WHAT I CHOOSE.

There are many things that I choose on a daily basis, here are some examples:

I choose…..

  • who I want to become friends with.
  • what to read.
  • what to eat.
  • where to go shop.
  • how I do my hair.
  • what I wear.
  • what to watch on television.
  • what music to listen to.
  • where to go for dinner.
  • what websites to visit.
  • when I go for a walk.
  • when I go to bed.
  • when to relax and unwind.
  • when to have a cup of coffee, tea or alcoholic beverage.
  • when to be a listener and when to be a talker.
  • what religious ideologies to believe.
  • to become vegan.
  • to practice saving the lives of animals by becoming vegan.
  • the place in which I live.
  • the job that I do.
  • the day I decided to live my authentic life.

The one thing that many people believe that I chose – was my sexuality.  THAT IS SOMETHING I DID NOT CHOOSE – that specific ‘thing’ about me, was something I was born with.  I didn’t, one day, suddenly decide to choose that I liked people of the same-sex.  I don’t believe the writings of any religious denomination and what was written.  Therefor – you can’t preach what YOU believe onto me.  If you believe there is a God – and you have an issue with my sexuality – blame HIM, not me.

People need to STOP projecting their religious beliefs (or choices) onto others.  Nothing good comes from telling others that the way they live their lives and how they were born is wrong.  Most importantly – your religious CHOICES should not have any impact on civil rights.  There should always be a separation of what you choose to believe religiously and government policies.

When YOU project your beliefs onto your children – it only hinders them and may potentially kill them.  Instead encourage your children to explore and to have different viewpoints, thoughts and to be their own individual.

My heart goes out to Tyrone Unsworth, from Brisbane, Australia and so many others who have taken their own lives due to bullying because of their sexuality.

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

SING YOUR LIFE…..

We all have our favourite songs – songs we can sing along with, songs we dance to, songs we cry to and songs that make us think.  Music is relative to what you are going through in your life – songs and music make you feel.

Personally, I like songs with deep meaning and make me really feel.  There are few songs that actually put tears in my eyes, here are a few:

Sacrifice by Elton John, You Must Love Me by Madonna, What Doesn’t Belong To You and Back Where You Belong by Sinead O’Connor and Tonight and Mother’s Pride by George Michael.

SING YOUR LIFE by Morrissey is another song that gets me really emotional because for me, the songs meaning is asking me to look at my life, assess what is important and not to listen to the opinions of others and go with what I am feeling not what others tell me to feel or what I think others may feel about me.

I live my life authentically and I definitely SING MY LIFE without any regrets and without worrying about what others may think – are YOU ready to SING YOUR LIFE?  Here are the lyrics to the song:

Sing your life
Any fool can think of words that rhyme
Many others do
Why don’t you?
Do you want to?
Oh…
Sing your life
Walk right up to the microphone
And name
All the things you love
All the things that you loathe

Oh, sing your life
The things that you love
And the things you loathe
Oh, sing your life
Oh, sing your life

La, la-la, la-la, sing your life
La, la-la, la-la, sing your life

Others sang your life
But now is a chance to shine
And have the pleasure of
Saying what you mean
Have the pleasure of
Meaning what you sing
Oh, make no mistake my friend
All of this will end
So sing it now (sing your life)
All the things you love (sing your life)
All the things you loathe
Oh, sing your life
The things that you love
And the things you loathe (sing your life)
Oh, sing oh…
Oh, sing oh…

La, la-la, la-la, sing your life
La, la-la, la-la, sing your life

Don’t leave it all unsaid
Somewhere in the wasteland of your head, oh
Head, oh, head, oh, head, oh
And make no mistake, my friend
Your pointless life will end
But before you go
Can you look at the truth ?
You have a lovely singing voice
A lovely singing voice
And all of those
Who sing on-key
They stole the notion
From you and me
So, sing your life (sing your life)
Sing your life (sing your life)
Oh, sing your oh…
Oh, sing your
Sing your life
Sing your life
Sing your life
Oh, sing your oh…
(Sing your life)
(Sing your life)
Sing your life
(Sing your life)

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

DON’T GIVE IN TO HATE

Allow yourself to disconnect to anything that brings on negative feelings.  This is not an easy task considering the events going on in the world and how so much of corporate and social media is catering to fear, relying on ignorance and causing intentional mass confusion.

Remember what is important to you and remember that we are ALL part of the human race.  We all want peace and harmony.  We want access to clean water and a clean environment.  We want the same opportunities.  Now, more than ever, we need a revolution of love and that revolution begins with YOU!

