Life is short….be grateful

 

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Life is short…be grateful

 

On Sunday as I was driving to church, it was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and I was giving thanks for my all of my blessings.

 

On days like this all is right with the world. This was one of those mornings when you wake up feeling great, smiling for no other reason then your grateful just to have woke for another day.

 

There are days like this, that this gratitude overwhelmes me and I cry because I know where I’ve been and how far I’ve come.

 

I take nothing for granted, I give thanks all day to my God for what I have now and I don’t mean material things, I mean the gratitude, the peace and the joy I feel now.

 

But everything can change in a second and I know that as well. On the way to church,

I get a message from my church husband that his brother had passed away. He was in his prime with a wife and children, he was young and who knew that this would happen to him.

 

Here today, gone tomorrow…that is why I always tell you to enjoy life now, don’t wait until….

I’ll be happy when….I meet the right person, I get the perfect job, when I lose 20 pounds, when I have enough money…

 

Or I’ll do it when….the kids move out, when I retire, when I have money….

 

There are so many excuses we give ourselves, so many missed opportunities because we think we have so much time here. We are not grateful for the here and now, we are not present in the moment and so these things, these wonderful moments slip right past us.

 

We are always looking for the bigger, the better, the next best thing that we don’t even see this best thing.

 

I more than most know how short life is…my died died when I was turning 16, he was 45 and full of life.

My two best friends David was killed in a drunk driving accident at 19 and a year to the week later his brother was killed, he was 21.

 

My Grandmother, my “Big daddy” a man who was like a father, My favorite aunts Nancy and Aunt Kay, both young and taken too soon.

My dear friend Walter who was 46 and full of life, my step father, who was an amazing man, who then died two days later after Waltie.

 

My mom, my best friend who’s life was cut short at 73.

Yes, I know too many losses, too many people who had their whole lives in front of them but was taken too soon, all of them not knowing it was going to be their time.

 

What would you do if you knew when it was going to be your time?

Would you take that dream vacation? Would you spend more time with loved ones?

Do you have a bucket list?

What have you dreamed of doing for years, yet put it off?

 

I started my bucket list when my mom passed, realizing how miserable I was, I got divorced, I’ve been hot air ballooning, I’ve jumped out of a airplane, I did a marathon and a triathlon

(I hate running and suck at swimming but pushed myself to learn)

 

I have a vision board and every year I take something off…I went to Greece on my 50th, I got a tattoo, I walked on fire with Tony Robbins, I started my own business, I bought a home all by myself…these and many, many more things, all because I know how truly short life is.

 

I am grateful for each and every day extra that God gives me and I don’t plan to waste a second on negative thoughts, on a crappie attitude, on people who are phony, on drama or bullshit.

 

I have been through hell and back there again, I know what the bottom looks like and every day I cry because I know how far I’ve come. So I am taking my own advice, I live for the moment, I am doing all I want to do, I am living my life large!

 

So today my friends remember this, life is so very short, in one moment all of it can change.

 

Do the things you want to do today, spend more time with loved ones, forgive, travel, do the things you would do if you knew your time was limited because your time is limited, you just don’t know how limited it may truly be

Laugh often, love big, live large and when it’s your time to go, go out like I am going to do screaming

“What a frigging ride!”

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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Why I cry

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Why I cry…

 

Its amazing as I sit here once again crying, I do this so often, it shouldn’t surpise me.

I think about that only two years ago I stood here broken and hurt and I didn’t think I could put the pieces back together.

 

Then I thought about the time before when I was in one of my darkest hours and I came to church because I had nothing and no where to go. I remember I sat there week after week crying.

 

I never thought I would ever be whole or happy again.The more and more I came and the more I gave my life over to God, the more peaceful I became until one day I was standing here crying, but they were tears of joy for the peace I had in my heart. See this is true gratitude, pure gratitude from the heart, to know where you’ve been and how far you’ve came.

 

See at the time of your pain, while you are going through the storm, when your heart is breaking, you can’t see the sun,  all you can think of is how bad your hurting and you don’t see a end in sight.

 

I am here to tell you that if you give it to God, if you let it go, if you forgive, the pain will go away and the sun will shine again. If you start each day with gratitude, you will see the change.

 

I put out my heart each and every day in this blog, I write about my happiness and yes, I write about my pain so that you can see that you can be at your lowest point but if you have faith, God will turn it around for you.

 

That each and every time, life throws something at you, you will able able to get up faster and you will become stronger, because you know the stronger your faith, the bigger the blessing.

 

No one said this faith walk was a piece of cake, that once you turn your life over to God, everything was going to be all roses and smooth sailing.

No, that is when the real work is going to come in, the work of how much do you believe? How strong is your faith? If you don’t get your prayers answered right away, will you still have faith?

 

No, I didn’t think this was going to happen to me, that I would have to endure more pain.

I thought I went through enough in my life, but when it did happen, it only made my faith stronger.

 

Remember yesterday’s blog? Be grateful even when things are bad. See when it got bad yet again, the first thing I did was pray, pray to help me get through this, pray that he would take the anger away and pray for the person who hurt me because they truly needed Gods help.

 

And guess what? Two weeks later after the hurt, I was at church being grateful for having my faith, for knowing that it will be okay.

 

I am here to tell you, I am crying at church, I am crying in my car, I am crying all the time because I have found my peace, I have the joy back in my heart and I know I am the child of the most high God and that no weapon formed against me will prosper.

 

Yesterday after a long day,

I took a long bike ride around my lake, I took in and appreciated all of God’s Beauty, I came back and did yoga, connecting with the earth and my creator. After as I turned on my music, my lights and I sat in my back yard listening to the sounds of my fountains and the birds, I sat in my peaceful space, truly enjoying being me and being alone.

 

See I am happy with me, I am at peace and I feel joy in my heart. Will there be more trails in my life? Oh Hell Yes, that I sure of but am I worried?

No, not at all, I know I have God beside me, its all good and getting better and better with each day.

 

So today my friends, don’t lose faith, don’t think this pain will never end, I am living proof if you believe, if you have gratitude, if you truly believe,

all things are possible!

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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Embrace every season with gratitude

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Embrace every season with gratitude 

 

I will start off today’s blog with this bible verse as it says it all about this weeks theme of gratitude:

 

Ephesians 5.20 

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the father in the name of Jesus Christ”

 

In every season, good or bad you should give thanks.

Now your thinking come on how can I be grateful in bad times?

You might go around thinking you got the short stick, that life sucks, you feel like quitting.

Your frustrated, you lost your drive, maybe you lost it all, you’ve have not been happy in years.

Hello! With all that going on you want me to be grateful? You might say.

 

Ever think even if you had everything you still might not be happy? Maybe your never satisfied?

You experienced the good and the bad times yet your still unhappy? 

Maybe your living in a good season and your still unhappy?

Maybe it’s you? Maybe…just maybe you need to change your outlook and your attitude. 

 

You still not grateful for even the good times, so how can you be grateful for anything?

 

You will have moments that are sweet, that are good and you will think this is wonderful but believe me, you will get the the bad times, the bitter part of life. The part that truly will suck and you put them all together and label them unhappy, label your whole life unhappy.

 

Some of you, I am sorry to say, that nothing will make you happy… Ever! Because you have chosen to dwell on the bitterness of life.

 

 I know this well because my grandmother was like this, nothing ever made her happy, she was bitter about what life had gave her. She was negative, as long as I knew her she was like this, even when things were good she was still unhappy, carrying all the hurts of her past with her in the good times. I vowed never to be like her and every day I chose to think differently, to be grateful, to be positive, to forgive and let go of hurts.

 

Do you focus so much on the bad moments that your not even grateful for the now? Give thanks always! Even in the bad moments.

 

 Do you ask why am I here? Why is this happening to me? Where is your faith? Why don’t you believe in miracles? Why cant you be like the bible tells us to be:

“Always be joyful, Never stop praying”

 

Not sometimes, not when things are good, not when your life is great…but ALWAYS be joyful.

If you embrace a heart of gratitude always, your life will be better…

 

My aunt always said “Sit at a table with other and put your problems on the table and believe me when you see others problems, you will be fast to take back yours”

 

The grass is not always greener on the other side, it just looks that way.

I can speak of this because I was in that dark place, I had hit rock bottom yet every day I pushed myself to be grateful for at least one thing, then I pushed to be grateful for 2 things and so on until I was grateful for everything even all the pain and suffering I went through because it made me stronger, it made me who I am today.

 

So today my friends remember always be grateful, always pray because prayer changes things. Start being grateful with that God woke you up, that you woke up in a bed and not on the streets, that you have food when so many go starving every day. That you have a job, that your able to walk, that your in your right mind, things we take for granted.

 

Be aware of these small things and be grateful, then from there you will be able to add on…and before you know it you will be grateful for everything, even your bad times…trust me…..and like I always say….

“Be the change you want to see”

  

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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What I am grateful for

Thanksgiving Treadmill Treats

 

What I am thankful for

 

There are so many things I am grateful for but these are my top.

 

1. I am grateful for my God and the love and mercy he shows me, as I am far from perfect but he loves me non the less.

 

2. I am grateful for my girls, as they are my life and I would do anything for them.

 

3. I am grateful for my love, my family and friends as they make my life full…full of love and laughs.

 

4. I am grateful for my home as I envisioned this happy and peaceful place for many years before it actually came to pass.

 

5. I am grateful for my business, that I get to do something I love, that I get to help people and that I stepped out on faith and God has taken care of me since.

 

6. I am grateful for my health  and my girls health as it is something so many of us take for granted.

 

7. I am grateful for all the lessons I have learned even the ones that hurt the most as it made me grow into who I am today.

 

8. I am grateful for my church and my church family, as I never knew so many people can have such giving and caring hearts.

 

9. I am grateful for this gift, this purpose God has giving to me, the gift of writing and being able to touch others hearts.

 

10. I am grateful for my faith, this crazy sick faith I have, that I know nothing is impossible if you believe.

 

So today my friends on this, Thanksgiving day remember what is truly important. Remember you dont need a special day to tell the people you love how much they mean to you. You dont need a special day to be grateful for all the things in your life, make every day Thanksgiving! Give thanks everyday!

 

To all of my friends, family and readers may you feel love and compassion this day, may you pay it forward and remember to be the change you want to see.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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You gotta do what you gotta do

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During this hoilday week while I am getting ready to bring together friends and family, I bring the best of Treadmill Treats:

 

You have to do what you have to do to get by.

 

There are some days I don’t even know how I have the energy to get through the day.

If you read my blog, you know I am a single mom of 2 girls, I get barely any child support and so I have to work, alot… to make ends meet.

 

But I am nor have I ever been afraid of work,

I learned my work ethic from my parents especially my mother who worked the night shift in a dinner for 18 years, serving mostly drunks night after night.

 

I learned you don’t sit back and expect to get things handed to you, you have to work and work hard for them.

I can remember any free time they had, they would work on our broken down farm house we had.

After working all night, she would come home change her clothes and help my dad work on the house.

 

I remember thinking how does she do it? I know now, it’s because you need to do what you need to do to get by, you don’t think about it, you just do it.

She was my role model and my hero.

 

I have to keep reinventing myself to try to make money.

I wake up every morning at

5 am, I am at the gym by 5:30.

I write my blog, edit it and post it on four sites all before 8 am.

 

I then do professional organizing, I recently added personal assistant to the mix, then decided to help people with their electronics to try to make more money. I recently added website building and social media to the mix.

I am self taught at all of these things.

 

I do hair at night and I whenever I can, I do focus groups or secret shopping and before the night is over, I post my blog on the 5 other sites I blog on and then promote my book and business.

 

There is nothing I won’t do to put food on my table for my girls. I am not to “proud” to do a job to keep a roof over our heads, if that includes working 16 hour days, so be it.

If I had to I would scrub toliets and be proud to do so to support my family.

 

I worked like this while I was married for my ex for free, all while feeling like I was in prison, so this is a piece of cake. I get to come home to a peaceful home, filled with love and laughter, are you kidding? This is easy! I am truly free now!

 

Don’t say you can’t do it, that you don’t have time, you can make time for all other kinds of things, stop watching TV like I did, that frees up 4 hours a night.

 

I am constantly thinking of what I can do next. One day (soon) I would like to be able to do one job, just write and speak and I will get there but until then I will do what I have to do.

