Work Towards What You Believe In. Believe In What You Love.

All of those who are going through some type of suffering, will you please raise your hands? All of those who are working many hours, or are losing many hours of sleep…will you please raise your hands?

Ever think that those that are born to success do not endure suffering…that only those who are born into a type of poverty or internal struggle are the only ones that suffer? That’s all a lie.

Want to know the truth?

-All people are the same.

-Don’t judge.

-Treat those as you want to be treated.

-Money is not the root of all evil.

-Pride, fear, jealousy, laziness, wrath (vengeance), lust, and greed are.

Work towards what you believe in. Believe in what you love. Follow your deepest most love that never shifted, even through the test of times.

Love will always support you…but never ever in the way that you expected. Love is in the heart and soul, not in the mind.

-III

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Let Go

February 2, 2011 1 comment

I never knew how strong pride could be… that even when you’re sad, depressed (or receiving some type of difficult life challenge that is taking some time to face), that it is your pride that keeps you to hold onto these things.

It was the fact that I had to let go of my pride in order to let go of my sadness. I never knew that  it was not the sadness that I was holding onto, but it was the pride that I held onto that held onto the sadness.

Pride prevents you from seeing so many beautiful opportunities in life. Pride also prevents you from truly forgiving, and moving on in your life.

I am of Puerto Rican descent, and so my culture actually prides itself on having pride for it’s island and culture. I wont deny that it does feel nice sometimes to be a part of something, but what about when your culture prides itself even about negative things?

I choose to no longer strive towards priding myself about something, but I now strive to humble myself when something good happens in my life.

Humbling oneself is not easy. If you can say to yourself that you are humble, chances are you truly are not  humble.

How often do you thank those special in your life?

How often do you take “backstage,” in a life event?

I admit that sometimes I forget to do these things, and it’s honestly embarrassing to say this.

But I will say right now that I am grateful for all those that I have met in my life, whether the experience was interpreted to me as positive or negative, (the experiences were always a lesson meant to be learned), for I could not be the person who I am today without them.

The first step to letting go, is to let go of your pride. The only way to let go of your pride is to humble yourself.

Go thank someone special in your life. (You can thank as many people as you want.)

Thank You!

-III

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Be Brave!

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Humans are creatures of habit. We were designed to create a comfortable living environment. This is to ensure survival of our species. However, through time, we have evolved into intellectual creatures of thought, feeling, and reasoning…not just reacting.

Had you ever felt like it was time to take the next step in your transition of life? Like you outgrew an opportunity, or have moved on into a new page in the book of your life? Scary…but yet, at the same time it’s exciting! You finally graduated from a type of “school,” or you finally got to the next “level in the game, and are ready to upgrade.” You’re about to be facing new challenges and experiences, which are entirely different from what you were used to. You don’t know the answers to the problems, but must now apply the experience that you have learned from the training of your previous experience. Have faith that the knowledge and wisdom that you have learned will point you in the right direction to where you have to go on your path in your life.

I too am going through some serious transitions in my life as well. When the time is right, I will share, but just know that you are not alone.

Be Brave!

-III

 

 

Categories: Jan '11 Blog

Getting Off Track, To Get On Course

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

You’ve decided to enter for a race. You train hard to build your endurance and strength. You test yourself, and you feel ready for the competition/race that you entered. Prior to the race, after all of your training, you decide to take a course of action, and select your team that you feel is meant to help you achieve the goal of winning in that competition.

The team is doing great, accomplishing all tasks that are given. Days/weeks pass in the competition, and things become more and more challenging, more and more taxing on the team’s morale, (and the leader’s morale). The competition comes nearing the final days, and the team is not seeing hope in winning the race….is not seeing it possible to command “success,” towards the task that they all agreed to accomplish together….what does someone do when they see the team is losing hope? What does someone do when they see the team has lost faith in their leader??? When they see that the track towards their goal seems less and less achievable?

When you have a team. Every member of that team matters…no matter how small, or how big their role. If you have even one member of a, hundred man team, leave, and you cannot find an adequate replacement…then guess what…you are out of the race!!!

Please know that it doesn’t mean that you are a loser…it just means, that you have to learn from your mistakes, and better prepare for the next time that you decide to enter a race.

