Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sometimes we need to look within.

 I know that I'm far from perfect. Lately I've spent a good deal of time looking within.  When I take a good look, to be honest, I haven't always liked what I've seen.  But everyday I strive to be a better person.  I think it behooves us all to look within and take a personal inventory from time to time.  When we don't like what we see, it's absolutely necessary to make changes that help us become the person that we need to be.

It's not just important to do that for ourselves, it's important to do that for the other people in our lives.

Being a better person will make me a better husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, neighbor, friend, coworker, citizen and a far better human being.
Looking within is part of our personal growth.  I will be a better person and I will strive to grow every day......will you?

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  1. This is the best post ever.!!!! I have struggled the last four years to reinvent myself and for the most part I have. I try everyday to be a better person. I'm nicer to people everyday and I'm positive. I try to turn every situation into a positive. But I'm not perfect and I know this. It's something I constantly have to work on. I'm so proud of myself for realizing I'm not perfect but I'm better. You are n awesome person and don't ever forget it

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    1. I am a flawed human being but I will strive to be a better person Roz. I will be a better person Roz. Aren't there things about yourself you'd like to change? Not physically.....that might be my next post. I'm talking about aspects of who you are as a person.

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  2. I try to be better but I don't often succeed. I rely on my faith in God to guide me and the hubs to talk me down off the ledge. I have a temper and I've *mostly* gotten it under control but, yeah, it is a daily struggle. And I often say people should be happy I don't have the power to zap. :-)

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    1. Lately my temper has been way out of my character. I have to control it or it will control me Daenel.

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  3. Yes indeed Reggie. I am working, constantly working towards being a better person and i believe that i am. It's not easy...not at all. I strive for more patience, to be more passionate and loving to those who don't exactly win me over on the 1st or 2nd run. I'm a work in progress for sure, but that just means i'm still trying and never letting go of the goal i seek and surely will win. My nemesis/archangel is very challenging these days...and though he may think my temperament is low...and overcoming...i still seek the victory...quietly, discreetly and with all good intentions.

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    1. I've got good intentions too MizRepresent, but you and I both know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

      Like you, I'm still trying though....and I'm gonna keep trying too.

      My patience used to be much better than it is now, I must be getting old.

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  4. I hear ya brah.
    I do my soul searching everyday on my 30 minute commute to my "good job". I question myself everyday. I always ask myself what I can do improve my situation and if needed the situation of whoever is around me at the time. I pray that God will put me in a place where I can do better. So far he has answered me..but I'm a man..and sometimes I think I know whats best..and I end up fucking up. So Reggie, for me it is a never ending journey.

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    1. For me it will be a continuing journey Dirty Red. Now that my eyes are fully open, I refuse to go back. I need to constantly assess and reassess.

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  5. I try and work on it everyday, learning more of who I am, checking my actions and reactions, my thoughts and intentions. its an ongoing process, but as you mentioned the impact on those around us make it worthwhile

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    1. Dawna I will work on me every day. I want to be a better person and a more complete me.

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  6. Some soul searching is a great way to break down unslightly walls in life. Your growth is already mighty Reggie by your expression in this post. Like yourself am learning to free up some thinking space in order to unclutter certain things in my life that hold me hostage to the everyday as we know Life. It is a cycle of learn repeat repair. Am sure we all strive to repair those niggling aspects of who we are and ultimately that always has a knock on effect on another view of the person we are. What do we stand to gain? wisdom and inner peace. We all need peace to reign in our lives!

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    1. Agreed BareFoot Countessa, we all need to find that perfect inner peace. We all need peace to reign in our lives.

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  7. I know at some point I will be a better person, but deep down I fear some sort of pyrrhic victory

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    1. Chrome sometimes I think that it's important for our growth as individuals to take a good look within. If it's necessary to make a change, then at that point we can do so.

      Even as we don't stop aging, we shouldn't stop growing.

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    1. Maybe, but I pretty much rant in mine. Oh occasionally I will laugh at something, but I pretty much go off on a rant here John.

