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If you think this is going to be a blog post about my knowledge of meteorology, I’m sorry to disappoint you. However, know that if I did write such a post that it would be either very short, or nearly a copied and pasted article from Wikipedia.
Anyways!
Today, I’d just like to share with you some thoughts that I have floating around in my brain. So, here goes …
It’s amazing the amount of pressure that can force its way into one’s chest.
Sometimes it really feels like you just want to burst. You want to scream and cry and punch a wall because you’re so frustrated that everything is completely out of control, or, at least, out of your control.
This is what I like to call a life “storm”.
Sometimes, you see it coming. Sometimes, it comes out of nowhere. And, sometimes, it’s nothing like what you had predicted. (Thank you, Weather Channel of my mind.)
For a while, you feel very defeated – like there is nothing you can do but sit there and take it. It’s similar to that feeling you might’ve had as a kid looking out the window during a bad thunderstorm. You feel so small and meaningless … Maybe even sick to your stomach. What can one so little do against a storm so big and strong?
The wind keeps raging. The rain’s still pouring.
It seems relentless – just like your thoughts of “How can I solve this?” that lead up to the only reality you can see …
“I can’t.”
I know I have felt this way numerous times.
It’s one of the worst feelings in the world to have to sit there and watch things be torn apart – things that were once beautiful, or should be, or would have been.
Have you ever watched footage of a tornado tearing through a populated area?
You don’t even have to know anyone who lived there to feel the deepest sympathy as homes are blown apart like they were made of nothing more than paper and held no memories within its walls.
You can’t help but think about how these people’s lives were turned upside-down.
Most of us know what that feels like, even if we haven’t been at the mercy of a literal storm.
It’s so discouraging to feel so useless.
But I find that, in the midst of things, I am overwhelmed – and not with grief, or anger, but peace.
My Lord Jesus has me in His thoughts always, and I easily forget this.
One thing about weather I do know is that the eye of the storm is also the calmest part of the storm.
… Doesn’t that blow your mind?
Right there in the middle of something so vicious and uncaring is where you can find peace.
I thank God that I can stand and watch things fall apart around me, but that does not mean I must yield to the wind and let it destroy me, too.
No matter what your personal views are, when you find yourself at the center of a situation in which you feel you cannot win, know that you have already.
You’re at least half way there. Although, you cannot see where it ends, you can rest assured, it does have an end. And you’re already stronger and braver than you were when the storm first came, because no matter how puny and weak you felt, you stood your ground.
You did not run.
You faced your fear.
And that is what being brave is all about.
I know! Shocking to find out it isn’t about having poofy red hair, a Scottish accent, and a bear for a mom, isn’t it?!
I hope that these thoughts have encouraged you, and maybe even made your burden feel a little lighter in knowing that you are not the only one to ever feel this way.
‘Til next time …
~Whitney
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“Life’s Not Fair”

The amount of times we’ve all been told that life isn’t fair is more than likely annoyingly high. The thing is, sometimes, life really isn’t fair.
Why is that?
Simply put, it is because people are involved.
The human race is an extremely self-centered group. And, I get it- top of the food chain, and all that jazz, but here’s the other thing …
We aren’t in control.
We do affect the overall turnout of almost everything, but that does not make us the master of the universe.
Even if you don’t believe in God, this is still the matter of the fact.
I, personally, do believe in God as the Almighty Creator of the universe.
Everything WAS fair. Then man messed it up.
People like to try to turn the tables and say things like, “Well, God could’ve prevented Adam and Eve from sinning.”
Yes, He could have. But God created man with free will for a purpose.
Think about it: Would you get more personal glory from inventing a robot- an unfeeling machine with absolutely no choice to do but what you program it to do-, or from raising a child, teaching it right and wrong, and watching them grow up and make their own choices, and live their own life the best they know how?
I could probably make a guess what your answer would be in the end.
Not all of life is unfair all the time- not for us anyways.
But even Jesus’ life on earth wasn’t fair at all.
King of Kings, born in a stable, only to grow up and be crucified for crimes He never committed, dying and suffering for sinners who, by nature, mock, scorn, and hate Him, so that they could live forever in Heaven one day.
Any of that sound fair to you?
But, if only for this reason, I am glad life isn’t fair.
I am glad to have life in the first place.
When life isn’t fair, we should stop to think about why it isn’t, but also, why it IS fair.
Fair can also mean “beautiful”, like in the story of Snow White, the fairest in the land. Fair didn’t mean she went around handing out equal amounts of candy to the local short people. It meant she was beautiful.
Life is always a beautiful thing.
Life isn’t always fair, and that’s okay, because we still get the chance to live it.
Not everybody is that lucky.
Finally, I’d like to say that even though life isn’t always fair, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to be.
How fair is it to that kid you called weird in school that not only were you not his friend, but spoke ill of him to others?
How fair is it to that customer you mistreated because you were having a bad day at work?
How fair is it that after all they did for you, that you gave your parents a hard time for not getting that one thing you asked for?
Life isn’t fair, because we aren’t.
But life can be beautiful, even with all of its flaws.
Remember:
You can’t control the weather, but you can control your attitude.
… Imma just sayin’.
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Perception is an interesting thing and a powerful mind-bending tool. The media knows this, and the media utilizes this to shape the minds of anyone they can influence. I mean, they have all the tools- TV shows, movies, magazines, etc.

It strikes me hard when I really give thought to how we allow the media to mold our minds and make our decisions for us.

“Image is everything.”

This is partially true, but not in the way you might think.

It’s really hard for a lot of teen girls and teen guys to feel good about their image. There is judgment coming from every kind of source stemming from other people- judgment that says they’re not thin enough, they’re not toned enough, they’re not talented enough, they’re not stylish enough, simply pushing the impression of “You’re not good enough” down their throats.

The way we view the world influences the way we view ourselves.

“Image is everything.”

If you want to find flaws, you will always succeed.

If you want to see the silver lining to make the best of a bad situation, you only need to try.

There’s a fatal flaw many fall prey to: Comparing yourself to others.

This is very easy to do, and very hard to stop doing. Comparing yourself to anyone else is a huge mistake.

If we were meant to be compared to each other, to see who could be the best, we would all be the exact same … But we aren’t.
You aren’t me and I am not you. So why should we waste our time comparing ourselves when there is nothing but discouragement to be found?

If you found that you had better hair than I do, then that would be discouraging to me.

If I thought I had better taste in music, that would be discouraging to you.

My point is, there IS no point when it comes to comparing two very different people.

Body image is a huge maker or breaker these days.

Once again, I say, WE ARE NOT THE SAME.

You could take five 16 year old girls that all weighed exactly the same and stand them all next to each other, and they would all have very different body shapes. One might be a bit broader in the shoulders. One might not have the curves that the girl next to her has. One might be shorter, so she carries her weight differently than the super tall girl on her left.

Whether you’re a guy or a girl, teen or adult, you shouldn’t be trying to have the same body as that model or body builder whose picture you saw.

If you want to improve yourself, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just don’t try to be like someone else. Try to be the best you that you could hope to be!

If you like that shirt that girl said was ugly, who cares what she thinks? Wear it if you want to. It is YOUR choice.

If you love your haircut, OWN it, even if some guy thinks it makes you look “different”.

Do what makes YOU happy. We waste far too much time holding the opinion of the world around us highly.

At no point in time will you make everyone happy.

At no point in time will every single person agree with you.

At no point in time should you have to change yourself for anyone else’s approval.

You are the only you there will ever be, and that is a wonderful gift. Don’t throw that away over some measly opinion that doesn’t matter in the end.

So just keep on being you!

The way you look at life, the world, and yourself, is important. Be positive. Life is too short to be negative.

“Image is everything.”

… Not so much. But, you deserve to see yourself as pretty freakin’ awesome as you really are!

I encourage you to not let negative thoughts about yourself get the better of you. I know they’re not easy to ignore. I have them all the time. It’s the mental equivalent of drinking poison- it kills your spirit slowly.

You are you and that is beautiful.

No one else will ever have your eyes and the mind to match.

Your thoughts are your own, and, yes, maybe others have had similar thoughts, but no one has thought the same way as you have.

You have so much to offer the world, whether you recognize it or not, and you don’t have to have a perfect body, or perfect face, or perfect hair to prove it.

Who defines perfect anyway?

Who defines normal?

Can’t think of an answer? Well, the media world sure tries to be that answer. Don’t let them.

Be your own kind of weird! Unless, you’d rather be your own kind of normal … That’s your business 😛

Don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re not good enough. You are MORE than enough.

I’ll leave you with this: Just be you.

If you don’t listen to me, listen to the illustrious Dr. Suess.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

~ Dr. Suess.
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