How does this have to do with getting off track to get on course???

When you lose a race, that means that you could not remain on track to complete the competition that you had entered. Yes, you lost the race/competition…but what occurs, is a beautiful lesson of what’s required of you in order to enter a competition, and win a race.

Preparation is everything, both for a team, and especially a leader. To be a leader means more than what anyone ever expects. Even current leaders of our time could take 5 mins to tell you how much they did not expect so much would be required of them to lead a successful team….this is in no way to excuse leaders for their decision making, but it is simply to share a sliver of the perspective from a leader.

A leader tries their best to remain on track to bring their team towards success.

Even if the team doesn’t win that competition, or that race…what makes a leader, and a team successful…is that they try, try again. If the team disbands, then the leader must re-group with a new team.

Even if the team cannot remain on track, winning the competition or the race. It is through these learning lessons that the team re-groups, or the leader thinks of a new method to get back on course.

Continue walking on the path that you live…even if you get off track, and people view you differently.

Never give up, and continue to stay strong with your beliefs, so that you can get back on course with your beliefs, your values, your life.

Maybe you have to decide to enter a new competition so that you can get back on course? You wont know until you believe in yourself, and try. Trying a new competition doesn’t mean that you give up…make sure that you stay focused to your core intention(s), as to why you entered the “race.”

I believe in you. Keep up the good work, even if people criticize you!

-III

 

Being On A New Path In Life

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

In one of my previous blog passages I had written about making the decision to walk on a new path in life after you have “fallen” on your journey. I spoke of the new path being unknown, and even scary. Before I talk more about the difference between the two paths, I want to bring a little more clarity.

The path of life that you walk on is like a tree. No tree on mother earth grows straight up, for even the great redwood tree’s branches grow outward so as to collect light from the sun, and even bamboo curves over the years as it grows.

When you were on your old path in life, you may have received many blessings, such as increased wealth, opportunities, and responsibilities. But now maybe something has happened in your life to cause you to lose your increased wealth, & opportunities, and maybe even lost your relationship with someone in your life. Hopefully you have completed your grieving, and are starting to notice something different about your life.

Do you notice that the air you breathe may seem a little different? Maybe the opportunities that you’re receiving are a little different? Do you even notice that you may be at the start of a new relationship? Take a look at your surroundings, they’re not the same…even your mind doesn’t feel the same. You are on a new path in your life; you have started a new chapter in your book…maybe you have even started reading an entirely new book!

Do not question the world, “why am I on a new path? It’s scary!” Do not fear the unknown of the new things in life that are being revealed to you. Embrace them, as you deserve them! You deserve new opportunities, new responsibilities, new friends, even a new relationship with someone special! Everyone deserves to be loved and appreciated!!! A tree does not question why it must grow upwards towards something greater than itself. A tree just knows that it must grow upwards…towards the light 😉 We must grow “upwards & forwards,” towards the light, (towards the truth), towards love.

Some of you may still be enduring though…going through a very challenging time in your life, and feel like there is no end in sight. If it is something that is in your control, then you must change your ways before you become the doing of your own destruction. If it is something that is out of your control, please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I may not have the personal experience of what you are going through, but know that you are not alone. Find those people who have survived through the same trials and tribulations, and look to them for strength and guidance. If you do not have the strength or will to do the research on your own, just simply ask the person nearest to you. Seek, and you shall find. I have two blog passages that may be of some use as well, titled “Why Endure,” and “How Do You Stay Motivated.” Every little bit helps! 🙂

No matter what the path is that you are on in your journey, know that it is love that you should be seeking. All other things tangible will be provided.

*I have just created a vlog version of the passage. Please feel free to check it out!

-III

Where Have You Been?…The Process It Took To Get Out Of My Depression.

August 29, 2010 8 comments

I always have a bit of sadness in my heart whenever I reach the end of a really good book. When I finish it, I reminisce of the climaxes of the book, the wonderful characters that I got to meet along the way, and most importantly, how the story of the book had affected my life and influenced a new perspective to look at life. Of course not all books are like that, but you know which books that I am referring to. These types of books symbolize life and the struggles that we go through.