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  11. I need to...but people man, they get on my nerves and for every good intention I have some people just make that go straight out the window! LOL In all seriousness, I definitely need to work on me. My patience is thin, my attitude needs adjusting and sometimes I need to work on my delivery (well a lot of times, I need to work on my delivery). This post is on time...I really do have so soul searching to do and changes to make.

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    1. Crystal I've got many of the same issues, that's why I'm trying to focus on working on me. I truly want to be a better person.

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  12. I'm a proponent of anything that makes us better and looking within is essential. While it always seems like we should've been doing it all along, I think it takes a certain amount of maturity and a larger perspective to understand why.

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    1. ...and I truly believe that it means we care CG.

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  13. Great post Reggie. I can admit to being a better person than I was. I think each year I try to be better. I definitely have improved in the violence against others area. I think I'm a bit stronger than I was and I'm less spoiled. I'm a work in progress who must continuously look within.

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    1. I know I'm a better person at this time of the year than I was earlier in the year. I will strive to be better every single day.

      I'm gonna be an awesome person in the future......

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  14. I wholeheartedly agree with you Reggie. If we do not take the time to self-assess and/or employ the wisdom of those closest to us, we will never evolve, aspire, grow, or change. Remaining in the "same old; same old" is a boring and mundane position of which our lifes channels get blocked.

    I applaud and commend you for looking in the mirror and striving to be a better you.

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    1. Thank you BluJewel....and yes, I will be a better person every day.

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  15. Sometimes we just need a good swift kick in the ass to get us on the right track. It wakes you up the simplicity and lovely life.

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    1. ....and I've had that good swift kick. I will take that kick and keep it in perspective. Sometimes we do need that little kick Girls Love Fried Pickles.

      By the way, do you really love fried pickles?

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  16. I'm a quiet down to earth person. But everyday life gets to us all. We become a little more vocal, a little more pushy, then one day you say or do something that wakes you up, because it's not the real you. So you go to the mirror and look at the reflection, and tell yourself life is short and it's Ok to be the good guy...

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    1. I feel you 1manview. On so many levels I'm not the same man that looked into a mirror almost 30 years ago as a college student.....and some of that is good. But that kid that went to college had many good qualities that I have been recapturing over the last several months.

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  17. Reg, every day I strive to be a better me. Sometimes, looking in that mirror is hard...so hard, that I actually turn away because even I can't take the person staring back. But, I'm in the game and if I keep playing eventually, I'll get where I want to be.

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    1. That's what I'm talking about BayouCreole. I strive to be a better person everyday. I need to be able to look in the mirror everyday and see gains.

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  19. Reggie some psychologists would say that we are crazed to observe ourselves this closely. Fiddle Faddle, I have come to to understand lots about myself...When my penmanship is BEAUTIFUL as some call it I am Stressed, or someone has ticked me the hell off.. When my eye color turns that amber brown, I am overly emotional in some aspect temper temper, yes indeed I watch myself closely, the good thing it is I of whom have observed this about myself, no one else.....I have had to look deeply within myself to control the BEAST that emerges at times.. We(even us easy going soft spoken ones) all have the Beast factoring within us.. What's so good about this is that we know that it is there and attempt to tame it for betterment of ourselves constantly. and then again I am that I am..Exodus 3-14.. Just as GOD has made me/us to be.....

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    1. Looking within for me was essential Texas Queen. We do all types of things for personal growth. This was a necessity for me.

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  20. Excellent post. I am always trying to better myself. Right now I'm in a tough situation, but everything happens for a reason. I will survive and come out stronger in the end.

    I admire your honesty. You're on the right path Reggie.

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    1. I think we fail ourselves when we're not honest with ourselves Mlvlatina. Sometimes it's a good thing to take a long critical look at ourselves. If we don't, who will?!?

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  21. This is a great post. We all should strive to do better...become a better self. No one is perfect. There is always room for improvement.

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    1. Yes Melissa, there are no perfect people, only perfect intentions. Sometimes we need to take a critical look and strive to do better as individuals.

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  22. Yes I will. i try this everyday. I still judge people, but then sometimes I ask myself if God would be happy with what I just thought, and I stop what I'm doing.

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