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Cherish the Moment

Live in the moment. The expression has become so common it is almost cliché. And yet, is there a cliché with more truth? We are so connected, so easily contacted – so easily distracted. One study showed that people check their phones an average of 150 times a day. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY!! How many of us have dreamed of having children?   I remember thinking about names I would give to my children when I was still young enough to be playing with dolls. I remember growing up and wishing for a baby, dreaming about tiny footsteps in the hall… …. Yet how many times when I hear those tiny footsteps, is my reaction, “Go back to bed?” How many times have I spent time checking my phone when my kids are playing in the same room? There is nothing wrong with either of these things, naturally. And in real-life, parenting is exhausting. In fact, the happiest parents take time for themselves, to do things they love – if you are a happy and fulfilled …

Everything Happens For a Reason… Or Does It?

“Everything happens for a reason” Such simple, yet profound, encouraging (yet partially demotivating) words.  A phrase we have all heard.   Yet they stopped me in my tracks. My friend and I had been chatting about some recent happenings when she smiled her typical warm smile and said, “Everything happens for a reason.” I had always believed that.  But this particular day, it struck me – I don’t actually believe that anymore.   SOME THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON Without question, some things happen for a reason that we simply aren’t able to see at the time.  It isn’t until we are a little further down the road that we can see how the pieces all fit together.  Life ran it’s mystical course and brought good out of a dark or bleak situation. BUT ALL? What about rape?  What about abuse?  Neglect?  Innocent children kidnapped from loving homes to experience unimaginable horrors?   Premature deaths? These can all seem far removed if they don’t touch our lives personally.  So… what about betrayal?  Shattered dreams?  Broken …

Beauty?

WHY I WOULDN’T GIVE THIS GUY A SECOND LOOK…. Jeremy Meeks is a convicted felon who has been arrested multiple times. The tear drop tattoo by his eye is a symbol worn as a badge for having killed someone, and being a member of the Crips. The Crips is one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States. Yet, when the police station posted this mans photo along with others who had been arrested, his pic went viral. Women made comments about wishing he would kidnap them, and rape them.   All that for a pretty face?   BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THIS GUY… Ishay Hadas is an Israeli advertising producer who was travelling through Ethiopia. He checked out the only bar in the village where his group stayed one night, and met a 19 year old orphan, Sofiya. The bar doubled as a brothel, and Hadas was struck by the innocence in the young girl who seemed so out of place. He turned on his camera and started …