Diamond or Coal? by Barbara Williams

diamondI am a diamond..Whether I like it or not.

Coal is useful in holding heat which keeps others warm..But coal is also an air pollutant, is messy and eventually, burns out… and is easily replaceable.

I’m a diamond. There is not now nor will there ever be, another “me”…

Even when I try to convince myself or I allow others to convince me that I’m just another lump of coal…I commiserate with thoughts, people, and circumstances steeped in “impatience” or “ego” that tell me that it takes too long to become a diamond…

Diamonds are too expensive…
Not easily attainable…
Too much work to find, cherish and appreciate…EXACTLY!

To the human eye, I may appear flawed, but to my Creator, I am always perfect-inside and out. He is constantly polishing me and smoothing out my “rough edges”… Once I acknowledge, accept and surrender to what I have been created to be, I can no longer go back to a “coal-like existence”…

I’m a diamond…

I choose to Trust in The Process and release any thinking/people/circumstances that want to keep me in a coal-like state… Giving praise the Creator for helping me shine from within during the transformation process… Even when I appear to be or consider becoming complacent with being coal, The Creator helps me dig deeper within myself… It is then I see the coal crumble and the gleam of the diamond that I am shine through.

On the outside-The Creator assures me that the people that are meant to be a blessed presence in my life will dig deep to find me..And as a diamond, I am a blessing to others in being a unique and rare find that shines brightly in their lives…

Even when it appears my light has dimmed, I call on The Creator who is constantly polishing and shaping me so that I may continue to give Him the glory! I find the only time I am troubled is when I don’t remember my worth…

I’m a diamond…

With family and friends, at home, at work, in love…I AM A DIAMOND…

Ask yourself: Am I diamond or a lump of coal?

Allow yourself to be the diamond that The Holy Spirit created you to be and “shine on”

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The Day I Became Wealthy Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins has been one of my long term mentors. If you know him, you know he’s fully committed and passionate about helping people grow to their fullest potential. I really love this video and the important lesson he shares. You can get past financial scarcity now and become wealthy if you understand this…

“I finally realized there’s something inside of us more than our limits, especially around this thing called money that I had let terrorize me for all these years… Do it and I promise you it will change your life” – Tony Robbins

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Know Your Why

If you feel like life has you against the ropes, and keeps knocking you down then you MUST watch this short video!

I had no idea about the back story in this historic event in the world of sport and even if you don’t like boxing, there’s a powerful lesson in here for everyone.

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How I Stay Positive when terrorist attack…

How I Stay Positive when terrorist attack…I have three things to
share that I hope you will find helpful today. Please feel free
to share with your circle of friends and family.

My new favorite song that lifts my spirit, a powerful quote and
How I Stay Positive when terrorist attack….

Don’t let the evil actions of broken people define your view of
our world! Don’t be terrorized into a diluted, hopeless reality.

-Dr. Steve Maraboli

To me this is a reminder that not to let the actions of a “few” destroy your
awareness of all the good in the world.

When any negative events happen in the world or in my life… I have trained
myself to look for the good in it, the blessing…and I always find it, ALWAYS!

I know you must be thinking what is good about a terrorist attack David?

How I Stay Positive when terrorist attack…

Three things I focus on:

1) I look for the helpers, the first responders who rush in to save
total strangers often putting their own lives at risk! I am so
grateful for these brave souls…

2) Next I tune into the heroic stories of ordinary people who step up
and help immediately even thought they may be victims too or
passers-by, they take radical action to help.

3) Then I am always on the lookout for the miraculous to show up,
people that somehow when all the odds were stacked against them,
survive.

Looking for these 3 things always helps me remember the good.

Actually, the number of terrorist are relatively small and the media amplifies their
impact by hyper focusing on the story, sadly adding to the terror – so I turn off the
news on day’s like yesterday.

I turn on my favorite music, move my body and say a prayer for each of us.
I remember and give thanks that the majority of the 7 billion plus people on
this planet, are kind, loving, good people.

Now I invite you to listen to my new favorite song or play one of your own.

“God Keeps Blessing Me” by Daveon

Click here –>>>http://www.mrpositive.com/god-keeps-blessing-daveon/

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Maya Penn, Inspiring Teen

This Teen is Inspiring Others to Change the World

Maya Penn started her first company when she was only 8, now she's inspiring others to change the world.

Posted by HuffPost Black Voices on Friday, March 11, 2016

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Eric & Peety

Eric & Peety (from Humane Society Silicon Valley)

Eric weighed over 300 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and his doctor told him he would be dead in 5 years unless he changed. They suggested a dog. Eric went to the Humane Society Silicon Valley and said he wanted an obese, middle-aged dog, so they would have something in common. What happened next transformed their lives.

Posted by SFGate on Sunday, March 6, 2016

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You Have to Jump!!!

This may be the most important video you ever watch on your road to success. Steve Harvey nails it with his message, You Have To Jump!

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Clyde Terry, Emerging Leaders Academy

In California where the cost to keep a criminal behind bars is between $47,000 – $94,000 per year and 70% of offenders return to jail within 1 year of being released. One man created a program that is changing lives for the better.

There are positive solutions to our challenges and positive people out there working hard to make them happen Clyde Terry is building a world that works for everyone!

Clyde lives a life of service and leadership. After 10 years in the Marine Corps, he went on to serve as an LA County Sheriff for 25 years. He has worked most of his career in two of LA’s toughest communities Compton and Watts.

While serving as a Sheriff he noticed that he was arresting the same people year after year and knew there had to be a better way. The solution he developed is a program called the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) that is turning around and saving lives.

The Emerging Leaders Academy provides tools for self empowerment through guidance, mentoring and training.  ELA is a path to opportunities, providing participants with essential career developmental skills for traditional employment, entrepreneurship training and a therapeutic writing workshop, all being alternatives to criminal behavior and violence thereby empowering participants to take a new direction in life.

IT WORKS!  90% of the Emerging Leaders Academy graduates do not re-offend! Let that sink in.  9 out of 10 of the graduates go forward in life and become positive contributors to their families, communities and country.

To learn more about ELA visit them online: http://EmergingLeaders360.org

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