TAKE WHAT YOU WANT FROM ME…..

What is going on in your life right now that has got feeling low energy feelings?  Do you feel like you can’t get support or encouragement from anywhere or anyone?  The reason I write my blogs is so that people can be inspired or take whatever it is they are seeking after reading my posts.  So, I offer myself and hope that you can take whatever it is you need and lift yourself up!

LOVE

ENCOURAGEMENT

LAUGHTER

JOY

HEALING ENERGY

POWER

STRENGTH

PATIENCE

COMPASSION

FAITH

GENEROSITY

“You won’t find him drinking under tables

Rolling dice or staying out ’til three

You won’t ever find him be unfaithful

You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

You won’t find him tryna chase the devil

For money, fame, for power out of greed

You won’t ever find him where the rest go

You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

When the money’s spent and all my friends have vanished

And I can’t seem to find no help or love for free

I know there’s no need for me to panic

Cause I’ll find him, I’ll find him next to me

When the skies are grey and all the doors are closing

And the rising pressure makes it hard to breathe

When all I need’s a hand to stop the tears from falling

I will find him, I’ll find him next to me

When the end has come and buildings falling down fast

When we’ve spoilt the land and dried up all the sea

When everyone has lost their heads around us 

You will find him, you’ll find him next to me”

The above words are from a terrific song that continues to inspire me to continue my advocacy for our planet, the environment, animals and anyone who needs encouragement and positive reinforcement.  The song is by Emeli Sande.  You can find it via iTunes or by visiting her website:  http://us.emelisande.com

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

SONGS/VIDEOS TO MAKE YOU FEEL PROUD – IN CELEBRATION OF PRIDE and LOVE EVERYWHERE!

In celebration of Gay Pride, Love and Positive Energy – I decided to share some music videos that have thought provoking messages, are relevant in terms of the songs message or simply make you feel like you want to dance.  Whether you identify as gay, straight, bisexual or transgender – let your true colours fly and do it without judging someone else’s authenticity.  Now let’s celebrate PRIDE by spreading love and positive energy into the world:

NOTHING REALLY MATTERS (REMIX) – Madonna

YOU DON’T KNOW – Cyndi Lauper

FEEL WHAT YOU WANT – Kristine W

FREE – Ultra Nate

POWER OF LOVE – Deee-Lite

PROUD – Heather Small

MODERN LOVE – Rupaul

A LITTLE RESPECT (HMI Redux) – Erasure

AFTER ALL – Billie Ray Martin

GLASS & PATRON – FKA Twigs

BRING THE NOIZE – M.I.A.

LIGHT IN PLACES – Peaches

LIVING FOR LOVE (Remix) – Madonna

Let music move you towards creating positive change in the world.  Allow LOVE into your heart and live with positive energy within your heart.

HAPPY PRIDE to everyone!!!

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

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED

Television, radio, newspapers and magazines are so pre-occupied with reporting stories of hate, violence, gossip and negativity.  I understand the need to inform the general public of issues happening around the world but to do so 24 hours a day and 7 days a week – it’s too much!  Also – without outlets reporting unbiased and newsworthy stories, we would be unable to act to ensure a positive outcome is achieved.

Today…I want to focus on LOVE in music.  There have been so many songs written about love – most are usually about heartbreak due to relationships ending.  There are also many songs that celebrate the positivity of love and how love can make everyone feel great….here are some examples via song lyrics:

“Love is all we need
To make everything complete
If we try to live together and be happy
You and me are one and we’ve only just begun
So let’s make a new beginning have some fun”

Love Is All We Need – Mary J. Blige – from the album ‘Share My World’ released in February 1997.

“What is it that can make a lost soul found?
Love
And what is it that can make the coldest day seem warm?
Love
And what is it that can bring a smile through to strangers?
Love love love love”

Power of Love – Deee-Lite – from the album ‘World Clique’ released in August 1990.

“If you wear your feelings
the way you wear your clothes
Maybe people would believe
in what you’re saying,
Heaven knows, heaven knows “

Love Song – Kristine W – from the album ‘Land of the Living’ released in July 1996.

“When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it
I don’t know”

Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert – from the album ‘The Heist’ released in October 2012.

 
“There is no comprehension
There is real isolation
There is so much destruction
What I want is a celebration
And I know I can feel bad
When I get in a bad mood
And the world can look so sad
Only you make me feel good”
 
Love Profusion – Madonna – from the album ‘American Life’ released in April 2003.
 
 
“You’ll be given love, you’ll be taken care of
You’ll be given love, you have to trust it
Maybe not from the sources you have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions you are staring at
Trust your head around, it’s all around you
All is full of love, all around you
You just ain’t receiving, your phone is off the hook
Your doors are all shut”
 
Bjork – All Is Full of Love – from the album ‘Homogenic’ released in September 1997.
 
