“…Don’t allow fearful or manipulative people, places, or circumstances to dictate your outcome…”

SURRENDER:  The secret to surrendering is realizing that you get one shot at life. You can’t go back and start over if it doesn’t work out the way you want; there are no second chances. As humans, we think we’re so advanced, yet in many ways we’re completely backward. Look how instinctive most animals are compared to humans. Humans have the gift of speech, yet instead of communicating from the heart and soul, we choose to communicate from the head.

The real deal and reality is that you don’t want to be with anyone who doesn’t want to be with you.  That is just the truth.  It doesn’t matter whether it is business, family, friends, or romantic relationships.  Truth builds trust, and sometimes you gain more by moving on rather than holding on.  Life is all about playing the hand dealt to you.

We need opposites to learn, grow, and evolve through, and choice is actually more powerful than Love because we get to choose to be Love.  Life is a combination of events happening outside of your control, plus our taking independent action to change the events or the meaning of the events, to empower you.  Was it a tragedy or was it an opportunity to be able to see how loving you can be?  Sometimes it’s easier for people to kill other people than it is for them to kill their own ego.

Don’t allow fearful or manipulative people, places, or circumstances to dictate your outcome.  It’s better to walk alone than with someone who drains you.  Have the courage to speak up; the quality of your life directly relates to how many uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have.  You cannot even control your own body (the heart beats whether you want it to or not), so do not expect to control another.  Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change.

Never let the pain of the past dictate the choices of the present.  Stay open and receptive to new love, new friendship, and new partnership.  Being receptive to new people and outcomes is where the magic really happens.  Take chances, make mistakes, and turn disaster into grace, rejection into protection, and crisis into opportunity.  The energy of Love never changes, though many times the face of Love does.  Live from happiness rather than for happiness.

Jackson Kiddard said “Love can be hard.  Love requires you to be kind when you are angry, patient when you feel anxious, compassionate when you judge others, caring when you feel apathetic, trust when you’ve been wronged, let go when you want to hold on, know that the other person is you, take risks when you’re scared, to always see the lesson and never look back once you’ve decided.”

Ask yourself this question. Is there a part of you that you have been ignoring that wants to come out and play?  Take charge of your life and start living it instead of letting it live you. And, as always follow your heart.

Note: This narrative was written by my friend, Artist, Writer, Composer, Entrepreneur, and Guest Author:  William Akel, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and reprinted with permission. ….Blessings…cjlb…12/30/14  

Photo Credit: robert.foo.my

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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