A Red Cup And A Plea For Humanity


Attention! There is NO war on Christmas! There never has been, there never will be. Every year, immediately after Halloween, people get all up in arms and start screeching about a war on Christmas. Political correctness. Outrage at alternate holiday greetings. Festivus poles. Etc., etc., etc.. How can Christmas be hurting when the decorations and commercials start before Halloween is even celebrated? We are bombarded with Christmas this, Christmas that, retailers getting ready for the shopping season.

And now, I see silly people expressing outrage because Starbucks’ holiday cup this year is a simple, clean red. PUHHHLEEEZE. (Insert eye-roll.) So what if they chose NOT to add winterish designs? So what if there aren’t pretty little snowflakes or reindeer? I though what was INSIDE the cup was the reason for even using the cup!

I suppose now the netverse and mainstream media and certain non-journalistic right-wing liar-liar pants on fire entertainment television outlets are going to be up all night finding ways to further ignite this fake war.

Christmas. A time of joy, cheer, giving, sharing what we have with others, remembering those who we love. That’s what it’s about, right? NOT about camping out for 3 weeks in front of Best Buy, not the stampedes on black Friday and acting like greedy, selfish children and injuring others in your way to get something on sale before someone else gets it (who might really NEED it). It’s NOT about attacking others for NOT celebrating Christmas. It’s NOT about “gimme gimme gimme!”

Last time I checked, outrage, disgust, and judgment about someone’s corporate holiday color choice on a paper cup meant to serve hot goodness was no reason to scream about a war on Christmas. If I were you, I’d feel DARN lucky to even be able to walk into a Starbucks and purchase said drink. Do you know how many people on this planet can’t even afford that?

Now, do you still want to find an outlet for your outrage? I’ll give you a list, and I can guarantee, my list will have more to do with Christmas than your crazy silliness over a paper cup.

1. Help a homeless person. Give THEM a cup of coffee. Sit with them for a while, listen to their story. Give them your attention. Show that you care. Give them a coat, a gift of a hotel room for Christmas eve, or invite them to your home for a warm dinner and a warm bed. Buy them a portable shelter, warm socks. Anything will help.

2. Thank a veteran. Do you know how many veterans are lacking health care, and are homeless? Do you know how many just need someone to CARE? Invite them and/or their family to spend time with you, or see where their passion lies, and HELP THEM.

3. Volunteer at a women’s shelter. I promise you, helping a survivor of domestic violence and even a warm, gentle hug will go much farther than complaining about a design-less circular piece of coated cardboard.

4. Volunteer at your local food bank or donate food. Do you know how many hungry children and families there are in your own neighborhood? Do you know how many people are working 1, 2, 3 jobs to just survive and are still struggling to feed their families?

5. Take in GLBT youth who’ve been ostracized or kicked out of their homes. Tackle the issue of bullying. These kids are our future, HELP THEM. Join up with GLSEN OR GLAAD. Find out how you can be a mentor or big brother or sister.

6. Find a way to get involved and stop our children from killing each other! Be a part of the healing, not the hurting!

7. Instead of screaming about a red cup, why don’t you scream about the senseless wars going on? Why don’t you get upset about the fact that children are watching their families get blown up before their very eyes? Why don’t you get out and make your voice heard, or do something? Anything? Instead of turning a blind eye to situations that really are important?

In short, I’d like you to care about things that MATTER. And that’s PEOPLE. Show some empathy. Show some love. Show some of what Jesus taught, and that’s LOVING PEOPLE. Look beyond the circumstances and see them for who they are, the same as YOU on the inside.

Now, I’m going to paint my Facebook and Twitter pages RED. This is my way of making a difference, making my voice heard. But most importantly, it is my way of showing that Christmas and the holiday season means more to me than a cup that may or may not have holiday themed graphics. It means caring, loving, sharing, and doing my part to bring awareness to what really is important, and that’s loving, helping others, and being a catalyst for healing and change. Let’s make a difference now, and year-round. Caring shouldn’t just happen at Christmas.

Will you join me in flooding the net with red? Doing so will be saying that you support helping others, you support humanity and that you are willing to help heal our planet. I’d love to know how YOU are using #FloodTheNetWithRed2015 to bring a smile to someone’s face or make someone’s day. So, let’s flood the net with red and then flood my inbox with YOUR inspirational stories!

‪#‎FloodTheNetWithRed2015‬

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My Story Is About To Be Told!


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“Tear down the walls you’ve built up to hide your magnificent self.

The world craves to know you, to taste you, to feel you, to experience you.

Live your truth, bask in it, embrace it.

Be large and be wild…about YOU!”

Becca Inspires

 

Over the past several years I’ve had a few friends tell me, “You should write your story!” At first I laughed it off. I mean, really? Who wants to read about my struggles and triumphs? I’ve not done anything that warrants fame, nor have I done anything that places me in the halls of infamy…so why on EARTH would anyone be interested in what I have to say?

Fast forward to last year.

