What lies beneath?

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This morning I find myself here thinking about people and how we can never really know someone.  What are you really thinking in that complex organ called the brain?

The eyes it is said, “are the windows to the soul” but they do not always reveal how much hurt, pain, resentment and anger a person is carrying around.  Many of us have learnt over time how to mask what we really feel and safeguard what we really think out of fear or embarrassment.

When I read the newspapers or look at the news locally and internationally the issue of crime seems to be a constant problem for all of us.  It’s clear that there are more people than we think out there with mental disturbances that cause them to hurt others but not all of them present themselves to the world the way they really feel. The version of themselves they choose to show society is different to who they really are behind closed doors.

Hence, sometimes you might hear a co-worker or neighbour of theirs say, ” He was always such a nice guy.  I had no idea he was capable of doing something like that.” or “She was always very friendly and helpful. I can’t believe she would do such a thing”

These are very scary realities for some.  The sad thing is more often than not by the time the truth about an individual comes out he or she would have either hurt themselves or someone else.  The teacher is not just a teacher; the priest is not just a priest; the kind old man down the street may not really be the “kind” old man down the street; and the student is not just a student.  I can go on and on but I won’t.

I say all this to say, that we can no longer take people at face value or make assumptions about them because of the positions or titles they hold or what we perceive them to be. People at the end of the day are still just people.  Regular, imperfect human beings with issues and challenges just like the rest of us.  No better or worse.

The times that we are living in make it unwise to blindly trust people and make assumptions about who people are because we really don’t know.  All we really know is what they choose to share with us. 

My aim today was not to scare you but just share my perspective on what is going on in society.  There is a lot we don’t know.  I honestly don’t believe a lot of us have the stomach for what is really going on out there. I know the little I read is enough to make me sick.

So please be safe and vigilant. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.  Respect and value life!!

Do you agree with the saying, “what you see is what you get?”

I would love to hear your thoughts below.

 

The Little things

Kindness, Attitude, Grace, Design
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It’s the little things we do

That can show our actions to be true

So be careful what you do

If you don’t want to be sad and blue

A kind gesture can go a long way

In making someone else’s day

…………………………………………………….

It’s the little things we say

That can transform any day

So build up the courage

I don’t mean to be repetitive

But say something positive

……………………………………………….

It’s the little things in life

That can relieve a lot of strife

So be sure to check your attitude

And have plenty of gratitude

As you remember

The little things..

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

theCramm Award

 

 

Thank you Kayla for nominating me for “theCramm Award”.

theCramm award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm an awesome platform that is all about condensing each day’s news into one place!

 

Rules:

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question

 

Three things that motivate me to blog:

  1. My Passion – I love writing and sharing my experiences and thoughts.
  2. Hope – that I would be able to touch someone’s life in a positive way.
  3. Purpose – I don’t believe that I was led to blogging my chance.  I truly believe that God has a purpose for this blog that is greater than my own understanding and I continue to put my trust in him.

 

Three people who motivate me to blog:

  1. My sister.
  2. My readers.
  3. Me – (I’m self-motivated)

 

One thing I hope to do that will improve the world:

  • Have my blog positively impact people to the point where they improve their thinking and their overall lives. It makes me feel good to know that someone found value in something I shared.

 

Challenge Question – What would your days look like if time was not an issue?

  • I would try to blog more although my sister thinks I already spend enough here lol.

 

I had to share the love guys.

My nominees are:

WanderingTravelr

Sweta Ojha

poetrylover

chaos-xd

worldwidequotes

Cheila

hailangeliccreation

 

My challenge question for you:

  1. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would you like to meet?

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

The Liebster Award

Thank you Cheila for nominating me for the Liebster Award.   I am truly honoured.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their interest in my blog and their positive feedback.  I never envision enjoying blogging as much as I do.   The blogging community for me has been a place for information and inspiration.

