- Producer17/01/2017Two Years Traveling Down A Dark RoadLearning to Live Differently, Balancing Personal and Professional Selves After TragedySince I lost my son, Drew at 22 years old, to an undiagnosed medical condition, I've learned a lot about myself as I've navigated a treacherous and dark road. It...
- Producer17/01/2017Freewheeling !!!Before I launch into this piece I should perhaps fill readers in with a few details on how management works in our household.Management here rises each day 5.30am and I watch through slitted eyes, feigning sleep as she ponders whether to a) don her...
- Producer17/01/2017Broken: When the struggle feels a little too real.I work very hard at being positive. I surround myself with positive quotes, I have a spiritual life, I have a vested interest in myself and in making the world a better place. I try to do all the right things, read the right things, do the right...
Comments17/01/2017 #11 Julie SullivanSo I guess maybe a bit of backstory: I spent most of my younger years pretty much the opposite of positive. I've dealt with depression, anxiety and anger for a lot of my life: conscious re-framing is what I've trained myself to do. It's pretty
much changed my world for the better. So much of your story and of the world is
How you choose to tell it, and the way you choose to interpret that of others. But it's also totally a process. I really appreciate all the feedback!17/01/2017 #10 Max🐝 J. CarterThank you @David B. Grinberg I do have a few thoughts on it.
They have done studies that show that people who have a form of spirituality in their life deal with better than those who do not.
They tend to outperform at work around those who do not have a form of spirituality in their life.
In my study and experience as a Shaman we are not physical beings in need of a spiritual life, we are spiritual beings in learning how to be human. Science has been catching up and some even say that when you start in physics you become an atheist and after while you realize God does exist.
Nikola Tesla said some of his ideas came from entities he was in contact with.
Einstein even noted the importance of spirituality.
Personally I find the song THE LIGHT by Disturbed does it for me these days..
I am the Rock 'N' Roll Shaman and music is my main form of spiritual comfort as I connect soul to soul with the artists realizing that if every word is heard as an open prayer than every word we sing is as worship.
That said I also respect any form of spiritually some one chooses for themselves as long as they are not asked to harm animals or humans in their spiritual practices.
To sum up if you don't have a form of spirituality in life you do not deal with life as well as those who do and that is the result of several studies not my opinion.17/01/2017 #9 Robin BartonThank you for the openness. I've been there many times so I totally understand, especially when we still have to be an adult! I find that being in nature helps me breathe, helps me think, and helps me heal. I also love to collect quotes and write them down in a small notebook. I use different colored pens and markers to make it creative. I doodle. I'll use stickers. Whatever catches my imagination. Creativity is calming, even snippets of it. When I need a pick me up, I pull the latest version of my notebook and read quotes. Just a few things I do. :)17/01/2017 #8 Aleta Curry#4 I think I know what you're saying here Phil, and I would say something somewhat similar. I don't think it's so much an excess of positivism as it is looking at the world in completely the wrong way. Somehow our belief systems: our national myths, our religions, the ethics we were taught etc. all conspire to have us believe that if we do right, Life will be fine. Rather, I think we should say that Life does what it does, you have to be ready to deal with it.17/01/2017 #6 Aleta CurryAmong many fun things at beBee is the fact that we're always 'meeting' new people and, via them, discovering new ways to stretch our brains: reinforce what we knew to be right, learn something we didn't know, and occasionally change our minds about something.
Julie, your post reminds me of how lucky I am. I can say this without feeling that I'm bragging because I had nothing to do with it; it's the result of the genetic lottery, and the luck of having my upbringing, by which I mean that a) I'm inherently an optimist, and b) as much as I might sometimes have castigated my parents for their mistakes in childrearing, I should bless them for having given me the basic tools to deal with what Life throws at me, and the ability to acquire tools I need and don't yet have.
