Who we are...

Who we are...
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charmed by choice, the blog has been a long thoughtful walk through choices. Ultimately, choices to be resilient.
Our family is one of the thousands of real life examples from this recession ...
we have experienced jobloss, mounting debt, property depreciation....
After spending some time hovering in the freak out mode...we have decided there is a choice to be made.
We can choose to stare at all that's challenging us,
or search and concentrate on all the incredible examples of resiliency.
Come along and be amazed at how many people live resiliently...
recovering finacially, emotionally, physically, spiritually...
We've all been told not to stare... but I invite you to stare at all that's resilient.
Let's be inspired and inspire each other.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Covers & Powerful Thoughts

Funny... as a baseline, I don't actually like the "talent shows"....
But as you can see, in the right hand column of my blog,
 there are several videos from these shows.
They are simply the  most moving, literal examples of
dreams coming true and resiliency I have found.

The latest addition speaks to me in multiple layers as an inspiration...

Don't judge a book by it's cover!

Change your thoughts, change your world!


How easy it is to make quick categorized judgements of the people we see...
 just "sum them up". 

This young, articulate, talented person, not what most would assume by his outer appearance. 
His music choice... surprised?  Ask yourself why?

As I journey through this focus on resiliency and empowerment,
 I find this example incredibly powerful.
The multiple lesson opportunity shouldn't be missed.

The preconceived ideas based upon his appearance don't match the real live human being behind the make-up and clothing style. 

Go beyond the simplistic idea of
 "don't judge a book by it's cover",
consider his deliberate choice to create that facade,
consider our deliberate choices to create facades.

He clearly states that he has felt himself as an outsider, generally rejected.
He chose a facade that says, I'm different, I don't fit into what is generally expected.
Feelings of rejection lead to choices....
Choices about outward appearance can provide a safety zone.

 I can reject you, before you reject me!
Creating a facade can go deeper than the styles we chose to represent us.

Some work hard at maintaining an air of arrogance~
I reject you 1st, I hold the power to reject.
Still others use the clever snarky facade~
 I reject you with my mean spirited wit.

Putting on an exterior to attempt to save the interior... 
 it's a lot of work to maintain a facade.

All that is such a great lesson available to revisit  in both how we choose to perceive what we see in others and what we choose to put on ourselves to create "who the world sees".

The Cover of a Book can be Deceptive...

The equally amazing lesson from this young man
  is that changes become possible with a shift in thoughts...
He chose to be vulnerable to millions and show something highly personal.  
He began the long road of changing his thoughts, to change his world.

Although those negative thoughts are clearly still there...
not good at anything, outsider, rejected....
There is an emergence of the possibility that the negative can be replaced by the positive.

He shared his carefully guarded secret, his true talent...
 at the risk of tremendous rejection.

And now his world is changing...

Change your thoughts, change your world.

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