Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, inspiration, Life, love, motivation, Peace, positivity, Relationships, Self-awareness, Self-Improvement, Uncategorized

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.

It’s great to study the words of a man so many admire, but it’s the actions of living out such text that brings about change. When you read the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR., how do they most inspire you? What do they awaken in you that if expressed and/or put into motion could create an individual, community, state, etc. transformation?

“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.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“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.”

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.”

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving. You lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

 

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Photo Challenge, Uncategorized

Day 4…Sun.

During my air travel to Florida this past December, I captured the brilliance of the sun from such a fantastic vantage point.

These still photos were taken as we were departing North Carolina, just as the sun began to rise to a perfect shine over the horizon.

This video was caught during our descent, as the clouds enhanced the view of such a perfect circle of light appearing to pulsate in the sky.

Genesis 1: 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,
19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, love, Relationships, Uncategorized

Another Man’s Treasure

You’re attracted to my looks.

You like my nose, my lips,

My breast, my thighs,

My butt, my hips.

It’s all for show.

For your ego, your pride.

Giving no attention,

To the woman inside.

He looks into my eyes.

He listens to my cries.

He loves the beauty in my style.

My winsome smile.

My sultry glance.

My contagious laugh.

The way I walk.

My elegance and class.

♥♥♥

He shows appreciation for what you just weren’t seeing.

Like the natural essence of my being.

 

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Overthinking, Prayer, Self-awareness, Uncategorized

Pray Before You Overthink

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So it was 38 minutes past midnight today and I was sitting in a friend’s car having a great conversation with him. It was so good, we continued to sit and chat after reaching our destination. Now I must admit, I know conversations with me can be a bit challenging because I tend to detour often. He says I veer off onto multiple highways instead of the path I set out. I don’t quite agree. I think I just encounter several roundabouts with eye-catching scenery at each exit, all deserving of commentary, but eventually I circle back.

Anyway, one thing we talked about were these dreadful new year’s resolutions. OMG!!! I said I hate trying to think of what I want to change about myself because it causes me to be over critical. I find I come out of thought feeling worse about my situation instead of better. As I continued to talk and talk and talk about that point, his facial expressions became more and more animated and simply amusing. I get a lot of “are you finished yet?” and head tilting from him all the time, but knowing my best friend as well as I do, this non-verbal communication was much loader. Yeah, I’d definitely traveled another highway into a whole different state. It wasn’t even a neighboring state. I was damn near cross country, but made it back in record time.

Fast forward to a minute eighteen seconds past midnight and guess what – I HAVE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!!! I am going to make a conscious effort not to overthink. I am my worst enemy in situations of thought because I get in my head so much. Overthinking creates problems that were never there. It causes so much question of a good thing it gets ruined. It often causes unnecessary confusion that becomes difficult to escape. Overthinking is an obsession of mine, but I’ve found a substitute to help kick that bad habit: PRAYING. Rather than thinking 10x over I’m going to pray once (maybe twice) and follow God’s lead. No matter how much I think about something, there’s no telling if my sole decision of words or actions are correct. I’m a praying woman, but I recognize how much I still try to control a situation I intended to turn over to God.

Need for control and fear of failure and disappointment are insecurities controlling my life. It’s time to release myself from such bondage to live free in faith. No more overthinking! Pray…..breathe…..let faith take over. That’s my new process. I may falter during this process, but I know I have a friend who’ll keep me on track, if only for selfish reasons. Clearly by now he’s hoping I find shortcuts to everywhere.

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in healing, Life, Uncategorized, Weekly Photo Challenge

Favorite Photo of 2017

I love this weekly photo challenge, as it makes me reflect on how far I’ve come in a year. This is by far my favorite photo of 2017. It was taken on January 1st, the first day following a year of turmoil in my life. I’d loss my Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle in a matter of eight months of 2016, making it hard for me to smile, laugh, venture out, or appreciate life that year. On this day I gave myself permission to start the path to healing. It began with a trip to the beach with some wonderful friends to enjoy lunch, great conversation, drinks, and shopping. The emotions of that day lead to this moment right here. It was quite liberating!

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, love, Uncategorized

Theoretical or Practical

Timeless.
Priceless.
Effortless.

Meaningful.
Grateful.
Powerful.

Fulfilling.
Trusting.
Everlasting.

Remarkable.
Unforgettable.
Incredible.

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Generous.
Chivalrous.
Adventurous.

Passionate.
Affectionate.
Fortunate.

Unconditional.
Devotional.
Inspirational.

POSSIBLE.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Daily Word Prompt: Theory
©2017 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Life, Peace, Solitude, Uncategorized

Self-prescribed Healing

Waking up to this beauty right on the other side of my window……LIFE!!!

Yesterday I had an opportunity to just be still.  It’s one that rolls around a few times and not as often as I’d like, so I took full advantage.

All too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life; the chaos that’s become dangerously normal. Sometimes it pays to simply sit back, unwind, and appreciate our surroundings. Oh did it payoff big time for me!

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This is the grand view on the other side of my window. Although it takes just a few steps onto my balcony for me to be surrounded by another of God’s beautiful creations, apparently I’ve never given it a second glance before. Well, maybe a hot cup of tea, the vibrant autumn colors, and watching the leaves float pass as they fell from the trees is just what doctors should order because it certainly led me into a Saturday of peace and solitude.

 

©2017 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in opportunities, Self-Improvement

When Life Gets Blurry…..

The way life works, I’m often nudged in a direction not previously thought of, but one eventually found to be much more beneficial. Being able to adapt to change is not only a good quality to have, but it’s also a very essential one. Changes undoubtedly occur when someone else causes disruption in your life, but often times they happen when life itself just naturally demands a bit of a shift in order to move forward.

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There’s a saying “When life gets blurry, adjust your focus.” Life gets blurry many times over, and some people just keep on trying to proceed without vision. Determination is great, but it’s just one of those things that has to be used responsibly. Consistent failure at doing something may be attributed to one’s determination not to fail, yet while continually relying on the same formula. It’s kind of like insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

 

©2017 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf