The primary of living is to fall in love with the moment.” -Bradford Speaks
Though some believe they have solved the mystery of life, such a claim is an extremely bold statement to make; so let’s be clear that this is not my claim here. But I want to also be clear that it is my claim that from my perspective the point of living is to totally fall in love with the moment; and I believe this with 100% of my being. If this belief serves to solve life’s mystery for you, then so be it – embrace it wholly. It certainly works for me! :)When we are unwilling to embrace the moment – and ultimately fall in love with – every single challenge, struggle, consequence, victory and success life brings our way, we suffer. We spend more of our time trying to figure out the “why”, instead of taking it all in as simply what-IS, and loving it just as it is. As humans, our nature is to weave meaning to things; we attempt to attach meaning to all the twists and turns of our lives. This is why the phrase “everything happens for a reason” is so popular in modern culture. We may not know what that reason is, but we are fairly certain it must have some meaning behind it. It all just can’t be random, can it? Weaving meaning is the way we make sense of the vast and mysterious world surrounding us. We should strive to make meaning of our experience, and come to love whatever meaning we make of it. We typically find it easier to fall in love with what we like A LOT.So my suggestion is: Set your intention on making the point and meaning of life one that you like A LOT, so that falling in love with it is smooth and easy.Embracing each moment in no way means to ignore our feelings or emotions. Feelings and emotions are what give life depth, contour, and well…motion. They are what make a still frame shot into a movie. Life represents itself to us in small bits – or what many call, moments. Like single, milliseconds of a motion picture, we edit each frame simultaneously in our minds, and then paste them favorably together to create a story we can be proud of. But, is it the actual story that makes us proud, or is it the way we receive and perceive the story? I would argue that it is the latter.Often times we cannot change the story, but we can ALWAYS change our perspective on the story. Change your perspective on anything, and you will be amazed at the love that can potentially follow.Shine Brightly,Bradford Speaks
Life Architect, Coach & Youth SpeakerCertified NLP Practitioner
If it were not for the darkness that we experience in life, the Light that subsequently illuminates our pathway would not shine as bright. Darkness is a necessity for The Light in YOU to become more evident, showcasing the true essence of who you really are. – Bradford Speaks
Life Architect, Coach & Youth Speaker
Bradford Speaks is a Life Architect, Coach & Youth Speaker, who desires to wake up the world to see one that it could exist in if only it could employ more love and less hate and war. He seeks to speak to and inspire our youth to live at a higher level of consciousness, to see themselves as their brother’s keeper. He is also an author and self proclaimed philosopher. You may visit his company’s site, Bradford Speaks Life Management, LLC to learn more about his work, and to schedule individual sessions, or book him to speak to your youth organization.
There seems to be some very malicious intent on the part of somebodys to run The United States of America deep into the ground where no one can ever find it; somebodys wants it seriously destroyed. For its leaders to have allowed so many events to occur on its watch – events they surely must see and realize are intimately connected and interwoven that they can only crash like a stack of dominoes when nudged – seems to be such a mystery. Or is it? The engine can only run for so long on its current condition before finally collapsing.
Particularly, what is going on with our penal, justice and law enforcement systems will ultimately have a negative and profound long-term affect on life as we have come to know it here. The disproportionate incarceration rates of young black and Hispanic males for small drug crimes are staggering. Due to the methods by which much of the economic data we are given is calculated, the foundational devastation that is occurring beneath our feet goes largely unnoticed to the masses – especially to those of us who feel we are OK/safe for the most part because we have taken the correct steps to keep it that way. To not see how these events connect and affect us all, is very naive. We are the ones who don’t typically pay attention because we are too busy making sure we remain OK/safe; but we are also the ones who hold the power to demand that America change its course. If we don’t, we are going to find all of our neighborhoods (black, white, Asian, Hispanic, or whatever) surrounded by million dollar privately and publicly owned prison facilities, filled with American citizens who will one day re-enter society, no longer able to earn a fair living due to the stigma of now being labeled an ex convict. Now what for them? Remember, many of these people are being locked up for crimes that just a few decades ago would’ve maybe gotten them a warning. Today the same offense costs 5-10 years of your life. People don’t see this – it isn’t reported in the mainstream media. Prisoners become guaranteed streams of revenue for a prison system that PROFITS from the imprisoment of American citizens. Why is this OK?? What kind of madness??! So in truth, many of our “criminals” aren’t necessarily bad people – they are just victims of a system designed to criminalize them for profit.
What can we expect as a result of this allowance? More crime, fully militarized local police forces (citizens will be asking for additional protection out of fear – they’ll foolishly vote it into legislation), increased unemployment, homelessness, starvation, more hate/racism, increased debt, and the list goes on and on. None of this will happen because people are bad per say, but simply because they will be trying to survive! No different than someone who is currently living in the ghettos of America. This cycle has already begun; it has been happening underneath our noses for several decades now. Some might argue a century but let’s not split hairs. It is moving very rapidly to those who are aware of it and watchful. The good news is, it can be dialed back. Bad news – It will take many years to do so and a bravery and solidarity of the people of this nation that is largely unknown to this alive today. We have lost our will to fight. We are unguarded at a time when we should be most. So I do believe it is possible, but not at all an easy undertaking.
Though America’s beginnings were constructed in murderous conquest, extortion, slavery, and major injustices towards Native American, African and poor people, it was once upon a time a country that had so much potential for true greatness; it has had numerous chances to truly ‘right its wrongs’, but has turned its back. It has continuously pissed those opportunities away by failing to do what is right by ALL people, and choosing instead to bow down to corporate and racist interests. America has held the golden key in its palms [but fumbled] on many occasions, to become the flagship for other nations to pattern themselves after. Many have greedily done so, and have tied their hitches onto it and its whores of Wall Street. They will sink right along with her if they refuse to abandon ship. The many wrongs that America’s “leaders” and citizens have allowed to continuously be done to underprivileged poor people and people of color, is a debt that cannot be overlooked and must eventually be paid. They can’t be so blind not to see the inevitable consequences of their actions, which is why I feel it is that the continuous running down this same self destructive path is intentional.
The America we could have known has been taken captive, and is being held hostage. She is being raped and is screaming for freedom. Who will come to her rescue? Somebodys at a very high level does not want good for America. Either that, or they want so good for themselves that they can only see America as a pawn in their rearview. I can see it so clearly…can’t you?
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