Take a moment – BREATHE, rejuvenate yourself and know that with love and positive energy, that revolution of love is right around the corner.  We know and understand that the current way is not working for the many and only benefits the few.  This will change, it’s happening now.  People are becoming more aware and the veil of distraction is slowly lifting.  With the truth, comes change and it is up to all of us to ensure that change is born from love.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

LOVE IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

LOVE IS UNIVERSAL – Have you ever looked at the word LOVE.  Take a new look at LOVE in 80 different languages in the world.  LOVE knows no boundaries, borders, ethnicities, religions, gender, race or sexual orientation.  LOVE IS LOVE.  Rediscover it with everyone.

Saying Love in Middle-Eastern Languages

Language Ways to say love
Arabic الحب
Hebrew אוהב
Persian عشق
Turkish aşk

Saying Love in African Languages

Language Ways to say love
Afrikaans lief
Chichewa kukonda
Hausa son
Igbo n’anya
Sesotho rata
Somali jeclahay
Swahili upendo
Yoruba ni ife
Zulu ukuthanda

Saying Love in Austronesian Languages

Language Ways to say love
Cebuano paghigugma
Filipino pag-ibig
Indonesian cinta
Javanese tresna
Malagasy fitiavana
Malay suka
Maori aroha

Saying Love in Other Foreign Languages

Language Ways to say love
Esperanto love
Haitian Creole renmen
Latin amare
Let’s not buy into fear or building walls – let’s promote love and positive change everywhere in the world.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN STRAIGHT?

How many times have you been asked a question that makes you wonder if the person asking you that question is serious?  There are countless times when people have asked me, “When did you  realize you were gay?”  I am sure that the question is asked in a malicious manner.  I also believe that what most people mean to ask is, “When did you begin to live your life authentically?”

The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community recently celebrated COMING OUT day.  There was a time in my life in which I thought ‘coming out’ was important if you were a celebrity, professional athlete and even a politician.  I found it gave credibility to the gay community and would allow everyone else to accept us.  I no longer feel this way because I feel we are not ‘coming out’ for anyone but those who are uncomfortable with individuals from the LGBTQ community.  Straight people don’t ask each other how long they have been straight – being heterosexual is just the regular and normal thing.  My ‘straightness’ was a learned behaviour which completely suggests that being homosexual could be a learned behaviour as well, right?  Well according to many of my friends that identify as being heterosexual – you can’t just become gay.

For as long as I can remember – I have always been attracted to the same-sex however, all my life, I have been told that I must find someone of the opposite sex, get married and have children.  Every where I turned, there were couples of the opposite sex cuddling, making out, getting married, having babies and creating their lives.  I turned on the television and it was the same, I opened a magazine and it was more of the same.  Everything around me was heterosexual and many of those same heterosexuals where condemning and judging people who identified as homosexual.

I have never been ‘straight’ – I have never identified as heterosexual, that label was forced upon me.  My authenticity and my identifying with being a homosexual man was conditioned out of me.  I was forced to become straight from society, from family, from my religion and from my friends all because people decided that it wasn’t okay to LOVE.

Don’t oppress, don’t judge – live your life from LOVE and allow people’s differences to shine and to allow them to live the authentic lives they were meant to live.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

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I’M A WHITE MALE and I BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER

I am not a black male but this fact doesn’t mean that I don’t have empathy for the marginalization, abuse, systemic racism or murder of black men, women and children.  Being a white male, I have definitely not experienced the type of systemic racism and judicial inequality the many black men have faced and experienced.  I don’t fear leaving my house thinking that I may be abused, harassed or even killed by police officers due to the colour of my skin.

As a gay male, I have been harassed and a victim of crime because of my sexuality.  I don’t believe to be what society deems as a “stereotypical gay male” and would not think that I would be singled out and murdered because of my sexuality – at least not in Canada.  I know that many black men and women are targeted by police and are not treated fairly simply because of the colour of their skin.

Many people have defended police forces everywhere indicating that “not all cops are bad or racists.” and “all lives matter.” and even indicating that if black people are not committing crimes or guilty of anything – they wouldn’t be targeted.  I’ve also heard many people, including friends, indicate that the Black Lives Matter movement is just an angry mob asking for trouble.  Correct me if I’m wrong – if a community or group of people have been targeted throughout history, wouldn’t you have the right to peacefully protest that marginalization.  Yes, there have been many atrocities committed against minorities and many minorities continue to be treated in horrific ways – their movement will come.  Today – every other story in social media is about a black person being brutally beaten or killed at the hands of police.  I have read stories of white males committing the same or worse crimes than black individuals and are given much lesser sentences.  White men and women across America are paid more than most visible minorities.  The incarceration rate of minorities far outweighs the incarceration rates of white people.  Opportunities are not the same for minorities because of income inequality and I don’t understand why many doubt these facts!

