This Blessing is Global

“To hate a nationality,
to hate a location because of its people,
to hate someone
is:
– self-destructive (the acid of hatred is destroying you from the inside out),
– self-cursing (the hatred you’re verbalizing, expressing, acting out, demonstrating and
writing are magnetizing the negativity of the same and worse to happen to you, immediately or later),
– a demonstration of a lack of a measure of intelligence about the Human Family,
and
– a demonstration of a lack of knowledge about The Blessing of Genesis 12:3

~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie
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Trying to Keep Up with Others’ Goals

“People who race against other people always stumble, because you cannot run forward looking sideways.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Criminalized for the Lack of Bail

“Money bail is ruining the lives of literally millions of poor people
and costing the country unnecessary billions of dollars
in incarceration costs every year.
Local jail populations grew by 19.8 percent just between 2000 and 2014,
with pretrial detention accounting for 95 percent of that growth. …
… The single feature shared by almost every defendant in pretrial detention is that they are poor.
Rich people make bail; poor people don’t.
Regardless of actual guilt or innocence,
poor people are criminalized for their inability to buy their way out of jail.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Pleading GUILTY While Innocent

“The major shortages of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders,
coupled with the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial
has led to a crisis
in which it is not possible
for every defendant who wants a day in court to get one.
So, the courts need a way to keep the trials from taking place.
By imprisoning poor people who cannot put up money for bail,
the system uses the threat or reality of extended imprisonment
to extract guilty pleas, even from people who are innocent
or have other valid defenses.
Not able to get a timely trial, they have only one option – plead guilty.
It is a Hobson’s choice, more so even than many of the defendants realize,
because the guilty please have serious collateral consequences
they may not even be aware of and which stay with them for the rest of their lives.
But, pleading guilty is what they do by the thousands, every day, all over America.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

Becoming Independent of Charity

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”
~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Compassion, Friendship & Unity

“When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think
in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.
~ Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand (June 1946 – October 2016)
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Equal Upon Principle

“I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence,
which declares that all men are equal upon principle,
you begin making exceptions to it,
where will you stop?
If one man says it does not mean a Negro,
why not another say it does not mean some other man?”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

The Irrevocable Decree of Political Separation

“The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation,
between the United States and their people on the one part,
and the British king, government, and nation on the other.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
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The Actions of Others

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Keeping Their Sex Between the Two

“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,'” ….
“But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy – a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman –
they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.
They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

The On-Screen Look

“There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen,
where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting.
I’m sorry to disappoint people, but I don’t look like that all the time – no actress does.”
~ Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Actress & Philanthropist

If Men Were Birthing Babies

“Let me tell you something: I salute womanhood worldwide, because women are exceptionally tough for enduring the misery of childbirth.
I’ve cleaned hogs and gutted deer, but in my experience on Earth I’ve never witnessed such a brutal event.
If men were in charge of carrying and birthing our babies, we’d have a lot fewer people on Earth,
because we’d only do it once- I can promise you that!”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

That Which We are Best Fitted For

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted.
It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for,
and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions,
because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”
~ Maria Montessori,
Physician, Educator, Author & Founder – Montessori Method

Just Doing the Easiest Thing Possible

“Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by,
by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you
who really wants to do what you’re doing.
And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.
~ Maria Sara Bartiromo,
Journalist, Columnist, Author(3) & News Anchor
Coalition of Italo-American Associations Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award (1997)
Union League of Philadelphia Lincoln Statue Award (2004)
Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of A Breaking News Story (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting (2009)
Financial Times 50 People Who Shaped the Decade (2009)
Cable Hall of Fame (2011)
~

Knowing & Loving Yourself

“People who deeply know and love themselves are not hateful towards others.” 
~ Yung Pueblo,
a.k.a. Diego Perez
Mediator, Writer, & Speaker

If Someone Doesn’t Like You

“The one thing I really learned, and learned well, in group therapy was that
you don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”
~ Rita Moreno,
a.k.a. Rosa Dolores Alverio,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award (1972), Tony Award (1975), Emmy Award (1977),
Emmy Award (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

The Excellence

“Envy always hates the excellence it cannot reach”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries,
& Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

Swimming in Endless Circles

“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings,
just so people can watch them swim in endless circles,
teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals –
and the lesson is not a flattering one.”
~ Pamela Anderson,
Actress, Model, Animal Rights Activist,
Philanthropist & Canada’s Walk of Fame (2006)

