3.2.1 Quote Me – Truth

I was nominated by Huguette from https://huguetteantoun.com/  for the 3.2.1 Quote Me! with the subject of Truth.

Thank you very much Huguette! I’m very flattered that you think of me for such things  🙂

Seriously, if you read my posts and still haven’t looked at Huguette’s blog there is no excuse. How many times do I have to say it. Just click on the link and check it out. If there’s one place you will find truth it’s there!

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

My two quotes are:

“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”  EDWARD ABBEY

“Telling the truth is a beautiful act even if the truth itself is ugly.”  GLEN DUNCAN

 

My 3 bloggers are:

Philip at https://philipabang.com/

Mabel at https://presenttenseineurope.wordpress.com/

Rinki at https://kitesandroses.com/

 

 

3.2.1 Quote Me – Attitude

I was nominated by Ribana from https://popsiclesociety.com/   for the 3.2.1 Quote Me! with the subject of Attitude. 

Thank you very much Ribana! I’m honoured that you thought of me 🙂

Ribana has a delightful blog full of wonderful thoughts and insights. Some food. Some travel. Plenty of inspiration and encouragement. Really worth checking out!

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me! 

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

My two quotes are:

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” John C. Maxwell

 

My 3 bloggers are:

Marie at https://ree-creates.com/

Allan at https://photoblographysite.wordpress.com/

Sadia at https://sadianoor1999.wordpress.com/

 

P.s  So sorry I’ve been late to the game on this Ribana. No excuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

So I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy.

Firstly I’ve never expected to be nominated for any awards nevermind the ones that have come my way. This nomination came from Huguette Antoun at her blog My Emotional Fingerprint https://huguetteantoun.com/  and I am humbled and honoured to have received it. Thank you Huguette 🙂

If you’ve read my posts you will have met Huguette before. If you still haven’t visited her site yet I have one question. Why? (The link is right there)

Do yourself a favour and get visiting. The best thing I have ever read is there! There’s plenty of straight-talking, heart-wrenching and heartwarming stuff. All told with passion and caring.

Award Rules: Thank the blogger and provide a link to their site.

Put Award logo on your blog.

Answer 11 questions.

Nominate 11 other bloggers.

Huguette’s questions and my answers:

  1. If you knew you will die tomorrow, except crying or whatsoever, what you would do or say? I’d spend the day with my son doing whatever he wants to do. Tell him I love him over and over. Make sure my health insurance was up to date so he would have some financial support at least. Record a video for when he’s older and would maybe have a bit more understanding. Call my family. Watch my last sunset from up in the mountains.
  2. Why you’re following my blog? Oh Gees. Where to begin. Well firstly I only went to your blog because you left a comment on a post I had done. That comment was honest, to the point, and, more importantly, presented a balanced truthful view on what I had written about. That piqued my interest so I had a visit. When I got there I realised that comment was just a tiny little part of what was to be found on your blog. I found you to be brutally honest and straightforward in your approach. There was no appeasing to the masses you just told things as they were and be damned what anyone thought. It showed a real strength of character. I’ve went from having a wee visit to looking forward to your next post. They are always thought-provoking and interesting. In fact I have to take my time to read them. To soak it all in.
  3. What is your best post you read on my blog and you said wow (if any). This is the easiest answer ever. The one that completely blew me away and even inspired me to write about a post with your story as its main message. The ‘Bird Without Wings’ two parter. And it did make me go Wow! Most heartbreaking and inspiring thing I have ever read.
  4. Do you believe in love? Yes. Yes and Yes again. If we don’t have love we have nothing (says the man whose wife left him haha). I even believe in love at first sight. It happened once. I saw a girl walking across a dance floor. In my head I thought she was coming over to me. She was. To ask me to go out with her friend! What happened between us was magical. She felt it too. We just talked that whole night and didn’t want to leave each others side. We stayed together for 4 years until she went to England to pursue an acting career.
  5. If you won the lottery today, what’s the first thing you do? Buy the house I’m living in. It’s only half mine and when my boy turns 18 we’ll have to leave it. It’s the only home he has known. I’d like it to be his. As for the rest? That goes to family and friends. No point just improving my life when I can make theirs better too.
  6. Do you forgive a betrayal or adultery if you’re married? No. Marriage is a big commitment to each other. I don’t care what someone’s reason for cheating is. If you have a problem with your partner sort it out. Otherwise get out of the marriage.
  7. Tell me why someone should be close to you or be friend with you? (even if you don’t give a shit) I think I’m a very caring and considerate person. I’ll have your back when you need it and I’ll support you in whatever your dream is. Plus I like to have fun and am a happy drunk when drinking.
  8. What you really love to read, that you can’t stop or ever feel bored? Ok, so I love my personal development books. But I always listen to those. There’s only 1 series of fictional books I love to read. So much so that I am already excited about the next one coming out hopefully in October (The first in a few years). It’s The Dresden Files. They’re about a wizard private investigator with a heart of gold. Anything I say wouldn’t do the series justice. Love it so much.
  9. Have you ever been rejected or experienced one sided love? Describe it please. (oh that was a joke, don’t describe it please). Rejected, let’s see. My wife left me after nearly 10 years being married. Does that count? hahah (I can’t believe I can laugh about this now considering how it practically destroyed me at the time)
  10. Have you ever been with 2 persons at the same time? (why would you do that hahha). Oh I’ve been with more than that. There was a group of us. All sitting around drinking tea and talking. Or are you talking about something else? hahaha
  11. Describe the person of your dream, physically and mentally / emotionally. I’ve always been attracted to women with dark hair and dark eyes. Oh eyes are the No1 really. I love eyes you can get lost in. The physical build doesn’t matter that much as long as it’s not someone who has just let themselves get out of shape due to laziness. Emotionally I prefer someone who is more aware of themselves. It doesn’t matter if they have any type of ‘issues’. We all do. It matters more how they try to deal with them. I guess the main thing is that they wouldn’t be afraid to show their true colours. Whether they get angry or sad, or upset.

