Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Importance Of Being A Free And Open Thinker (Questioning Everything You See And Hear).

From a total general perspective of life and the changes that we go through as we evolve, I believe that most of us become more stubborn and set in our ways as we get older. I know that I'm generalizing a bit in saying this, but I'm certain that most of you have encountered other people that are set in their ways. Probably the biggest example that we've all had when it comes to having interactions with stubborn people is our family. Most of us probably have grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles that you can't really change. They have certain views on life that they're not willing to change or compromise on, and that is just the way that it is. While the example that I have referenced to deals with people that may be a little more older, it is also true that some younger people exhibit great levels of stubbornness. Similar to our older counterparts that have more experience with life than we do, many of us aren't the free and open thinkers that we have the ability to be. We are often so consumed with seeing and listening to what the media and others say that we don't take out the time to really think and question much of what we see and hear. It is almost like we would rather have other people and sources of entertainment do our thinking for us. In a society where the media and masses have control of much of what is being shown and heard, this is something that I see as being a issue. We have to be free and open thinkers in today's world, and in order to be these things, we have to be willing to question everything that we see and hear.

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you may be or when you see this. How is everyone doing out there this time around? It is Brad H. coming back at you all once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I am back once more to drop my thoughts on another topic that I feel can be of help to others. I appreciate all of you in advance that have stopped by to check out what I have to say. Before going more in depth on this week's topic, man what a World Series that we got treated to didn't we? I'm sure that most of you by now know that the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3. The victory marked the Astros very first MLB championship. In the previous entry that I done on here, I talked about how I was pulling for the Astros, but how I would also be okay with the Dodgers winning. I'm an Astros fan first, but I like a lot of the players that are on the Dodgers team as well. I had a feeling that this World Series would be an epic one, and it did not disappoint. George Springer was absolutely terrific throughout the entire series, which is really great considering how rough of a start he had in game 1 against Clayton Kershaw. Those young guns that Houston have in Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa are the real deal. Congratulations goes to the Houston Astros and the city of Houston as well. As I stated in the last entry, it is nice to see something like this happen for the city of Houston after everything the city has endured this year. With all the young talent on that roster, Houston has a lot to look forward to. Big ups to the Dodgers as well. Really both teams deserve a lot of credit for giving us such a great series to watch. Alright now that I've gotten on my soapbox for a bit, lets go ahead and get into this week's topic of questioning everything you see and hear.

As with the standard formula that I go with on here, before getting into the topic at hand, I'd like to say that we all have different viewpoints and perspectives on the way we view things. The main objective with this topic isn't to focus on right or wrong, but rather to hopefully put some inspiration out there that will encourage us in our daily lives. Beyond that, I also hope that these topics can also help others to see things in a manner in which they may not have thought of before. I'm just one person with an opinion, so I don't expect everyone to agree with me or my views. I just hope that whatever (if anything) is gained from this will be helpful to others. As for how this topic came to be, I would just attribute it to the regular thoughts that I have. There wasn't any conversation or feedback from someone else that inspired me to want to talk about this topic. The idea of keeping an open mind is something that I already think about on a regular basis. It is also something that I've written about on here in the past. I've mentioned it before, but I think it is important to sometimes revisit ideas that you may have addressed before. Since we are constantly changing and evolving as we become older, our thoughts also do the same. It isn't necessarily that you always change your thoughts completely. You may have the same viewpoint on something that you may have always had, but there may be certain aspects of that viewpoint that has changed for you. I think it is all about constantly expanding our minds, which is something that I encourage on here.

I referenced earlier in this post how so many of us are stubborn and set in our ways. Now in saying this, I'm in no way saying that a person shouldn't be stubborn at times. Heck, I think we all have things that we are stubborn about at times. Depending on what it may be, being stubborn can sometimes be a positive thing. The perspective that I'm going to be coming from with this topic deals with stubbornness that is degenerative to our lives. What do I mean by this? Being stubborn is one thing, but being stubborn to the point where it is hurting you is an entirely different monster in my opinion. Imagine having a friend or relative that you've been warning that if they don't change some of their ways soon, something bad will likely end up happening to them. I'm sure that example sounds pretty familiar right? We've all been on both sides of the spectrum where we're the ones being stubborn, as well as having to deal with other people being stubborn. It is just one of those things that is a part of life. However, constantly displaying habits of stubbornness and being so set in our ways can limit us from being free and open thinkers. Because we're so stubborn and headstrong in some of our beliefs, we're unable to allow our minds to be open to new ideas and possibilities. This is where the importance of being a free and open thinker factors into play. If we're not willing to listen and be open to what others are saying, how will we be able to learn and grow? Furthermore, a person that isn't a free thinker will often fall victim to false facts and ideas.

One of the biggest aspects of being a free and open thinker deals with the things that we see and hear. We will often see things on television, online, etc, and we'll often hear things from people that most of us will believe. Someone that doesn't open their mind to the possibility that everything that is shown and heard may not always be the facts will always see things at face value. From my perspective, it is extremely bad to just believe what you see and hear is just what it is. I see this as a bad thing because our society often thrives on people being able to sway and manipulate others. There are so many things that are shown and said that is straight up false and untrue, but the media and people in general do a good job of selling it as being facts. Because of this, a person that isn't a free and open thinker can and will likely be easily manipulated by others. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I'm sure that most of you don't like to feel like someone else has intentionally misled you. Now I'm in one way saying that no one is vulnerable to being misled or manipulated. None of us know everything, so there will always be moments in our lives where people are going to manipulate us. The point of what I'm saying is that we will be less likely to be made a fool out of if we're able to be free and open thinkers when it comes to the things that we see and hear. This is exactly the reason why I feel that being stubborn and set in our ways can be a potential downfall.

So how do we get the point where we're free and open thinkers? I think the main way to become more open is listening more to others. I know this is the obvious answer, but how many of us really do listen to what others are saying? Remember that most people have very short attention spans and more importantly, many of us are quick to want to talk, which means that we don't always listen fully. We gotta change this in my opinion. Also, don't be so willing to dismiss what others are saying. It is important to question and be skeptical of what people are saying, but try not to completely close your mind to what is being said. Keeping an open mind and having a willingness to hear others out even when you may not always agree is key to being a more free and open thinker. Finally, don't believe or take everything that you see or hear at face value. There is often a hidden meaning to whatever we see and hear, and we'll never know what it is if we don't keep our minds open. The quote that I found that I will close this topic out with comes from a man that is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time, Leo Tolstoy. It reads; "Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking."

We are once again at the end of another topic my people. Thank you once again to all of you that took out the time to check out another one of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I hope that this topic provided some meaning and insight for all of those that came through. If you have any comments to add to this topic or any of the others, feel free to do so. I don't know about you all, but it is finally beginning to feel like fall here in Texas. The leaves are falling, and the weather has become a bit more chill. This is easily one of my favorite times of the year. I'm just ready to see some full fledged winter weather soon. Plus, we have Thanksgiving around the corner, so the holiday season is near. Well I'm going to go ahead and get up out of here, so I hope you all have a great and happy weekend. Take care of yourselves, and be safe wherever you are. I look forward to seeing you all in the next one. Till then, keep your heads up and keep on pressing forward everyone. Peace!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Success Worth Having Doesn't Come Overnight (Microwave Generation).

One of the more frustrating things that many of us have to go through in life is having patience. We have been told over and over again how important it is to be patient. We hear countless times from others that everything will come to pass, and that our patience will be rewarded. We hear these cliches constantly and yet most of us are still impatient in certain aspect of our lives. This especially applies to those of us that have been working towards something that we're passionate about. We know that we're supposed to be diligent and patient towards reaching our goals, but patience is a word that many of us don't want to hear when we've been working at something for some time. What amplifies the levels of frustration is living in this microwave society that we're all living in. In a society where it seems as if everyone wants things to happen fast, it can be even more frustrating when things are not happening as quick as you'd like. We often find ourselves at a crossroads when thoughts of doubt and uncertainty begins to enter our minds when it comes to reaching our goals. Questions of whether or not we're on the right path towards success can begin to flood our thoughts, and the result is often a word that can lead to a lifetime of regret; quitting. While it is okay to question whether we're moving in the right direction or not is perfectly normal and healthy, having the realization that success worth having doesn't happen overnight is important.

Hey what's up once again my people! How is everyone doing out there this time around? It is me Brad H. coming back at you all once again, and I'd like to welcome you all to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! As with the standard formula here, I am back for another week to drop my perspective on a topic that I feel can be relevant and helpful to others. Thank you in advance for those of you that stopped by to see what I have to say. Before getting into the topic for the week, I'd like to get on my soapbox and talk about the World Series that is taking place right now. Man, what can we say about game two of this series? That was an absolutely epic game there. The Astros looked as if they were on the ropes, and they managed to go nuts in those extra innings. So after last night's game, the Astros are up in the series 2-1. I personally felt like this was going to be a great series, and it has yet to disappoint. I'm a Astros fan already, but being that I am a Texan, I'm hoping for them to pull it off. However, I do like the Dodgers as well. Clayton Kershaw is one of my favorite players, and I personally believe that he is the best pitcher in baseball. I also like Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Kike Hernandez from the Dodgers. With all of that said, although I want the Astros to win it all, I would be okay if the Dodgers were to win it also. Since I like both of these teams, there really won't be much of a loser in my eyes. I know that I'm probably straddling the fence with this one, but I do want the Astros to take it all. I'm huge fans of George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa. Besides that, it would be big for the city of Houston if the Astros were to win after everything that happened with Hurricane Harvey back in August. We'll see how it all turns out. Alright, it is time to get into the main topic of the week that deals with success not happening overnight.