Interestingly, being a pollyanna doesn't mean that I never get down; when I crash I can crash hard. I don't tend to stay down for very long, however. I'm not a mental health professional so I can't definitively tell you why I'm the way I am (beyond what I've already suggested) but here are some of the things I do when overwhelmed:
a) a small task - not the time to paint the house, but something little like sweeping the floor or washing the dishes b) go outside (or gaze out the window if the weather is inclement) it's amazing how good this is for me c) sing aloud - change songs if I find myself singing something depressing d) stop what I'm doing and distract myself completely if it's really bad, like put on a comedy DVD or something.17/01/2017 #4 Phil FriedmanJulie, I am personally wont to point out that cynicism is often the last refuge of an idealist. Sometimes an excess of positivism reduces one's ability to bend with the bad and the ugly in the world, and instead increases the chances that one will break. In other words, do not expect that love and a positive attitude will conquer all, and you might not be shattered when they do not. Nice post. A lot of common sense here. And I think a genuinely uplifting message. Cheers!17/01/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergThanks for your profound and poignant post, Julie. I think many people turn to faith, religion and/or spirituality during very troubling times. Personally, I've always found the Psalms to be deeply comforting. Please note I'm a secular, albeit spiritual, person.
cc: @Max🐝 J. Carter any thoughts, Max?
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- 16/01/2017My attempt to defend Millennials.The Participation Trophy Generation is a Lie and I Can Prove itwww.inc.com Contrary to popular belief, getting a participation trophy or two does not put Millennials on a path to failure in...
Comments17/01/2017 #5 Chad CarrollIt's all about age appropriate behavior. Like mentioned, elders have been criticizing their young's behavior ever since dirt was rock. Usually out of parental worry, but of course the young do not see it that way. Respect is a two way street, and one that is often forgotten altogether. One day, Millennials will be those old grumps, standing on their porch, telling kids to get off their lawn. What a glorious day that will be. Great article.17/01/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanImpressive, attempt, @John White, MBA. IMO, Millennial bashing is a "they said, they said". Our younger people, no matter what generation, have to find their way. They are dealing with different struggles and a more complicated world. Just because they are not like us, doesn't mean they're wrong.16/01/2017 #2 Mike RanaI would say that participation trophies that had you accomplish tasks and requiring you earn it (I.E. I attended an active shooter workshop months back and had to complete a number of exercises) are worth having because they show that you're being productive and you're interested in learning something new. Frequently, once you have achieved the goals of that exercise, you'll be motivation to push yourself further.
The one thing that does irritate me with the younger half of my generation is that many of them have been taught that 'simply being a warm body' is sufficient for recognition. Then, there's the other side of the spectrum where parents will drill it into their kids that anything less than first place is unacceptable. I understand the competitive spirit behind it, but I feel this is the same mindset that teaches young adults that getting an A- in a class is unacceptable.
- Producer16/01/2017The more something changes...It's been nearly two years since I was an admin in a large group for Empaths, Telepaths, Mediums and other intuitively gifted human beings. This week I will be drafting out the structure for a new group I am putting together on Facebook. I left the...
Comments17/01/2017 #11 Max🐝 J. Carter#10 No worries Robin and thank you. I was just telling someone that i have gotten so used to what most people consider weird that I forget they consider it weird.
I was weirded out by myself for a while. It took time of having experiences I could not deny so frequently it became the usual thing for my life.
I also found that learning to trust my meditation and what it reveals to me helped quite a bit.17/01/2017 #10 Robin BartonMax, very interesting and I'm sorry you have faced ridicule. I've often wondered what our brains and emotions are really capable of. I've always wondered about certain so called "weird" things about me. No ridicule intended, just my own suspended disbelief in myself. Thanks for sharing.
- 16/01/2017Wise words to ponder for these troubling times, especially as the USA observes the MLK Day holiday amid a toxic political climate. Peace and love to all...