 

Questions are the same except of 2,3,9 and 10.

2 Why do you like blogging?

3 If you had to give up something in your life what would it be?

9 What makes you happy?

10 Have you ever read a blog post that had a great impact on you?

 

https://biggerthanmemovement.com/        The Bigger Than Me Movement

https://mandyinspires.blog/                          Inspirational Leader: From Veteran to Paracyclist

https://yonnieinhiscare.blog/

https://ree-creates.com/

https://humanityliveson.home.blog/             Humanity Lives On

https://photoblographysite.wordpress.com/

https://sadianoor1999.wordpress.com/

https://reclaiminghope.blog/

https://existentialergonomics.com/

https://mtaggartwriter.wordpress.com/

https://wsb2015.wordpress.com/

The above nominees are welcome to take part. If it’s not your thing that’s fine. No offence meant or taken. Much love to you all.

Chris

 

ps. I don’t know why but some links were just appearing as the word Home or Welcome until I wrote their blog name beside it.

 

The Person That Limits You The Most

The Person That Limits You The Most

Limits. We all have them. Sometimes it’s a limit that is put on us. By friends. By family. People we meet. Maybe even our circumstances. There is however one person that limits you the most. Yourself.

We think we can’t do something before we’ve even tried. We think we can’t do it after not trying enough. We think too much.

We might have a fear. It could be a lack of confidence. Whatever it is it makes us limit ourselves. We limit and keep limiting.

Here’s the thing. The thing that should tell you all about limits that you need to know. It’s not a thing actually. It’s an event. The Paralympics.

A sporting event where people of a range of disabilities compete against each other. There are many shining examples of overcoming limits to be found there. Basically everyone taking part.

There are runners who don’t have legs. I’ll write that again so it sinks in. There are runners who don’t have legs!!! Can you imagine how boundless their imagination is? Can you imagine the determination they have? They are limited by their own body and that still isn’t enough to stop them!

What’s your excuse for limiting yourself? And make no mistake. It is just that. An excuse.

Look, before you start feeling bad about yourself just remember you are not alone. We all do this to ourselves. Most of us are confined by the limits we set. I know I am. I know that’s why I’m not exactly living the life I want to. I know that’s why I’m doing a job where I’m not using the gifts I have. The abilities I possess.

Why? Because I lived a life of limits. Not feeling I was ever good enough. Not having enough self-confidence, self-belief, or the courage to go out there and do what I need to do.

Ok, maybe I haven’t been clear in just what I wanted to do. Maybe I’ve been afraid to chase the life I’ve really wanted. Most definitely I spent too much time smoking marijuana. Trying to dull the pain of my failures.

