeless sitting on a bench with a shopping cart next to him which was filled with what was probably all his possessions. Seeing homeless people in that part of town is not something that’s rare so I don’t know why this man caught my attention. Perhaps, it was because that night was one of those nights when the temperature was abnormally low for this time of the year in this part of the country and this man was just sitting alone there as if the cold weather was not affecting him, as a matter of fact it was as if he was completely oblivious to anything happening around him, it was a deeply sad sight.

After almost two weeks I haven’t been able to get that image out of my mind. I never shared anything about seeing this man with anyone that I was in the car with or any of my other family members that I was with that night, but the image has been weighing on my mind very heavily. That experience like a few others that I have written about is one that makes me question God, because it bothers me that I live in a world where people sometimes have no other option but to stay out in the cold and other weather conditions. I feel blessed beyond measure to have everything that God has blessed me with but at the same time I feel as though it seems so unfair that on cold nights or rainy days I have a roof over my head. I have a very nice place to call home, when there are so many people in this world who do not. I’m not saying I don’t deserve my nice home, I’m just saying it seems very unfair that all people can’t have nice homes with comfortable beds to rest on at night. In all honesty, I know I shouldn’t but homelessness is one of those things in life that makes me ask God why. Why are all people not worthy of always being blessed with a decent place to lay their heads at night? Why aren’t there enough shelters everywhere? Why do people have to go through financial hardships and lose their homes? Does God have a reason for allowing such things to happen?

I often wish that there was something that I could do to provide decent housing for every person/family in the world who needs it, starting with those in the United States, but I realize that’s just wishful thinking, I’m one person and I can’t change a worldwide problem alone. It just truly breaks my heart when I see someone who obviously doesn’t have adequate housing and for whatever reasons are living in any empty space they can find. I sincerely hope that homelessness is an issue that God allows someone to come up with a solution for homelessness while I am still alive to witness it.

“A man who lives everywhere lives nowhere.” Marcus Valerius Martial

That’s just my perspective.đź’ś

A Change Has To Come Now! #32

As I sit at home with tears in my eyes listening to the sincerely expressed words of the students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School some addressing the president of the United States, others addressing Florida lawmakers at the state capital building, I am feeling so many emotions all at once, mostly I am feeling sadness and anger. I feel sadness because I am thinking of the many lives that have ended in all of the mass shootings that have occurred in this country in the last few years. I feel anger because we live in a world where mass shootings and many other evil acts of violence have become a common occurrence. Evil acts of violence like murder should not be something that we are adjusted to happening because they have become commonplace in this country. It has only been three months since I wrote about the shooting in a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas where twenty-six people were killed by one shooter. Now just three months later seventeen lives ended and several others were severely injured because one young man seemingly placed no value on his own life or the lives of others,whether that was because of mental illness or something else I don’t know. I was actually shocked and saddened to learn that it was the eighteenth school shooting this year and it’s only February.

It seems to me that its become a cycle that’s got to stop, a mass shooting occurs numerous men, women and children are killed, then the gun laws/regulations versus mental illness conversations start. The conversations go on for a week or two then stop and do not start again until the next shooting where there is a significant number of lives ended. As I stated in perspective #26, some people especially some politicians say that right after an act of violence such as a mass shooting happens is not the right time to talk about the issue of gun laws in this country and it’s not the right time to discuss whether or not the shooter(s) had some form of mental illness that caused them to committ these horrifying acts of violence. I really don’t understand that way of thinking at all, it makes no sense to me and it makes me very angry because it seems as though the people who are in a capacity to make it difficult for any American citizen to purchase guns are the very people who never want to seriously discuss the subject. I think if lawmakers truly cared about the gun violence problem in this country, they would have made major modifications to gun laws in 2012 after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut where 20 children ages six and seven & six adults were killed. I guess maybe I just don’t understand politics.

Along with the sadness and anger I feel, I’m feeling admiration for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I admire their determination to make a change in this country. They are traumatized, hurting emotionally and grieving their classmates & teachers who were killed yet they are extremely determined to see changes made to the gun laws in this country so that school shootings and other acts of gun violence can possibly be something we are no longer accustomed to happening in the United States. They seem very eager to get lawmakers both local and national to listen to what they have to say and that is an admirable task in my opinion. If placed in their positions I don’t think that I would be able to work for changes as steadfastly as they are and I applaud all of them for their efforts. I hope that their persistence works and changes the minds of those we elect to run this beautiful country we live in, so that when my four year old nephew is a teenager in ten years, his generation will be living in a better place. I pray everyday that this country, this world becomes a better place for him and his generation.
A change has to come now not later!

