“As of September 28th , 2015 at 10:50p.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.”
I’ve seen so many people on my friend’s list post this over the past 24 hours, perpetuated even more this morning with yesterday’s crash, when Facebook was inaccessible for about an hour or so to many of it’s users. Me being one of them, who at the time was in a deep humorous debate with my sister back home over dogs vs. cats.
But being the skeptic that I am, I went out in search of the truth; and found out that this is one of several hoaxes that had resurfaced over the past month or so. It sparked my curiosity as to why so many seemingly intelligent persons would commit to a post without first verifying if it was indeed true. Which beg me to ask the question. Are people really interested in the truth? In my opinion, when something is too good to be true, it usually isn’t! As well as, if something is too bad to be true, it usually isn’t either! But there are many out there who take things at face value, ESPECIALLY if it’s on the internet. Because, if it’s on the internet it has to be true! Right?
Pity Parties can sometimes get your creative juices flowing, somewhere between feeling sorry for yourself and reflections on the past creativity is born as your soul pours itself onto paper. Written between selfish madness and thinking about the way forward.
Faded in discord;
Like the spine of a book newly released from its press
I remained unbowed, unbent, unbroken…..
Through each painful moment of my life,
I remained unbowed, unbent, unbroken….
With wounded spirit, on bended knees,
I remained, unbowed, unbent, unbroken….
© Etta D. Richards
The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a total liar and an excuse machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. In the end, this prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives.
I’ve had to learn to watch these lies and excuses very carefully in order to make the positive changes I’ve made in my life: a healthier diet, regular exercise, meditation, more sleep, daily writing, better planning, less procrastination, more focus, etc.
If I hadn’t learned about these lies and excuses, and how to suppress them, I would never have succeeded in making these positive changes. In fact, until I knew better, I had failed countless times when I was young because my mind’s deceptive tendencies used to get the best of me.
You are not what happened to you in the past. – No matter how chaotic the past has been, the future is a clean, fresh, wide open slate. You are not your past habits. You are not your past failures. You are not how others have at one time treated you. You are only who you think you are right now in this moment. You are only what you do right now in this moment.
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” ~Walter Anderson
” There is a powerful exercise, quite simple , which I began to use many, many years ago.
Who would I have met on the way , be it a person or an insect , the first thought that I assume with respect to this point: “I wish you happiness ! ” But most importantly, that this idea was indeed the very first , “I wish you happiness .”
It completely changes on what is going on between you and that person.
I say this from personal experience .
Sometimes it’s very difficult when you meet the enemy when you find yourself face to face with an unexpected tough situation …
And at this point you get an opportunity to create more space around you … You see how it pops up this negative emotion , and before it will take “up” over you , you have time to convert it … You see everything as it is: that’s evident ignorance ; anger – not that other, as ignorance from my side, from their side..
Convert him, let go , turn into love.
“I WISH YOU HAPPINESS!”
Try it and see how much everything will change in your life . ”
~ Richard Gere