Thing is, I know, as you do too (whether you’ll admit it to yourself or not), you are where you are mostly because of yourself. Because of the limits you have imposed. I know that’s not good enough. Do you?

I’m writing this post to try to shed some light onto just how much we hold ourselves back from the life we want. I’m also trying to explain some changes that I don’t even understand. This is a new one for me. Bear with me. I normally have my posts well analysed and understood before I write them down. Not this one. It’s more of a go with the flow type of post. It’s me trying to understand if I’ve been limiting myself too much.

This morning I did something I have never done. It didn’t make any sense. I’m not even sure why I did it. I just felt an impulse. An impulse that made me raise my two hands in the air, wide open in a beckoning manner, and shout at the universe to “Come on!”. It wasn’t in a pleading mercy kind of way. It was a ‘I want the most from life’ kind of way.

If I think about it, it seems strange. I’ve never done such a thing before. Thing is, it felt right.

Now to back up a bit.

This week has been something else. I can tell something has changed. Something that is bigger than the limited me I used to be. I know I recently talked about what I believe. That belief isn’t set in stone though. It’s also evolving. Growing. Becoming a more powerful force than I imagined. I’m even starting to believe my imagination was the thing that was limiting it.

There have been a few synchronicities this week. Things that have happened and been said to me. Things that have even baffled my logical thinking side. Thankfully I also have a side that’s as mad as a box of frogs that’s ready to accept the strange and unusual. There’s always room for more frogs 🙂

I’ve been listening to a book by Jen Sincero called You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life. Basically it’s a Law of Attraction type of book. I have ignored this book many times when it has appeared in my Audible recommendations. The title made me think it was a book geared to women and also a bit silly for my liking.

This week however I decided to read the reviews found under it on Audible. The second review was someone saying that they didn’t consider reading this book because of the title. That they only did so because it had been recommended to them by friends so much. They then said it was one of the best books they had read. I felt that review was speaking to me so I used my monthly credit on it.

If there was ever a book I needed to listen to it was this. Not just because the author is funny and insightful. Not just because she too was in her 40’s before she really got her life together. But because it has helped set a change in motion. Another shift in my mindset. But one that is a bit more out there than say the difference between the fixed and growth mindset that first set me on this path.

The funny thing is since I have listened to this book I have noticed a real shift, not just in me, but in the world around me. Things are happening. Strange things like money appearing in my bank account that I wasn’t expecting. Like me secretly wishing for something and then it happens.

Is it the Law of Attraction (I’ve never really believed in such a thing). Is it something else? Is it just me letting go of certain limiting behaviour? Opening myself up to a world of limitless possibilities?

Now combine this with the fact that two people this morning called me one of their favourite bloggers. That another person suggested an avenue I should pursue in my life outside of blogging (Something I have been thinking about a lot myself) and that another person told me yesterday I had helped uplift and motivate them. And that another person said I had made their day.

The amount of love and positivity that has been received the past few days has been unreal. Frankly more than I’ve had in years. I also received 3 blogging award nominations in 2 days.

Oh I also appeared in 3 local newspapers in relation to my blogging. (That I can rationalise. I’m not great with social media. But old school press releases I can do. So considering a few people have told me to get myself out there more, get marketing. I did so. I made up my own press release and sent it out. Lo and behold it worked).

What is going on? I don’t understand it. Is it coincidence, serendipity, or the Law of Attraction. Is it because I have been working my ass off. Trying daily to dispel any feelings of unworthiness. Trying to break the conditioning that has been put on me by myself and years of negative thinking. Trying to create a better life for my son and I. Trying constantly to take this life and make what I want of it whilst spreading as much joy, love and positivity as I can along the way. Trying to break my limits.

Truth is, I don’t need to understand it. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that I’m not putting limits on myself anymore. And you shouldn’t either!

Whatever this is I’m in. Heart and soul. Full tilt into the unknown. Leave your limits behind and join me. A new world, a new life, awaits you. What are you waiting for?

P.s What do you think? It is the Law of Attraction (Does such a thing exist?) or something else? Is it because I am being more meaningful in my thoughts and actions? Is it just coincidence?

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Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to celebrate blogs who have unique content, strong writing, and beautiful images or photographs. I feel honoured to have been nominated by not 1, but 2 people on the same day. Respect to you both. You are both very kind.

