Metamorphosis

by: Steven (age 15) No one understands. No one can help. Here I am crying in silence, lost in a world of my own creation.  I stay here all day and night, but there is no difference. Time passes indistinctly; a blur of suffering and agony.  The only emotions to be found here are anger and sadness. There is no end to my tears, I cannot break free. I have tried before, only to be rejected by this uncontrollable mind… Read more »

Spotless Future

I think we all know how difficult it is to match the way we feel about ourselves on the inside with the outside. It is easy to fix our hair and makeup, wear nice clothes, dress a certain way…but it only goes so far if you know on the inside that is not how you feel at all. My goal is to help people feel stronger, healthier, happier on the inside, to help guide others to free themselves of their limitations… Read more »

I feel the same way as Marty (see story below)… we need to appreciate what we have in our lives and not compare it to others, or to that which we don’t have. We need to realize we have choices, that each one of us is responsible for our own happiness and that waiting for someone else to “make us happy” will only lead to disappointment, sadness and resentment.  When you let go of blaming others for your happiness, it… Read more »

Jazz

This was written in 2008 My family rescued a dog from New Leash on Life, named Jazz. Jazz was abused and had a rough life like me. It’s like he knows exactly what I’ve gone through even though he hasn’t been here all of my life, only for a little over a year. I feel a connection with Jazz like we had the same life. When I get mad I look at him and smile. Jazz brightens up my day… Read more »

Courage

“Courage is found in unlikely places” - J.R.R. Tolkien …for a person to find positivity in difficult times… that’s true courage. Can you think of one person that you have known in your life who ALWAYS has a smile on their face? Hayley was such a person. No matter what health issues Hayley faced, I recall her all through high school and later when we reconnected as a truly inspirational, positive and appreciative person. Hayley’s brother shared this yesterday and when I… Read more »

ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE – don’t be so hard on yourself – we are used to comparing ourselves to others and it is in these comparisons the feelings of inadequacy arise, of worthlessness, of fear, of lack of… (STOP… don’t fill in your negative thoughts anymore) You are enough as you are. We are all different…all process and experience the world in our own way, however we are conditioned from an early age to “color between the lines” or “fit… Read more »

How do you choose to live life when it happens? “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –J.K. Rowling Do you get stuck in the same pattern, making the same choices, perhaps based on expectations that you have programmed to believe are the only way…Do you ever ask yourself WHY you do the things you do? Is it out of expectation; guilt; to please; fear; lack of motivation; unhappiness…? The way you… Read more »

An example of how to live one’s life… “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and genuine enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; Be honest and sincere anyway What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight: Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness,… Read more »

Gratitude

Struggles by Steven (9 years old) July 21st 2006 I had a struggle in my life and it was hard times for me but I got through them cause I gained strength and knowledge and I can’t help thinking about them And as my life goes on I will keep gaining from my family cause my family gave me support and they gave me strength cause they were always there for me and they gave me love And when I had… Read more »

What does RESPECT mean to you? My parents and grandparents taught me “the golden rule” which is to treat others as you wish to be treated. To me this means being aware of other peoples needs, showing compassion; patience; kindness; tolerance and respect. People change and grow when the time is right for them, just as you and I have reached each stage of our journey. We believe our way is right, and it is..for us, but we are not… Read more »