That’s just my perspectiveđź’ś

Role Models: Choose Them Wisely #31

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks

When I was writing perspective #30 It Was Just A Speech, I started thinking about how we live in a world where people who are deemed celebrities are placed on a high pedestal above everyone else. I began to wonder if all celebrities are truly worthy of their positions on those high pedestals. If you read perspective #30, then you know that I wrote about my feelings on the acceptance speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and the subsequent reactions from the public. As I was writing, I began to wonder if a woman whose name is not known world wide had gotten on the same stage and spoken the exact same words, would that unknown woman have received the same reaction as Ms. Winfrey, I might be wrong but I don’t think it would have been the same.

Why do some people place so much emphasis on what celebrities do and say, as if they are not regular human beings like all the rest of us is the question that came to mind. I started thinking about some of the people that young people choose as role models in today’s world. By no means am I placing judgement, because they may be better people than I am but some of those people don’t seem fit to be anyone’s role model. I thought back to when I was younger in my teenage years, which wasn’t that long ago, of course there were many entertainers whose talent I greatly admired, but I don’t remember ever considering a celebrity a real role model for my life like some children and teenagers do today, that’s probably because I grew up around good people who I wanted to emulate, people like my mother and father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, my godfather, teachers, neighbors and many of the other good people that I grew up around, they were the people I wanted to pattern my life after, they are the people who I felt like could change the world. I would name them, but that would make this post much longer than I would like, because there have been several people who have had a positive affect on my life and the way that I see the world, who I will always consider role models.

I believe that most people who are deemed celebrities have worked very hard to establish their careers and attain the success that they have. I think that we place celebrities on high pedestals because we are only looking at one side of their lives. We see the glitz and glamour and all the material possessions that being an entertainer allows them to have and we assume that they have perfect lives and we want that. It’s just my opinion, but I don’t think that material possessions have anything to do with the type of person that one is. I do not want anyone to think that I am being critical but I don’t think that all celebrities should be celebrated as much as some of them are. I wish that we lived in a world where all young people had good role models in their lives like I had when I was younger and still have til this day. I think it is perfectly alright for a child to look at a celebrity and want to achieve the success that they have but I feel that we should teach our children that the glitz, glamour and material possessions are only one side of a celebrity’s life. I think we should teach the children and teenagers in our lives about individuality, finding their own passion & purpose, about finding their own path to success in life, following it and not trying to be like anyone else because they are thought to have the perfect life, because truly the perfect life does not exist and people & things are not always as they seem.

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It Was Just A Speech!!!! #30

CB533553-A6CB-4103-BE0D-57BA439F64D8All this week I have heard and seen a multitude of comments about Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards which was televised just a few days ago,where she was the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award which is an honorary Golden Globe given for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. I did not watch the broadcast of the awards show, but all the comments that I have heard and seen over the last few days about this “powerful” speech made me feel the need to hear it for myself. I searched for the speech on YouTube and of course just as I suspected I immediately found that a numerous amount of people had posted high quality video of the speech there. After listening to it I’ll be honest I really didn’t understand what all the excitement/uproar behind the speech was about, because to me it wasn’t any different from anything that I have ever heard Ms. Winfrey say before.

I’m honestly not her biggest fan but I do feel like she seems to always try to be encouraging and empowering towards women especially young women and girls. The fact that I didn’t understand why so many others were so enthused by a simple award acceptance speech that was similar to many speeches that others have given stayed on my mind. I felt like there was something that I just wasn’t hearing so I listened to it again the next day, actually I listened to it a few times back to back to back repeatedly. I know it might seem like I was a bit obsessed but I really wanted to understand what I was missing that everyone else in this world around me was excited about after hearing this speech, I mean this speech led the media and others to spreading the rumor that Ms. Winfrey has political aspirations and plans to run for president of the United States in 2020. I am sure she could not do any worse than the current but that’s a perspective to be shared on another day. Maybe I am still missing something, but I am not excited about her words, I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy, but I feel like they are just words, yes, words that were very relevant to things currently happening in the world, words that were well put together and very eloquently spoken but just words. Words that were possibly only empowering and encouraging for the moment because of who they were being spoken by. Words that unfortunately aren’t going to change anything, words that are one of this week’s hot topics on social media and in the news that will only be discussed this week and forgotten by next week because the masses will be discussing the next hot topic accompanied by a hashtag.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am completely aware that Ms. Winfrey’s words were inspired by the #metoo movement which I believe was created because of all the recent incidences of men with jobs in the public eye being accused of sexual harassment and being sexually inappropriate with their female colleagues as a way to show other victims of sexual harassment that they are not alone and finally the victimizers are having to suffer the consequences of their actions. I stand in solidarity with anyone who is against women being treated wrong in any way but I feel that it was simply a speech, just words, words not meant to stir up the type of commotion that they did, not an admission of political aspirations, simply a speech made by someone concerned about the things happening in this world.

That’s just my perspective💜