Before I move into the topic for the week, I'd like to go ahead and give my normal disclaimer in this section of the topic. Every single one of us have different viewpoints and ideas on how we see things. The objective here isn't to focus on what is right or wrong, but to hopefully give some inspiration to that encourages us not only in our daily lives, but also to see things in a manner in which we may not have before. I am just one individual with an opinion, so the way I see certain topics may not align with the way some of you see things. It is totally fine if some of you don't agree with me, and I welcome any and all feedback here. In the case that you find this topic interesting or you receive something from it, feel free to let me know that as well. As for some insight into how this topic came to mind, I've just been thinking a lot lately about how so many of us expect things to happen fast. Because this has been weighing on my mind lately, I thought I'd come on here and discuss why it is necessary to be patient with the things we aspire for. This is something that I have discussed on here already before in previous topics. However, it is sometimes necessary to revisit things that you've maybe done before, but with a better understanding of now. Because life should be all about growing and progressing, the way that we see some of the things in our lives will change throughout the years. It is important to always keep your mind free and open to new ideas and ways of viewing this, which is honestly the philosophy that this entire blog is based around.

Now as I referenced to earlier, it feels as if we are living in a microwave generation right now. What exactly is a microwave generation you may wonder? I see the term "microwave generation" as an analogy to how so many people want everything to happen quick with little effort. We all know that it is much quicker to throw something in the microwave compared to actually taking out the time to cook something. This is the same mentality that so many of us have these days when it comes to life in general. Think about it for a second, most of people want to exert as little effort as possible to get what they want. We want fast money, fast cars, fast relationships, etc. Fast, fast, fast, we all want everything fast. Now from my perspective, the thing with things coming to us fast is that when it is fast, you often don't appreciate it as much. Imagine if someone just gives you something compared to you having to actually having to earn it. In which scenario do you feel like you would appreciate it more? Now some people may not care either way as long as they get what they want right? However, I believe that there is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with actually earning something compared to getting it with little to no effort. This applies to all areas of life, but I feel this especially applies to those of us that are trying to achieve personal success in our lives. Because success is subjective, it totally varies on the individual as to what they define as success. However, in the microwave generation that we're in, most people want success to have fast also.

Something that I've mentioned in several topics on here before was how so many of us compare our lives to our peers. Success is probably the biggest comparison that we draw from our peers. For example, lets say that there are two friends that are both in college right? They both graduate at the same time, and want to get into the same field. Lets say that one of the two breaks into the field they want to get into before the other. Due to the fact that the friend of the two that has gotten their break has cracked into their field, the other that hasn't may view the other as achieving success before them. This person could potentially become somewhat discouraged and find themselves wondering if they will get their break. In a worse case scenario, the individual may become disillusioned and give up on trying to get into that field completely. That is just an example, but if it is something that you are still passionate about, you shouldn't give up. Like the title of this post states, success that is worth having doesn't always happen overnight. We can't be using other peoples' success as a basis for how we define success in our lives and situations. We also can't allow the fact that sometimes, whether you believe it is fair or not, things happen quicker for others than it does for us. It doesn't mean that it isn't meant for you, or that you should throw in the towel and quit. From my perspective, it could mean that it just isn't your time yet and despite how hard it may be, you have to maintain and exercise a little bit of patience.

This week's topic is mainly for those of us that are maybe finding ourselves questioning whether or not we will attain the success that we're hoping for. Yes it is normal to question whether or not you're doing the right thing, but questioning shouldn't rule your life. We have to have the belief and confidence in knowing that we're moving in the right direction towards our goals. Most of us halfway believe that it is possible, but the only way that we can get there is to believe in in fully. If the belief isn't fully there, then maybe that is a sign that maybe you're not as passionate about what you're doing as you think. It all comes down to having faith and belief in my opinion. They always say that patience is a virtue, but in a microwave society, patience appears to be sorely lacking. We don't want to be part of the microwave generation. We want to be part of the believers that are patient and long-suffering. So remember that success doesn't happen overnight. Everything worth having in your life will likely require time, which means that we have to hold us our end of the bargain by being patient. Time for me to leave the motivational quote that I came across that goes with this week's topic. It is from Ralph Marston and it goes; "Success requires both urgency and patience. Be urgent about making the effort, and patient about seeing the results."

Well we have reached the end of another topic my people. Thank you again as always to those of you that spent some of your time reading another edition of 'Brad H's Perspective'! I hope that this topic served as some inspiration for some of you, and hopefully it provided some meaning and understanding. Feel free to leave any comments or concerns. Well we're at another weekend, a cooler one at that. I absolutely love when it starts getting colder. That's the biggest sign for me that the holidays are right around the corner. Also before I go, I want to say Happy Birthday to my mom. Her birthday is a few days away on Halloween, but I want to acknowledge that since it will have passed by the next time. Love you mom! Alright I'm out folks, so you all be safe and enjoy yourselves. Till next time, keep on pressing forward everyone. I'll see all in the next one. Peace!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Focusing On What You Can Do For Yourself (Expecting Things From Others).

Something that I believe that most of us can agree with that more than likely grinds our gears is people not coming through for us when we expect them to. Sound familiar right? Yea, I'm sure that most of you can relate to the feeling of dejection and often anger that comes along with people not being there when you expect them to be. More than just being disappointed in people not coming through when you expect them to is when you feel that you constantly find yourself being there for the same people that you feel that you can't count on to be there for you. This in particular is something that really gets to people, and it often is accompanied with the anger that I referred to earlier. It has been stated time and time again that it is never wise to rely on others, yet it is something that most of us have to do occasionally. Because most of us often experience anger and frustration when it comes to this particular topic, it often becomes more easier to just say that you're done with going out of your way to help people. I mean what is the point of always being there for others, but when you're the one in need, it feels that no one is there to be found? Those who feel this way are totally justified in that way thinking, however, thinking this way doesn't lead to a life of peace in my opinion. For this week's topic, I want to put emphasis on another way of viewing this that can help bring us a little more peace inside when people aren't able to be there. Simply put, rather than expecting things from others, I think it is better to focus on what we can do for ourselves.

People, people, people! How is everyone doing out there? This is your boy Brad H. back at it once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! It is time to rejoice and dance uncontrollably now isn't it? Nah, I'm just kidding with that point, but yes I am here for another week to give my perspective on a topic that has been on my mind as of late. Before getting into the topic at hand, I'd like to give my thoughts to the people of California that are dealing with the wildfires that have been occurring out there. I saw some images on the Weather Channel a few days ago, and I was totally appalled at how scary it looked in some of those areas. I read that that death toll is around 26 now, and that it is expected to rise. There are also hundreds of people there that are still missing. This is truly a disheartening situation that hopefully ends soon. Also since my last writing, there was a mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on October 1st. Again my thoughts are with everyone that was affected by this tragedy. as well as those that lost their lives. Although we've had these kinds of tragic events happen before, it cannot be said enough how crazy they are. I mean an event that is supposed to be enjoyable and fun turns into an unfortunate incident where 59 people lose their lives, and nearly 500 were injured. I guess there isn't much that can be said besides the fact that these are truly some dangerous and unpredictable times that we are currently living in. I hope that everyone is staying safe out there, and make sure to keep it tight with everyone that you're close to in your life. Sticking together is the best way that we can endure these trying times. That said, lets go ahead and transition into this week's topic of focusing on what we can do for ourselves, rather than what others can do for us.

Before we go forward with this week's topic, I'd like to go ahead and give the usual disclaimer that I mention before putting my thoughts out there. We all have different views and opinions when it comes to various topics. The main idea here is not to focus on what is considered to be right or wrong, but to hopefully provide inspiration to others that will help in encouraging us all to see topics in a way that we have yet to. I'm just one person with an opinion, so I understand that not everyone will share in my thoughts. That is perfectly okay, and I welcome any feedback and opinions by anyone that wants to share those. We're all here to educate and inspire one another, and the best way to do that is by having a willingness to be open to what others have to say. So for how this topic came to be; there wasn't anything in particular that I can point to in regards to why I chose to talk about this topic. As with a good portion of the topics I talk about, I can attribute general thought to how it came to mind. I will say however that I wanted to write about this particular topic in part of how relevant that I believe it to be. As I stated earlier in this post, we all have times where we feel like we're overextending ourselves to other people without getting anything back in return. Even if you don't feel as if you're getting something in return for being there for others, you probably have occasional bouts of feeling like the people that you're going all out for aren't always willing to do the same for you. If you have those feelings, this post is likely for you.

