You Have The Wisdom And Strength Inside You

Human beings don’t become wise by reading books – they become educated. Living out experiences firsthand in the real world, one day at a time, is what gives birth to wisdom. Ultimately wisdom is what you get when you test out the waters for yourself. This kind of life experience is the most valuable asset you own.

Sometimes on the road to acquiring wisdom life will beat you down, but you have to stand back up. Because nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a soul who has weather and grown through life’s difficulties. Don’t regret your time, even the moments that were filled with hurt. Smile because you learned from it all and because you gained enough strength to rise above it all.

In the end, it’s not what you have been through that matters; it’s how you got through it that defines your life and your legacy.

Defending Your Beliefs

Beliefs

You need to know why you chose the belief. What reason did you have? Make sure it is a good reason so you aren’t caught off guard or look bad.

Do plenty of research on it. If it is a different religion, look up the religion in textbooks or on the internet. If it is a style, you may do research if you want, but also you need to stand as to what you wear, and explain that it’s not evil, it’s just different.

On a piece of paper, record all of the data you’ve uncovered.

Confront the person you are trying to convince. If they often come to you, be prepared. Maybe practice discussing it with yourself, a friend, or somebody you can trust.

Firmly tell them that your religion/belief is what you believe in. Stand up for it, and don’t take their discouraging words. Have confidence that your belief is the right thing for you, because to the best of your knowledge, it is true.

Don’t get offended if others question your beliefs. If you are truly secure about them, then you have nothing to worry about.

Understand that some beliefs have no foundation, and need to be put out to pasture.

If your belief is controversial, don’t flaunt it.

Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Sometimes it’s best to just keep your ideas to yourself to avoid fights.

The Boston Marathon Run Explosion

Multiple People Injured After Explosions Near Finish Line at Boston Marathon

All living things — including bugs and fish and people — die. It’s difficult, even for grownups, to understand why this must happen. It may be the hardest thing of all to understand. The best we can do is to accept death as a fact of life. It happens, and we can’t do anything to change that. May the soul of all who died rest in peace.

As investigators combed through what Boston’s top police official described as “the most complex crime scene we’ve dealt with in the history of our department,” leaders vowed to emerge unbowed from Monday’s terror attack.

“Moments like this and our response to them define who we are,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said, a day after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 176.

Investigators spent Monday going over the 12-block crime scene and fanning out to interview witnesses, with FBI Boston Field Office Special Agent in Charge Richard Des vowing to go to the “ends of the earth” to find out who was behind the bombing.

He said Tuesday that there was no known imminent threat in the wake of the twin bombings. And Massachusetts Gov. D. Patrick stressed that, despite earlier reports, there were no unexploded bombs discovered after the attack.

Authorities pleaded for the public to submit cell phone images and video that could help unravel the mystery of who created such carnage at one of the nation’s most storied sporting traditions.

The blasts, which killed an 8-year-old boy and two other people, marked a grotesque end to what should have been a celebration of triumph.

One man’s legs were instantly blown off, yet he kept trying to stand up. Exhausted marathoners had to muscle the energy to flee the bloody scene. And some 176 people sought treatment at area hospitals, some of them gravely wounded, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

Investigators don’t know the motive for the bombings and don’t have a specific suspect, nor have they found any surveillance video showing the bombs being placed, a law enforcement source told CNN on Tuesday.

A day after the bombings, as Pope Francis told Bostonians to “combat evil with good” and runners in Atlanta staged a silent run to commemorate the victims, Americans alternately mourned and nervously wondered who was behind the violence.

Giving Your Best Shot

Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of leaving the rest of your life unlived. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live passionately right now while you have a chance. Keep in mind that life hasn’t afforded everyone this chance. You have been gifted a priceless opportunity.

Forget about how you thought things were supposed to be. Just because some things didn’t work out as you had expected, or didn’t happen as fast as you thought they would, is no excuse to give up on yourself. Time passes one way or the other. Do what you need to do so that, at the very least, you can look back someday and say, “I gave life my best shot.”

Your Ability To Learn Something New

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” What this means to me in the simplest of terms: Every day is a gift, and the gift is learning. Be a student of life. Indulge in it, learn from it and absorb all the knowledge you can. The purpose of your life is to live it in full, to experience it to the utmost, to reach out with an open mind for the newest and richest experience being offered at the time.

The Power Of Now

Every moment is equally special. Every moment is a gift.

