laurabwilliamsdesigns

Archive for February, 2013|Monthly archive page

Here Comes the Judge: A Lesson in Perspective

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

ray-lewis

I feel the need to get this off my chest this morning. Over the past few weeks I have paid close attention to the Ray Lewis hype through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl and now I have some things to say. Before I begin my little rant let me preface it by saying that I am well aware that much of the press that he has received is created to sell papers, magazines and to get website hits.
Here’s what irks me, people who judge others. I am well aware of the controversies that surround Ray Lewis and I understand the seriousness of some of his past mistakes. Here’s the thing. Ray Lewis did not come from a stable background and coming from a difficult home situation can cause a myriad of problems and adjustments way into later life. Ray just like many others, probably people you know, have struggled all their lives building their own moral structure and emotional response system.
Another good example is Curtis Jackson, AKA 50 Cent. He came from a terribly troubled childhood and grew into a drug dealing teen who’s only thought each day was survival. It has taken him a long time to come around but he has truly come to understand the value of life, love and that helping others is the true key to happiness.
I mention these two guys because they are public examples of people who have been judged by actions that they have tried to atone for and rectify. I have known many, many people who have walked similar paths and made poor decisions. What interests me is how most of these people have become better people for their mistakes. As a parent I have allowed my kids to make mistakes, which is not always easy but in the mistakes we make are the real lessons in life. We can see first-hand what the impact is on ourselves and our families. These lessons allow us to grow and become better parents and human beings.
Please don’t respond with comments about how accepting bad behavior is morally wrong because if that is what you think this is about you are dead wrong.
In my opinion both of these men are success stories. They work hard in our communities to uplift others and their stories are examples of facing adversity, fears and obstacles and turning their lives around. If you made it all the way through this, thanks for hearing me.
BTW what have you done to be exceptional today?

“Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.” Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens

Your experience is your life; the things you go through make you who you are. So I’ve spent four years being what people call “successful,” and all the rest of my life not having it. And maybe because of that, the painful moments are more visible in my memory. If I’m writing about the environment I grew up in, then guns are gonna be goin’ off. 50 CENT, Spin, Jul. 2007

Clouds and SoulPancakes: Dig In

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

There is a wonderful website called SoulPancake. Their tagline is “Our brain batter of art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor is designed to open your mind, challenge your friends, and feel damn good.” It is the brainchild of Rainn Wilson, you may know him better as Dwight on the show “The Office” If you can take a couple of minutes today and check out their website and maybe make the short video described below it would be mega awesome. Let me know how it goes. Look for my video this afternoon.

Remember: We are all in this together.

Wanna be in a video? Here at SoulPancake we are currently producing a documentary web series called My Last Days that follows individuals in their last days of life, profiling these individuals in an honest, compelling way that inspires us all to live our lives to the fullest. (Check out some of our recent episodes here, bring tissues.) We’ve recently been inspired by Zach Sobiech, a teen diagnosed with osteosarcoma who only has months left to live. Zach took to writing music as a way to deal with his situation, and our vision is to develop a beautiful, crowd-sourced music video for his song “Clouds.” We know you’re busy, but promise the commitment is minimal: Choose any of the lines of the chorus below, write it on a piece of paper, and video yourself holding up the lyrics to the camera – for about 10 seconds. Send the video file to mylastdays@soulpancake.com, and we’ll take it from there.
“Clouds” Lyrics: And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer Up here my dear It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

 

 

There is a wonderful website called SoulPancake. Their tagline is “Our brain batter of art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor is designed to open your mind, challenge your friends, and feel damn good.” It is the brainchild of Rainn Wilson, you may know him better as Dwight on the show “The Office” If you can take a couple of minutes today and check out there website and maybe make the short video described below it would be mega awesome. Let me know how it goes.

Remember: We are all in this together.

Wanna be in a video? Here at SoulPancake we are currently producing a documentary web series called My Last Days that follows individuals in their last days of life, profiling these individuals in an honest, compelling way that inspires us all to live our lives to the fullest. (Check out some of our recent episodes here, bring tissues.) We’ve recently been inspired by Zach Sobiech, a teen diagnosed with osteosarcoma who only has months left to live. Zach took to writing music as a way to deal with his situation, and our vision is to develop a beautiful, crowd-sourced music video for his song “Clouds.” We know you’re busy, but promise the commitment is minimal: Choose any of the lines of the chorus below, write it on a piece of paper, and video yourself holding up the lyrics to the camera – for about 10 seconds. Send the video file to mylastdays@soulpancake.com, and we’ll take it from there. 

  “Clouds” Lyrics: And we’ll go up, up, up  But I’ll fly a little higher  We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer  Up here my dear  It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now 

In The Eye of the Raven: Response to today’s Write Now prompt

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

Image

 

Writing Prompt: Colin awoke to find an unkindness of ravens filling the lawn, and a single raven perched expectantly on the front porch.

He could see the specter of death in the bird’s eyes through his bedroom window. He shook his head and a faint smile rested on his lips. Death would not come today. Today was the day of his party. He listened to the quiet hiss and clicks of the medical equipment that surrounded his bed providing its own eerie background music to the end of Colin’s life.

The raven on the porch took flight just as the door to his room opened. Colin’s mother came in with his morning drugs. She looked tired and it was evident that she had spent another night with her tears.

“How is my birthday boy?”, she said in a contrived cheerful voice, holding back more tears. As she approached the bed Colin saw that there was a muffin with a flickering candle on the tray. The muffin was for show, it had been awhile since Colin had been able to eat on his own.

“I’m good, Mommy. Today is my party! Everyone is coming, right?” Colin said in a weak yet excited eight year old voice.

 

To visit Write Now and read other writer’s responses click HERE

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

This will put a smile on your face this morning! 🙂

The Daily Think

Laura Quick's book The Quick Guide To Parenting is available to order on Amazon. A perfect gift for parents.

ILLUSTRATION AGE

THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE FOR ILLUSTRATORS

Little Wolf

Art Blog of Maryanna Hoggatt

Why? Because Science.

Combating Stupidity Since 2012

Bones Don't Lie

Current News in Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Violent metaphors

Thoughts from the intersection of science, pseudoscience, and conflict.

Ryan Bolton.

Writer. Photographer. Bearded.

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss

delivered directly to my computer monitor on an all too regular basis...

Listful Thinking

Listless: Lacking zest or vivacity

THE SURFING PIZZA

essays, nostalgia, humor, and weirdness

Leadership Freak

Empowering Leaders 300 Words at a Time

Richard Wiseman

Quirky mind stuff

%d bloggers like this: