The Worldview

In any society worldview is important. Individualism and personal experiences shape social, political, and spiritual perspectives. The worldview can amplify clutter and chaos if there is not a healthy outlook on life.

Chaos and clutter are generally an indicator of dysfunction of some type. Oftentimes, unbeknownst to those in the midst, one might view chaos and clutter in his or her environment as normal. Of contributing factors, the beholder’s perception, more than likely, prohibits him or her ability to distinguish between normalcy and abnormality.

So, what is chaos? Chaos is disorder, loss of control, and confusion; it’s a disruption from the natural order. Chaos creates an upheaval and causes commotions. Likewise, clutter is a state of disorder, disorganization, and messiness.

Some individuals think they’re exempted from chaos and clutter. They might think chaos and clutter are only tangible or the persona of a disorderly room in the house or office.

Look around you. Look at the world. Look at your life. Look at the community where you live. Look within.

What is your worldview? How you see the world provides insight about you. ‘

Have you considered what you see or perceive is not always factual?

Often worldview perspectives are shaped by philosophical, scientific, moralistic, and spiritual beliefs. Some are derived from geographical limitations and barriers. These limiting factors are systemic indicators “what you see is not all there is to see.”

Currently, reportedly close to 7.8 billion people inhabits the world. This number will increase or grow, but provides insight how vast the world’s population. It’s indication an individual can not singly define the world’s perspective. One can’t adequately explain and describe the experiences and individualism of others.

For this reason, one should have willingness to demonstrate an appreciation of different perspectives, but stay mindful, we are interrelated more than we realize. Let’s see the world together.

I Smiled Today

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I smiled today.

I smiled because in a complex society

I can smile because of the simplicity I see in life.

Today, I saw a little girl wearing a crisp white bow

neatly tied around her afro-puffs.

I saw a little boy wearing Converse tennis shoes

and white socks with blue stripes.

I smiled because he was wearing shoes I recognized.

I smiled today when I saw a family of four

on their way into the house of worship together

instead of staying home to watch Netflix separately.

I smiled after seeing an elderly couple who could barely walk

holding hands like they’re holding onto to dear life.

I saw a stranger helping someone across the street and smiled.

I smiled after hearing a young girl answer “yes ma’am”

when I asked her if she’s Annie Lee’s daughter.

I smiled because rarely you hear those words today

and respect came easy during times when respect is not easily found.

I  smiled today after remembering the days when life was simple,

and like others, I desired a little more complexity because

I knew there was more to life.

Today I smiled because I now realize

it was not the complexity I needed,

I needed to appreciate simplicity

in an already complex life.

Phases are Necessary

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Everything goes through phases whether we’re aware or not.  Even the moon has phases.  Phases of the moon are necessary stages in the earth’s rotation process.

The climate, tides, light, and gravity are some of the key elements associated with and are affected by the moon’s phases.

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Just like the moon, women also go through phases in their pregnancy. Each month is crucial and plays a role in the developmental stage of producing a healthy baby.

The health of the unborn is jeopardize each phase isn’t complete. Closest to the end of the gestational period higher the likelihood of the survival rate.

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Likewise, relationships and marriages experience phases. Prior to the marriage, the traditional courtship period generally leads to marriage.

Once married, the nestling stage begins with the newlyweds transitional bonding period followed by other marital phases.

During life, there are stages when certain events occur.  Some suffers loss, whether on jobs, loved ones, homes, or relationships. These occurrences can cause one to make adjustments because of unforeseen changes.

For example, a widower or someone suffering the loss of a loved one will need time to grieve in his or her way. The grieving process may require one  to go through bereavement on his or her terms.

A divorce may lead to phases of adjustments, uncoupling is a process. Some will need to adjust income, living arrangement, changes in the home dynamic and their new relationship status when these changes occur unexpected.

What about you? Have you detected or experience a significant or noticeable phase of changes? The challenge is many have not taken time to self-reflect or assess various changes. What phase are you in?

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Phases are important and detrimental to growth. It’s never too late to start at any phase. You can start where you are in life by seeking ways to move forward or move out of situations.

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There is a spiritual principle, it is also a proverb, which says, “without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Without a sense of purpose and direction, you are simply existing, but you are not living a life of fulfillment.

The Forecast of Life

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We’ve  heard the saying,  “we can choose either to see

the glass half full or half empty.”

The reality is- we’re in control of our life perspectives.

Life is how we choose to see it.

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Our life perspectives are our thermostats-

life perspectives forecast our outcome.`

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Either we choose to see life positively,

or we see life negatively.

Either we focus on the results we desire-

or we our focus on the results we don’t desire.

Our cloudy days rain on our parades,

or our cloudy days cause us to prepare for sunshine.`

In other words, on gloomy days are we feeling gloomy?

or on our gloomy days are we waiting for the sun to shine again?

It’s up to us- we can’t control how life unfold,

but, we can control how we see it unfold.

What’s the forecast for you today?

Things I Learnt the Year Before

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Some years ago I was asked, “It’s your birthday, what have you learned since the year before? “My response was- without hesitation- ” to live in truth.” I did not expect to respond abruptly.  I had to explore the significance of those words. I’ve determined those words mean it’s alright living in truth and free from the expectations of others.
I can say I am weak when I’m weak. I’m not always strong. 

There’s no reason to feel compelled to say “yes”when I mean”no.” Down-playing my accomplishments aren’t necessary, but I need to remain humble while receiving them. Yes, encouraging others is honorable but encouraging myself is too.

Taking care of my wellness is as much a priority as caring for others. Raising my thinking to a higher order requires some form of spirituality. It is necessary in my efforts to stay focused and grounded.  Renewing my mind daily is a “must” and  necessary to dispel toxic thinking.

Other things I’ve learnt- My experiences are my experiences; therefore, I should avoid judging others by my experiences. Only seek to understand others, and if asked my perspective, it’s only my point of view.

I must keep mindful, perspectives are influenced by my environment. I have either adapted, changed, or conformed to certain perspectives.  I should remember any situation occurring out of my control if a change is desired, I must change.

Listen more, speak less, but when speaking- have something to say. I can’t keep someone down without staying down myself. When I try to limit others I must stay in their position to make sure they do not move. These are some valuable lessons learnt.


Life is too complex for my opinions, or perspectives, to encapsulate it.

Others may not always agree with me but efforts to understand from their perspective will help us understand each other better.  We are in this together. Each person or encounter is an interaction deposited in our thoughts and actions. We either respond positively or negatively, but we are affected.

Finally, I’ve learnt not to expect from others what I am not willing to give. Hurt does not need denial. I don’t know everything- but  that’s alright. I recognize the lack of sufficient knowledge about something isn’t a total sign of ignorance but a need for further understanding.

There’ is not a need to run from love. Surrender to letting love find its way (and it has).  It’s alright being happy. It isn’t necessary to make excuses. Most importantly, I don’t need to be others savior.  I need salvation.

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