The Perfect You…

Recently a few friends of mine have been giving me suggestion on what topics to write about. The latest is “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” After pondering for a few ideas I came up with one that stands out.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

For those of you who are living under a rock… no pun intended; let me give you some background on who this man is.
His wrestling blood traces back to his grandfather,  but spreads long and wide from uncles to cousins. Dwayne started football at a young age and then wrestling training in 1995. But The Rocks career doesn’t end there his ventured in multiple movies, his most famous “Fast and Furious” series/franchise. Not only has he done movies but he has also done TV shows like “The Hero”

So why Johnson?
Dwayne has this drive about him that puts him in a mind set of anything is possible and not to be discourage because failing or not succeeding the first time you attempt something. Coming from a fans’ stand point and looking into his star struck life he is very humble and even having a action based background it seems like he is a 6ft 5in 250+lbs teddy bear. The intensity under his lift eyebrow screams FOCUS.  His determination to best the best at whatever his doing shines through. Dedication drives him to succeed and becoming the person he is today. “Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwyane Johnson.

The originally  question “write about the qualities you wish you had or who you could be more like if you could.” ; those qualities are some I wish I had however being who I am and the qualities I posses may not be perfect or the best yet they’re mine and they make me, me. Don’t lose sight of who you are or what makes you, you. Your love ones see for who you are and they like you for it. There are going to be those who don’t like you,, but don’t try to please them. Be you in-spite of them. You are important and special and keep being you. Even when the road gets hard and you feel like quiting…
“Only when a hero is at his lowest can he become the greatest. That to me is the greatest super hero story of all time.” –

Thanks Amanda, good luck on your journey. Cheers

 

 

The Talking Tree…

I’d like to begin this post by apologizing for not posting for such a long period of time. I’d also like to thank all of you for taking part in our blogging experience. These past few weeks, there have been a series of monumental changes in my life, so I had to take some time to adjust, re-prioritize,  and what not.  I’ve had this beautiful poem by Ilan Shamir sitting in my drafts for a while, but I never got around to publishing it. There’s a lot that I’d like to say about this poem, but what’s clearly evident in this poem is the simplicity behind the wisdom of an old tree’s words. Enjoy! 

Advice from a Tree
By: Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

P.S. I’d like to give a shout out to my newly engaged friends–Anibal and Danielle! I wish you only happiness and prosperity! I love you guys! Remember, simplicity is the key.  

Bartender Irony…

 

The irony that’s at the bar. Bartenders give you advice, but at the same time give you alcohol.They try to help you by giving you advice and yet they serve you alcohol to help you forget. Don’t get me wrong, that is their job and I do drink.; not heavy, but I’ll enjoy a drink every once in a while. From personal experience, bar-tending is very similar to a barber. Its not just about serving alcohol or cutting hair. They are mentors, confidants, friends, just great people with a bunch of wisdom.

“The method for enjoying spirits is different for each person. Talking with friends… Whispering with a lover… and tipping ones glass alone while in deep thought. Such a place where are people are gathered a bar. Spirits give birth to a story… and the story creates your drink.” –Bartender (anime)

And lets all be honest here…
For those who have seen the Dos Equis commercials, who wouldn’t want to walk in to a bar and see Jonathan Goldsmith? The most interesting man in the world. You can check that off your bucket list.

 Little side note: I want to say a big thank you to Sunshine for giving me the idea to write this post. So Thank you Sunshine!

PhD in Counselling…

I’m a quote man. Growing up with Jamaican parents, you seem to become swarmed with quotes. For every detail of life there is a quote that my parents have told me. From the simplest thing as how to behave like a gentlemen, to the most complex as love (the birds and the bees); my parents almost instilled quotes in to my brain. Its kinda like an arranged marriage: the person you’re forced to marry at first you don’t really care for them butlike Alex Rocco says, “Appreciation grew to respect. Respect grew to like. And like grew to love.” Well, maybe not that extreme but you get the point. Quotes grew on me and I use them quite often now.

You see them in just about all my posts if not all of them. One thing you get from using quotes is, it gives a simple impression that you are somewhat intelligent or knowledgeable about what you are talking about. Most of my friends come to me when they have a problem. Not that I don’t have problems of my own, but they seem to trust my thoughts, almost like Oogway Kung Fu Panda.  When I use quotes to express my thoughts, my friends get a feeling as if I were a psychiatrist/counselor.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“What is love? In math, its a problem. In History, its a battle. In science, its a reaction. But in my heart , its you.” -Unknown

“A wise person hears one word but understands two.” -Yiddish proverb

“Greatness is measured by the set backs you’ve over come in life.” -Patrick Willis