 
You can find love anywhere and everywhere, all you have to do is be receptive.  Open your eyes, open your mind and accept it. 
 
Love is on the radio, on the subway, in the park, on television, across the street or on the other side of the world, it is beside you and inside you….
 
***You can purchase all of the above songs by visisting iTunes or by visiting the official websites of each of the artists***
 
For more information about Mary J. Blige, please visit the official website – http://www.maryjblige.com/
 
For more information about Deee-Lite or Lady Kier, please visit – http://www.ladykier.com/
 
For more information about Kristine W, please visit the official website – http://www.kristinew.com
 
For more information about Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, please visit the official website – http://macklemore.com/
 
For more information about Mary Lambert, please visit the official website – http://www.marylambertsings.com/
 
For more information about Madonna, please visit the official website – http://www.madonna.com/

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

LEAVE GAY PEOPLE ALONE!

Religion should not dictate or influence policies on social issues.  Belonging and believing in religious doctrine is a choice and should remain in people’s homes.  When individuals try to influence their beliefs in order to deny others privileges and rights that everyone is entitled to is absolutely wrong. 

I support everyone’s right to express their ideas and to voice their opinions but when you try to instill your personal religious beliefs to preach hate – I draw the line.  Many preacher’s or religious leaders from various religions continue to discriminate against the LGBT community and they continue to spread outrageous claims based on their religious beliefs.  Here are some examples – with my rebuttals in red:

“As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.” – Anita Bryant

Homosexuals everywhere are devising plans to kidnap as many children as we can to teach and force them to become gay so we can build our armies and take over the world.  As a mother, Ms. Bryant should have been more concerned about teaching her children how to spread love, compassion and kindness into the world – not hate and intolerance. 

“If the world accepts homosexuality as its norm and if it moves the entire world in that regard, the whole world is then going to be sitting like Sodom and Gomorrah before a Holy God.” – Pat Robertson

Mr. Robertson’s beliefs are not the same as everyone else’s beliefs.  I know many ‘straight’ people who accept ALL people for who they are.  There are great kind, generous and loving people who happen to be gay…and then there are ignorant, hateful and judgemental people who claim to be Christian.  If Pat Robertson (and so many other religious leaders, preachers, pastors, etc) believe their religious ideologies/doctrine, then they should stay silent regarding their obsession with homosexuality and let their God make His judgement Himself.

“Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” – Senator Michele Bachmann 

When you make a generalized statement that homosexuals, lesbians, bisexual and transgender individuals have a sexual dysfunction and sexual identity disorders – you are bashing them.  I didn’t wake up one morning and decide, “I think I’ll have an emotional and sexual relationship with a man today.”, because if I did – then that would suggest that anyone can make that same decision.  I wasn’t born with a disorder, I didn’t decide to become gay, I wasn’t influenced to become gay – I was born as is. 

“Let’s say we discover the gene that says the kid’s gonna be gay. How many parents, if they knew before the kid was gonna be born, [that he] was gonna be gay, they would take the pregnancy to term? Well, you don’t know but let’s say half of them said, “Oh, no, I don’t wanna do that to a kid.” [Then the] gay community finds out about this. The gay community would do the fastest 180 and become pro-life faster than anybody you’ve ever seen.  They’d be so against abortion if it was discovered that you could abort what you knew were gonna be gay babies.” – Rush Limbaugh

I wonder if Rush Limbaugh would feel the same way if they discovered a gene that would suggest a child would be born sexist, racist, homophobic and ignorant.  Mr. Limbaugh has made countless and offensive remarks about women, minorities and homosexuals and justified them by saying he’s a comedian….I don’t think comedians become comedians to justify and spread their hate.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he later added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” – Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty)

Comparing homosexuality with bestiality….why do these God-fearing men and women always make this comparison.  As I proud gay man – I have no desire to have sexual inter-course with any animal and I don’t know any other gay person who feels the same.  Why the obsession with homosexuality, bestiality and adultery Phil?  Creating controversy that instills hate in order to increase viewership and financially benefit is irresponsible and not very Christian, is it?

If these so-called “Christians” like Pat Robertson, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Phil Robertson, Michele Bachmann, Bryan Fischer and so many other judgemental individuals focused on issues that would promote love, kindness and compassion into the world, imagine how much more supportive, inclusive, loving and kind people would be?  If organizations such as the American Family Association or National Organization for Marriage tackled issues of homelessness and poverty imagine the lives that would be changed.  Religious leaders need to re-focus and declare war on human rights violations, income inequality, domestic abuse, destruction of the environment, greed, gang violence, sexual eduction, rape and so many other issues of importance that will ensure positive outcomes.  From my understanding, God’s message is to support love, compassion and kindness – His message wasn’t to spread ignorance, hate and incite violence on those who are different or have different belief systems.

