2017 Halfway Point

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This entry is a tad bit on the short side but I hope you enjoy. My purpose with this entry is to encourage you to recognize that you have a significant chunk of 2017 to do something great! This doing something great can be on a large scale or it could be significant in impact but small in size e.g. showing kindness to a neighbor or loving someone who makes it difficult to do so. The seemingly minor actions you choose today has major power. I encourage you to not take for granted the words from George Eliot, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” I believe in you and I’m not the only one! I’m not anyone you really know but you know just enough. I am some one who you don’t need to know to believe. I am part of your family, your support system if you’ll have me. I encourage you to do things that are good for your mind, body, and soul. I do this because God for blessing me with the opportunity to witness countless people grow and develop in ways they never thought possible. He is working on me but I assure you I’m whole and confident in the process.

For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:11

Much love ♥♥♥

Selah V

 

War Time pt. 1

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There is an attack!!! Did you hear? Or do you know?

Honestly I almost forgot all about the war. There’s so much in our world that fights for our attention, for just a fraction of our time. Often times these things don’t seem like a big deal but they all possess the potential to be for our life or for our demise. I choose my words carefully to express the gravity of the situation at hand.  It’s easy to downplay the war I speak of ( I am guilty of having done it) because our perception of war may be limited. War could just mean devastation of the physical, people, environments, food sources. However there is a more cunning war of which you have to study and observe to know more. There is a subliminal war to be aware of and acknowledge because it can destroy us, individually and collectively from the inside out. This below-the-surface war can lead to a war of nations and deaths of many thousands or millions.  Even billions!

War in the physical sense is described as a state, temporary, with a start and end date while war in the nonphysical sense is continuous, indefinite. During wartime in the physical world there is a heightened level of effort required from the people and organizations to reach an outcome they desire: victory. During wartime in the spiritual world (which I remind you is all the time), it requires dedication to growth in knowledge of Truth, commitment to integrity, maturity in embodying your values. My advice to you is don’t be fooled by fleeting moments of peace. Don’t give up on guarding yourself. The war I speak of is ALWAYS in progress and the devil is always on offense so your guard must be up AT ALL TIMES. First suit up. Second, stay suited.

Be encouraged!

(to be continued)

Much Love ♥♥♥

Selah V

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To Self-Discover or To Self-Create? That is the question.

The first half of the question is defined by a process that consists of a series of actions that eventually lead to the attainment of an ultimate end goal, while the remaining is a journey that primarily focuses on putting forth intentional efforts to arrive at a self that is fully aligned and utilizing select gifts, talents, and skills.  Self-discovery is outcome-oriented while self-creation is process-centered.  For much of my life, the former was the path I was on and the path that I believed to be true. Self-creation sounded nice but fantastical, certainly not possible for the more limited in outlook. To understand this I give you a sneak peak into my story:

“Discover yourself in your studies” is what they’d say or rather what I interpreted from their ceaseless encouragement to do well academically. “School is the why we came to this country.” School and books was the answer to every question and the question to ever answer. My performance in school was the topic of every conversation. Naturally this resulted in the eventual idolization of school. For two decades the issue went unnoticed. Little did I know that a demolition was scheduled of this faulty belief system.

In terms of reality, I wasn’t really sure of what consisted as right or wrong. I didn’t do much thinking for myself because as mentioned before the answer lay in books. Critical thinking was foreign and outside of my scope. But what was in was my favorite hobby that doubled as the closest friend to me: television. It was there for me; it assured me that what I did, that what I thought was enough, and that in time things would be better once I reached point C, college. This was the single relationship that I had invested into for years. In this friendship, I felt emotions but in close boundaries. The capacity to love was very limited but it felt right and I felt safe.  Little by little I fed an alternate reality that took root in my mind and shaped my perception of relationship. Relationships would never hurt like hell. Relationships could make me happy. Relationships would never make me angry. Relationships would never force me to ask/ answer tough questions. Relationships would never make me doubt myself. Relationships would never be hard. Or so I thought.

In terms of “relationships” in my years before 25 I felt inadequate. I was generally kind but that was mostly out of fear. All I knew was that I did NOT want to be hurt, taken advantage of, feel inferior, considered unacceptable/fake, or feel betrayed by anyone so I would take what seemed to be the safe route and opt-out engaging with others in a real way. I did this usually by presenting a demeanor that was less than pleasant and by sabotaging relationships or potential ones because my philosophy was to always be the one with more “power.” The one with the most power possessed more knowledge and/ or showed the least love. Or so I thought.

In terms of my spirituality, I had a mere inkling that a supernatural god existed but one that didn’t seem to show up for me, evidenced by many years of loneliness and unanswered prayers for real relationship.  Upon reflection I realized that more than anything I believed in what sounded nice and what didn’t exclude. I didn’t want to believe in a god that didn’t claim everyone because it just isn’t fair to be any other way. My opinion of god were short and few. He was too convoluted to understand, too uninvolved to worship, and too distant to follow. Or so I thought.

Circling back, life started after two major points of inflection: meeting God and meeting myself. Recently I began this journey of creating meaning and purpose with my life. The alternative was like continuing to wait for lightning to hit and give me this supernatural revelation of my unique purpose. I was no longer interested in that pursuit. The sun has finally set on a way of operating in this world that just couldn’t support itself. The dawn of a new day has come and I am more ready than ever to be be used by Him, to be transformed by Him, to be humbled by Him, and above all, to love because of Him.

The purpose of this blog is to write where I came from and where I’m going. I don’t mean locations on a map; rather it’s a journey of hearts, minds, truths, and discoveries of the essential components of this community, the living, breathing, beautiful people that fill it. There is value in every single person and every person’s narrative. Put simply, my purpose is to share stories and connect. Not necessarily with my readers although that would be a plus but connecting with THIS reality. Think of my blog as my attempts at connecting to the global Wi-Fi.  For too long I disengaged and OPTED OUT connecting to this network. Consequently I missed out on the invaluable treasures of His creation. No more. No mas. Hope you get something from my journey!

**Disclaimer: Blogging is a new venture for me so I warn you that my blog may be riddled with mistakes of the grammar variety. English was never a strong suit for me but I would like to grow so I invite constructive feedback. Also, keep in mind that this is creative writing at the heart so some of what I write may not follow the rules.

Much ♥♥♥

Selah V

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
~Benjamin Disraeli

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