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STOP THE MADNESS!

STOP THE MADNESS!

‘Insecurities are about as useful as holding a Grenade after the pin has been pulled!’

 

Upon viewing the internet this Morning I came across the articles that talked about the teenage girls and boys that have been posting videos and photos of themselves on YouTube and asking the public if they are Pretty or Ugly. My initial thought was, ‘What have We come to in this present day?’ ‘Where are We headed?’ The more I pondered this issue the more it came to Me that this is something that goes on daily with millions and millions of individuals and not only on YouTube with teenagers but with individuals of ALL ages in every area of day-to-day life.

BEAUTY…Or what We are lead to believe is BEAUTY is pushed into Our faces or pressed upon Us continually on television, in magazines, on the internet, on the streets, at work, even at church as We worship and if One is not Secure in who and what they are, they tend to fall for the BEAUTY Lies or they try their best to transform themselves into the Lie…

‘Her body is Nice. She doesn’t have a stomach.’ ‘I Want to be like that?’

‘He is built like a statue of David with those muscles. That’s what the Women like!’ ‘I Want to look like that?’

‘She has a Nice, Round behind.’ ‘I have to get my behind like that?’

‘Her breasts are so perky!’ ‘I have to get some of those so the guys will look at me?’

‘He has a head full of hair.’ ‘I have to get treatments or something to grow my hair back like his?’

“I Want to be Like…’ ‘I Want to be Like…’

I simply don’t understand why We are such an INSECURE species! So many of Us live Our lives uncomfortable in Our OWN skin and in Our OWN bodies because We have this belief or idea that Our skin, and I am not speaking of Race, or that Our body isn’t Good enough or BEAUTIFUL enough. (And, if You are One of those individuals living with this belief, My question is, BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH for who?’)…

We see someone else and We want to be like them. We are told that Our bodies should be shaped a certain way and We do ALL manner of things, even Life threatening things, to acquire that body We are told We should possess. We see another individual that We think or Feel is BEAUTIFUL and We long to look like them. We are told by the opposite sex that We are not attractive enough and We long to be like another. Some of Us are so INSECURE that We seek continued Validation from the opposite sex by flirting or putting Ourselves on display so as to gain that attention or that compliment from them and if We don’t get that compliment or attention We get the idea that We are not BEAUTIFUL enough and it compels Us to do other things to gain their attention that are Destructive and Disrespectful to Ourselves…

It’s past time to accept who and what We are Individually and STOP worrying about if We are BEAUTIFUL Enough or as BEAUTIFUL as the next Person.We were not supposed to be Carbon Copies of each other. We are supposed to be DIFFERENT! We are supposed to be Unique in how We look and how how We are shaped. We should do away with having to be Validated by the opposite sex or by others because that only leads to Wrong actions and behaviors by Us if We are not Validated by them…

VALIDATE YOURSELF! STOP worrying about if You are BEAUTIFUL Enough! STOP worrying about if You are UGLY! STOP comparing Yourself to Others and Be the Unique YOU that GOD created You to be. Don’t fall for the BEAUTY Lie that We have been told we should resemble, whether You’re a Woman or a Man because YOU are BEAUTIFUL just the way YOU are!

Don’t live Your Life INSECURE, My Friend. It’s No GOOD for You.

 ‘Believe that You are BEAUTIFUL and You Are.’

 

-PM Bishop

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Shallow…

Shallow…

 ‘Inner BEAUTY is important but not nearly as important as outer BEAUTY.’

-Ellen Degeneres ‘Cover Girl Commercial’

 Watching the progression of the initialization of the OWN Network this Morning, the Cover Girl commercial with Ellen Degeneres came on and she proclaimed…’Inner BEAUTY is important but not nearly important as outer BEAUTY.’ When I heard this, I was in SHOCK and said to Myself, ‘What the #@*$! What is Cover Girl thinking? Is this the message they want to send out to Women and Men alike, about what’s important as we interact and engage with each other in society?’ Again…another SAD Case for Society!

As I think about this commercial, I can’t help but to think about ALL of the messages out there today that are being thrown in our faces daily through television, print and radio about surface BEAUTY being the thing that we should be focused on and not our INNER BEAUTY, making us ALL the same to a certain extent and causing us to be Robots or Copies of each other. (Just call it the ‘Kinko’s Syndrome) These ads continue to send out the wrong messages to us ALL, causing insecurity, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence in most of us that pay attention to them, causing FEAR in us, saying to us that, ‘…if you don’t LOOK this way or if you don’t match Society’s idea of BEAUTY, you are an outcast or you aren’t BEAUTIFUL…’ This is utter BS!

