Heroes Muthaf0k@!

If you don’t watch TV, are not in the US(even outside the US, you can now watch! JACKPOT, thanks Daniel! ) or basically have a life outside the boob tube you probably have no clue what I am talking about, but Heroes is one of my favorite new shows. Even though the season is coming to an end, today you have the oportunity to be totally entertained because the SCI FI channel is running a six episode Marathon. Yes every single episode. Now if you totally hate TV and think it is a waste of time, at least check out the graphic novel. It is truly a work of art.

As the story begins you have no clue that this show will take so many twists and turns. It really is a comic book but without the cartoons… its hard to explain how well done this series is. It manages to have so many cast members and storylines and yet make it all work. I want to know what is going on with each one of them. Seriously, check this series out if you have not done so already and if you missed an episode, today at 6/5c.

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Emotional Blackmail

Like a restaurant refusing to take Amex or Discover anymore, I have stopped letting people blackmail me emotionally. I have learned through the years that people use emotions as currency and I can fall easy prey to emotional blackmail. Thankfully there are those around me that help keep me sane and remind me that people do not have power over you, you give them that power.

Guilt is a powerful tool used by many to get their way. I am sure we have all been victims at one time or another of someone making us feel guilty about an action or situation. The worse kind is the one that attempts to make us feel guilty about the way we feel.

Many people do not understand that emotions are involuntary. While many of us have learned to control our emotions in certain situations, we are not able to fully control everything that we feel. Emotions are thoughts that carry feelings, and they steer them inside our brains at speeds that are times are impossible to stop or even slow down. They come crashing into our heart and make us, happy, sad, desperate or elated.

When we give people the key to our hearts, we open a door for them to look inside and see what feelings have more power than others on that emotional highway. They learn that maybe family overrules career when they are both racing towards a decision. They can use that knowledge to support our decisions, or use it against us to hurt us where it will cause the most pain. However it was our fault when we get hurt because we are the ones that let them take a peek inside ourselves.

I am not saying that we should be guarded, but rather to learn to take what people say for what is really worth. Sometimes those close to us say things that might hurt, but we need to learn when to let words hurt us because they are trying to make us see something we have overlooked and when it is plain emotional blackmail.

We must all learn to live life for ourselves and not for others. God’s greatest gift besides love is free will. We can make decisions and learn to know what to listen to and what to hear. It is important to learn to discern between what is tough love and what are emotional bombs.

The Importance of Love

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
– Mother Teresa

At mass today the priest mentioned the quote above from Mother Theresa. The sermon was pretty funny, the priest had a hard time remembering all the characters from The Lion King and also kept on confusing the titles of the movies he wanted to talk about. He called Simba, Samba and Simbalaya… who knows maybe he wanted to dance the Samba or was hungry for some Jambalaya. He also said could not remember the name of the Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings. His message was simple, Jesus gave his life for us and all of the movies mentioned above have either sacrifice or resurrection as a theme. The ultimate sacrifice being to give your life to save someone else’s. How many people are you willing to do that for?

Mother Teresa was asked by someone how can they help end hunger and she recited the quote above. Love it is such an important aspect of our lives, yet it is sometime overlooked. I don’t think wealth is measured by how much you have but how many people love you. I am blessed to have a family that loves me and friends that in my heart are part of my family.

I think we all need to remember what love really means and make an effort to show it in everything that we do. From the moment we wake up we should radiate a message of love. Let’s cure the world’s hunger for love, smile at someone today and see what effect it has.

Friday Feast 119

Come play the Friday Feast!

Have you ever changed a flat tire by yourself?
I think I have helped, but never done one by myself. I am capable though.

Do you have an “innie” or an “outie” belly button?
Innie, if you search around there is a belly picture out there… but beware of the belly.

Name a new paint color and describe it.
Starburst, imagine a phoneix leaving a trail of yellow, red and orange.

Main Course
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Nine days before Christmas, back in Colombia, you get together to pray every single night leading up to the birthday of baby Jesus. I have no done it in a while, but it is my favorite tradition… food, prayer, little gifts, christmas carrols.

If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be, and why?
Not a huge cookie fan, but I think I would be a soft white chocolate cookie with almonds. I like white chocolate better, and well almonds are very cool nuts.