Author: esse11e

01.04.15

Dear Lord, Thank you for bringing us through and into another year! As we continue to journey on, help us to live slowly enough to experience life. Give us longevity in this year, oh Lord. As we resolve to be better people, to learn more and to grow, give us the strength to endure challenges, confidence to work through them, and courage throughout the process. Help us to have wisdom and spirits of discernment that we may follow only the path that you have designed for us. Even as we pray, let us to be thankful. We don’t want only to ask for things, but to work toward them as well, so long as the work is pleasing unto you. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with goals and changes we desire to accomplish; give us peace; allow us to be mindful of our strides that we set attainable goals. Show us our supporters, too, Lord, that we may not always journey alone. Allow us to support those around us, to uplift and encourage, …

Merry Christmas!

Hi guys!!! Okay. So, I want to apologize, not for the things I have been doing, but for those I have not. I committed myself to writing here regularly, but for the past week and some change, I have not… But I will say that the time “off” has been nourishing. First and foremost, I was able to think, reflect, and write… A LOT! So I have tons to share. Possibly more valuably, however, I was truly able to live ‘In The Moment(s)’… I spent time with my church, hung out with several friends, celebrated some birthdays, babysat, danced, and celebrated Christmas with family… Including special experiential gifts with my two first loves! đź‘Ş Living in the moment, for me, is not just about saying I’ve done something, but truly experiencing it. I have realized that I actually have to slow down to engage with the world around me. “What memory can I have of something if I never spend time with it?” I ask myself. I took my mother to Chicago on 12.26.14. The …

Fall.

Fall: 1. to drop or descend under force of gravity, as to a LOWER place through LACK of support. 2.to become less or lower in degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc. to decline. 3.to succumb to attack 4.to succumb to temptation or sin, especially becoming unchaste to one’s innocence.   These are just four of numerous definitions that basically say the same thing, only one of which reads that a fall may be voluntary…. But let me be the first to say I ain’t tryna fall in love, no more. I did it before, have you? Tell me what’s good about falling? I mean, the fall itself typically hurts, half the time your knees hurt when you stand back up, everyone around laughs and you’re embarrassed after the fact… but most importantly is the lesson: you are extremely careful when faced with similar circumstances. I can’t tell you all that’s right in love, but i CAN tell you a lot about what it isn’t, and my experience with such. Have you ever been infatuated with something or someone …

The Happiness of Pursuit x Chris Guillebeau

So this book, The Happiness of Pursuit , I came across after reading Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity. This one is a bit different. The Happiness of Pursuit encourages quests that are meaningful to an individual. It intertwines encouragement, advice and testimonials in introducing readers to endless questing possibilities. I can honestly say that I struggled to finish this book, not because the content was not good, but I kind of felt I got the point before it was over. Nevertheless, it was a good read. I especially loved its focus on acknowledging purpose in one’s life. Give it a shot. Happy reading!

POTENTIAL.

I was going to talk past, and I actually have a great portion of that post written. But then I began to consider how much of my past was stifled by a contingent, potential future. I love extremely freely, and I believe in people. I more than believe, I refuse to doubt the potential of humanity… But what about the present reality? Have you ever tried to motivate someone in a direction they weren’t interested in traveling? Have you wanted something spectacular for someone who was content with mediocrity? I learned in the hardest way to stop nurturing infatuation with the idea of what someone can be. Unless the person honing the potential is also inputting valiant effort, it’s a battle you’re fighting alone, a battle you cannot win. No matter how much I believe in someone else and want things for them, they will never attain things they, themselves, don’t believe in, desire, or work for… For themselves. I remember being truly inspired by the conversation I could have with one guy. He was …

12.7.14

Dear Lord, thank you for your strength, your sacrifice, and your selflessness. You reign over all of us, you are creator, you are mighty and worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. We cannot win a single victory alone, Oh Lord. We NEED YOU. There is not one single challenge we can overcome without you. Guide us, Lord, help us to be dependent on you alone. You deserve all that we have, for we are NOTHING without you. As this country faces so many challenges, I want to pray now that you help us al to act in love. Lord, even as race shows itself an issue in this century, help us to see past it. Help us to live as you do, and to recognize that we ALL matter. Help us to build strong relationships so that you may raise a nation of true believers. No one can do it but you. As we are sometimes fearful of our next days, help us to have faith in you. You are more than able to …

What to Say When You Talk to Yourself x Shad Helmstetter

This is another book that was recommended to me, and I have to say I LOVED IT! The premise, for me, seemed very similar to that of the law of attraction, so to speak… but deeper. From start to finish, Helmstetter (Dr.) drills in his readers’ heads the importance of thinking good thoughts. The idea that drives this entire work is that your mind will work exactly the way you program it.. and the rest of you will follow. I’ll be honest, I’ve already adopted some of the practices shared, AND I’ve seen changes. There’s no doubt in my mind that as they become habitual, regular parts of my daily life, these changes will last just as long as I do here on earth. Plus, it’s helping me to believe in me and build my confidence. Nothing can stop me! Thanking JC for the referral, I’m paying it forward and recommending it to the rest of you! Happy Reading! 🙂

Court•esies

This week, I’ve had the privilege & pleasure of attending two basketball games! Yay! Shoutout to my brother (Hi Vince!) for the tickets to UMD’s game on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. They won! Aaannnddddd Keisha for inviting me to see koBAE & TheWiz on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. That was a no lose situation. I’ll be more than rich, I’ll be wealthy with experience, by choice. Choose you, sometimes. Do something you love, love it, and be happy! ❤ Sammie ❤

IDK.

We’ve got all the pieces, why won’t they fit? We have a plethora of technological devices that enable connectivity, why don’t we connect… Like relate? I think abbreviations were supposed to work to our advantage, to offer simple ways of discussing concepts we already understood. When we learned the periodic table of elements, for example… But what good would it have done to know all of the abbreviations without having first learned the full names? We are working backwards, and it isn’t helping. We are living in an abbreviated society. . . One where kids don’t always learn to spell words because there are acronyms for everything; we text instead of calling… And may even text in the same room; we watch movies instead of reading books; we watch clips instead of reading full articles, we watch church online instead of fellowshipping in the Lord’s house, we have sex before we love… Let me not be high or mighty. Let me admit that I have been a culprit. I could claim victim, but who but …

11.30.14

Dear Heavenly Father, For we know that all seasons are yours, created by your hands alone. As December, and more specifically, CHRISTmas, approaches, we recognize that your season comes more to the forefront. As this occurs, may we remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus and acknowledge what that has meant for each of us. Traditional celebrations with trees and gifts are nice, fun, and engaging, but I ask that these do not overshadow JESUS who is ultimately the reason for this and all seasons. Lord, I ask that you would give each of us wisdom and discernment at this time. We often want so desperately to please those around us that we lose sight of you, and further place ourselves in unfavorable predicaments. Please allow love to flourish at this time, as it is the GREATEST gift of all. Fill our hearts with love and joy, allow us to share in laughter, and allow us to live with gratitude for all that you have given us already. Thank you for al that you have …