Different Interpretations of Truth

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Is there such a thing as ‘different interpretations of the truth’?

Truth is the ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we are wrong. 

There are instances when the ‘truth’ can become blurry.  This can occur when two or more persons recall fragments of an event or events based on what and how they remember them especially if they were emotionally charged at that time.

Whenever this happens we often end up with (3) three versions of ‘truth’ emerging:

  • Your version (which is the ‘truth’ as you perceived it)
  • His or Her version (which is the ‘truth’ as the other person perceived it)
  • Reality (what actually happened – which sometimes does not have an audience to validate or confirm what in reality occurred)

Some may argue, that the ‘truth’ is the truth and there is no differentiation.  However, if that were so how can two or more people be present at the same event and some report events differently than others as to what actually occurred.  One explanation could be that some may be purposely lying or withholding details.

Likewise, another explanation could be when situations get heated our emotions can go on overdrive causing us to see and hear only bits and pieces of information because mentally we are so charged up playing back whatever upset us that everything else going on around us sounds like noise and distortion.  We are angry and hurt and unfortunately when we get like this very little matters after that.

So yes, there are different versions of truth because for each of us in that moment how we feel about our situations are real to each of us.   When it comes to feelings and emotions it is not always so easy to control.  What we can do however, is try not to do and say things out of anger for once this happens the words can’t be undone.

Remember, the truth is our ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we wrong.   When dealing with difficult situations it is therefore important that we keep our minds open and be slow to speak.   Once we get too emotionally charged things can get blurry and we don’t want that.

If you happen to be a bystander in an event, it is important that you try to stay unbiased because the persons involved would need objectivity and a clear mind to help them resolve their issue(s).

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. 🙂

Strength

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Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes.   However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging,  I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.

What do I mean?

Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days.   Let me explain.

  • Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions. 

 

  • Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in.   It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives.   Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.

 

  • Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked.  The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives.  They usually rally around us in our time of need.  They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times.  Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family.  This is just as significant.

These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful.  So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.

Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes!  Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges.  Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.

We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?

Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:

  1. Through prayer.
  2. Reading and trying to understand the scripture.  I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
  3. Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
  4. Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
  5. Take control of our thoughts.
  6. Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
  7. Practice forgiveness.  Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
  8. Practice self-love.  I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.

I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me.  Strength is God’s gift to each of us.  Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?

Thanks for stopping by.  Make today and this weekend a great one.

The Blame Game

The blame game only highlights the obvious that is, that something went wrong or not as planned.

The time and effort we put into it can drain our energy and leaving those involved feeling discouraged and angry. How we address issues in times like these can help make or break relationships.

Things go wrong from time to time and it is important that we look at where things went wrong and why so we can learn from them.  However, more effort should be placed on finding a resolution and a way forward.

So before we go off highlighting everything someone else did incorrectly – stop, think and ask yourself, if it were me how would I like to be spoken to or about.

We all make mistakes. Let’s choose to learn from them.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Website Update

Hello everyone,

Please note that my website was recently migrated to a new host provider and as such some of the work that I created during that time did not transfer and unfortunately any comments made were lost.  As such I would be re-posting articles I did after September 14th since those are the ones missing.

So please bear with me as I re-post those articles.  I am hoping and trusting that this migration to a new host provider alleviates the problems I was having as well as some of you were having with my website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Happy Republic Day Trinidad and Tobago (originally posted 24.09.2017)

Happy Republic Day to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago! 🙂

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What is Republic Day all about?

Although Trinidad and Tobago gained independence on August 31st 1962  Her Majesty the Queen remained the Queen of Trinidad and Tobago and all citizens continued to owe allegiance to Her.

The citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago after many years of being a monarchy decided that Trinidad and Tobago should no longer be required to owe allegiance to the Queen and should become a Republic having a Head of State from within.

Out of this desire came the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1976.   The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is governed by a bicameral Parliament.  The Constitution provides for a President, a Prime Minister and a Cabinet system of Government under which Ministers are responsible to the legislature and, through it, to the country.

Truth be told although Republic day is celebrated on September 24th every year Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic on August 1, 1976.  We celebrate the event as a public holiday on September 24th  because this is the date when the first Parliament met under the new Republican Constitution.