Comments16/01/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergAlso, if you haven't already done so, please check out my blog post about lessons from MLK for Millennials & Gen Z (exclusively on beBee). Many thanks to all who have read and shared it. Your valuable feedback is greatly appreciated, as always! Thank you bees! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/mlk-day-key-lessons-for-millennials-gen-z
- Producer16/01/2017What is Wealth?Article from Blog FreedomWealth is defined as the an abundance of valuable possessions. Yet, over the centuries these possessions have changed. Yes, Gold always been one and money only has value because we say it does. So, what else gave people...
- Producer16/01/2017Right place, right time.Image credti: Goodreads “Being in the right place at the right time.” You must have heard or seen this phrase many, many times. It is often in connection with “luck”. But, as they also say, “luck has...
Comments16/01/2017 #11 Melissa Hefferman#6 Me too @Sara Jacobovici. Luck? Awareness? Who knows, yet you've certainly increased my knowledge and learning thought processes; had I not been curiously reading and aware, perhaps I would never hae been lucky enough to cross paths with you. ;-) Enjoy your week!16/01/2017 #10 David B. GrinbergAwesome buzz, Sara, I really enjoyed it. You make so many potent points.
First, regarding, Einstein, he died on a hospital bed with pencil and paper nearby still trying to figure out the formula for the so-called "Theory of Everything" connecting his landmark Theory of General Relativity (applicable to very large objects) with that of quantum mechanics (applicable to infinitesimally small particles). Today's scientists and mathematicians are still struggling to connect the dots and haven't figured it out yet, despite all the new technology available.
Second, I've learned firsthand that luck and timing can play a pivotal role in one's life, from the workplace to any place, etc. And while these are intangible factors which are basically uncontrollable, there are ways to position oneself for when good luck/timing strike. The most efficient and effective method is preparation! To wit, I'm reminded of this saying, which makes good sense:
"The harder I work the luckier I get."
One may not be able to control luck and timing, but individuals can best position themselves through persistence and preparation to take full advantage of such opportunities if/and when they occur.
Again, thanks for more good buzz!16/01/2017 #8 Chad CarrollLuck is a mysterious thing. As hard to predict as fate. I recognized my own assets and liabilities, corrected what I could, and pointed myself towards a fairly general niche where I figured luck may be more abundant. Did luck, time and place have anything to do with my bright spots? You bet. But so did effort.16/01/2017 #5 Melissa HeffermanI've scratched my head so many times over "Luck" and the how/why of the ways solutions sometimes seemingly just show up on the "walk" of Life and I love immensely the comparison's to nature since I often Feel that we are nature, even in concrete jungles, and I also often, though not always (do we play lost and found forever?), deduce it has a lot to do with our smiles in the moments and choosing to perceive everything as a "path". I've migrated on and offline on mine since my sense of nature is stronger when I spend more timeless time in the sunshine and woods observing the birds. Equally observing your reflection of them also makes me smile so thank you, as always! :)16/01/2017 #1 Ali AnaniBirds know when to travel (time) and where to go and which direction to take. Birds and all migrating animals may use different senses and clues, but they all end up when to go and where using a path for their journey.
I wrote to above in appreciation of what you concluded your buzz with @Sara Jacobovici "The answers to these questions reflect the work involved in getting you to be in the right place at the right time. In this way, you make your own luck. You, the person, enable the process to be realized". Yes, luck comes to those people who deserve it. I believe also same people who ask the write questions as outlined in the buzz also develop the intuition to be in the right place and at the right time.
In our journey in this life we need to know where we want to go and at what time. May be we get that luck and be there as it is my luck to notice the publication of this lovely buzz a soon as it was published. Shared.
- 16/01/2017Great article about Women/girls and STEM - a message of "girl power" by @Marietta Gentles Crawford3 Not So Hidden Message in ‘Hidden Figures’ | The Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see the movie Hidden Figures. After all, it wasn’t the typical block-buster mainstream action movie that...
- Producer09/01/2017Monday Motivation - Wellness - Can that be enough to keep ourselves motivated?Tara grew up an athlete - she played volleyball in college and always stayed in great shape. But after a herniated disk in her neck left her injured and in pain, she found herself stuck in a rut.Many people who have lost weight describe a "moment"...