Picture this scenario for a moment; you have a friend or relative that relies on you quite a bit. This is a person that probably has a hard time dealing with various aspects of their life, and talking to you helps them in easing their burdens. Regardless of how early or late in the day or night it may be, you are there to answer the call whenever they call you. If you're busy or tied up with something and they reach out to you, you stop what you are doing to see what is going on, or you call them right back whenever you get the first chance. You truly love and care for this person and their well being. Now lets just say that you yourself start experiencing some difficulties in life, and the same way that this aforementioned person relies on you in their time of need, you are now needing their support and positive energy. However, this person is too busy and tied up to give you the same time and attention that you're accustomed to giving them. Of course they don't throw you entirely to the wolves, and they do make an effort to help you through your troubles. However, deep down inside of you, you can't help but feel as if they're not as devoted to being there for you in the same manner that you are for them. Now with all of that said, who is in the wrong when it comes to this situation? Are you wrong for overextending yourself, or is the person that you are always there for wrong for not doing the same for you? I personally don't think anyone is particular wrong depending on the understanding the two have, but I'll leave it up to you to determine what you think. Now in painting the picture of this particular scenario, there is something that I want you all to consider, which is the heart of what this week's topic is about. While it is okay to receive help from other people, expectations from others is never wise.

For those that may struggle in dealing with how unfair and frustrating it can be to constantly go out of your way for others, only not to receive the same back, expecting things from other people will often lead you to disappointment. I know that sounds pretty harsh, but it is also a reality. Regardless if it may be a family member or a friend, no matter how close of a relationship you may have with an individual, there will likely be moments where those people won't be able to be there for you. It doesn't necessarily mean they are bad people, or they don't care about you. It simply means that for that particular moment when you needed them, they weren't able to be there. The fact is that often the disappointments that we experience from those we care for is through no fault of their own. I'm not saying that there are cases where this isn't true, because we all know that even the people we love and care for can be shady at times. This is exactly the reason why I want to stress the importance of focusing on what we can do for ourselves, rather than what others can do for us. While it is true that none of us can totally navigate through this life alone and experience all the things we desire, there are times when we have to look within ourselves to solve some of our issues. As I mention in what feels like every topic that I bring up on here, it all starts with empowering and conditioning our minds to adapt. If you're accustomed to expecting other people to always to be there in your time of need, you have to work on training yourself to tone back on this.

Now as I stated earlier, one of the best ways that I feel to obtain peace in your life is to focus on what you can do for yourself. You may wonder; how exactly does this bring peace to your life? Well from my perspective, when you focus on yourself and what you can do for yourself to better yourself, you put everything on yourself. Yes, the key word that was mentioned several times was YOURSELF! When you put thing on yourself and take responsibility for yourself, you no longer have the option of blaming others. This gives us an added sense of peace, because you learn how to become comfortable with yourself and your abilities. Now I'm in no way saying that we needed to be selfish and vain. I'm also not saying that you should never ask others for help, nor am I implying that you should treat others badly when they're not able to come through for you. The mission is to put more emphasis on the things that we're able to do for ourselves and through that process, we hope to gain an added sense of peace and responsibility in our lives. Before I go, I want you all that may struggle with this to do me and favor and tell yourself the following: Instead of focusing on what others can do for me, today I'm going to focus on what I can do for myself. Alright, the quote that I came across that I felt sums up this week's topic comes from Dr. Steve Maraboli. The quote read; Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control; but don't.

Well we have arrived at the end of another topic folks. Thank you as always to those of you that came through for another edition of 'Brad H's Perspective'! I hope that some of you were able to identify and relate to this week's topic, and I hope it provided you some meaning in your life. The weekend is here, so I hope you all enjoy. Whether it is time with the family, watching football or whatever it is you got going on, try to have fun in whatever you do. As I mentioned last time, there is definitely a lot of unsettling things happening around the world. However, we can choose make our own peace and happiness in the midst of chaos if we choose to. It's all about the mind baby! Keep on pressing forward everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all the best. Peace!

©2017 Bradrick H. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Viewing Your Struggles As Experience For Down The Road (Banking Analogy).

What is one of the biggest assets in this world that most, if not all people want to attain and have a comfortable amount of? If you guessed money, then you are absolutely correct, however, I'm sure that most of you already knew where I was going with that question anyway. Yes it is indeed true that we all need money to sustain ourselves, but one aspect of money that most people strive to do more of is save. People look to save money for all kinds of reasons. Maybe you're looking to save to take a trip, or you're trying to save for a big ticket purchase, etc. There are all kinds of things that people try to save for, but I'm willing to bet that the biggest reason why people aim to save money deals with emergencies. Like is unexpected, so it is always good to have money saved just in case you need it down the road. Now you may wonder why I'm starting off this week's topic talking about money. Well I'm far from a financial expert or guru, but what I do know is that life experiences can be similar to putting money into savings. The experiences that we go through in life can often help us down the road when it comes to future encounters. Every single one of us experience struggles and hardships from time to time, and instead of embracing them for what they are and using them for experience, we often complain about them. It is okay in my opinion to be discouraged by our struggles in life, however, I think it is time that we look to change our mindset a bit. Instead of seeing tough times as a bad thing, why not use them as experience to bank in the future?

Hey, how's it going people? This is Brad H. once again, and I'd like to welcome you all to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I hope that things have been going well for everyone as of late. I know that the planet has been dealing with some trying times as of late, but hopefully you all are maintaining wherever you are. As some of you may already be aware of, I'm here once again to give my perspective on a particular topic for the week that I've been thinking about as of late. Before getting into the topic for the week, I'd like to quickly give my opinion on something that I'm sure many of you are aware of; the protests that took place in the NFL last Sunday. Again, this is just my opinion, so I don't expect everyone to agree with me in regards to this. Now from what I've seen so far, the response to the protests by the NFL players and owners has been fairly positive. However, there has also been quite a bit of criticism as well. Now I'm not in the heads of the players that protested and spoke out against the president, but just from a solely generalized perspective, I don't personally feel that the players not standing for the American flag and national anthem means they are not patriotic or un-American. Part of being an American in my opinion means holding onto the values and principles that you believe in. Some of the greatest leaders that we've had in the history of our country had views that went against the grain, but still maintained respect for American culture. We have the freedom of speech here, but it feels like we only have freedom of speech for as long as it doesn't go against what the majority wants. It shouldn't like that in my opinion. Even if you disagree with the protesters, or someone that doesn't share the same beliefs as you do, those people have the right to peacefully protest if they choose to do so. That's pretty much what I wanted to say real quick in regards to that topic. Now it's time to move onto the real topic for the week that deals with using our struggles for experience.

Now that I've gotten all of that out of the way, I'd like to go ahead and give my weekly disclaimer before diving into the week's topic. We're all aware of the fact that we all have different views and opinions when it comes to life. The idea here is not to focus on what is deemed to be right or wrong, but rather to give some inspiration and hope to others that will aid in helping encourage us all to view topics in a manner that we not not have before. As always, any feedback or thoughts are welcome. I'm just one individual, and since there are various ways of viewing things, the feedback of others is something that I can learn from as well. Now onto how this week's topic came to be. I recall having a conversation with my sister about a week and a half ago, and I remember telling her something along the lines of how our struggles can help us in the future. Besides the dialogue of the discussion that we were having, I honestly have no idea where I came up with this. Then I got to thinking about how most people try to save money for later on down the road, and then the idea came together of tying the two together. I personally think this is a pretty good analogy to compare these two things to. Although saving money and struggles may be two different things, there is one main similarity they have; the ability to help alleviate the damage that may occur when emergencies strike. I want to stress again that these are just my own personal opinions, so there isn't any right or wrong. Hopefully some of you can identify with where I'm coming from.

One of the ideas that I've mentioned and tried to convey on many occasions in previous posts deals with the idea of we as people not seeing things clearly when we're facing struggles. Often times when we find ourselves in the middle of a stressful situation, we allow our emotions to overtake our ability to rationally see things. There are different degrees to this, and everyone different when it comes to this but from a general perspective, this is often the case. The reason I bring this is up is to show that most people only see the bad and darkness whenever things are going bad, which is totally understandable. But with that said, for everything that happens whether it is for good or for bad, there is always something that can be learned from it. I'm sure many of you have heard the famous quote by Nelson Mandela that goes; "I never lose, I either win or learn." Learning from an experience isn't always guaranteed, but it is something that can happen if you're willing to open your mind up to it. Now when we find ourselves in hardships, we often allow the negative that comes from it to cloud our minds to the point where the negative is the only thing we see. The ability or willingness to try and learn from the situation often gets thrown completely out of the window. In my opinion, this is exactly why we need to try and work on changing our mindsets. Is it easy? Absolutely not, but as with anything else in life, consistency and practice can help get us there.