Your life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Your life is between now and your next breath. The present moment is all the life there ever is.

Your entire lifespan is simply composed of ‘right nows.’ The best is not in front of you or behind you. It’s within you always in each moment.

So my challenge to you is this: Open your eyes. Wake up. Be attentive. Appreciate this moment for what it is. Regard the present as another chance to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and sensations life has to offer. Enjoy the big things that we often mistake as little things.

Hit The Bottom Of The Barrel! Start Your Life Again

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Be disgusted with your life now. Be sick of it! Ready to change. Never to look back! You need to be ready to put your old life behind you! OK ready to start? Then keep reading. No one can make you want to change your life but you. No one! If you really do want a new beginning read on.

Change the way you think. When you need to change everything about you and to completely start over in life you need to make some major adjustments between your ears. You need to think like a new person, act like a new person, dress like a new person, surround yourself with new people. You need to start thinking positively. Put away the I can’t, what ifs, and maybes and get down to the nitty gritty of changing your life.

Determine exactly who you want to be. What will you look like. What will you dress like? What will your relationship look like? Where will you live? What car are you driving? Take a good 15 minutes, close your eyes and really imagine the life you want down to what you feel like in that life. Take a good mental snapshot of your perfect life. You need to believe, without a shadow of a doubt that this person you envisioned will be you.

The second step is Major life housecleaning. To become a whole new person you may need to get rid of the same old people in your life that bring you down. You need to find the energy drainers in your life and get rid of them. Oh you know who they are. You know the friend that always creates drama. Your negative relative that is always putting you down or nay saying. What about your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. I know this is the hardest person to let go of, but if they cause you to cry, or make you feel bad about yourself, or cause you to feel horrible in any way, t is time to say goodbye. Some of the people that have I have spoke to that have went through this life changing process have told me they didn’t realize how much energy and happiness a person has stolen from you until you have let that person go and you regain your happiness back. If you are only with a person because you love them, not because they uplift or benefit you. If you do everything for them, and they do nothing for you. It is time so say goodbye. Take them out of your phone, FaceBook, etc. Quit contacting them. Drop them like a bad habit. They are bringing negative energy in your life and you don’t need that.

The third step is to get healthy. You can not be an optimal person if you have subpar health. It is time for a full head to toe physical. I know this may scare you. Or you may say you don’t have the money for it. You need to do it. There are health departments in every county of the US. If you don’t have insurance they operate on a sliding scale fee. There are free clinics as well. Be honest with your health care provider. Do you do drugs, or drink or smoke? They need to know. Request to have blood work done so you know your sugar, cholesterol, etc. You need to know everything about your body so if anything at all is wrong you can correct it. This was the hardest step for me to take. Why? Because I am terrified of them finding something wrong. I was certain just a few months ago when I found a lump in my breast that I had cancer. I finally, after much pushing from my husband, went and got everything checked and found I am in optimal health. Let me urge you, you cant fix your life if you are operating with a less than optimal body. GET A PHYSICAL!

Note: If you have an addiction it is time to come clean. If you really want to change your life it needs to stop now. I know it is not going to be easy. But life changing events are not easy. You must decide, no one else can do it for you. Do you want to keep living the horrible life you are or do you want to live the life you have dreamed of? You will never get a high like living the life you were meant to live. Call AA or NA. Put your bullshit reasons and excuses for not quitting aside. Hand your head for a minute in shame. Get over it. Make the call or ask your doctor where you can go to get help. Check yourself into a rehab if need be. You need to get all that nasty shit out of your system. You can not live a normal happy life when something else is controlling your life
The fourth step is to have a form of income so that you can have a cushion or emergency fund. This is not to pay bills right now or to buy something you want or need. This is to give you a solid foundation to start living your dreams. Yes you can do this even if your homeless! May it be a job or starting a little business. If you are reading this you have access to a computer so your better off than some out there. The average person needs a minimum of $3,000 in an emergency fund. YOU NEED THIS. You need to get this in an honest way. Anything you do dishonest will bring you back horrible results. You can earn it through a job even if its at McDonald’s. Put your pride away. Its useless, and hasn’t got you very far has it? You can earn it by washing cars, delivering newspapers, doing housekeeping for someone. You can also do recycling, affiliate marketing, or by having a garage sale. I will provide a whole list later in this blog of ways to make quick money. Do this to start your emergency fund! Not for any other reason. If you need to buy necessities, such as food or transportation or such put half the money you make away toward your emergency fund and do not spend it for any reason.