The first nomination was from Allan at: https://photoblographysite.wordpress.com

I love Allan’s blog. It’s basically a blog of his adventures but what I really like is all the little insights and pictures he provides. It’s not the usual type of travel blog (It has poems too). He steps away from well-worn paths and shows all the little things a regular tourist might miss. It really makes you feel like you are there and for me it’s a great way to see and learn about places I may never be. Very homely and insightful.

The second was from Huguette at: https://huguetta.wordpress.com/

Look, I’ve spoken about Huguette and her blog before. She’s a powerful woman with a powerful blog. I’m not actually going to say anymore except go there. Seriously, go there. Go there right now. Stop reading this and just click on the link!

In order to receive the award, each nominee will have to:

  • Thank the person who nominated him/her.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated him/her.
  • State 7 facts about himself/herself.
  • Nominate other bloggers who bring joy into their daily life (Note: There’s a different rule which asks nominees to nominate 15 more bloggers.)

 

7 facts then. Here goes:

When I was younger I was obsessed with skateboarding. It was basically all I thought about and all I did. Every possible waking hour of my teenage years was spent skating. To the detriment of my education. When I was sitting my leaving exams at school I left them early because the sun was shining, and when the sun was shining that was skating time.

Even today if I see skaters I will stop and watch. A few years ago a good friend even bought me a board. There was me, over 40, and skating round my estate. No doubt my neighbours think I’m mad. They can think what they want. I love it. There’s no age limit on fun! The pic is me when I was 14 on a mini half-pipe my friends and I built ourselves.img003 (2)I love anything old. Ancient ruins, old buildings with great architecture (Like the Gothic Cathedrals).

Here in Ireland we have lots of what are called dolmens (Normally 3 standing stones with another 1 on top). Nobody really knows what they are for or who built them and when. Some think they may be burial chambers.

We also have lots of stone circles.

One of our most famous ancient buildings is Newgrange. It’s meant to be older than the pyramids in Egypt. It has a chamber which lights up with the first light of the winter solstice. The same day as my birthday. It blows my mind that thousands of years after it was built it still does this!

dolmenstone circle

newgrange outside

newgrange light

I used to have long hair. And for a very long time. I only got it cut short last year but had it long from about 17 years old. I don’t miss it 🙂

There was a period in my life where every Halloween I would dress up as the same character.  Did I think I was cool? Yes haha. Was I really? That’s certainly debatable. You can judge for yourself haha (I’m on the right. If you don’t recognise it I was meant to be ‘The Crow’ from the movie of the same name.)

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I grew up here in Northern Ireland during a period of time called ‘The Troubles’. Basically Northern Ireland was a part (and still is) of the United Kingdom. Long story.

Some people (mostly Catholics) wanted a united Ireland with the South. Others (mostly Protestant) wanted to remain part of the UK. During that time (From the late sixties to the peace agreement in 1998) there were lots of bombings and killings.

At one time my family was held hostage at gunpoint while a bomb was put into my father’s car and he was made to drive it to a British Army barracks or else we would get shot. This was by the people who were meant to be on ‘our’ (The Catholic) side. I was only young at the time and don’t really remember that particular event.

There was great division. That divide still exists to a certain extent to this day.

Thankfully I was brought up not to hate people because of their background. As a result I ended up with a Protestant wife. My son, who has never been baptised, is growing up knowing more about Protestant culture than Catholic. I don’t like organised religions anyway. I especially don’t like those Christians here whose actions are anything but Christian. Practice what you preach people!

 

I’ve nearly drowned. Twice. The first time I was out fishing with my brother and his friend. Well, I say fishing. They were fishing. I had a stick with some string on it haha.

I went to throw the stick into the river…and threw myself in with it. This I remember all too well. I was very lucky to have been saved by my brother’s friend.

A few months after I went to the swimming pool with my school. It was my first time near water since then. I thought I was doing ok until I realised I had went into the deep end and couldn’t touch the bottom. Needless to say at that point that’s exactly where I went. Straight to the bottom. This time I was rescued by the lifeguard.

After that I had, and will always have, an uneasy relationship with deep water.

Last one. Phew.