Comments11/01/2017 #8 Preston Vander VenGreat read. I have work with many people within the world of Network Marketing and a large percentage have pondered why nobody was buying there products. My associates and I asked them, "Are you using your own products?" A majority answered "No, I was going to start buying my own products after I got customers."
Yet, that was the mindset keeping them from getting their customers in the first place. I like that quote. "Be a customer first."10/01/2017 #7 Elizabeth Shubsda, MBA, RD#6 Good for you. I had the same issue as a child, it was pretty brutal. I'm 125# too, but I'm short (really short), so if I didn't pick-up the exercise and weight training I would not look as fit as I do now. I also had a rare cancer in 2015 and I came through it pretty well, in part do to a healthy lifestyle. I totally understand that each person has different diagnosis that make moving more difficult. I would hope that they would seek the advise of a physician and perhaps undergo some physical therapy to help improve mobility. It has been nice to talk with you.10/01/2017 #6 Dorothy Cooper#5 I appreciate your knowledge and advice. I struggled with childhood obesity and maintained a weight loss of 125 lbs. For many disabled people using weights can be very difficult. Having a systemic arthritis issue presents unique issues and I see a doc who is uniquely qualified to address the complexities of my particular situation. Thanks, Elizabeth.10/01/2017 #4 Elizabeth Shubsda, MBA, RDAlthough I too use protein bars, I use them in a different capacity. I use them as part of a weight training regime, not for weight loss. I also have GERD (Gastro-Esphogeal Reflux Disease aka Gastric Reflux and Heartburn) and a sensitive stomach that somewhat limits my intake of total calories, on some days. A protein powder is not a magic bullet to weight loss, for anyone. I definitely would not recommend it for children.
Weight loss is difficult and the process to unlearn all of your past food and eating habits and relearn new ones is painful, both physically and psychologically, there is no way around this fact. If it were an easy process, everyone would be able to do it, and we would not have a OBESITY EPIDEMIC on a global scale. For sustained weight loss, you must develop eating habits that are almost the exact opposite to The Standard American Diet (SAD). You must eat fruits and vegetables in abundance, you must decrease your intake of added sugars, you should consume more whole grains then refined (white) grains. You do need to increase your lean protein intake along with fiber and water and/or another unsweetened beverage (I like unsweetened tea) because these are the components of a healthy diet that will keep you full and satisfied so that you are not constantly hungry. You must admit that you overeat and/or under exercise. You cannot address a problem until you admit that you have one.
Get on the road to a healthy diet and forget about the quick fixes. Please talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.10/01/2017 #2 Dorothy Cooper#1 I realize that it may not appeal to everyone, however, for people with a medical diagnosis like Diabetes or Hypertension the benefits may be a welcomed alternative. For obese children, it becomes extraordinarily hard to manage their diets. I appreciate your feedback! Have a great week.
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- 16/01/2017How Mindfulness Cured My Headachescorygalbraith.com For weeks, I experienced strange headaches. Of course, when this happens, most people fear the worst possible scenario. Brain tumor? I thought it may be a sinus problem so I took sinus pills. They...
Comments16/01/2017 #7 Phil FriedmanGreat post, Cory. My experience is that almost always tension and it's outward physical symptoms are a trigger for headaches. And I can also see from my experience how Mindfulness can work to alleviate such headaches. Now if I could, in my life, eliminate the many pains in my ass, I'd be in truly good shape. :-). Cheers!
- Producer16/09/2016Blather, Drivel, and Rot. Can you call yourself a writer if nobody reads what you write?I give credit to jesse kaellis as a muse for this post. jesse (he doesn’t capitalize his name, so I won’t) is a frequent contributor to beBee and his raw, edgy stories draw you in. His comment on my post “How not to fail at writing on beBee”...