I have three nephews and one niece who are bi-racial, born to white mothers and black fathers, and I see the difference in how they are treated.  I always think of them as they go about their daily routines and imagine that they will mostly likely be stopped and targeted because of the colour of their skin.  This sickens me to the core of my being.  Yes, all lives matter but today, it is the lives of those who are being targeted and killed that I stand with.  I want my niece and my nephews to have the same chances in life as most white men and women but that isn’t going to happen until there are some fundamental changes in how people view and treat visible minorities. In the meantime – BLACK LIVES MATTER protests should continue, voices should be raised because right now there is a lack of respect for black people and other minorities.

It seems that the lives of minorities are less valued.  When people such as policemen and politicians show a lack of respect for minorities – why should the average person? It is irresponsible when someone who is running for president of the United States of America and leader of the (not so) FREE WORLD spews hate speech and demoralizes a whole group of people.  That isn’t leadership – that is preying on people’s fear, hatred and ignorance.

Remaining complacent and ignorant does nothing to create positive change in the world – it is those who stand up to tyranny, ignorance, hate and fear that make the world a better place.  So, instead of criticizing and continuing to marginalize certain minorities – why not try STANDING with them and supporting them?

BLACK LIVES MATTER!!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

DON’T LET THE HATE IN!

Today, a human decided that it was his responsibility to be judge, jury and executioner of innocent people enjoying their day. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 50 people today – 50 people who were celebrating joy, happiness, love and life.  I am outraged.

I read a Facebook post that included tweets congratulating the shooter for ridding the world of these 50 human beings.  Why?  Simply because they were born gay.  Most of the comments were in support of the shootings because homosexuality is a sin according to religious doctrine and ideologies.  I become completely outraged when people use their religion or their God to reinforce their hatred of something.  This hate stems from a doctrine that was clearly written by man in order to bend the shape of society so that they are controlled and conformed.  This belief that I have about religion doesn’t come from hate or any violence, it is from my life experience that not much good comes from religion.

In my short life on this planet, I have witnessed the horrors of hunger, the genocide of animal species, the never-ending destruction of our planet, religious greed, corporate greed, poverty, slavery and so much more and no God or religion has presented a solution that these atrocities will ever stop.  But I have hope.

HOPE is a word filled with never ending possibilities that humans from all backgrounds and lifestyles will come together and create positive and lasting change in the world.  As I said, I am outraged that this happened.  I am outraged that you can buy a gun from a corporation who feels it is necessary to be protected yet, most of their employees need to supplement their income with food stamps in order not to starve.  I am outraged that Americans and so many individuals in LGBTQ  communities around the world had to fight for simple civil liberties while governments negotiate war.  I am outraged that people continue to die because of someone else’s religious beliefs.  I am outraged that we glorify HATE so much more than we promote LOVE.  But I am hopeful.

My heart and thoughts are with the families of those who lost their love one’s today.  This year, let’s celebrate PRIDE for them!  To all my LGBTQ brothers and sisters around the world – HAPPY GAY PRIDE!

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LOW LEVEL ENERGIES DON’T HAVE TO LAST.

Low energy feelings can come from anywhere and from any situation – it is how we deal with them that will either benefit you or keep you feeling down.

Understand where the low-level energies come from:  What triggered your low level energy feelings?  Was it an argument you had with a significant other, family member or a friend?  Was there a stressful situation you had to deal with at work?  Was there a death of someone who is close to you?  Are you watching too much negative television?  Whatever the issue is – know that you are capable of addressing it right away.  If you had an argument with someone, don’t put blame just ask for understanding and forgiveness so that both parties involved can move forward in a positive way.  Dealing with issues at work can also be very stressful and cause low-level energy feelings – these issues can also be dealt with by talking with your employer, co-worker’s or Human Resources department by bringing the issue to them in a positive manner and asking for assistance to resolve the issue.  When death happens, we can’t ask for emotional healing overnight, there is a process to healing and you must let that process happen naturally.  Don’t let anyone tell you when or how long you have to heal, we all grieve differently.

Redirect the low-level energies by doing something positive:  The best way to get rid of low-level energies is to engage in something you love.  Write, draw, paint, dance, sing, walk, exercise, talk, do whatever it takes to bring love in to distinguish hate, anger or sadness.  If you are depressed or angry, take your depression and anger out by exercising and getting your blood flowing.  Feelings of sadness will diminish if you bring joy, laughter and love to others in need.  Surround yourself with animals if they make you happy – they love unconditionally and always bring joy and love into our lives.  Allowing yourself to engage in the activities you love will ensure that you will always remain joyful and filled with positive energy. 

WE ARE NOT ALONE – we all experience low-level energy feelings, we may not know what others are experiencing and why they may be expressing their low-level energies onto you.  Remove yourself from that negative situation and send healing and love to the person who is expressing those low-level energies.

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

EARTH DAY SHOULD BE EVERYDAY!

Are ocean temperatures rising?  Are the oceans warming?  Are the polar ice caps melting?  Is climate change really happening?