How is Republic Day celebrated?

Various ceremonies are held throughout the island such as the President’s speech to the nation, have parades along with other festivities and feasts.  Some people celebrate this day by making delicious food and sharing it with family and relatives.

Some schools even have their students perform various patriotic events just one day prior to the public holiday.  Some people celebrate the day by watching horses race in the Royal Oak Derby at the Arima Race Club.

However, you choose to celebrate Republic day let us never forget what this freedom means as we are ultimately responsible for our own actions. We should strive to not only live in peace with each other but respect each other also.

Have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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Health and Wellness Fridays – Exercise (originally posted on 22.09.2017)

Health and Wellness Fridays – Exercise

Hello and Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! How is your day going so far?  It’s Friday, so no matter what’s going we can still be grateful for that! 🙂

Today, I’m going to be looking an exercise.  Yes, I said it.  Now I know there are those of you who have no hang ups about the word and in fact enjoy it very much because of what it does for the body and mind.

However, there are some of us who have not gotten to that point in our lives just yet and this word can often be associated with muscle pain, muscle cramps and shortness of breath just to name a few.  As such it is not an activity some of us naturally gravitate to.  We sometimes let the negative side effects (mostly temporary) deter us from starting exercise and more importantly sticking with it.

However, over the years we’ve heard and even seen how exercise can change our lives and our bodies for the better.  Exercise however, is not limited to just going to the gym.  It can include activities such as walking, jogging, running, swimming, yoga, dance and many sport activities that require us to move around.

                 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of exercise.

  1. Controls your weight
  2. Reduce your risk for heart disease
  3. Improves your mood
  4. Boost your energy
  5. Promote relaxation and better sleep
  6. Improves your sex life
  7. Reduce stress
  8. Boost self-confidence
  9. Improves your memory and brain function
  10. Good for your muscles and bones (especially when paired with adequate protein intake)
  11. Improves skin health
  12. Reduce pain
  13. Increases strength and flexibility
  14. Increase life span (natural disasters and other non-controllable variables aside)
  15. Combat depression
  16. Improve your body image

Exercise or getting active is one way to help improve our health and our lives.  I won’t sit here and tell do it everyday but what I would recommend is finding and starting something we can stick with because not doing anything would be hurting us more than helping us in the long run.

Do it by yourself or get some friends and or family members to join in. Make exercise fun, laugh with not at each other, support and encourage one another.  You’ll be improving your health and your relationships hopefully in the process.  Once we adopt a positive attitude towards it, approaching it as a different way of having fun and getting and staying healthy we’ll reap the rewards. 🙂

Talk to your medical professional about what is best and safe for you based on any medical or health concerns you might have.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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What’s Up Wednesdays #16 (originally posted 20.09.2017)

Hello and welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays!  Hope you’re all having a good week thus far.  I’m happy to say that my health has improved and I’m almost back to 100%. 🙂  A special thanks to those of you for your get well wishes.  I really appreciated it.

Today was a very hectic day and honestly, I’m beat.  I feel guilty about not being able to deliver this post the way I would like to but my mind and body are just too tired tonight.

This week has been draining but productive so I won’t complain. It’s been a challenge to eat on time but I try to do right by my body.  I’ve eaten mostly soups for the last week but today I had Chinese food for lunch – pepper shrimp with noodles and vegetables.  Thankfully, it was not too spicy.  I was craving it so I just had to get it. No regrets! 🙂

I’m excited about my future even though I don’t know exactly where I would be or how things would all turn out but I know I can’t live in fear.   It is with this knowledge that I choose to adopt a positive outlook on life as I move forward trusting God and aligning myself to receive my blessings and his favour in every aspect of my life.  I claim it and receive it in Jesus name. Amen!

I’m still to finish to my Orphan Black series. 🙁

As for the shopping, the way I’m feeling tonight we should be getting a new queen mattress to go with my new pillows. I’ll work on that. 🙂

Is there anything new to report?

The giveaway! I have not forgotten.   I just have to organize the details this week and hopefully I can run it next week.   That’s it for tonight dear friends.  Stay blessed and not stressed.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night!