Leaving Bad Situations

“A fear of the unknown keeps a lot of people from leaving bad situations.”
~ Kathie Lee Gifford,
Television Host, Singer, Songwriter, Author< Director, Producer & Philanthropist

Other Peoples’ Money

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher), 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
~ Image via Wikipedia

Big Nanny Government

“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is
because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing,
not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.”
~ Lyn Nofziger,
Journalist, Political Consultant, Author, Press Secretary & White House Advisor

An Amorphous ‘Collection’

“No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual.
The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’
and stop thinking of them as people, is the day you start going out of business.” 
~ Dharmesh Shah 
Co-Founder –HubSpot

That Which is Right, Just & True

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty
by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.
A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.
A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Precious, Valuable Treasures

“Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from Heaven,
and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each others’ hearts.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Your Own Definition of Beautiful

“Never try to be someone else’s definition of beautiful.
You have to define beautiful for yourself.’
~ Zendaya,
a.k.a. Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
,
Fashion Model, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Author

They’re Not All Addicts

“People who are homeless, they’re not all addicts. A lot of times, they’re just people who,
through something like losing their job or losing someone in their life, ended up on the streets.
So much of our time is spent in cars that sometimes you need to look out of those windows.
And you see that a dollar, 50 cents, whatever you have, may not mean much to you,
but it means everything to people who are hungry and who are in need.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Dreams of Success

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~ Wayne Huizenga,
Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder – AutoNation, Founder – Waste Management, Inc.,
Norman Vincent Peale Award (2008) & Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award (1992)

Like You Have an ‘S’ on Your Chest

“People love that you’re human and that we’re frail and we face the same situations.
Honesty tends to communicate with people better than standing up there like you have an ‘S’ on your chest.”
~ TobyMac,
a.k.a. Toby McKeehan
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Author,
American Music Awards (2012), Billboard Music Awards (2X),
Grammy Awards (3X), GMA Dove Awards (19X)

Healing On a Public Stage

“Prayer and encouraging words change things. We’re all human. We all go through stuff.
The hardest part about being a celebrity is having to heal on a public stage. That’s the worst.
Imagine going through a scandal, or a divorce, or a death in the family, and running into fans on the street.
Because of where my heart is, my instinct is to put my sadness aside,
and give them a smile or a hug, no matter how bad I’m feeling.
And the appreciation of fans can refuel your spiritual tank in those situations.
But until you’re famous, people don’t realize how difficult that is.”
~ Al B. Sure!,
a.k.a Albert Joseph Brown III
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Radio Host, Record Executive,
Sony Innovators Talent Search  (1987), American Music Award – Best New R&B Artist,
Soul Train Award Award – Best New Artist, New York Music Awards,

Challenges & Lessons

“Everyone has challenges and lessons to learn – we wouldn’t be who we are without them.”
~ Sean Combs,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Record Executive, Actor, Entrepreneur,
Grammy Awards (3X), MTV Video Music Awards (2X), Philanthropist,
Founder – Sean John, Founder – Daddy’s House Social Programs,
Council of Fashion Designers of America Award (2004) & NAACP Image Awards (2009),

The Ambitious Ones Haven’t Given Up

“Never fear the haters. … The ambitious are criticized by those that have given up.
Criticism’s easily avoided by saying, doing and being nothing.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

Everyone Has Highs & Lows

“Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from,
but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders,
saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day!’.”
~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

Creating Wholeness

“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters.
I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from,
how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.”
~ Samuel L. Jackson,
Actor & Film Producer

The Size of Your Battle

“The size of your battle often times determines the size of your blessing.
So many people have had battle after battle, now get ready for blessing after blessing after blessing.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

The Favor and Blessing on Your Life

“They are jealous of the favor and blessing on your life. Take it as a compliment.
They don’t talk about average people. They talk about exceptional people.
They don’t talk about people that aren’t doing anything.
They talk about people who are taking new ground;
people that are making a difference — people that stand out”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Fungi: Mostly Ignored

“Fungi are the cause of many outbreaks of disease, but are mostly ignored.
Fungi can cause a number of life threatening diseases …
Many people, scientists among them, are largely unaware.”
~ American Academy of Microbiology – 2007
Because fungal diseases mimic other diseases, fungal diagnoses are delayed.
“Talk to your doctor about the possibility of a fungal infection,
if you’re not getting better.”
~ Center for Disease Control (CDC) – 2018

Doctor’s Fungal Protocol

A Magnet in Your Heart

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first;
when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
Guru

Don’t They See the Connection?

