Tag Archives: overcome

Expansive Outlooks

One really spectacular benefit of social media is that it allows you to follow those you choose, ignore those you want to and share news or commentary on your day as you see fit. There are a great many people who use it purely for trivia or entertainment. There are many companies that use it to pimp their product. There are also a host of people who use it to regularly share good news, positive messages and (hopefully) inspirational commentary. Finding THOSE people wasn’t as easy thirty or forty years ago and, in that way, social media can benefit everyone on a daily basis. That said, the benefit only exists if YOU seek out and follow the folks who share such positive messages. Here are a few other thoughts to go along with what you might find if you do. Continue reading

Fear Is A Choice

…and therefore unnecessary.  I didn’t used to believe that.  You’d think that being a police officer for virtually all of my adult life, I’d understand that fear was something I could choose or not.  I didn’t realize that until after I’d retired (the first time) and I still have to thank a Will Smith movie (After Earth) for the realization. What I did all throughout my career was simply ignore the fear, or overcome the fear, to perform my duties as my oath and circumstances required.  It wasn’t until I heard these words in After Earth that I realized: fear doesn’t HAVE to exist; we choose it. Continue reading

Semicolons and Life

I recently an article about the new tattoo rage: a semi-colon. People are apparently getting them tattood anywhere and everywhere: behind their ear, on their wrist, ankle, foot, lower abdomen, butt, etc…  yes, anywhere and everywhere.  The “movement” was apparently started in 2013 and is meant to express that, at any given moment, life isn’t over yet.  Life is always in progress.  Life isn’t a sentence that stops until you’re dead.  And truthfully, if you’ve done anything to make your mark on the world, your sentence doesn’t even stop when you die.  It gets paraphrased, reread, remembered, etc because you left something behind.  You either left stories about the things you did, or you wrote stories about cool stuff others did. Continue reading