The fourth step is stability. If your life is chaotic you are probably not in a stable living environment. Do you move often? Live with friends or family in a less than supportive environment? You need your own place or if you live with someone else it needs to be a positive environment. If you have one great, but if you don’t this needs to be your objective. Even if it is in a studio apartment or HUD housing. You and your children if you have any need stability. What if you can’t afford it? There are programs out there to help you! Quit boo-hooing and get off your ass and make this happen! You are not a victim or broken anymore. Get done what you need to get done so you can put this bullshit life behind you and start living the life you want. You can find a responsible roommate to help split the bills if need be. Remember to screen this person well. You need to surround yourself with a positive people and have a positive environment. You will not get very far in life if you do not change your surroundings.

The fifth step is fixing your credit. Credit is very important. It is hard to get a good job or a nicer place when your credit sucks. With the downturn in the economy most people have sucky credit. It happens. Deal with it. Don’t fall for debt settlement or any scheme to get rid of debt. You can fix it on your own. If it is too bad you may need to file bankruptcy. Either way if you have bad credit you need to fix it. Time will heal a bankruptcy. I will make a page on here of ways to legally fix your credit for good. While your credit is being repaired you can work on other pressing aspects of you life.

The sixth step is appearance. When you look bad, you feel bad. Plain and simple. Do you need to lose weight? Maybe a hair cut or a few nice outfits. Even if you have to go the Goodwill. You need to look your best. When you do good things will come your way. You won’t get a good job or attract positive people in your life when you look like a bum. You will not be taken seriously or at the best you will be dismissed. Make yourself up! Be proud of the new you!

The seventh step is regular work. Apply for jobs. Any job that you think you can do. Apply for 30-40 jobs a day to start off with. Make finding a job your full time job right now. Use your computer for something good for once. Do you need a resume. There are several resume writing programs out there free that you may use. Go online and google sample resumes. Now that your emergency fund is well on its way you need to find a stable job or start your own business. Some of you may not be able to get a job due to your background or other reasons. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make an honest living. I will devote a whole page to jobs you can do at home, or that are entrepreneurial in nature that you can start now without much investment other than hard work.

Say No To Excess Alchohol (Use Anti-Craving Medicines) : Part 2

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Follow up with your doctor to report your progress. If you are doing well, s/he may want you to wean off the medication, or based on your feedback, may extend the prescription. If you’re not satisfied with the results or are suffering side effects, you may wish to consider changing the dose or using another anti-craving medicine.
Don’t be ashamed if you end up on the medication indefinitely. Just like diabetes, alcoholism is a chronic, often progressive, long-term disease which often requires pharmacological intervention. Now that scientists are beginning to decode the brain’s addictive pathways, they finally have a way to address receptors that result in craving.
Continue to integrate other important strategies into your program, particularly as you dose down from any medication. This includes nutrition, diet, exercise, dietary supplements, and positive visualization–to help maintain your healthy new lifestyle.
A number of medications are prescribed for alcohol craving and cessation. You can find a great deal of information at pharmacology websites, but do a search online for the “PI” (prescribing information) sheet for each one and you’ll find much more detail before speaking with your doctor. The medications most often prescribed to control craving typically include: Acamprosate, Baclofen, Naltrexone, Ondansetron, Revia, Rimonabant, Topiramate and Vivitrol.
Reward yourself for your accomplishments. Treat yourself when you reach a sobriety milestone (one day, one week, 30 days, three months, one year, etc.) And remember to not give up if you relapse. The road to recovery is not always straight and narrow.
Spirituality is often a very important component in achieving sobriety. In fact, it has been documented in clinical studies to be helpful for those who struggle with addiction. Whether you continue to follow a traditional religion or choose to explore new paths of enlightenment, the reflection and self awareness that result can be very powerful and meaningful in your quest for newfound health.
If you don’t have immediate or easy access to a medical library, search Google Scholar to find excellent abstracts from clinical journals about the medication/s in which you are interested.
Alternative treatments have become increasingly popular in addressing alcoholism. Do some research and consider adding acupuncture, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), hypnotherapy, therapeutic massage, or other approaches.
Subscribe to online blogs, newsletters and websites that push information out about new developments in addiction research. It’s important you become an advocate in your own health plan. Often patients are as well informed about new developments as the physicians who treat them!
Don’t assume a “magic pill” will fix your drinking problem. Alcohol dependence is a serious and complex health condition. Medication can be enormously helpful in eliminating physical craving, but you must still address the underlying reasons that cause you to drink. Here’s where the real work begins and it’s a wonderful opportunity to turn your life around. But if you expect to find salvation in a prescription, you may be sorely disappointed.
Some people shy away from visiting their doctors and simply order anti-craving medication from online pharmacies. You must be careful because many of these drugs are powerful and may have serious side effects or can interact with medications you are currently taking. In addition, you can’t be sure of the reputation of the pharmacy from whom you are ordering or the quality of the product they send you. It is prudent to undergo a program with the care and counseling of a qualified health care provider and to purchase medication from a trusted source.
Be prepared: your physicians may reject any proposal to prescribe medication. Remember that the average doctor receives approximately 12 hours of training in addiction treatment during his or her medical schooling; some are poorly prepared to deal with this difficult health concern. You must be proactive and find someone to help you. If your doctor turns you away, insist on a referral and do not give up until you find someone who is willing to work with you
Cravings come out of the blue, sometimes months or years later. Be prepared for them. Moments of stress, hunger or sleep deprivation may contribute to these urges. Have a strategy in place, a friend to call, or some plan of action when and if a craving hits
Incredibly, some people find their plans for new found sobriety are sabotaged right at home. Partners may fear losing a drinking buddy or control over a mate. Resentment may crop up. Relationships change. Be prepared for this beforehand and address it if you think it will be a problem. You will need support from all sectors during this very important time.