Now I'm sure that some of you may not equate struggles with anything positive. However, if you work on changing your mindset to see that there is hope even in the darkness, the idea of changing can become a reality. Now in order for us to see our struggles as experience for down the road in life, we have to start looking at our lives as if it were a savings account. The same way that you acquire money and save it is the same mentality when it comes to the experiences we have in life. So in order for us to bank those experiences into our life savings, we have to be willing to not only endure the struggles in our lives, but also willing to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations that can help us to grow. As I mentioned earlier, it is not easy to see things this way in the midst of uncomfortable times. Now going back to the banking analogy, your money grows as you continue to deposit money into savings right? The same thing can apply when it comes to our struggles as well. From my perspective, when we endure our struggles and come through them, we not only come away with an added sense of confidence and pride from being willing to endure. We also gain knowledge and wisdom that we can use towards other things that may come our way in the future. Just like you put away money for a rainy day, the struggles and experiences that we go through can be deposited for future events as well. Again, it is all changing your mindset. That is something that I'm probably going to say on here till I'm blue in the face. It's all about the mindset folks.

The goal with this topic isn't necessarily to tell anyone that they should change their viewpoints. The main thing that I'm hoping for others to see is that everything that we go through that we see as being bad isn't always the case. Yes it is true that it can be very difficult to see the glass half full when you're going through things. However, you'll find that when you continue to stick with life and not give up on yourself when things are tough, you'll find that you'll be a better person for it in the future. Just like that bank account will grow with investing, your life will grow when you continue to look at those struggles like investments. I'm a firm believer that everything that we have been through already, as well as the things we are going through at this moment is just preparation for the future. Some may not feel that this is the case, but I do believe that our struggles can be seen in a different light when we open up our minds to change. Difficult, yes. Impossible, no. The quote for the week that I came across and I'm going to bring this to a close with comes courtesy of Napoleon Hill. It reads; "Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle". I think this quote reaffirms the idea that there is something positive that can come from the struggles that we have to endure.

Well that is all that I have for this week my people. Thank you all once again to those of you that stopped by for another edition of 'Brad H's Perspective'! As I always mention before signing off for the week, I hope that there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. I hope again that some of you out there can relate. We have arrived at another weekend, so I hope that everyone enjoys themselves. There is a lot happening across the globe, and things are even more unsettling here in the states as of late. Despite all the negativity happening, we all have to be positive and resolute in becoming the best version of ourselves. Stick to the plan my people, and lets keep on pressing forward. I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all the best. Peace!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Everything You May Want In This World Isn't For You (Knowing Exactly What You Want).

We all have things that we want out of this life that we're living right? Whether it's to have the perfect partner or spouse, the white picket fence or a lot of money, we all have things that we want to accomplish while we're here. Some people know exactly what they want out of life, while there are others that somewhat straddle the fence when it comes to wanting things. You know how some people believe that there is something they want, but later realize that what they thought they wanted was really not what they wanted? Hopefully that makes some sense, but in short, we as humans are often indecisive about certain things in life. One day we may feel a certain way about something, and then the next we feel the opposite. One of the things that I've often talked about on here is how so many of us compare our lives to everyone else. Often times, not always, many people use the lives of others as a basis for what they believe they want in life. So we often look at what others have and in turn, we think the things they have will bring us the same kind of happiness that they seem to be experiencing. While that may be the truth in certain cases and scenarios, I generally believe that interpreting what you want in this world through the eyes of others isn't a good thing. As I stated, we all want things out of life, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, something to also keep in mind is that everything that you may think you want in this world may not be for you.

Hello once again to everyone out there. It is me Brad H. back once again, and I'd like to welcome you all to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I hope that everyone has been doing well and staying up since the last time we met up on here. If that hasn't been the case for any of you, just continue to keep on holding your head up and believe that things can and will get better. That is something that I have to tell myself often as well. So there are quite a few happenings that have been taking place in the world as of late. I talked a lot about Hurricane Harvey and the effect that it had on Texas in the last topic. Since then, we saw another devastating hurricane named Irma hit the state of Florida. Not only Florida, Irma totally destroyed many parts of the islands south of the U.S. mainland. In my personal opinion, this has been one of the craziest hurricane seasons that I've ever seen. The thing that is even more worrisome is that hurricane season is nowhere close to being over with, and there are storms still forming in the Atlantic right now. I guess I just want to use my soapbox this week to piggyback off of last week's topic of being resilient. There isn't anything that any of us can do to prevent these storms from forming, but what we can do is prepare for them as best we can. The biggest thing I would suggest is to try and stay informed on what is happening in the ocean in regards to when storms are beginning to form. The days of relying on the news to tell us exactly what is going on and when to prepare are pretty much nonexistent now, so we have to always be aware of what is going on. My thoughts go out to everyone that was affected by Irma, as well as those still feeling the after effect of Hurricane Harvey. Stay resilient everyone. Alright, now it is time to get into this week's topic of how everything you may want in this world isn't for you.

Now that I've gotten on the weekly soapbox, it's time for the normal disclaimer that I give before going into the topic for the week. We all have different views and opinions when it comes to life. The primary mission here is not to focus or give credence to what is right or wrong, but rather to give inspiration to others that will hopefully encourage people to view a topic in a manner which they may not have thought of before. I'm just one person with an opinion, so I don't expect everyone to see things the same way that I do. Any feedback or thoughts that anyone has is always welcome here. As I've stated plenty of times before, I see this as platform where we're all here to learn from one another. So as to how this topic came to be, I would just attribute it to another one of the many things that I think about on a regular basis. I think that there are so many of us out there that often focus primarily on the pros when it comes to the things we want in life. Since we put so much emphasis on the potential good that comes from things, I think we don't always see that there is also bad that can potentially come from the things we desire. Because I have the belief that everything has pros and cons, I think that everything that we may want or think we want may be good for isn't always. Again, this isn't to discourage anyone from pursuing anything that they're interested in, just something to hopefully give some thought to.

So as we have already established, we all have things that we want and desire in life. Another thing that we should all be aware by now is that life isn't always fair. This is something that can be hard for some to accept, especially when we're younger and don't fully have a grasp on how life works. So with knowing that life isn't fair, the idea or belief that everything we want should be ours isn't always true. However, there are some of us that still hopelessly chase after the things we believe that we want, and some of us continue to do this even when the very things we want continue to elude us. A prime example that most of us, especially guys can relate to deals with women. I'd say that at least 99.9% of us men have had a woman that we really liked, but she continued to not be within our grasp. She may have told you straight up that she wasn't interested, or she may have even played hard to get, but we still felt like there was something we could do to get her to admire her in the same manner that we do her. Some people say that persistence pays off, and I do believe that is true in the majority of cases. However, excessive persistence without ever seeing the results that you desire should be a sign that maybe what you believe that you want isn't for you. So in the example of chasing after a girl, the fact that she didn't share the same sentiments as you probably means that she isn't the one for you. This same ideology goes for anything else in life as well. Everything that you believe is for you isn't.

Now there are several ways I believe of handling being able to accept that some things in life aren't for you. The biggest thing that I want to bring up deals with changing your mindset. Those of you that often read my posts already know that I talk about the mind and how it is important to focus on adapting it to adjust to life changes. I believe that the main reason that many of us struggle with believing that everything that we want is for us comes from the fact that many of us don't know exactly what we want. This is exactly why I've said the words "think we may want" several times throughout this post. The fact is that many of us don't know exactly what we want, which means that we're often chasing after a lot of the wrong things. When you're chasing after the wrong things, you're likely never going to get back the results your hoping for. As I've alluded to, we all have had disappointments and setbacks when it came to something that we wanted. It is normal and okay to feel disappointed when something doesn't go our way, but instead of focusing on the cons that came with that disappointment, focus on the pros that came with it. Again, I believe there are pros and cons to everything, and that applies as well it comes to disappointments and heartache. It is difficult to see that when you're in the midst of that setback, but it something that comes to light in due time.

Besides just informing others that everything that you want in this world isn't for you, I want us as people, including myself to change our mindsets and figure out exactly what you want in this world. No one is perfect, and I do believe that the journey to finding out exactly who you are and what you want is a constant one. However, if you find yourself and learn exactly what you want in this life, you'll do a better job at preventing yourself from experiencing disappointments. Because you know who you are and exactly what you want, you'll know exactly the things and people to go after in your life. Again, I want to reiterate that this doesn't guarantee that you'll never experience disappointment. Life is always unpredictable and changing, so nothing is guaranteed. However, I do believe that we can do much better at avoiding disappointments when you find ourselves and know exactly what we want. The quote that I came across that I think goes well with this topic comes from the telephone man, Alexander Graham Bell. I think it's a pretty good one and goes; "What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it."

Well we have once again arrived at the end of another topic. Thank you all to those of you that stopped by for another installment of 'Brad H's Perspective'! As I always say before signing off, I hope that there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. Hopefully some of you can relate, and it gives you a bit of inspiration. The weekend is here, so hope everyone does something fun. Also, I know I haven't mentioned anything NFL related, but the hurricanes have kinda overshadowed that. Life is all about priorities, so the safety and recovery of our fellow man are far more important than sports. But for those of you that are football fans, I hope you enjoy the second week of the NFL this weekend. I know that I most certainly will. Alright, I'm out for this week, so I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all the best. Peace!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Resiliency Is Our Natural State (We're Here To Rise And Overcome).

Lets be real here; every single one of us that is breathing at this moment have had obstacles and hurdles to overcome in our lives. There may have been times where we've faced various circumstances that may have tested us, but didn't break us to the point where we didn't feel that we'd overcome them. On the flip side, there have also likely been situations that many of us have faced that have totally left our spirits broken for awhile. You know the kind of traumatic situations and circumstances that seem to have no end, and often leave us questioning whether or not we will ever make it through. I think in saying all of that, many of you can probably relate on some level. Getting our lives back on track after facing difficulties can be an extremely daunting task. This also varies and depends on how mentally strong of an individual that you are. There is a word called "resilient" that most people use when it comes to overcoming tough times and circumstances. Resilient is defined as the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Some people tend to have extremely good resilience when it comes to tackling issues, while others level of resiliency may not be at the level where they feel they can overcome those obstacles and hurdles. I've been seeing things as of late that totally confirm to me that every single one of us have a level of resiliency, and as I think about that word even more, I realize that being resilient is our natural state of being.

Hello once again people! It is your guy Brad H. back at you once again with another edition of 'Brad H's Perspective'! I hope that all of you have been maintaining and keeping your heads up since the last topic I discussed. In the last topic that I talked about, I mentioned the unfortunate happenings that have been going on in the United States as of late. I wish that I was talking about something more positive on my soapbox, but that definitely isn't the case for this week either. I'm sure most of you know about the natural disaster that was Hurricane Harvey that made landfall in Texas on three separate occasions. This storm left catastrophic damage to most of the Texas coast. The biggest impact made was in Houston, which we all know is the largest state in Texas. So many residents in Houston and along the Gulf Coast has been impacted negatively by this storm. Some of you may know that I'm a Texas resident myself, and I do live in the Gulf Coast region also. My specific area received a lot of rain and flooding, but nothing major like in Houston and others areas along the gulf. I just want to say to everyone that may not have been affected directly by Harvey to please keep everyone in Texas and along the Gulf Coast in your thoughts and prayers. Even if you weren't affected directly, you probably know someone that was. Keep in mind that Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States, so there are many people that live there and in the surrounding metropolitan areas in Houston. Being that I have family and friends in this region, I know that some people in the areas hit by the storm have been affected personally. So yea, that's pretty much what I wanted to use my soapbox for this week. I wish I could be talking about something less gloomy, however, we all know by now that hardships are part of life. Now it is time to transition into this week's topic of being resilient, and how we're here to rise and overcome.

Now for my normal disclaimer that I give before talking on the topic at hand for the week. We're all aware that we all have different ways of viewing and seeing things. The primary focus on here isn't to focus on what's right or wrong, but rather to offer some inspiration to others that will hopefully inspire them to see a topic in a manner that may not have been thought of before. I don't expect everyone to share in my views or thoughts, and it is totally okay if you happen not to. Whatever feedback and thoughts that anyone may have are always welcome here on this platform. As for how I came to want to talk about resiliency for the week, it's quite simple really. Seeing the devastation that Hurricane Harvey left along Texas is the biggest inspiration for why I want to talk about this topic. After all the stories and videos I've seen and read about how people have come together to help one another through this crises, how can you not believe that we as humans are resilient? Harvey may have been a strong category 4 hurricane when it made landfall, but I know firsthand that the people of Texas are even more stronger. This is an experience that will take time to get over, and it may even be years before certain areas of Texas are back to their normal state. However, I do believe that along with the help and support of everyone in this country, the people of Texas will bounce back and show that resiliency that is being discussed in this week's topic.

So now that we've gotten the definition of resiliency and established what it entails, I want to get more into the kind of qualities I feel people who are resilient exhibit. From my perspective, people who are resilient keep on going until they find a way to conquer the obstacles they're facing. A resilient person in my opinion persevere till the end and doesn't make excuses in my opinion. Seeing things through to their end is what resiliency personifies in my opinion. I know this is fiction, but being that I'm a huge fan of this character, I'm going to use Batman from the film 'The Dark Knight Rises' as an example. After being battered, bruised and broken by the villain in the film, Batman finds a way to come back to Gotham and save his city. People that are resilient throw everything they have at this life, and even when their all isn't enough, they still find a way to get back up and keep on trying. Now do any of these qualities resonate with any of you? I'm almost positive that most of you can identify with these qualities, and there is a reason for that in my opinion. I don't have any scientific proof or evidence of this, but I believe that the reason most if not all you can probably relate is due to my belief that we all have a natural instinct within ourselves to be resilient. I believe that it is our natural state to be resilient, and believe I believe this, I believe that we possess the power to rise and overcome.

So why do I believe that we're naturally resilient and here to rise and overcome? Well, I'm just one of those people that believes in the power of the human spirit and what it can do. When we look back at history, we have seen human-beings that have overcome all kinds of odds and obstacles. There are clearly too many examples to name when it comes to this, but some of you can probably take a look at your own life and think back to something that you may have felt insurmountable, but you still managed to overcome. Think about all the people here in Texas that have been affected by the storm. I'm sure there are many that have lost their homes and livelihoods that feel that they won't be able to get through this right now. It's okay to feel like that for awhile. However, it is in our nature to eventually act and exhibit the resiliency that is necessary to pick ourselves up and keep on moving forward. I may have mentioned this before in a previous entry, but I always like to think about this one particular thing when it comes to getting through the issues that we face in our lives. As I mentioned earlier, just think back to a time when you thought you wouldn't be able to make it through whatever you're facing. If you are here and still going, what does that mean? It means you made it through whatever you were dealing with, and if you can get through whatever it was then, you can also do it now.

Now I want to make sure and say that just because I'm talking about being resilient and the human spirit, that doesn't mean that life can't break us from time to time. There are always going to be times where life is going to throw up for a loop and leave us reeling, and unfortunately, there have been times where some people we broken to the point where they just chose to give it all up. Because we are all different and process things individually, some peoples level of resiliency and belief may vary, and that is okay. The main mission this week is to encourage and inspire everyone to see that we all have something deep within us that makes us want to persevere. So to sum it up for this week, we're all here to rise and overcome the challenges in our lives. We have to have belief that resiliency exists within us at all times. Finally, the people of Texas will rise above the devastation that Hurricane Harvey left us with. As I stated previously, the people of Texas are very strong, and will not allow this incident to keep us down. Now for the quote that I'm going to leave for this week that relates to the topic. The quote comes courtesy of Darwin, and goes; "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most resilient and responsive to change."

Well we have arrived at the end of another entry of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Thank you all to everyone that took out the time to read what I had to say. As I always like to close out with, I hope that there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. I also hope that it gives some encouragement to your everyday life. We have some difficult and rough roads ahead of us, but we can definitely overcome those times together. Lets not allow these trying times to defeat us, but rather empower us to reach deep within to find the strength to conquer them. Alright, I'm signing off for now, so I hope you all have a great weekend and don't forget to keep Texas in your thoughts. I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, peace and love to everyone.

©2017 Bradrick H. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Importance Of Owning Every Issue In Your Life.

One of the things that we've all probably done at some point whenever we're in a situation that we find ourselves uncomfortable with is to deflect the attention from ourselves. It is a known fact that rather than confronting an issue head on, it is often more easier to try and deflect the attention from ourselves. We've all done it before right? There are many situations that can be classified as being uncomfortable for us, but the the personal issues that we face in our lives are often the most uncomfortable scenarios that we find ourselves dealing with. Similar to any other issues or situation that we want to deflect from, we often do the same when it comes to the issues in our lives. As I have mentioned in past topics, many of us often choose to rather run from our problems rather than facing them directly. In most instances when we're not facing our problems head on, we are looking to blame others for the issues that plague our lives. This is the focus on emphasis that I want to address in this week's topic; the blaming of others for the shape that our lives are in. Instead of putting every issue in our lives on ourselves, we deflect the blame from ourselves towards other people that we feel have made our lives more difficult. Even if you're in a circumstance where someone has caused problems in your life, the problems that we deal with are still our own. This is why it is important to own every issue that we're facing in our lives.

