The year 2020 has presented all of us with many challenges, some more than others. Some have lost their lives, some have lost loved ones, some have lost livelihoods and some have lost everything they have worked their whole lives to build. Many say “Happy New Year” and it’s just a statement. I want everyone to say “Happy New Year” and have it be their mission statement for 2021. The best way to battle Hate is to be Happy because the Happy aren’t Hateful and the Hateful aren’t Happy!
So I come home the other day and my beautiful one year old daughter has on a shirt that says, “Happy is my Favorite Color”. Now, obviously at one year old, she doesn’t know what happy is, what a color is, or that happy is not a color… In a world now when everyone is making up their own rules and nothing really makes sense anyway, I’m rolling with it and saying that Happy is my favorite color too! Like a child, I think we as adults need to look at all the little things that bring us moments of joy and not focus so much upon the bad things that bring us down.
Those who interject race into everything are the real racists. In recent weeks there was a fight, actually a preliminary fight to the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. fight where vlogger turned fighter, Jake Paul fought and knocked out Nate Robinson. I have no idea who either one of these guys are but know that Jake Paul is a white guy and Nate Robinson is black.
My thing is and always has been liberty, for others it’s health, for some it’s money or career. What’s your thing? It’s not hard for me to understand how someone can have great concern for their health, but to surrender liberty in the name of health is a concept I cannot get my mind around. I dive in to this and a lot more in this week’s episode.
Welcome back my friends for another episode of the Derate The Hate podcast! In this week’s episode I talk about choices and forks in the road. This topic being what it is brought to mind a poem and a song that mean a lot to me. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Choices” by George Jones are a couple fantastic get you thinking masterpieces.
Family is undoubtedly one of the things in this life that I am most grateful for. It seems like too often these days that holidays are the only real time families get together, and that is a bit sad. It brings to mind the idea that some only express thanks and gratitude on the holiday of Thanksgiving. The reality of it is we should be expressing our gratitude for all our blessings each and every day.
Once you gain the understanding that many politicians, and those in the media have a vested interest in keeping us divided, mad &/or scared, things start to become much more clear when it comes to the world in which we live. We, as individuals, must not allow those in politics and the media to drive our emotions, to put a wedge between us, and to keep us cowering and waiting for the next bit of chaos or crisis. We must not allow the division and degradation of our society. Do not allow those who have a vested interest in division make the boundaries by which you live your life. #DerateTheHate
In our relationships, whether it be with a spouse, a co-worker, someone we coach or mentor, have you ever caught yourself saying something in such a way that you can just tell that the other party is not taking what you’ve said the way you intended? Have you ever stopped to think it may be because of the way you are saying it? I know I have, and that is something that I consciously try to think about when I am trying to make a point to someone at a time in which I may be frustrated or upset for some reason. This is something we should all think about when we are interacting with others. Am I saying this in such a way that they will listen and absorb what I am saying, or has my tone or demeanor put them on defense or shutdown mode.
What have you done today to make the world a better place? What have you done today to make your life a better life?
This week 2 things happened in my personal life that really hit home for me because it reiterated the idea that life is way too short to be unhappy, way too short for DRAMA. I don’t necessarily want to say that losers are always looking for drama, though that may be the case, but those that are always looking to instigate drama tend to spend an awful lot of time losing. If you don’t want to be a loser, and you want to win the hearts and minds of those with whom you disagree, you must go #NoDrama for the win!