Say No To Excess Alchohol (Use Anti-Craving Medicines) : Part 1

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A new family of drugs is now available to treat alcoholism, just as physicians began treating depression with medication a decades ago[1]. Several anti-craving meds have been introduced and will radically change the way physicians help their patients. These drugs typically work on mid-brain receptors to ease withdrawal, blunt craving and dull the euphoria associated drinking. When used in conjunction with a comprehensive program of counseling, nutrition and support, they can be very effective. Some medications, like Naltrexone and Acamprosate, are approved by the FDA for this purpose. Others, like Topiramate, Rimonabant, or Baclofen are prescribed off label to help patients begin a program of alcohol cessation.
Do an honest self assessment about your drinking. Consider using the “C.A.G.E.” assessment. C: Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking? A: Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? G: Have you ever felt guilty about drinking? E: Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (eye opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you probably need to seek help. Other signs of alcohol addiction include the inability to control how much you drink, withdrawal symptoms such as shakiness or anxiety if you stop drinking, sleep disruptions and physical symptoms such as fluid buildup, poor wound healing and gastrointestinal bleeding. The sooner you seek treatment, the better.
Research anti-craving medications because this approach is relatively new to many health care providers. Ultimately, you will want to work in partnership with your clinician in determining which medicine is most appropriate based on your health status, possible drug interactions, side effects, and other factors. Review as much information as possible about each of the anti-craving medications you can find, including clinical studies regarding their use and efficacy. Search online magazine and newspaper articles about their use, effectiveness and side effects. Do not base your opinion on the experience of other individuals, but collect as much comprehensive information as you can before visiting your doctor. Depending on the physician you visit, you may be more knowledgeable about the specific medication in which you are interested.
Make your appointment. Treatment for alcoholism does not require a highly skilled addiction specialist, but it is helpful to have a trusted health care provider who will listen to you. Seek someone you are comfortable with and whom you believe will respect your wishes. Patients often prefer to see a doctor outside of their normal caregiver. If this is the case, you may wish to consider visiting a mental health practitioner because they are often more comfortable prescribing medications to treat addiction. Whomever you see, be honest about your health situation, but understand the information–unless otherwise indicated–will be noted in your medical records.
Expect a knowledgeable doctor to run any number of tests, which may include a physical exam, a GGT (blood chemistry test to evaluate liver function), a CDT (a more sensitive blood test) and an evaluation for signs of complications due to alcohol consumption such as abdominal pain, heart problems, withdrawal or cirrhosis.
Be prepared to receive a referral for individual counseling or group-based meetings to be done in conjunction with therapy. Support is a critical part of the process. If you are unwilling to visit a local therapist or a 12-step group, consider visiting an online alcohol recovery forum, where you may participate anonymously. If possible, find someone who is starting a similar regimen and “buddy up”. This can be enormously therapeutic.
Consider accepting a short term prescription for a benzodiazepine such as Valium or Ativan if your doctor feels it is necessary. It is often helpful for late stage alcoholics to manage withdrawal symptoms. Your physician should first screen for the presence of other medications to avoid interactions such as over-sedation.
Follow the directions for your medications carefully and report any disturbing side effects at once. If you are overly sensitive to the medication, you may have to reduce the initial dosing to minimize unwanted effects. Read the material provided with your medicine for all potential side effects, even those your physician may not have mentioned. Monitor your health closely.
Try and create as successful an environment as possible. Remove all alcohol from your house. Encourage the support of partners or others in the home and emphasize the importance of this endeavor if they are not already aware of it. If necessary, do not attend social functions early on if you feel they will provide too much temptation. Stay away from associates with whom you normally drink. Enroll in evening classes, join a volunteer group, or partake in other activities that will keep you busy. Many people report the “witching hours” between 5 and 8 p.m. to be the most difficult. If that is the case for you, try and change your schedule, at least early on, so you are preoccupied during those hours.
Consider medication as only *one part* of an important, multi-faceted therapy. At this time, you should also be focusing on restoring your body’s mental, emotional and physical health. If you do not exercise regularly, this is an excellent opportunity to begin, as you will occupy time once filled drinking, while you promote the release of endorphins and lift depression. Improve your diet by increasing whole grains, vegetables and fruits and reduce sugar, which will further curb your craving for alcohol. Drink lots of water. Begin a program of improved dietary supplementation, focusing on vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs that will help restore, rejuvenate and maintain a healthy, alcohol-free lifestyle. Save time each day for relaxation, positive visualization, self-hypnosis, and other helpful strategies to reprogram behavior. Focus on eliminating drinking triggers and look into the future to “see” the healthy individual you will become.