Here ye, come one come all! How is it going everybody? It is Brad H. back with another topic once again, which means that it is time for another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! As always, I hope that everything has been going great for everyone as of late. In the event that this hasn't been happening for you recently, keep on holding your head up and have belief that things can and will get better. So I'm back for another week to give my perspective on a particular topic that I've been thinking about as of late. Before getting into the topic for the week, I'd like to talk a little bit about the unfortunate happenings taking place in the United States. I'm sure that most if not all of you have heard about the violent incident that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. Condolences and thoughts go to everyone that was negatively affected by what happened. I'm not going to talk about the incident itself, but I want to address the underlying hate that is taking place in our country. Things like racism and bigotry has been happening for centuries now, and I highly doubt that we'll ever get to a point where it stops completely. There are always going to be groups of people that hates or feels superior to other groups of people. I just want to encourage everyone out there to not allow your spirit to give into the negative and hateful acts that are occurring not only stateside, but around the world as well. With so much hatred, suffering and strife taking place everywhere, it becomes much more easier to fall into the pitfalls of negativity happening everywhere. My advice is to focus on filling your heart and minds with so much peace that these negative acts have no bad effect on you. Again, condolences to the lives that were lost during the incident. Alright folks, now that I've gotten on my soapbox, lets go ahead and talk about the topic of owning every issues in your life.

For my normal disclaimer that I give before talking on the topic at hand, I'd like to say that we all have various viewpoints and ways of thinking when it comes to anything. The main focus here isn't to focus on right or wrong, but rather to give a bit of inspiration to others that will hopefully inspire you to see a topic in a manner that you may not have before. Of course I don't expect everyone to have similar views as myself, and it is totally okay if anyone that reads this disagrees with my perspective. This is a platform that welcomes any and everyone, even if there are potentially different views. Thank you to all that stop by. As for some insight into how I came to writing about this particular topic, I'd probably just point to a few conversations that I've had with some people as of late. A few of those talks dealt with how so many of us constantly blame others for the problems that we have. Now it is very true that there are some cases where other people are responsible certain circumstances that we find ourselves in. I'm in no way saying that everything is always our own doing. The mission for this week is to hopefully encourage a change in mindset when it comes to our problems. Much of what I plan on discussing won't apply to many of you. However, if this discussion does happen to resonate within you in some way, I hope it offers a bit of inspiration for you. As always, anything that I mention applies to myself as well.

So as many of us are already aware, as well as me establishing this earlier, many of us look to deflect the issues we deal with towards others. If it's not other people that we're putting it on, we're putting it on the circumstances that we're in. Again, I want to stress that this may not be the case in some instances for some people. That said, from my perspective, there is one key reason why it's not good to put our issues on other people. In my opinion, constant deflection of problems towards others and circumstances can develop into a crutch in our lives. You may ask, "why is this bad?" From my perspective, I see this act as a bad thing because it aids in denying ourselves accountability for our problems. I'm a believer that we can not only hinder ourselves from solving our problems if we do not own them, but it also keeps us from growing mentally as individuals. We are basically training our minds to believe that whenever that we are facing challenging personal issues, we don't have to responsible for them because other people and circumstances are causing them. In my opinion, there is absolutely no way to grow as an individual if you're constantly doing this. This is why it is important to have a shift in our way of thinking. It's not just about blame, it's about growing as a person as well.

Consider this example for minute. Imagine that a person purchases or rents something from a business. Now the time has come for that person to pay for whatever the item is, but a week before having to pay, the person at hand has the money for the item stolen from them. Now this is an example of how circumstances can play a factor right? It may not be the person at hand's fault that their money was stolen, and the business or person that is expecting their money may be sympathetic to what happened. However, do you really think they care a whole lot about the reasons why you can't pay them? Probably not! The incident may not be the person at hand's doing, but it is still their issue right? This person can blame the person that stole from them, or the circumstances their in but at the end of the day, it is still their issue. Being able to accept that it is their issue and owning it will likely allow this person to learn from what happened. If there is something learned from the incident, the probability of being more prepared or preventing something similar happening again in the future becomes greater.

So why is it important that we learn to own every issue in our life? Simply stated, not owning our the problems in our lives keeps us from solving them. This way of thinking is a crutch in our lives because it helps us to deny accountability for the part we play in creating our issues. Real change starts within ourselves first and foremost, so taking a deep look within and owning up to the issues we deal with is the only way to help solve those issues. So for those of us that struggle occasionally or all the time with owning the issues that we face in our lives, we have to work on changing that mentality. Some may agree or disagree, but I believe that the majority of the problems we face are mental. Changing our mindsets and viewing our problems in a different light is a possibility. We just have to be willing to own up to them. That's pretty much all I have to say for this week's topic, so I'm going to go ahead and give the quote for the week that goes along with this week's discussion. The quote I found comes courtesy of Louise L. Haye. It is short and sweet and it reads; "I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves."

Well that is it for this week my folks! As always, I'd like to thank everyone that once again stopped by for another installment of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Like I always say, I hope that there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. Although there is a lot happening in this world, those of us who try to remain positive and uplift one another have to stick together. It is now Saturday, so I hope everyone enjoys this weekend. If it isn't too hot where you are, try to get outside and have some fun. Even if you can't be outdoors this weekend, I hope that you all have a good time in whatever you end up doing. Alright, as in the word of Logic the rapper, "I'm gone, so long." I'll see you all in the next one. Stay strong everyone and till we meet again, I will you all peace and love!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Watch What You Say And Think (Speaking And Thinking Things Into Existence).

I think that we all can admit that the universe has a weird way of working at times. We all have different beliefs and viewpoints on how we think this world operates. For example, some of us believe that what goes around will also come back around. We refer to it as "karma". We often use this term to describe a situation where a person that has done something bad receives it back. While most will call this karma, others will just say that karma had nothing to do with that persons' misfortunes, and things just happen. I'm not here to argue for or against whether or not karma is true. However, I do want to establish the fact that things often have a unusual way of happening. I feel that this also applies when it comes to the things that we say and think. Most of us have heard or even experienced how powerful the tongue, as well as the mind can be. There is a general rule of thumb that the thoughts and words that we give a lot of energy towards will usually end up coming to fruition. Similar to karma, some will believe this to be true, while others will just say that it was a coincidence. Well, I am personally part of the former in believing that the what we put energy and thought into will likely contribute to whatever happens in our lives. I have absolutely no scientific evidence to prove this, but what I do have is the experience of seeing this happen throughout various times in my life. This is exactly why I feel it is critical that we are cautious of what we say and think, because we can often speak and think things into existence.

Ladies and gentlemen! How is everyone doing? It is me Brad H. back once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another installment of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Hope things have been going well for everyone since the last topic. If that hasn't been the reality for any of you recently, try to keep on holding you head up, and have belief that things will begin to improve. As with the normal format on here, I am back to share my thoughts on a topic for the week that I've been thinking about as of late. Before getting into the topic for the week, I wanna get on my soapbox and talk about something that will be here really soon; NFL FOOTBALL! So last night, the preseason for the NFL kicked off with the Hall of Fame Game. We had my favorite team the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Arizona Cardinals. Of course it was preseason, so the starters didn't see the field besides standing on the sidelines. I know most football fans don't get too riled up for the preseason, but there are many people that do because preseason signals the start of the regular season real soon. I can't really explain what it is, but there is something about the time of the year when football comes around that excites me. I don't know if it's because most of us are somewhat eager due to sports being slow during the summer months, or if the season beginning to change during football season. Whatever it may be, I truly enjoy it. I'll likely be using the soapbox section of my writings to talk about certain stories related to the NFL in the coming months. Also, if any of you are football fans, feel free to comment on who your favorite team(s) are in the comment section. I would also like to hear what expectations you have for your team during the upcoming season. I'll likely give my prediction of what I think the Cowboys will do this season in the coming weeks. Alright, now that I've gotten that out of the way, lets go ahead and talk about the importance of watching what you say and think.

Now before getting deeper into the topic for the week, I'd like to give my usual disclaimer. We all have varying viewpoints and ways of thinking when it comes to life. The main focus here isn't to focus on right or wrong, but rather offering a bit of inspiration to others. My hope is that I am able to encourage others to view a topic in a way that they may not have viewed before. I don't expect everyone to have similar views as myself, and it is perfectly fine if anyone happens to disagree with my thoughts. This platform isn't here for division, but rather to include everyone despite potentially having different views. Now for some insight on how this topic came to be. Besides the normal conversations that I have with the people that are near and dear to me, I can't really point to anything specific that lead to me wanting to discuss the importance of watching what we say and think. If there is anything that I can probably attribute to what made me want to get into this topic, I would probably attest it to the fact that I've been thinking a lot about the various struggles that not only myself, but also others that I know have faced so far this year. I've been thinking lately about how it may be time to feed more energy into believing that the remaining months of this year will be much better going forward. If there is anyone else out there that feels that 2017 has been a rough year also, this topic may give you a little bit of hope going forward. Again, I'm far from an expert, so anything that I mention applies to my life first.

