Everyone loves to hate it. Myself included. But paying my taxes this year has been a humbling experience. And while it would be easy to be pessimistic and complain, here is my glass-half-full perspective:
My taxes will go to a military brat like me, so they can go to college debt free. They will be received by military families who say goodbye too much, and to gold star families who’s farewells outnumbered their reunions. They will go to this new health care system so that someone who needs medical care can finally get it, so the child who’s parents couldn’t afford a pediatrician can be cared for. They go to the single mom, who is working and going to school and needs help feeding her family. They go to the veteran who wants to learn something new. They go to the first responders, who risk their lives regularly for people they don’t know. They go to education, to help raise the future of this country.
We don’t all agree on the uses of our hard-earned money. It can hurt to let it go (believe me, I understand!) But there is good here. There will always be bad, always be greedy, selfish people. But there will ALWAYS be good. After all, anything I steward was never mine to begin with. I’m blessed to have the means to give so much.
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and allow the Spirit of joy to abide in you.
#socality #taxes #taxseason #joy #peace #thanksgiving #optimist #smile
65 and sunny. The island participates in a community stretch and yawn, like a bear coming out of hibernation. The rising mood is palpable as residents peer out of windows, come out onto the sand, and mill about adjacent to the ocean. The sand quivers with anticipation. It’s only late February, but summer is in the wind. Summer. When the island is fully alive.
#sunshine #ocean #emeraldisle #play #summer #blue #sky #prose
I can’t sleep. I’m thinking about my possible trip to Lynchburg in April. At first it was because I couldn’t slow my heart rate down. I was excited thinking about the trails and running in the mountains. But now it’s different. I’m a little apprehensive. I wish you were going with me. I wish I could just make new memories there without having to face the old ones. But I know I have to eventually. It’s daunting for some reason. And sad. Sad because I don’t remember what my favorite places were like before I had someone to share them with. And because everything has a memory. And everything carries a little bit of pain that I wish wasn’t still there. I’m a little ashamed that it is. That it wasn’t forgotten on our dock under the stars. It’s not the person who makes me sad, just the places. Because suddenly they are so lonely.
Holy cow. Now this is how you take care of your body. And this is how you live your life. And this is how you maximize your potential. Meet Sam ‘Sonny’ Bryant Jr. He’s a 70-year-old bodybuilder who doesn’t look a day over 40 and has a ridiculously ripped body that puts everyone younger than him to shame. His muscles look so good that I think they’re CGI. Or that Sonny is actually some cyborg. Or a time traveler.
"People have the misconception that age makes you old. But I realized that it’s the state of mind that makes you old." -Sonny
Take care of your body, it will take care of you. It is NEVER too late to start. You don’t have to be a body builder, there is something for everyone out there and excesses don’t count. My 81-year-old grandmother who works out more than me can attest to that!
Rocking out a Tree Pose for #yogalovechallenge day 1!
Today’s challenge: pick your own pose and write three things about yourself. I chose tree because its good for a beginner like me and reflects the balance I struggle to maintain in my life.
1. I’m a Jesus freak! Seriously, ask me about it and I will talk your ear off. I am a child of God, adopted and paid for by the blood of Christ.
2. My favorite sports are rock climbing and trail running. Since there are no mountains or climbing close to where I live now, I use yoga to fill the void. The precise movement and muscle control simulate climbing and I love that.
3. When I grow up I want to be a missionary pilot. It’s easy to get jealous of my peers who are already starting their careers while I continue to attend more school and flight hours to need organization requirements, but God gives me contentment where I am now.
@elvinnoriega @captainambria @cosmicgirlyogi @awakenjewelry @d_price14 @cuteandtailored thanks for the challenge!
I wish I could see myself the way Jesus sees me. Unblemished, clean, pure and white as fresh snow. I am a sinner, the worst hypocrite. But Jesus sees His bride, washed clean.
#socality #beautiful #redeemed #love #iamsecond
It requires far more bravery to put one’s weapon away that to draw it out.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Happy #christmas my friends. Give thanks for the gift of life and love that has been offered to us unconditionally.
Sweet Freddy Greene, the “street genie,” playing me some Christmas tunes on his sax. There is something special about notes played on an old horn during a chilly December night.
#jazz #music #love