 

So today my friends, remember there is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it…you can do it, yes, sometimes it might feel impossible but remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

 

If I can do this, you definitely can do this, just never give up…just believe. If you have to do it one day at a time, just do it. Keep your eye on the prize no matter how far away it may seem, no matter how far fetched it may seem, you can get there…you will get there if you just believe….

 

Be the change you want to see”

 

” And just when the moth thought his life was over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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Prayer changes things

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Prayer changes things 

 

I am a huge believer in Prayer changes things… its when you believe in something bigger than you, in something you cannot see but still have a deep faith.

 

 Prayer has been part of my life, to me its like breathing, its just what I do but as my faith walk has evolved so has my prayers.

 I use to just pray about me and the things I wanted or needed,

I was always grateful but never prayed for others. 

 

When I got divorced there was a service and Bishop said you needed to pray for others, even your enemies, he said (yes, I cant make this up) 

you should pray for your ex’s… 

I am thinking is he nuts? This man who made my life miserable and robbed me in the divorce? Him? I should pray for him? 

 

Oh hell no! He should pray I don’t wring his neck! 

He said we needed to pray for them, so that we may get our blessings, well I am a good student of my Bishop and so I started to pray for him, I prayed he would change his ways, I pray he forgave me and himself of what happened in our marriage as I had done, then I started praying for others as well, I prayed for my family, my friends, my 

co workers who have closed minds and everyone who did me wrong, yes, even Mr.Con Artist, even my ex best friend who robbed my money… yup everyone!

 

 Every night I prayed for so many people until it became natural, it wasn’t just about me, it was becoming my blessing to others. Yesterday when my bestie texted and said she wasn’t coming to the gym because she was going to a praying circle, I said okay then a second later I texted back and said please pray for me and two other friends I knew needed it.

 

 Yes, I am so in tune with prayers that I have others pray for people I know. 

Well, yesterday I was so peaceful at work, my other friend said she also had a peace over her and she didn’t know why and my third friend, took a huge step to changing their life and sounded so very happy last night. 

 

Really prayer doesn’t work? 

I prayed that God would take my drugs and alcohol problems, my cigarette problem, I prayed he would give me courage and strength to change my life, I prayed about my business when I had no job, I prayed about my home, my children when they got into trouble and I am standing here as living proof that…Yes! Prayer changes everything!

 

 Ever notice how lately as you scroll down Facebook or other blogs that more and more people are posting about prayer and God? Now you will notice, yes, more and more people believe this.

 

Look at the basis of The Secret, you put out there what you want and it comes, like attract like… 

 

So I am here to give my gratitude, to pray that my prayers helped others and that my bestie prayed for us all and that God will answer all of our prayers.

 

So today my friends, remember to forgive those who have hurt you, then pray for the haters, pray for you enemies, pray, pray, pray ….because prayer changes things.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

  

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

***Now available***

My new book The blessing in Disguise 

 

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Love and compassion what we all need to learn

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Love and compassion…. what we all need to learn.

 

Today on the end of this weeks series of Love and compassion I leave you with this…what have we learned with all that has happened since the presidential elections?

 

See I am a big believer in lessons, everything we go through, everything that happens to us, it is all to teach us lessons. Either your willing to look for the lesson and learn from it or you stay stagnant in your life and in your spiritual growth.

 

This is a choice…see the running theme here? Everything is a choice, your choice, you get to choose…

 

You can choose to be bitter or you chose to let it go.

 

You can choose to be full of hate or you chose to love one another.

 

You can choose to think your better than others or you can chose to have compassion for others.

 

See the choices are yours, you get to chose what kind of person you are, what you want the world to see, what you want to leave as your legacy.

 

I chose to love everyone, even my enemies. I choose to have compassion for people, to reach my hand out to help others, to put my life out there each and every day to get laughed at, criticized and even put down for being honest and real but I do it so that maybe just maybe it will help someone else see no matter how many times you fall you can get back up, start over, still love.

 

Yes, I am no different from anyone else, I just choose to be like this, I chose not to be negative and mean like my grandma who lived with us, this is a choice, my choice.

 

I hope all this foolishness about the election is over and we all realize its not who is president, its not what they promised

(hate to bust your bubble but their all full of shit!)

 

It’s about what you, just you can do to make a change, what kindness can you show to others, what news that shows people loving and being kind to strangers can WE make viral, maybe if the media showed more random acts of kindness, people would follow suit.

