PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS. As you can feel outside, the temperatures are rising, and so are crime, violence, and stupidity around the world. We all have our opinions on how we could solve these complex issues with simple solutions, and I would agree that simple solutions in most cases would be the best way to curb the upheaval of numbers associated with thermometers, incarceration, and murders. We all understand that many factors contribute to instances, such as; government, media, society, parents, mental health, race, gender, or companies. Please don't get me wrong, I understand that there are others, but I just wanted to name a few responses that, if I surveyed, 100 people would possibly provide. How often have you seen someone blame anything negative on past events? I would say quite often, but have you considered if that answer would be correct? I firmly believe our past actions, decisions, and environment plays a significant factor in what our present-day and future resemble. If you are dissatisfied with your life and long for more, you should take some risks and make some changes so that you don't end up regretting what could have, should have, or would have been in your life. The question is, are you willing to fight for it? Let's look at some data. According to an article written by Shelly Callahan for Children Incorporated, the estimated households where children live in poverty have a higher rate of absenteeism or leave school altogether because they are more likely to work or care for family members. (Understanding Child Poverty: Facts and Statistics - Children Incorporated).
An article from Partnership to End Addiction stated, "teens are more likely to smoke if their parents were smokers, even if they quit long ago."
(Teens More Likely to Smoke if Parents Were Smokers, Even if They Quit Long Ago - Partnership to End Addiction (drugfree.org). In an article by Dr. Kumbhare, she states, "if parents enforce a healthier lifestyle at home, then child obesity issues can be resolved and avoided." She did have other reasons that a child could be obese such as environmental factors, genetics, and sedentary lifestyles. Parents could enforce a healthier lifestyle at home includes; learning about eating healthy, exercising, and making the right nutritional choices as this will eventually spill over into other aspects of their life." (Childhood Obesity: Reasons and Management (practo.com) Why is all that important, you might ask? All the items mentioned above are statistical data points that mean nothing until they affect you or those you love. Anyone can use these data points to make a point, put a spin on a situation, or make you aware. No matter what issues you have dealt with, the odds are and will always be against you. But you can change your life's outcome if you refuse to give up hope and refine your vision of yourself by changing your environment. A conducive environment involves putting yourself in the right conditions for something good to happen or exist. The atmosphere in which you operate has much to do with your results. We all have impressionable minds, and the people we associate with play a high factor in who we are and strive to be. If a child is exposed to positive people around them even though their home life is not as great, they are more willing to assume the roles of the positive traits. How often have you seen a person get out of jail, return to their old neighborhood, and strive? How about a partner that returns to an abusive relationship, and that relationship becomes the gold standard? One must know what confines them to overcome it. "If you can escape it, you can transform it. But you cannot transform what you are being influenced by unless you face it squarely." So to discover yourself, your purpose, and your calling, you must associate with those you want to become. Also, be willing to expose your children to examples and role models of success to show them who they can become. As a parent, we might not have the experience or expertise to pass along to our children, but if we build a support system based on where we intend for them to go, it will allow them to prosper and avoid some of the pressures and temptations we faced. #SPEAK2MYHEART
"I challenge you to design an environment conducive to where you are going!"