Say Country What?

The Lady
Now today, I would like to enlighten you about a simple but seemingly complex issue that is ’Patriotism’. Now here in Teen Soup,
my main focus is surely the teens of today or the GenY. But it does reach out to the viewers of all ages. So to speak, this
generation appears to be the ruthless and carefree one, so brothers and sisters I feel you though but a part of me now
understands my lack of belonging towards humanism due to my sheer selfishness. A good example to explain my point to all my
fellow friends would be of citing an example of the biopic of the legendary Aung Sang Su Kyi, titled as The Lady. You guys, I’m
sure most of you don’t even know who she is and what she stood for and still continues to. She is one of the great followers of
the Gandhian principles which in today’s world are only known in theory. She is the driving force behind liberating Burma, now
known as Myanmar from the cruel and atrocious rule of the military force. She chose her country before her dying husband ridden
with cancer and her two young kids. She sacrificed her peaceful life in Oxford to fight for the rights of millions of aggrieved in
Burma and be their voice. The first election that was a result of her non-violent aggitations turned victorious for her with she
winning by 392 to 10 votes. Still she believed that her struggle and fight wasn’t over and there was a lot left to do in Burma.
She was kept on a house arrest for 15 long years away from her family. She was conferred with the Noble Peace Prize during the
time she served under strict prohibitions. Sadly her life had always been tragic with she first losing her father, country, mother and
later husband. And inspite of such a traumatic and life changing experience, she was hurt both mentally and psychologically but
she carried on with the vision she had come with in Burma. So teens, don’t you think she is enough of an inspiration for us to
change that I couldn’t care a damn attitude to actually realize what we have is through the sacrifices of many such people like
Gandhi, Mandela, Su Kyi etc. If we can’t get the meaning of freedom then better atleast respect it. Because what comes to us so
easily is a result of phenomenas like mass protects, genocides, sacrifices etc. I myself am not a person too much into patriotism
or nationalism. But after watching this beautiful movie of this Iron Lady, it gave me a reason to cherish what I’ve been gifted with.
So people, look up from those bedazzled phones, fancy watches, expensive shoes and mirror to see and understand life more
than materialism. Yes we have been brought up in a free world, but underestimating those martyrs would be a shame and
disgrace to them and their personal loss. So just try to go beyond what’s written in texts and utilize those teachings and principles
left like an abandoned kid wanting to be needed again or a dog wanting to be adopted. Look through the travails of time, and
worship your country like the monks of Burma to the ultimate sacrifice of Su Kyi for her people. This article wasn’t my plan, but the
impact or the impression that this movie left on me was worth sharing and making aware of.