I’m not a scientist but most of the information I read from Greenpeace, 350.org and The David Suzuki Foundation suggests that we are having a climate crisis and it will get worse over time.  Many argue that this has been the way since time began and that weather changes have been happening since the dawn of civilization.

Could the extinction of dinosaurs have occurred due to climate change?  Are animal migrations caused by weather patterns changing forever?  Could the warming of our oceans be damaging to fish and other wildlife?

Here is what is the reality.  Man is responsible for the changes to our weather patterns and the change in our climate.  We can’t expect that mass deforestation, pollution, and over population isn’t having an effect on our planet and our environment.  The industrial revolution made things much more efficient for humans but at the cost of our planet.

Let’s look at some facts about forests and deforestation (from http://www.conserve-energy-future.com):

  • Forests cover 30% of earth’s land.
  • It is estimated there will be no rainforests within 100 years.
  • Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.

AGRICULTURE

Developing means of farming and agriculture is the reason humans live in the world they do today.  It is a necessary means of survival, without which there would be famines all over the world.  For thousands of years, agricultural was a natural process that did not harm the land it was done on.  In fact, farmers were able to pass down their land for many generations and it would still be fertile as ever.  However, modern agricultural practices have started the process of agricultural pollution.  This process causes the degradation of the eco-system, land and environment due to the modern-day by-products of agriculture.

  •  There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
  • According to the Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
  • 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
  • 25% of cancer fighting organisms are found in the Amazon.
  • Deforestation has considerably stopped in places like Europe, Pacific, North America and some parts of Asia due to lack of agricultural land.
  • Half of the world’s tropical forests has already been cleared.
  • Poverty, over-population and inequal land access are the main causes of man-made deforestation.

For more information about clean, renewable and sustainable energy, please visit http://www.conserve-energy-future.com 

The first step to creating positive change in the world is having the knowledge and the will to do something to create that positive change.  Being armed with the facts allows you to go to your elected officials to do something about it.  Let’s face it, without air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean soil to grow our food – we will not exist.

We are at a crucial moment in history.  If people stand together and demand our right to clean water, food and a healthy planet – positive and lasting change will come.

Would you rather this:

OR, this:

In the mean-time, what can YOU do to help?  Here are some suggestions:

GO VEGAN – remember, agriculture is the major cause for deforestation.  We need trees for oxygen.  The less meat we eat, the less space for agricultural farming is needed.  Raising animals puts a direct strain on our natural resources and is a very cruel industry for cows, pigs and all other animals.

RECYCLE – Used products that have been recycled.  Support businesses that have green initiatives.  Compost your organics and use it as soil.  Don’t buy/use plastic bags or bottles – plastics are dangerous to all wildlife and may be harmful to you.

CONSERVE WATER USAGE – Don’t let water run.  Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers – let nature water your gardens or keep rain barrels and re-use that water you’ve collected to water your plants.

I may not be here in 50 years but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t care about the fate of our planet.  She has given so much to us and why should we not give back to her?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one. 

 

 

 

LIVING FOR LOVE

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day struggle that we forget to show love and compassion for others and for our own health and well-being.  Here are some things you can do to reconnect with yourself and to provide on-going positive energy into our world.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISIONS

It is corporate media’s job to TELL YOU what products you should be buying, what medications to take and what food to eat.  They are in the business of making profits and are not concerned with your wellness.  Think about it.  Companies are not advertising foods that prevent positive health.  Television is notorious for selling the foods that perpetuate illness such as; high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. These diseases ensure drug companies maximize their profits by giving people the dependency to live longer with their illnesses without quality of life.

News networks are not independent and are only there to serve the corporations that own them.  Look to other news sources for things that are happening locally and internationally.  www.censorednews.com is a great resource.

RECONNECT WITH NATURE

By turning off your televisions from distraction, you are able to enjoy and be present to what is around you such as nature.  Reconnecting with our environment is an excellent way to restore health and piece of mind.  You can clear your mind from daily stress by going for a walk and breathing fresh air.  Going for walks allows you to get your blood flowing and burns calories.  This is a great opportunity to give back to mother nature.  Bring a garbage bag and pick up any garbage that can harm local wildlife and that makes where ever you are walking an eye sore.

MEDITATE

Meditation is a great way to release any stress that may be living inside of you.  Stress leads to emotional and physical disease.  There are many great resources to guided meditation.  A great resource is http://www.hayhouse.com

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Perform random acts of kindness.  Not only is this beneficial to the person receiving the random act – it’s great for those who initiate it.  This doesn’t have to be a monetary act – it could be in form of a compliment or even a hug.

LOVE is powerful.  LOVE creates positive change.  LOVE is the essence of where we all came from.  It is in us to give and it is for us to receive.

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one!