Comments16/01/2017 #145 Susan RooksFirst off, @Kevin Pashuk, that picture! Whimper. You can't unhear a bell that has rung, and you sure as heck can't unsee that picture. Yipes. Not a Kodak moment at all.
OK, why do we write? I write to help others in terms of grammar. Those posts get a few likes / shares / etc. from writers who appreciate being reminded, knowing that it's actually important to know and use good grammar.
The posts that get the most engagement, though, are the ones outside my "normal" sphere: reflections and such. They reach an entirely different audience, although there is often cross-over. But those posts come from my heart, whereas the grammar / writing / editing ones come from my brain.
I sincerely hope that I don't come across as any of the sad terms you used in your headline!16/01/2017 #144 Renée 🐝 CormierI always like what you have to say, Kevin. I like to think of myself as a writer. I do an awful lot of it, after all. Bather, drivel... One man's garbage is another man's gold. Harlequin Romance novels are written by writers. I think they are crap, and many others do as well. Does that mean they are not really writers? Perhaps they are just writers with different standards.16/01/2017 #143 Jim MurrayNice Post, he said blithely. A while ago I wrote a post (one of several) on clutter. It made pretty much the same basic argument that you made here...that it is decidedly more important to write because you have something to say. The digital marketing world is to a great extent responsible for the horrendous amount of clutter all of us have to wade through to find stuff that's actually worth reading. Everybody's a writer. But sadly not everybody can write. As a result you get a lot of crap, and that huge mountain of crap makes it much more difficult for the meaningful work to be found. I don't think this is a problem that is going away soon. All you can do is what you can do., If you do good stuff, people will make a mental note and read your stuff if and when they see it. It's the 'if' that's the killer.16/01/2017 #142 Laura Mikolaitis@Kevin Pashuk, I'm glad that you resurrected this post. Well, mostly glad - fully so if I could erase seeing the sweater. Wow. How...crafty? I wonder if the model got to keep it. But I digress. I have to admit, however, that it was an excellent way to get your point across. We write for all different reasons I suppose. But I'd like to believe that most of us who write do so because we have stories to share. Stories that hopefully resonate with someone or lots of someones. While I may not have a large audience by any means, there are definitely some who engage with my writing on a regular basis. And what I love about that is the enhancement it gives to the original piece. For me, writing is catharsis. It's sorting out my thoughts, working through challenges, and sharing experience. It's something that I love to do and part of who I am.
On the flip side, I love reading the diverse content that is available and engaging in the conversation. I've gained insight and an admiration for so many people who let their creativity shine in words. Thanks for bringing your post up for round two. I'm glad I got this chance to read it.16/01/2017 #135 Kevin Pashuk#134 Nicely stated Sandra. It's great to understand 'why' you write.
You will find that tofu is a very convenient target for me, so my denigration of it shouldn't be taken personally. I've been known to eat it on occasion when people present it as 'tofu', not as a meat substitute... but I digress. Enjoy the link to the recipes.16/01/2017 #134 Sandra SmithI may be bias, because I love to write and share - but I do think tht even if you reach one other person on social media, that you have done something worth doing. And sharing. Social media and blogging isn't about winning a Pulitzer, although my cousin was nominated for one. It's about talking. We may not all express ourselves as clearly as Hemmingway, but someone out there may relate to our story. Or tofu recipe. I love tofu.
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- 16/01/2017In an distracting and often demanding world ...
Best way to keep your peace (and sanity 😉):
•Say "No" when
•Help others, but Don't do it for them
•Set some time aside for You
•Do a weekly goal check, have you done something to progress toward the direction YOU want to go?...
"Lead the day or the day will Lead You."
Comments16/01/2017 #1 Preston Vander VenExcellent bullet list.
Also, When it comes to our goals, "Never be Satisfied." This does is not greed. This means once you achieve you goal, set a new one. You will always be in a positive, growing direction.
I once heard a speaker say, "Perfection is impossible, yet striving for perfection is still the lifelong goal."
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