 

The rules of this award:

  1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award;
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you;
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself;
  4. Nominate 11 blogs;
  5. Notify them of the nomination;
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

Questions asked of nominees:

  1. Who is your inspiration? – My two boys inspire me to be better.
  2. What are your favorite hobbies? – I enjoy writing and interior decorating.
  3. What’s your favorite color? – My favourite colour in any and every shade is blue .
  4. What is your favorite season? – In the Caribbean, we have two seasons: rainy season and dry Season.  I prefer the rainy season because it is much cooler.
  5. If you had a week left to live, what would you do? –  I would try to take my kids to all of the destinations we spoke about in hopes of capturing even more memories with them.
  6.  If you had a superpower, what would it be? – If I had a superpower, it would be mind control.
  7. Where do you want to travel to? – My list is extensive but here are a few places I would love to visit Morocco, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Australia.
  8. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? – My favourite ice cream flavour is Amaretto.
  9.  What is your favorite song? – My favourite song wow this is a tough one. I love Adele’s music but I have to go with “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia.
  10.  What do you want your legacy to be? – I want my legacy to be the lives I touch through my blog and everyday life.  May I provoke a smile, inspire and even be a catalyst for change.
  11.  What made you start blogging? – I got tired of seeing other people in negative and unhealthy situations and with my sister’s encouragement I ventured into blogging.

 

Eleven random facts about me:

  1. I love to have free style rapping challenges with my eldest son.
  2. I am the eldest in my family of three siblings.
  3. I prefer to wash and clean my car myself while I listening to music.
  4. I like to watch cartoons.
  5. I work well under pressure.
  6. I hate to be late for appointments.
  7. I don’t like to see people getting taken advantage of.
  8. I am very protective of my children.
  9. I am a really nice person but don’t take my kindness for weakness.
  10. I don’t like to be kept waiting.
  11. I enjoy role playing especially with my younger son. He has an active imagination and he forces me to relax.

 

My nominees are:

  1. bellainizio
  2. misstalkaholic
  3. Vijay
  4. lifehostage32
  5. kayla
  6. Lι т тle T н ι ngs
  7. havau22
  8. Writing Natural
  9. hailangeliccreation
  10. Don Cormier
  11. Quinn

 

My questions:

  1. What was your favourite cartoon tv show growing up?
  2. What motivates you the most?
  3. What’s your favourite food?
  4. If you could be any animal which one would you be?
  5. What tourist attraction would you recommend in your country?
  6. What annoys you the most about people?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  8. If you ran a race against four non-athletes you would probably place – 1st, 2nd, third or fourth?
  9. What’s your favourite dessert?
  10. What one quality in a partner is non-negotiable for you?
  11. What type of music do you prefer?

No pressure to answer these questions guys. Just have fun blogging and keep doing what you all do.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

Stages in Life

Adult, Age, Baby, Child, Death, Human
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In life we go through many stages

Some good, some bad

Even some that make us sad

I know it’s hard, not to get mad

…………………………………………………….

So many chapters, so many pages

For some it’s more than their wages

“Setbacks, challenges, obstacles”

Whatever name you give it

The pain, despair even the fear

You can’t let it control you

Manipulate and blind you

…………………………………………………..

Instead let’s face it

Stop trying to displace it

Learning and growing

Each step of the way

To emerge stronger and wiser

Each day.

 

By: Cherylene Nicholas

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Listen to your Heart  for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers. It is designed to encourage new bloggers to keep up the good work and help people to discover new blogs.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers of your choice and let them know.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I’m not a fan of coffee but I do enjoy herbal teas.
  2. I love to travel and wish I could do it more often.
  3. I love a good Bar-B-Que.
  4. I am a good listener.
  5. I like rearranging my furniture every so often to give the rooms a new look and feel.
  6. I love getting creative in the kitchen.
  7. I didn’t always share how I felt until now.

I have chosen to nominate some blogs I have not previously nominated. Each of these bloggers brings something unique to their readers that I respect and admire. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage them to continue doing what they do.  We all have something special to offer.

My nominees are:

  1. Lι т тle T н ι ngs
  2. Ishita
  3. Vijay
  4. thetellerstales
  5. eternalsoul25
  6. cheyenne65
  7. TillyTheBlogger
  8. boolifeblog
  9. Dysis
  10. blessedbyhislove
  11. Naomi Byrnes

 

Time is Precious

 

Woman in Black Shirt Carrying His Son in the Seashore during Sunset
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We race through life, like a speeding truck

No time for this, no time for that

Time waits for no one and that’s a fact

Please don’t think that I didn’t care

Because I had little time to spare

I know it seems so unfair

Now only grief and memories you will share

Oh how I’ll miss my family so

Where did all the time go? 

Wish I had more time to let them know

I did not always want to go

But I loved them too much to say no

Now that my time has come  

I can’t believe that I’m really gone

So much of my life left undone

Just when my life had begun

I assumed I had more time for fun

Remember friends, 

Time waits for no one.

Grave, Flower, Urn, Cemetery, Death
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