So we all have heard the saying; "You are what you eat" right? Could it also be possible that this applies to our minds and the things that we give thought to as well? Again, I'm not coming from a scientific perspective on this topic, so I have no scientific evidence to back up my belief. But with that said, I do believe that whatever we give energy and thought to can potentially come to fruition. From my perspective, this is probably the most important reason why we have to be aware of what we put into our minds. So many people in our world give thought and energy to a lot of negative forces right? I'm sure most of you can relate to this, but do you ever go around people and whenever they are talking, they are talking about how bad things have been going in their lives? Even using myself as an example, I've been giving a lot of energy and thought to the fact that 2017 has been a year of challenges. The fact that I've spent a good portion of this year harping on this has likely contributed to the reason why I feel this way. Like I mentioned earlier, things have a funny way of working out when it comes to thinking about certain things. Some people say that thinking too much is bad, and while I do believe that is true in some cases, I don't see thinking in itself as the biggest issue. From my perspective, the biggest issue is we give too much power to negative thinking, and then we wonder why things in our lives aren't going as well as we'd like. Thinking may not always be the sole reason, but I do believe it is a factor.

Just as everything in this world has an opposite, the same applies when it comes to speaking and thinking. Of course the opposite of negative is positive right? So instead of constantly thinking of and feeding into negative things, why don't we flip it around and give more thought to the more positive aspects of life? Well of course everyone is different, as well as everyone's circumstances, so there is no definitive way to give an answer to that. However, what we do know is that this world that we're living in today is full of negative things taking place on a regular. Whenever we turn on the television, go outside or go online, these negative happenings are constantly being fed into our minds. And as I stated in previously written topics on here, even when we believe the things that we see and hear don't affect us directly, they can affect us on a subconscious level. Now when it comes to watching what you say, it all coincides with the mind. The things that we think about often translate into the things that we say. If you constantly think about the negative and bad, that is likely all you're going to talk about and vice versa. We have to learn how to be aware of the realities that create for ourselves, because it is indeed a fact that there is power in the mind and the tongue. We have to be more positive in order to create a more positive reality for ourselves. Again, in a negative world this is hard, but we have to try and be more positive for ourselves.

The message for this week is plain and straightforward. Watch what you say, as well as what you think. The things that you give energy to can ultimately be spoken and thought into existence. You don't want to be one of those people that thinks and speaks negatively so often that it becomes a self-fulfilled prophecy. We want to be individuals that think and speak positively as often as we can. Some of you may not believe that there is power in the mind and tongue when it comes to bringing things into our lives, and that is totally fine. Even if I don't have any proof besides my own personal experiences, I am a believer that nothing good comes from thinking negative. With that said, I figure that I may as well think and speak as positively as positive. It definitely can't hurt, and I encourage anyone out there that struggles with negativity to try and do the same. That's pretty much all I have to say for this week in regards to the topic for the week. It is now time for me to leave the quote for the week that I found and feel speaks to what this topic is about. It comes courtesy of livehappy.com, and the person who stated this is named Leon Brown. The quote goes; "Your words can be powerful, they can hurt or uplift, so think before you speak as every word you say counts."

We have once again arrived at the end of another topic. Before going on my way, I'd like to thank everyone once again that stopped by for another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I appreciate those of you that show a brother love. As always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. We are all in this joint together, so we have to try and keep each other inspired. Before going, I'd like to say Happy belated birthday to my younger cousin Derion(Biggie). He had a birthday recently, and it was after the last topic that I wrote about. I just wanna make sure that I acknowledge him on here as well. Love you bro, and keep on doing good things. Alright, I'm out, so I hope everyone has a great weekend and week ahead. Keep on fighting the good fight, and I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, peace!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wealth Isn't Always About Money (Having A Wealth Of Knowledge).

I think it is fairly safe to say that most people likely think of money and finance when they hear the term "wealth" being referred to. If you are with the majority that have adopted this way of thinking, it is likely due to no fault of your own. In the society that we live in, we are often conditioned to believe that being financially successful is the only form of wealth. While it is true that money is probably the most popular form of wealth, it is far from the only method of wealth that can be acquired. Wealth can be classified and defined as being many things. As with the majority of things in life, it all depends on the person and how they see things. There is however a form of wealth that many of us tend to underestimate, and this is a form of wealth that I didn't see myself. Also, I would argue that when it comes to being overlooked, it is the most important form of wealth that we can obtain. What am I talking about you may wonder? I'm talking about knowledge and the acquirement of knowledge. Yes ladies and gentlemen, knowledge can also be a form of wealth, however, it is also a form of wealth that so many of us take for granted. The goal that I have for this week's topic is to hopefully show that wealth isn't always about having money. Wealth can be defined as being many things, but having a wealth of knowledge is a form of wealth that we should not take for granted.

Hey, what's going on ladies and gentlemen? It is me Brad H. back on here once again, and I'd like to welcome you all to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! As always, I hope everyone has been doing pretty good as of late. Of course if that hasn't been happening in your life as of late, keep on trying to hold your head up, and continue to have belief that things can and will change for you soon. So I'm back for another week to give my perspective on a topic that I've been thinking about in recent days. Before diving into this week's topic at hand, I'd like to use this portion to get on my soapbox for a minute and give my opinion on a current event that recently happened. As I'm sure most of you already know, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson was granted parole from prison this week. Whatever you may think about Simpson himself, we cannot deny the fact that there is something that captivates the world about him. I think most of it mainly stems from the fact that his murder trial from the early 90's is the most infamous trials of a public figure in American history. Not going to get into what I thought of the trial, but I want to give my opinion on him being paroled. I've seen a lot of mixed reactions online, so I guess I'll chime in myself. Now I personally didn't see what I would consider to be a remorseful person when he spoke to the parole board that was considering his case. However, something that stood out to me was when one of the board members confused Simpson for being 90 years old. She quickly apologized, to which there was some laughter in the building. But it was Simpson, who is actually 70 years old reaction that really caught my ear. Simpson jokingly replied that he feels like he's 90. Now I imagine a man in his condition, along with the mental stress that he has put himself through does feel much older than his actual age. So I guess what I'm saying here is that regardless of what people think of Simpson, I think it was okay that he was granted parole. The truth is that the guy may not have many more years left, and if the justice system feels that he has served enough time to be granted parole, then so be it. At his age and his condition of health, there's probably not much the guy can do anyway. Well I think I've rambled enough, so lets go ahead and talk about this week's topic of acquiring a wealth of knowledge.

As always before going more in depth on the topic for the week, I want to give the regular disclaimer and say that everyone will have varying viewpoints when it comes to topics. My objective here is isn't to focus on what may be considered right or wrong, but rather to hopefully encourage the people that read to think about a topic from a different approach than they normal. Of course I don't expect everyone to share in my views, but the goal of hoping to inspire others and myself through that process remains the same. As for insight on how I came to wanting to talk about this particular topic for the week, I have to attest it to a video by Dr. Boyce Watkins that I listened to on Youtube recently. The video itself pretty much dealt with finance, but it's something that he said during the video that really resonated with me, which lead to me writing about the topic at hand. He mentioned how we as people don't always have to leave or give money to others in order to help them. Sometimes the knowledge and wisdom that we are able to pass onto others is even more important than the money itself. I personally thought him saying this was pretty inspirational, so I figured it would be a pretty good topic for me to try and expand upon. Hopefully you all can relate a bit to what I'm going to talk about. Remember that I'm far from an expert, so keep in mind that anything that I talk about applies to myself. I'm a firm believer that we have to be willing to follow the advice we give to others.

So we've established that most of us equate money to having wealth. Yes it is indeed true that the most popular form of wealth primarily deals with money, but I'm not here to talk about money because I'll admit that I'm one of those people that isn't really as good as I should be at managing it. However, what I do know is that regardless of how much financial wealth a person has, they likely won't be able to make it sustainable if they're not knowledgeable when it comes to finance. I'm sure most of you have heard the saying "a fool and his money will eventually part ways." If not those exact words, I'm sure you've heard some sort of variation of it. But it is true that someone that spends constantly without being equipped with the knowledge to make their money work for them. This same concept applies to everyone in life from my perspective. We all are going to make mistakes right? That is just a fact and a part of life. However, we all know and are aware that when we are knowledgeable about whatever aspect of life that we have to make decisions in, we are able to limit the chances of making mistakes. I see life as a game of both wins and losses. We all know that we won't always win in the things that we want, which means that we're going to have occasional losses. We also know that losing doesn't last forever, which means that we have to work towards limiting the losses and hopefully increasing the wins. In my opinion, it is much easier to win when you have the knowledge and tools you need to do so.

So how do we acquire wealth through knowledge? Well from my perspective, there are two ways to primarily do so. The first is the easiest way, as well as the way that puts more of it on you. This way involves us going to acquire the knowledge on our own. A person that does this likely reads books, watches videos, and seeks out people that are experts in whatever they're looking to become more knowledgeable at. The second method deals more with what Dr. Boyce was talking about, which deals with being lucky enough to have people that we know to pass down knowledge to us. Now because this method involves having to depend on others, it isn't the most recommended, which is exactly why I wanted to talk about this topic. Now both methods can be interchangeable, meaning that depending on where you are in life, either or both can apply to you at various times. My mission for this week is to show that you don't always have to have money to help out others. You see, since we live in a society that equates money with wealth, most of our society believes that having money is the only way to help others. This is something that we've all heard before, and it is something that I've talked about on here in the past. The bottom line is that regardless of who you are or what you have, you can always drop trinkets of wisdom to others either help them move forward towards something, or keep them from making the same mistakes you did. This is why it is important to have a wealth of knowledge in my opinion.