“Have you ever noticed the people who gossip the most, have the least?
Don’t they see the connection that, “You don’t have the energy to put in YOUR business
because all YOUR energy is in MINE.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Your Purpose & Your Unique Talent

“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others.
When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience
the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
~ Kallam Anji Reddy,
Entrepreneur, Founder-Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF),
Padma Shri Award (2001) & Padmabhushan Award (2011)

Being Good to One Another

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things.
It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.”
~ Carrie Fisher,
Actress, Writer, Comedian, Activist, Saturn Awards (1990),
Grammy Awards (2018) & Teen Choice Awards (2018)

Settling Down by the Fire & Enjoying the Christmas Tree

“It’s always a wonderful time to be able to settle down by the fire,
enjoy the Christmas tree and the decorations, and just spend time with the ones you love
and surround yourself with the people that you don’t get to see enough throughout the year.”
~ Jay DeMarcus,
Bassist, Vocalist, Pianist, Record Producer & Songwriter

Standing Adversity

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

When You Dream

“Music is able to make a person dream. When you dream, you dream of something good, something beautiful,
and when you dream, you always dream of yourself better than you are.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

Others Are Going Through It, Too

“Just because you don’t know if other people are experiencing the same thing as you are,
it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. Everybody doesn’t necessarily share everything.
Just know that what you’re going through, other people are going through it, too.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress, and Model

Better Things

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Everyone’s Beautiful in That Zone

“I think if people are passionate about something, it could be real estate or biochemistry,
and that spark gets turned on in them, everyone’s beautiful in that zone.”
~ Cindy Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via Pixabay

Being an Asset

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it
and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

When You Follow Your Heart

“When you follow your heart, you’re never supposed
to do things because of what you think people might say.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Continue reading “When You Follow Your Heart”

Communicating Honestly

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity
and upon respect of the one for the other.”
“If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,

Making Other People Shine

“I know that if I concentrate on making other people shine, I will shine.
It is really about the other person, never about you.”
~ John Schneider,
Actor, Singer, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Children’s Miracle Network & Founder – FaithWorks Productions

As Fit As They Can Be

“I think everybody can be as fit as they can be
for their particular body, if they work out and eat healthily.”
~ Mel B,
a.k.a. Melanie Janine Brown,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress,
Television Personality & Author

Being Dark

“It was rough being dark. I got heat from my own people more than anyone else.
I remember going to my mom and saying, ‘Why am I so black?’ And she said,
‘Because I’m black. You just gotta always work harder than the average bear.'”
~ Bernie Mac,
a.k.a. Bernard Jeffrey “Bernie” McCullough
Stand-up Comedian, Actor & Voice Actor.

Look Destiny in the Eye

“Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye
without flinching but also without attempting to play God.”
~ Henry Kissinger,
Statesman, Political Scientist, Diplomat, Geopolitical Consultant,
United States Secretary of State (1973-1977), United States National Security Advisor (1969-1975),
U.S. Military Bronze Star, Nobel Peace Prize (1973), Harlem Globetrotters’ 1st Honorary Member (1976),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), National Book Award in History (1980),
Israel’s President’s Medal (2012), Henry A. Grunwald Public Service Award (2013),
Founder – Kissinger Associates & Author

Somewhere, Sometime, Someone Helped

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A Little Time Out of Your Day

 

“Take a little time out of your busy day
to give encouragement to someone who’s lost their way.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author

Teamwork Makes Their Dream & Your Dream Work

“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (JAN 3, 1977 – JAN 3, 1983)

Knowing You Are Loved

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved
and you leave this world knowing the same,
then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Sincere & Selfless Contribution

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick ,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

Single-Focus Time for Family

“There are certain things in a family life that I think are sacred and that, as adults, we can take for granted—that time alone with your child when you’re not focused on any other individual and you’re just focused on your child. We multi-task in life but I think there are certain things and certain people that deserve that single-focus time and being with your children is one of them. I don’t think mixing dating and family fun time if you’re not in a marriage or a serious relationship is appropriate.”
~ Lauren Lake,
Lawyer, Author, Interior Designer, Real Estate Developer,
Singer, Legal-Relationship-Life Consultant, & TV Talk Show Host

That One Thing Isn’t Their Totality

“You cannot define a person on just one thing.
You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things
that a person has done because one thing
didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Thinkers Reap the Greatest Rewards

“The people who think — the people who solve problems
or entertain or inform — in a creative fashion
are the ones who reap the greatest rewards.”
~ Anthony R. Michalski,
Publisher & Curator