 

Maybe one kind thing would pass on to another, then another, then another …and who knows maybe we can change all of this hatred into love, one act at a time.

 

We have to start somewhere people, its either that or we are going to destroy this planet.

 

So as little as my part may be,

I will continue to be positive, to love others as I love myself and I am going to show compassion to every human being as we are no different from one another, we all grieve, we all love, we all have hopes and dreams, we all want the best for our families, a better life than we had and we all bleed red…

 

Yes, we all bleed red whether we are Democrats or Republican, we are white or black, we are Christian or Muslim. We are gay or straight, we believe or not…we still are one, we still all bleed red.

 

So today my friends remember this, without love and compassion we are lost as a planet, it doesn’t matter who won or lost, we will be lost as the human race, lets make the change together.

Let’s start with one random act of kindness, lets be the change we want to see.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

***Now available***

My new book The blessing in Disguise

 

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You cannot change what you refuse to address

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You cannot change what you refuse to address

 

In this week series of Love and compassion I am writing about change, without change nothing can happen. Unless your willing to change, your ways, your views, your perspective you will never change.

 

That is the problem with so many people today, they refuse to admit they have a problem. As if doing do will make you less than.. so they never address it and hey,  if you don’t address it, it doesn’t exist.

 

If you want to change, you cannot ask a person to take you somewhere they have never been themselves.

 

People sometimes see what they want to see, they see you changing and they become afraid. They know your not staying in this space with them for long, so instead they try to tear you down.

They tell you you cant make it, that you think your better than everyone else, they will make you question yourself and your self worth.

 

People may call you arrogant, why because you didnt ask for their permission to move on? To dream big?

Tell me why should I my shut down my confidence for your insecurity?

 

If a man is afraid of a strong women, he is not a strong man. If someone wants you to dumb yourself down, its because they are afraid of your intelligence.

They see all the places you are going to and they know that is not their paths, so they sabotage yours.

 

What I’ve learned on this faith walk is that I refuse to be a second class copy of you, there is no one like me, I am a original!

 

I tell my girls all the time, dance to the beat of your own drummer and I embodied that for so long and then I gave my power away to a man.

I let him tell me what my value was, I believed him when he said I was useless, that I wasn’t worthy.

 

It took me a long, long time to get back that worth, to know who I am!

I know my own worth again, it took a long time to own that, to be able to stand tall with that knowledge.

 

Are you with people that push people down so their light will shine brighter?

Are they are insecure?

Why be a spectator when you can be a participant?

 

So today my friends, in this time of trouble and turbulence, stand tall, be the change, don’t be afraid to lead instead of follow, if you want to change, you must first address that there is a problem…

It’s okay, change is good…and as I always say…

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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What happened to us as a country?

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What happened to us as a country?

 

In this weeks series about love and compassion my question today is what happened to us as a country?

 

We use to love and help our neighbors, I remember my parents, they were always helping out our neighbors. People would stop and take the time to talk, to lend a hand, to get to know your neighbors.

 

Now we are so busy with our own lives, with keeping up with the Jone’s that we don’t even know who the Jones are, so how the hell can we keep up with them?

 

We have become a selfish, self center world…its all about me…what do you have done for me for lately, what can you do for me world and it’s not getting better, in fact it’s getting worse. We have raised a whole generation of ungrateful, you owe it to me, I don’t have to work for anything because its coming to me, bunch of ingrats.

 

Great job and we wonder why the world has become like it is now.

Where is our love and our compassion? When I bought my first home we were the youngest couple on the street after Hurricane Wilma we went house to house with each neighbor to help the next fix.

We cut down trees, we made sure they were okay, had food and water, tarped their roofs, then we all moved onto the next neighbor until we did the whole block.

 

That was truly a show of love and compassion but do we have to wait until a tragedy to do that? No, we knew our neighbors before that, we helped each other out long before this, because that is what your supposed to do.

 

When I moved my new home as a single mom, my neighbors came by, helped me with things I couldn’t do and we’ve become fast friends since then, when I am cooking I will bring over their favorite meal, when one recently move I was the first to come and help pack and move.