Regardless of who you are or your relationship with others, you can always have some kind of wisdom to pass onto others. I also want to make it clear that I also feel that no matter how wise you are, you are never so wise that you can't listen to others as well. Wealth can come in all kinds of forms, but there is no price tag in my opinion that can be put on being knowledgeable. The goal for this week is to hopefully let others know that having wealth doesn't always have to be about money. If you are a person that is skilled or well versed in an area of your life, don't hesitate to pass on your knowledge to others. If you're a person that may not be all that capable when it comes to dealing with finance, seek out others that can give you the knowledge and tools to help you become better. In my opinion, the best thing about knowledge is that it is infinite. There is always something new out there can be learned, so remember that wealth is important, but having a wealth of knowledge can mentally take us to an even higher state of mind. The quote that I found and will leave you all with this week that I feel applies to this week's topic comes from innovator and author Peter Schwartz. The quote goes; "Knowledge is the only kind of wealth that multiplies when you give it away." Be mindful of that my friends.

Well my peeps, we have arrived at the end of another post. Before I leave for this week, I'd really like to thank everyone for stopping by for another installment of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! I really, really appreciate all of you, especially those people that let me know on Twitter that they've read some of my material and found it helpful. I'm truly grateful to you all. Like always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. I hope everyone has a good weekend, and hopefully an even better week ahead. Also, Happy Birthday goes to my little cousin Xzavier(Zay), and to my great uncle Grover. Alright, I'm out everyone, so stay strong and keep on fighting the good fight everyone. Till we meet again, I wish you all the best. Peace and love!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Importance Of Practicing Good Habits (Relying On Good Habits During Struggles).

A common theme of discussion here on this blog site deals with the various struggles that we all are either facing now, or will be facing in the future. Some may see this as a bad or negative thing, however, the main reason that I talk about the struggles we face so much is because I not only know that many of us are dealing with them, but I want to help in finding ways to deal with them. With that said, there are many of us that implore poor habits on a regular basis. I'm not going to get into what is classified as a bad habit or habits. It really varies from person to person, and what I may consider to be a bad habit may not be looked at similarly by someone else. The point however is that we all have some kind of habit or habits that don't do much to really help or elevate our lives. Something else that I've come to notice about myself, and this may be something that some of you can relate to as well. What I've seen is that bad habits often become amplified whenever we're facing situations and struggles. It seems that whenever those rough times and situations occurs in our lives, we turn to our bad habits to help us cope with them. The problem with this is that the bad habits turn into a crutch, which makes an already difficult situation(s) worse. Before we know it, we're in a downward spiral of negativity where our bad habits are controlling us. Since we know that our bad habits make our situations even more harder, we have to learn how to flip it around and develop good habits to rely on during hard times.

Hey, hey once again! What is going on people? It is me Brad H. back once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Hope everyone has been doing pretty good since the last topic that was created on here. If that hasn't been the case for some of you as of late, keep on trying to hold your head up. I already know how difficult it can be to do this when it feels like one bad thing is happening after the next. I know because as I mentioned in a previous post maybe a couple of months back, I've been having my share of struggles throughout this year. If it hasn't been something going on with me, it has been with family members and people that I care for. We already know that regardless of how well things may be going in our individual lives, we can never feel truly fulfilled inside if the people we love are having problems. At least that is the case for me. I won't go into details or anything like that, but some of the things that have happened so far this year sometimes feel as if they're never going to end. I just want to say to anyone out there that have been facing struggles as of late to keep on keeping on. I know it is easier said than done, but we have to keep on living and pushing forward. Nothing will never change if we just choose to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. Nothing positive is going to happen if we keep on asking why our lives have to be so hard, etc. Again, I know how hard it is due to me having to deal with some of the issues in my life. All we can really do is weather these storms the best way that we can. That's pretty much all I have to say for this week that doesn't deal with the topic at hand. Now that I think about it, it is actually kinda interesting that I brought all of that up considering what this weeks' topic is about. So without further ado, lets go ahead and talk about the importance of practicing good habits.

As with the usual disclaimer that I give on every topic that I discuss, I want to state that everyone has their own personal views on topics, as well as different ways of thinking and expressing opinions. My objective here is not to focus on what is considered to be right or wrong, but rather to hopefully inspire and encourage others to see the topic at hand in a manner that they may not have before. If anyone feels otherwise or disagrees with my views, that is perfectly fine and okay. Any feedback and opinions are welcome here, and I encourage anyone that reads this to give their thoughts. As for how this topic came to be, it really comes down to what I was speaking on earlier in regards to some of the struggles that I've been facing in 2017. It is indeed a fact that whenever things may not be going all the best for us, we often tend to harp on all the negative that is happening, rather than focusing on the good things that may be happening. The good may be far and few in between, but regardless of how things are going, there is likely always a little bit of good that we can point to in our lives. The culmination of all these things lead me to wanting to write about this topic. I hope that others out there that come across this can relate to what I'm saying. We're not trying to solve our problems with this weeks' topic, but we are hoping that we can see some inspiration and light that can help us to cope with those struggles.

Now when it comes to habits, we all have them in some way right? It all varies from person to person, but I think from a general perspective that we all normally have a mix of both good and bad habits. For some people the good outweighs the bad, and it's vice versa for others. Now with that said, I don't think that most of us can deny that most of us allow our bad habits to overtake us whenever we're dealing with stress in our lives. I can definitely attest that this applies to me personally, and it is something that I'm working towards becoming better at managing. So why do we allow our bad habits to get the best of us when times are tough? From my perspective, I, like many others see our habits as an escape from what we're dealing with. Instead of facing the problem or problems, we'd rather just ignore them and hope they vanish away. Think about a person that loves playing video games. Lets say that playing video games is one of this persons hobbies right? Nothing wrong with that at all. However, lets say this person is facing a difficult time in their life, and instead of facing their issues, they decide to rely on playing videos all day to cope with their problems. As I stated, there is nothing wrong with playing video games, but you see how quick something that we may do as a recreational activity can become a bad habit? We all hear the saying that moderation is the key, but most of us don't even begin to think about doing anything in moderation when we're stressed out. All we know is that we want it to go away.

So what are some good habits that we can have? Again, it varies from person to person, but when I think of good habits, I think of things and activities that have the potential to enhance our lives. For example, working out whenever you feel stressed is an example of practicing a good habit. If you're spiritual or religious, meditation and prayer is an example of a good habit. These are just a few examples, but it all depends on what works for you. Regardless of whatever you define as being a good habit however is what you must learn to lean on whenever you are facing struggles. Why is it importance to practice good habits during times of stress? First off, I want to say that it is good to practice good habits all the time regardless of what is happening in our lives. However, I see the reasoning for doing it even more so whenever we're dealing with issues comes from the fact that goodness helps give us hope to get through our struggles. From my perspective, I think that many of us feel alone and hopeless most of the times when we're dealing with things. We may find ourselves feeling as if no one truly understands where we're coming from, or even worse feeling as if no one cares. I believe that when you practice habits that are good for you, it gives you the confidence to be able to face whatever you're dealing with. Think of someone that runs marathons; whenever that person is facing struggles, they can always say to themselves that if they're able to conquer something as hard as doing a marathon, then they can surely get through times of struggle. Again, I believe that practicing good habits gives us confidence, which is necessary to lean on when you're facing obstacles.

I want to stress that just because I'm saying that good habits are important to lean on in times of crisis, I also realize that there are some things in life that we can never truly prepare for. I don't want to convey a message that practicing good habits is the remedy for everything that may be wrong in our lives. What I am saying however is that we have to learn to not allow those bad habits in our lives to be a constant crutch for dealing with our problems. I want to show that there is always another way to be able to deal with our issues. We've all heard the horror stories of celebrities and people in general that lost their lives to things such as drugs, self harm, etc. When the dust settled, we often found out that these people were facing depression and things of that nature. So yes, practicing good habits is very important, and they can honestly probably be the difference between having a balance life, or a chaotic life. The motivational quote that I'm going to leave you all with for this week comes from motivational speaker Brian Tracy. I think this quote goes along with this week's topic pretty well. The quote goes; "Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with; bad habits are easy to develop but hard to live with. The habits you have and the habits that have you will determine almost everything achieve or fail to achieve."

Well we've come to the end once again folks. This week's post came out a little later due to a few circumstances, but as we always hear people say, better late than never. I want to give a gigantic thanks to everyone that stopped by for another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Like always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this and the rest of the topics that are created here. If that happens to not apply to you, I still appreciate you for coming through. I hope everyone has a good weekend, and hopefully an even better week ahead. Also, remember that whatever you're dealing with in your life is temporary. Sometimes we just have to learn to ride the waves until they calm. Keep on fighting my friends, and stay strong. Alright, I'm gone everyone, so I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all peace and happiness. See you all soon!

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