So I’ve been learning self-defence since January. Quite happy with how my progress is going. Just want to share what I’m about. Oh, I don’t like violence by the way. Prefer to find a better resolution. That said I will never back down from a fight. No one has any right to belittle or disrespect you and sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself.

My sensei had put this on Instagram. I was a bit embarrassed at the time. Now I don’t care. I love punching things ahaha.(Things, not people)

 

In regards to other nominations I have to be honest in saying that the ones that first come to my mind have been nominated already or else aren’t really interested in taking part in such things. If there’s someone I know and you don’t fit into those categories just message me and I will amend this accordingly.

Much love to you all. Chris.

Adversity

Adversity

We’ve all got it in our lives. That something we have to overcome. The challenge, the obstacle, the barrier in the way.

Each person’s is unique to themselves. It’s your own problem. A problem that can only be surmounted by you.

From an outsiders view we have a tendency to downplay some people’s adversity. That difficult or unpleasant event or situation for one person may not seem so bad for another.

We have this attitude of looking at someone’s issue and saying: “Is that all your worried about?”. “I wish I had your problems. “Look what I have to deal with”. That attitude is dismissive, disrespectful and ignorant.

If someone is facing a problem which to them feels like the biggest issue in the world. It is.

It doesn’t matter what you or I think about their problem. It doesn’t even matter if we don’t even think it is a problem at all. The fact it is a problem for them is all we need to know.

Of course there are some problems that would be difficult no matter what your perspective.

I read a blog post this week that was the most moving, heartbreaking, and the most inspiring thing I have ever read. It was a blogger telling the story of a part of her life. The things she had to endure as a child. Things that no child or adult should really have to endure. An adversity we could all agree on. One we would all have difficulty overcoming. If we could have at all.

Do you know what the beauty of it was though? At the end of the post this blogger was speaking of hope, inspiration. That child she was, the child she described as a ‘lonely bird with no wings’, had blossomed into a soaring eagle.

I have communicated quite often with this woman. She is strong, direct, truthful, whilst still being caring, compassionate, understanding. She is inspiration personified.

Why I am telling you? It’s simple really. It’s to show you that whatever adversity you have to overcome. Whatever challenge lies ahead of you. It’s not all bad. It’s actually way more than that.

Yes, whatever your issue is, whatever you have to face, whatever you have to deal with can be really difficult. It might feel like it pushes you to the edge. It might feel like it will break you. It might have broken you a bit already.

But, and it is a very big but, when you come out the other side, when that adversity has been surmounted, when it is falling behind into nothing but memory. It will leave you with a gift.

It will give you a greater strength. A strength that has always been within you but that maybe you just weren’t aware you had. It will provide you with a greater understanding, a clearer insight, and a feeling of self-belief. It will give you power.

It will give you more than it has taken away. A gift not just for you but something you can share with the rest of the world.

Some adversity we create ourselves. Some arises from within ourselves. Some is thrust upon us. It doesn’t matter where it comes from.

It matters what you do with it. How you deal with it.

You will learn from it. It will help you grow. It will help turn you into something more beautiful than you already are. It will help you become your own eagle and fly.

 

P.s. Here is a link to the blog in question. It’s a two parter. I highly recommend you read it. Be warned. It is quite harrowing in places but definitely worth reading to the end.

https://huguetta.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/a-bird-without-wings-in-the-big-jungle-1-2/

https://huguetta.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/a-bird-without-wings-in-the-big-jungle-2-2/

 

 

Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

A lot of us believe in something bigger than ourselves. We believe in a God or gods. Some external force that can help with the perceived wrongs in our life. Some people believe in the fact they don’t believe anything.

But what if it doesn’t matter what you believe in? What if believing itself is enough?

I’ve been thinking a lot about faith and belief. About people who believe in one religion or another. Most times it’s about trying to find an answer outside yourself. About giving yourself up to something greater.

The thought that I can’t seem to shake about it all is that predominately what you believe in is preordained by where you were born. The influence of your family. The society you grew up in. The education you received.

Here in Northern Ireland the most followed beliefs are Christian. A majority of the population is divided into being either Catholic or Protestant.

In India, the birthplace of 4 of the world’s major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism Jainism, Sikhism), Hinduism is the most popular. In the Middle East you have the birthplace of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Islam being the most widely practiced.

The 2 most popular worldwide are currently, in order, Christianity and Islam.