I myself have currently reached the end of a particular chapter in my personal life, and I want to share with you about this chapter of my life, in hopes that it will inspire you, and motivate you in your personal life.

About five or six months ago I made it my life mission to make as many new friends as possible. I didn’t care where life would take me, didn’t care how little sleep that I got, nor did I care how much money would be spent. I was determined to meet as many good-hearted people as the world would allow me to. I wanted to meet these people so that they would know that there is one more good-hearted person in this world to add to their circle.

New York gives a double-edged impression. One impression is that it’s full of the energy of driven people, who are here to live a better life and make their dreams come true. The other impression is that you must step on people to get to “the top.” “The Top,” is imaginary…opportunities, and success in this city, (and this world), are endless, so to think that you need the mindset to manipulate, hurt, or destroy people to get somewhere in this life is to have the mindset of a fool.

Some of you may know that I have a beautiful young daughter who is safely loved in Korea with her mother. This was, (and still is), a very hard challenge for me, as I am missing out on my daughter, Lydia, growing up. Understand that I am sharing this with you for two important reasons. One reason is for a healing process for myself, as this is a part of my reality. The second, and most important reason is to share with people who are currently suffering and enduring, so that way they know that IT IS possible to move on, and YOU WILL move on.

I went through a serious depression for about five or six months, (honestly, it was as I was meeting everyone), but during that time frame, I learned many things about myself and about my life, (and about the lives of those beautiful people who I have met). I realized that I could not stay depressed, and I had to take steps to move on and continue with life. Without my faith in God, and the love and support from my family and friends, I would have never made it out of that depression successfully. *”Successfully,” means not giving up…It does not mean “not making mistakes.” (Be prepared to make many mistakes).

This traumatizing event made me realize how truly import a support circle really is. This is what made me decide to go out and make friends. So again this brings me back to where I made it my life mission to make as many new friends as possible. I didn’t care where life would take me, didn’t care how little sleep that I got, nor did I care how much money would be spent. I was determined to meet as many good-hearted people as the world would allow me to.

The people that I have met are truly amazing. And the people who I have known, our love for each other grew ever stronger. The amount of personality, gifts, and talents that they have are so awe-inspiring! Everyone who I knew and had met, the amount of love, loyalty, and compassion that, is in their hearts, motivates me everyday to be just as good of a friend, if not more! I knew that there were good-hearted people in New York… I just had to go out and find them.

In appreciation to all of my family and friends who have helped me get through my trials and tribulations, I have made a slide show, (My heartfelt apologies, but I don’t have photos of all of the friends that I have met along the way). To all of those that are reading this blog, remember, it is love that makes this world go round. It is love for yourself and love for others, is what will help you see through the hardships in life. Go outside your comfort zone and make friends, then welcome them into your family, it will forever change your perspective on life, and you will Never EVER regret it! 🙂

Remember: You are not alone in this world. I am here with you.

-III

*The song that is being played is titled “After Hanabi” (means fireworks in Japanese). This track is by my favorite Japanese hip-hop producer, who had recently passed away this year, Nujabes. RIP

Reborn

April 4, 2010 1 comment

Have you ever just gone through something very stressful in your life, and finally feel like things are moving on? Doesn’t it feel like you have a new lease on life? Like you are reborn? Isn’t it so symbolic?

I’m Christian, so I would use the example of Jesus rising from the dead, but I also respect other cultures, so I would also use the example of a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

No matter your personal beliefs, it’s very reassuring to know that things improve, that life will get better, that if you focus at the light at the end of the tunnel instead of wallowing in the darkness of the path that you are traveling, that this too shall pass. Life will go on.

If you are currently on a dark path in life, know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know that it’s a very challenging time in your life right now, and know that I am one more person who hopes for your survival to the light at the end of the tunnel. Share with those close to you in your life of the challenges that you are currently facing so that they can be there for moral & emotional support. Try to get a walking/running buddy or workout buddy, so that you can combat the stress chemicals in your body with a friend. Exercise does far more help than people realize…believe me, I’m a personal trainer!

Today is the day to celebrate the rebirth of Jesus Christ rising from the dead after 3 days of death. If you have other beliefs, let this be your personal day in hopes that you too will be reborn. If you are reborn, let this be your day to rejoice!

-III