Larry Tomczak, anti-gay pastor, has recently made comments about the film, Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum as well as the Ellen Degeneres show, American Idol, Glee and Two And A Half Men of being part of Hollywood’s gay agenda.  He also said professional NFL football athlete Michael Sam was a “castaway” for coming out.  Tomczak also suggested that gay advocacy groups were trying to push their gay agenda on children.  Ellen Degeneres addresses Larry’s ignorant views in a very eloquent and humorous way:

You may ask yourself why I’m writing a blog that has seems to be somewhat negative…my intention in writing this blog is to create awareness of those who may instill their ignorant views on others.  This blog is a means of providing a different view-point – and considering the subject – who do you believe has the most knowledge of the subject of homosexuality, those who make ignorant and biased statements or a homosexual?  Creating positive change in the world won’t happen with hate, ignorance and judgement – it comes from love, compassion and truth.

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

DOES THIS GUY REALLY WANT OUR WORLD TO END?

So many people have proclaimed that our world would end for various reasons:  God/Jesus is coming back to save the ‘chosen ones’, the end loomed on Y2K, and most recently, many predicted that because the Mayan calendar ended on 2012 – they determined that our world would end to.  What constitutes these predictions and why are most “doom and gloom” and negative predictions?

Today, I would like to share a video entitled:  ‘Why I Think This World Should End’ – now, before you assume that the video will only regurgitate the same negative and ‘doom and gloom’ predictions – I ask you to watch and be inspired:

This piece is spoken word art and is performed by Prince Ea – these words and the emotion in them are the words and emotions so many of us are feeling about the state of the planet, politics, the environment and all other social issues today.  I am grateful that Prince Ea shared this and is enlightening and sending positive change into the universe.

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

 

WHAT ARE YOU TAKING FOR GRANTED TODAY?

Have you ever thought how it would be without the ability to see, hear, smell, taste or feel?  Imagine living in the world without being able to see the amazing blue sky, the face of a loved one or the powerful ocean.  How would life be without the ability to feel or hear the voice of your children or our wonderful animal friends?  This video puts it all in perspective…check it out and be inspired not to take our senses and our lives for granted:

Let the joy of this video allow you to think about the so many things we take for granted.

REVOLUTION OF LOVE!

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

 

INNOCENCE and FREEDOM

Forget Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Beyoncé – the following videos have evoked so much emotion from me that I want to share them again.  I don’t need to explain much as they are pretty self-explanatory.  I have renamed them to names I find are much more appropriate.  Here they are with my ‘made-up’ titles:

INNOCENCE

So simply put – what a wonderful mother to appreciate the beauty of her son’s innocence.

FREEDOM

The womam at the beginning got all choked up talking about why they decided to start their foundation.  So emotional and so beatiful when people see the beauty, intelligence, and respect the lives of animals.  The people in this video are true heroes and I am grateful they and so many like them exist in our planet.

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

 

WE CAN LEARN MUCH FROM OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS!

It’s time to forget the negative issues that are pressing on our minds.  Let go of them and clear your mind…if only for a moment.  Clear your mind and allow yourself to feel joy, love and to laugh.  Here are some videos that will ease the burden of hardship and allow you to live in the moment where nothing matters else matters except your enjoyment:

Kate (the Great Dane) and Pippin (Black tailed Deer)

Bubbles (dog) and Bella (elephant)

Cat and Dolphin

Owl and Cat

Leo the Lion, Sheer Khan the Tiger and Baloo the Black Bear

Allow yourself to relax by giving yourself moments to enjoy the simple things in life.  Enjoy the time you have and live in the moment – it is all you have, it is all WE have.

Wishing you all much love, health and happiness and know that……..

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

EVEN MOTHER NATURE LOVED WORLD PRIDE 2014.

As World Pride 2014 in Toronto comes to a close.  I thought I would share 2 very good videos promoting love.

I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do:

The world watched as Toronto welcomed PEACE, EQUALITY, LAUGHTER, JOY, and LOVE and shared it with the world.

May you all share YOUR peace, equality, laughter, joy and love and help spread positive energy around the world.

PS – This is an actual photo right after the closing of Toronto’s World Pride Parade – Looks like even Mother Nature wanted to give something back and share her pride with Toronto.

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

A LESSON WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM

How many times have we been told to act a certain way and not draw too much attention to ourselves for fear of embarassing those who have asked us to ‘tone down’?  This video is a perfect example of why we should never judge a book by it’s cover and to let your spirit take over and FLY!

No matter how silly you think you look – if you can make others around you feel good and hitch a ride on your positivity…feel great about that and love that you are contributing to promoting love and positive energy wherever you go!  We should all let our freak flags fly!!!!

Thanks Tommy Franklin for giving me more inspiration to spread love and positive energy everywhere!

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