Whilst these religions are great for establishing some sort of moral foundation. For giving direction and guidance in how best to live your life. To live in harmony and humanity with each other.

There is also no denying that amount of conflict and strife, the amount of wars fought, in their name. Surly with all these different beliefs worldwide they can’t all be right, or wrong?

Like Trinity said to Neo in The Matrix movie. Let me tell you what I believe.

To be clear. I am not detracting from anyone’s belief. What faith they have. What they choose to believe in. That fact will become clear shortly.

The way I see it every belief system has something in common. Let’s not get caught up in the many different ways that different people, in different countries, over the ages have tried to make sense of it all. Interpretations are wide and varied.

Let’s instead look at the one thing they have in common.

The thought of belief.

Having a faith in something that is outside the grasp of logical understanding or argument. Although my own direct experience has mostly been with Christians. Those Christians have all said the same thing when talking about their God. You just have to believe.

And they’re right. You do just have to believe. I just don’t think it is necessarily a deity that you have to believe in. I don’t think it’s just an external force.

An idea had come to me when developing my blog. I was trying to find the right way of summing it up. Initially it was just Being Better. But that is fairly well used. I couldn’t find a good web address for it as they were all used up.

I then thought some more about who I am, what I’m about. An inspiration came to me. When I searched it up I found it was available as a web address. The idea was about growing. Moving from darkness to light. From a lack of belief to an abundance. About going from a pothead (Marijuana smoker) to something more. Thus pothead to providence was born.

When people see providence it evokes a religious connotation. In many dictionaries providence is defined as: ‘God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny’ (Merriam-Webster), ‘The proactive care of God or of nature as a spiritual power’ (Oxford English). However my personal favourite is found in the Collins dictionary: “God, or a force which is believed by some people to arrange the things that happen to us“.

Here’s the thing. I am not religious (even thought technically I was raised as Catholic). I don’t believe in God or gods. I don’t follow Buddhas teachings. Matter of fact I don’t follow any spiritual teaching at all.

I do believe though. I believe there is a force that arranges things to happen to us. I believe that force is within us. Within all of us. I believe we are that force.

I believe that within us lies a guiding compass. A compass that points to the right path. The right way to live. It’s specific to us as individuals. Whether we follow that compass is another story.

With all this talk about religions I think it’s time to bring in some science. They’re often seen as direct opposites. You’re either for one or the other. Even though there are many religious scientists.

It’s one experiment in particular. An experiment in quantum mechanics called the double-slit experiment. The most famous example being the 1998 Weizmann experiment.

The results of that experiment led to the popular belief that a conscious mind can directly affect reality. Another variation of the experiment in 2015 by researchers at the Australian National University led them to the conclusion that at the quantum level reality does not even exist if you are not looking at it.

Combine this with the knowledge of the principle of mind over matter. Where the power of the mind can overcome a physical condition like extreme cold for example. Like the Tibetan monks who can control their blood pressure and body temperature by meditating.

Then there’s the placebo effect where people have believed they are receiving treatment for an ailment but were just given a fake. And it still worked.

Do you know that the placebo effect has also been shown to work even when those getting treated were made aware that they were taking a placebo!

My point in telling you this is to make something clear. The mind is a powerful thing. We still don’t, and may never, understand its true capabilities. Using that mind to believe something, can make that something real.

What I am saying is that it is important to have a belief. Belief is what can give you purpose. Belief can change your reality to what you want it to be.

If having a belief in a God is your thing? That’s great. If it’s a belief in some other higher power? That’s equally as great. If it’s a belief that we can manifest our own reality. That’s just as good. Even if you believe in nothing. You are still exercising belief.

Your belief is what will carry you through your darkest days. That belief can also elevate you to the loftiest heights. But why just look outside of yourself for that belief? Why not look within? Maybe it’s in both places. Maybe it’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Maybe it just exists when you believe in it.

Look at the all the people who are considered successful. Not just in wealth but in achievement. They are just the same as you or I. They are not any more special than the rest of us. They don’t have some hidden secret or magic powers. They are all human beings. They are all made of flesh and bones.

What they all had, or have, was a belief. They believed what they were doing what the right thing for them. They believed that they could make a difference, even if it was only in their own lives. They believed in something more than themselves. They believed in a purpose that drove them. They believe they could find the answer to their questions.

They believed. I believe. Do you?