I was in a conversation with an acquaintance, and we were talking about life, and how bumps in the road appear and how we need to get over those bumps, or climb out of the potholes. He said a few things to me that I took as less than kind, and even though my life is not his business, I could feel his anger toward me (perhaps that was his way of showing concern, but it certainly felt less than compassionate). We also chit-chatted about some of my posts on Facebook, and how it was my goal to inspire others, mainly through writing.

I was told (I am paraphrasing here) that I had not reached the ‘enlightened’ stage yet, and until I was, I was in no way capable of writing a book that could inspire others on their journey. I had the sense that he was wanting to make me out to be a hypocrite! There was more said, but you’ve got the gist of the conversation.

That exchange fueled me and lit a fire under me! The next day I had a large portion of the outline done for my memoir, as well as a good portion of the body of the transcript. How dare someone tell me I can’t do something because I’m not ‘there’ yet, or good enough? He had never walked a centimeter in my shoes, nor was he in a place to tell me what I could or could not do!

So, because of that exchange, Finding Becca: The Remembrance of My Juicy, Passionate, Divine Self was born.

Writing my story isn’t just about selling a book; it is an opportunity to look over my life, especially the past ten years, and recount all the opportunities I found to open long-held emotional wounds and begin the process of releasing and healing them. It’s also an avenue to remember who I really am and remove all the illusions that I allowed to hold me in places that were less than healthy: spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Writing my story brought many tears and much sorrow and heartache. I realized how long I had buried those pains deeply inside me and let them stew until the pain became so great I had to let it out. At times it felt as if I was being battered all over again.

Now, with the book nearly finished, I can say that it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

I have the cover concept finalized and now just need to take the photos. The forepages are nearly done, and dedications are next. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful baby is about to be birthed into the world. What a painful yet exhilarating ride it’s been!

And now, yes, here’s the shameless pitch!! I’ve started a GoFundMe account to help raise funds to publish my book. I had to swallow my pride in doing this (and shed a few fearful, ashamed tears), but I knew that it was what I had to do to get the momentum going and have the chance to get this book in the hands of those whom it may help or inspire. So, I’m asking you – if you feel so led, I’d be grateful if you could donate to help me get my baby published. If you cannot donate, sharing is just as helpful!

You, my loyal readers, are very important to me, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the past two years that you’ve stuck with me and read my blog, commented, and shared (we’ve reached 120,482 views and 171 countries  at this moment!). It’s been my pleasure to share, connect, educate, and inspire!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the ‘thank you’ gifts on my GoFundMe page for those who feel led to donate!

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Namasté,

Becca

Prescription Drugs Now Leading Cause Of Accidental Death ~ Time To Return To Holistic Medicine


I read a very disturbing news article today: Prescription drug deaths now outnumber other deaths in the U.S., this includes accidental traffic deaths.

Prescription medications have become the leading cause of illness, disability, and death.

Have you looked at the information sheets that come with the prescriptions? There are often pages upon pages of warnings and adverse effects to be aware of.  Some medications’ side effects are worse than the illnesses that they are prescribed for.

These deaths are not only from accidental overdoses, but from the side effects and also from mixing with other prescription drugs.

Most drugs approved by the FDA are under-tested for adverse drug reactions, yet offer few new benefits. Drugs cause more than 2.2 million hospitalizations and 110,000 hospital-based deaths a year. Serious drug reactions at home or in nursing homes would significantly raise the total.” (www.ssrc.org)

This does NOT mean that all prescription drugs are dangerous and should never be used. There are, of course, circumstances where the aid of prescription medication is needed. The point I am making is, often health care providers are too quick to have you pop a pill, or 10, instead of treating the CAUSE.

It’s very easy to treat symptoms, but treating symptoms will not heal the cause.

Let’s look at holistic medicine, for example.

Holistic medicine treats the whole person – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  How is this done? By retaining proper balance in all aspects of one’s health.

If one aspect is not working properly, it will affect the other parts. For example: Let’s say you’ve got a headache. There could be many possible reasons why your head is hurting – are you eating foods poor in nutritional value? Do you you have a back-ache? Are you stressed? Do you have trouble sleeping? Any of these could be the reason for the headache. Instead of just treating the headache, you need to get down to the main reason FOR the headache, and treat the reason, the main CAUSE – then the rest of your systems will balance back out.

What if you just treated the headaches by taking pain medications a couple times a day over the course of week, month, year? You’d be ingesting medications that are helping the headache, but the cause is still there (let’s say it is from stress), so the headache will continue. And by then you’ve filled your body with pain-relieving chemicals, some of which could be addictive.

What if, instead, you looked at the perceived cause of your stress (the root of the headache) and took measures to reduce stress in your life? You could do this in many ways: proper nutrition, removing toxins, exercise, yoga, meditation, lifestyle changes, removing things from your life that no longer serve you, counseling…and so on?

I could write pages and pages on this topic, but will save some for another day.

Basically what I am saying is, please be aware when using prescription drugs. Are you treating the cause, or just the symptom?