 Not only is this message sent out in commercials like the Cover Girl commercial but it’s sent out in MOST ads we see today. From automobile ads, to chewing gum ads, to soda pop ads, ads selling water, even books. Through these ads it is projected that if you don’t drive this or if you don’t chew this or if you don’t drink this…to if you don’t read this, you are not BEAUTIFUL and if you want to be BEAUTIFUL, you best do like Society says and get with it. I hate this because we are ALL different and we are not supposed to be the same or have the same things and we are definitely not supposed to project our BEAUTY in the same way. People…let’s not fall for this Lie, this FICTION…

No matter what Society proclaims through its ads, don’t allow any of it to tell you and have you believe that you are not BEAUTIFUL because you don’t match its ideal of BEAUTY. You are already BEAUTIFUL, My Friend and Cover Girl nor anyone else has anything to do with it. And to those that fall for the BS…’I hope that you gain some TRUE Confidence and be your TRUE Self not what Society tells you to be.’ Whether it’s Ellen speaking or anyone else…

 ‘I’M BEAUTIFUL! YOU ARE TOO!”

(Oh…And, Ellen…You’re Cool with Me…)

 -PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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How Happy Are You?

How Happy Are You?

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”

                                                            -Abraham Lincoln

 

A group of psychologists was studying the relationship between attitude and happiness in children. The researchers brought two children into their laboratory to be observed. One child was described as a playful, happy and positive little boy. The other boy was described as an unhappy, negative, mean and unadapted child. The scientists started the experiment by placing the unhappy little boy in a room filled with all of the most popular toys and video games. The boy went from toy to toy and game to game, playing with each one for a few minutes and then growing tired of them. After fifteen minutes of play the boy became bored and started to scream and yell, “These toys are terrible! Get me some fun ones.” Then the scientists placed the happy, positive little boy in a room filled with nothing but a pile of horse manure. As the scientists watched from the invisible side of a two-way mirror they were surprised to find the little boy smiling and excited as he exclaimed, “Oh, boy…There must be a pony somewhere!”

 

The above parable came to mind as I walked around at work on yesterday, noticing so many people walking around with smirks on their faces, or just plain out looking as if they were angry with the World, I wondered to myself, “Where are the smiles? Where are the happy people hiding? Is it really that bad?” As I continued on my trek, passing others, I thought to myself how sad it is that so many people walk around unhappy with life or unhappy with the World, not offering smiles or friendly ‘Hellos’ to those they meet, when what they should be doing is walking with a skip in their step, a SMILE on their face and a ‘How are you?’ on their lips.

In today’s society, with so many ‘unhappy’ people, in a World that thrives on misery, being unhappy seems to be the status quo for living. Happy stories do not sell newspapers, magazines or books and some of the most frequented shows and movies are those that offer ‘much’ drama or are ‘tear jerkers.’  I guess it takes a certain amount of courage and independence to be a happy person. To be happy in a World that worships sorrow is akin to heresy. People who are bent on unhappiness, misery or sorrow are very irritated by those who are happy. There are so many times that I hear individuals say that they hate being around happy people because it bothers them. Now, that to me seems to be backwards. I feel that it should be the other way around, vice-versa. It seems that one would seek to be near someone that is happy and uplifting so as to bring their spirits higher, not to be around someone that is just as miserable as they are. But, hey, misery does LOVE company.

I’ve faced the fact that, happiness is definitely threatening to a World founded on fear. Joy and happiness do not seem to be the norm today-but the norm of today is not natural and it is not how GOD meant for us to live or go about our lives. We seem to have gotten used to drama, pain, separation and unhappiness today but we will never be satisfied with it because it’s not GOD’s way. Our destiny is to live in happiness and contentment, with smiles on our faces and ‘Hellos’ on our lips, and we shouldn’t stop until we reach that place.

Think of the parable above… In it lies the secret of HAPPINESS in life:

*See the GOOD

*Find the GIFT

*Keep your mind on the brightest POSSIBILITIES

And ask yourself… “How HAPPY am I?”

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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