My neighbor who was a stranger at first is now my guardian angel, he even came to my rescue during hurricane Matthew while I was out of the country and my girls were alone. He boarded up my home, brought everything in and made sure my girls were alright. This man who at first was a stranger is now my hero.

 

Yes, these are the things you just do because you have basic human compassion. When my new neighbor moved in I invited her to a party to meet everyone in the neighborhood and we are fast friends now, we are getting yet another single mom across the street and we already went over and told her of she needed anything we were there for her.

 

This is what you call a neighborhood, we all know each other’s names, we keep an eye on each other, we lend a helping hand, we have love and compassion for each other, this is one neighborhood why can’t we do this is every neighborhood, in every town, every city, every country?

 

Why is it them vs us? I live in a predominantly spanish area, I go to a predominantly black church, I don’t see it as us vs them I see it as a people loving each other no matter what color, what religious beliefs, what sexual preference, people who all bleed the same color…what is so hard to see here?

We all bleed the same color, we all grieve the same, we all love the same, we all want the best for our families so why can’t we all see this?

 

Why must there still be racism so many years after Dr. Martin Luther King speech?

Why are we burning our neighborhoods and our flags because we don’t like who is president? Why are we getting worse and not better after having our first black president? Why are we going backwards and not forward? It’s because we have no love or compassion that’s why.

 

So today my friends remember love and compassion can take us a long way, it can make you know your neighbor, it can open your heart to others struggles and want to help out. It can turn hate into love and we can really use some love today…be the first one, take the first step… like I always say at the end of every blog…be the change you want to see, it all starts with you.

 

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a reason to bring us together

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In this weeks series about love and compassion, I decided to rerun this blog on the tragic shootings in Orlando. This really gets to the point of this series, that we are all the same.

 

A reason to bring us together

 

After this terrible tragedy that shook us this weekend, I wanted to take this week to write about love, compassion and tolerance for people who aren’t like you, for your brothers and sisters in the human race.

 

I want to try to make sense out of this senseless crime, I want to still believe that we are all good, that there are still good people in this world, that maybe just maybe we can forgot about being gay, being straight, being black, being Latino and just remember we are all human.

 

I want us to remember it was someone’s son, someone’s daughter, someone’s loved one, who’s life was cut down by someone’s elses intolerance.

 

Its amazing that even though we are different, we are truly the same inside.

Maybe it took this tragedy to open our eyes, maybe such a senseless loss of lives made us realize we are more alike than different.

 

That a life is a life, not a black life, a white life, a gay life, a straight life…it is a life and no body should be able to kill someone because of their differences. We are all human beings, we all all the same underneath.

 

That is what made this countqry so great, that people ran, they swam, they risked their lives to come here, to give their families a better life, in a country that gave them freedom.

 

Freedom of speech, freedom of religious prosecution, freedom to do or be anything you choose to be, if you worked hard enough.

The diversity of each culture, the food, the customs they brought with them, they made this country unique, we were all here for a better life and we embraced our differences.

 

Maybe I have such a open mind because I grew up in the melting pot of the world, New York where every immigrant had to come, from every country to get into the United States.

I grew up around Italians, Jewish, Indian, Irish, Iranians, Polish, you name it, we had the world’s melting pot and it was all good.

 

I ate all kinds of different foods, learned different cultures, I was amazed at the things they did, things we never heard of, these shared things brought us closer, our differences made us learn about them and them about us.

 

This created a bond of friendship because we took the time to learn about them, we took the time to learn who they truly were in their hearts, in their souls.

But somehow we lost this,

its all of a sudden “our country” and “we” don’t want outsiders in anymore.

 

Hello! We are all the “outsiders” all of us, our grandparents or great grandparents weren’t from here, they wanted to be here so bad, so they risked everything, started over with nothing just to be here. So you and your privileged self can have everything you have.

 

We no longer know about hard work, helping another human being out, about compassion, no its a all about me world now, no wonder no one is so fast to come here anymore, its not about the great speech for the Staute of Liberty:

 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door”

From Emma Lazarus.

 

So today my friends, we need to remember these words… we need to open our doors, our hearts, once again and remember we are one, we are humans, we live and breathe, we cry, we pain, we laugh, we feel joy and we have compassion…this is who we all are in our core…we are the same…

Let’s not let this tragedy be in vain….

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

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