New Year, New Attitude! | Thought Of The Day

 

So you know how you clean out your closets, garages and home every season? (well some of us) I want to try something different for myself in 2017. Yes I am cleaning out my toxins, negative energy and clutter in my life that just weighs me down. If you are like me every year we set a list off goals or have things we would like to achieve. Some of the goals may get checked off the list only to have to put them right back on your list for next year’s resolution. Well this year my focus is to achieve and maintain excellent health! Including securing mind, body, soul and finances.

I have written a very short list of 4 things that I am going to work towards this year and if an opportunity or miss-step presents itself to me and does not feed my quest for securing my top 4 then I’m simply going to kick it to the curb!! The choice will be simple because it will come down to a simple question. Does this help or hurt my quest? Following that model, I truly hope that 2017 turns a pivotal corner for my personal journey of finding my purpose and living my dream.

Already blessed with the best husband a girl could dream of and two truly amazing sons I often found myself saying I am so blessed I can hardly believe it. But still find myself yearning for accomplishments and success related  to our business hopes and dreams. Although it is tough struggling financially while we step out on a limb exploring new ventures we are reminded each day of the joy and love that is the core.And that we march to our own drummer while trying to create and build a life for our family. Sure, we are definitely ready to include a fancy night out on the town into our monthly routine, but until then..  we will certainly continue to have our game nights, and spend quality time together as often as we can because what we have is precious. . While there is nothing wrong in my book for a having big dreams and working towards them, but sometimes it gets hard and that is when you have to be the most appreciative of what you already have so the tough times don’t seem so hard.

Sometimes it is so easy to fall into a trap of forgetting that when you are constantly looking ahead to what’s next. So this year I am going to do my best to truly appreciate what is in hand and working on the business of loving, my life, my family, and myself. Happiness is a choice, so join me in making the right one!!!

Here’s to a healthier you–

Malaika@loftandlearn

Loft & Learn Thought of the Day | Responsibilty

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Responsibility

So today I want to talk about choices and responsibilities. My 6 yr old ace was involved in an incident that gave me pause as a parent.

It became so much more than a lesson for Ace but made me think deeper into a lot of issues as a whole not just as a parent but as a human being.

Ace was with a few older kids who were throwing rocks and hit a neighbor’s car. The incident in itself would have been an accident had the same issue not been brought up a week prior. Ace was told at that time that even though he did not throw the rock that he had a responsibility to stop the action and or leave the situation and tell an adult. So one week later here we are in the same situation, but different neighbor and car. Ace again was not the perpetrator but was at the scene and apart of the crowd. This time he said stop, but as far as anything else goes he stayed right there in the group and carried on as usual. After being properly called out by the offended neighbor, the children scattered and  Ace and I walked back over to their home and Ace had to apologize for his part of the shenanigans and accept the punishment for all involved. It was not enough to just sit on the sidelines and say stop. But he should have made sure the rock thrower (who is a great kid) know that it was wrong and then Ace should have left the scene to really make his point that he did not condone the behavior and would not be a part of it in any way and tell an adult.

AS I was trying to explain to ace how his role in the situation landed him in a heap of trouble it made me think of so much more as my role not only as a concerned parent but as a member of human society. Always speak up when someone is doing something wrong, especially if it harms someone else, and make sure to distance yourself from the problem and go tell Someone who can help.

Why do we forget the things we were taught as kids? Why, after a certain age do we allow ourselves to not be governed by those same rules and general principles we were taught as youngsters. When little you were told, If you witness someone being treated unfairly, bullied or harmed you should speak up and say something, no matter the consequence. It seems as we get older that we feel  those rules no longer apply ? The Golden rule has always been and will always be relevant. It should always remain at the forefront of what we think say and do. Our very ability to have compassion and reason, and acceptance should be what binds us all right?

Kindness and wisdom ultimately lead to enlightenment and the ultimate goal is love right? This is what we teach our children, So then once we reach a certain age, why do we divide ourselves by anything other than love, kindness, respect? I mean we do not have to share the same facial features, in order to share the same bond as caring individuals wanting to live the best lives for ourselves and our children. We want our kids to be treated fairly, thrive in their environment, love and be loved. Right? Well if we all as adults would display that same acceptance and behavior towards each other, we can and will affect positive change for them and them their kids.

We must hold ourselves accountable. Sitting idly by on the sidelines witnessing poor behavior while sipping lattes and hitting awesome yoga poses all the while condoning bad behavior on  any front must no longer be tolerated. If a child is hurt, the first question you ask is what is wrong! Not criticize them for their feelings! Well do the same for your fellow-man and woman.

Have more compassion and empathy and less judgment and hate for your mankind. We are all in one giant classroom together of life. Find out why someone is hurting or first better yet, just stop and acknowledge that they are hurting!! Then proceed to find out why, you may be surprised at the outcome.

So I implore us all who have fallen victim of sitting on the sidelines to take action if nothing else have a conversation about it. Let’s not just talk about injustice in our own home, neighborhood, culture, society, religion, tax bracket, education status or other things that divide us on the surface. Look beyond your usual circle and ask yourself, have you heard, seen or witnessed a wrong committed to someone just because of their social, economic or ethnic standing? Have you just said that’s terrible and then gone on with your day? If so you too are guilty of just letting it go and that we can no longer afford to do.

SO pick up a newspaper or go to a community meeting of another nationality, social organization or operation than you are used to. Read about what’s going on outside of just your normal circle. Educate yourself on other matters, such as immigration discrimination, inner city education needs or many of the other issues that may or may not affect you directly.

WE have to stop viewing things according to our direct pain. WE all should care about each other and each others feelings. I don’t have to be Native American to be deeply concerned and saddened by the Cleveland Indians ridiculous logo, or the Washington Redskins mascot.  Or what’s going on at Standing Rock. And you do not have to be Black to feel that Black Lives Matter! Wrong is wrong. You do not have to be Muslim in order to be offended at the thought of not be fairly admitted into the United States of America. You do not have to be white in order to say that OJ did it and HE WAS WRONG. You do not have to be over weight in order to have empathy of someone getting fat shamed, or vice versa. You do not have to be disabled or have a disabled family member in order to be enraged when someone who is made fun of or not allowed certain access or rights. You do not have to be a Mexican American in order to be completely and utterly disgusted by the vile references to an entire race and culture in modern politics and you certainly don’t have to be Asian American to be offended by the utter lack of consideration and mere refusal to acknowledge their presence!! Let’s get off the sidelines good people and get in this fight, for our children, for what’s right, for our souls, for humanity.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Malaika@loftandlearn

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