Healthy Relationships

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Healthy relationships are the consistencies of our intents and efforts – sustained by our attentiveness and commitment. Healthy relationships are neither easy, nor do they just happen. Compatibility plays it part; yet, it alone can not sustain the health of a relationship.

Healthy relationships are the results of individuals who have chosen to live conscious and responsible lives. We each bring our share of stuff…requiring personal accountability.

We each offer a world of unique differences. In healthy relationships, we learn to respect those differences. In part, it is the regard for those differences that create the needed structure for relational balance – mere tolerance is not enough. Numerous lessons are stored in the uniqueness of our differences.

Healthy relating means that we are committed to change as it encourages personal and spiritual growth. We partner in the creation of healthy relationships, offering both our strengths and weaknesses. In healthy relationships, we’re committed to considering how to consider, without hindering our own development, or that of another.

The rituals of listening, learning, communicating, growing, failing, apologizing and all the other components that stabilize healthy relationships becomes the norm. This and more occurs while we sharpen & maintain our own separate sense of being.

What about you, how do you establish healthy relationships? How do you keep them?

Thank you for taking the time to visit Life Through The Storm. Live wise and live well. ~Storm

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Black History Month 2014: “Civil Rights in America”

Black History Month 2014: “Civil Rights in America”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of African Life and History has chosen “Civil Rights in America” as its overarching theme for Black History Month 2014.

Accept This One Truth…

Accept This One Truth...

Accept this one truth…it can make a world of difference in the choices that you make – and in the overall well-being of your life. You are loved. You’ve always been loved – despite circumstances that may have dictated otherwise…you will always be loved.

Live like you know it! It changes everything!

Happy Valentines Day!

Thank you for your visit. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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A Simple Note

My simple note is this – I realize that the 7 nominees that I chose for The Field of Flowers Award are perhaps overwhelmed with blogging activity, ministry, photo shoots, etc.The acceptance of the aforementioned is fun, challenging & takes time.

Know that my mention of you (blog links) as I participated in the acceptance of this award was to simply acknowledge my appreciation for your work & inspiration.

I am grateful to be a part of WordPress…(1 month new), a real education in blogging. Additionally, the community is awesome!

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

The Field of Flowers Award

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I am honored (tickled) that Jeni Running Brook would mention my name in The Field of Flowers Award. “Being thought of” is a blessing – bringing those thoughts to life (the gift of giving) – is inspiring. My brief interaction with Running Brook has been heartfelt.Thank you for thinking of me Jeni. http://jenyrunningbrook.wordpress.com/

In response to receiving this award, I’d like to nominate the following 7 bloggers in no particular order:

Mari livingoldfashionedways.wordpress.com – was the one of the first to welcome me to WP, I really appreciate her warm heart, words & love of life.

PricelessJoy – shares with candor & openness regarding her path towards healing. Her testimonial is remarkable…nothing short of a miracle!

Wendell A. Brown http://wherewordsdailycomealive.wordpress.com – His posts are beautiful & inspiring – it’s clear that he puts his heart & soul into every word expressed. I appreciate his love for The Lord.

theenglishprofessoratlarge.wordpress.com – Patricia Brown’s stories are delightful, fun & nostalgic. The graciousness of her character is evident through her writing.

rosswrightliberated.wordpress.com is a woman on the move – invigorated with determination, inspiration & boldness. I appreciate her umph!

WisconZen.wordpress.com – A peaceful breeze is felt by this reader each time that I am privileged to engage WisconZen’s posts.

Holisticwayfarer.com – Diana writes elegantly, expresses thoroughly & she is empowering!

Thanks to all, I really enjoy hearing your voice through the creativity of your words. The uniqueness of your individuality is captivating. ~Storm

All awards come with conditions with which to comply.

Rules

▪Thank the blogger who nominated you

▪Place the award on your blog

▪Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers

“A Field Of Flowers”

▪Let your nominees know that you nominated them

Love is…

Love is...

Love is the message that we give when without words we demonstrate open hearts & open arms.

Love reminds us that we can be patient with others when they disappoint us. Someone has demonstrated patience towards us, as we too can cause disappointment.

Love encourages us to give the benefit of the doubt, despite appearances.

Love does not speak condemning words to those who have fallen and perhaps lost their way. We too have had times when we’ve fallen and lost our way.

Divine love expressed through our humanity is perfectly expressed for humanity!

Love does not condone unhealthy practices, those who have accepted her healing virtues know that love alone sends the message of redemption!

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:35 (NIV)

How do you define love?

I’d love to hear your thoughts & your wisdom.

Live wise, live well & remember that you are loved, you’ve always been loved and you will always be loved! ~Storm

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Black History Month 2014: 30 Inspirational Quotes From Black American Leaders

Black History Month 2014: 30 Inspirational Quotes From Black American Leaders.

Black History Month remains an important moment for America to celebrate the achievements and contributions black Americans have played in U.S. history. Arising out of “Negro History Week,” which first began in the 1920s, February has since been designated as Black History Month by every U.S. president since 1976.

Treye Green

Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and… Continue Reading

Time Alone…An Emotional Break

Time Alone...An Emotional Break

We are wise to give ourselves an emotional break. Time alone is essential, as it allows for soul searching, self -awareness, growth, and the many other factors that come to assist us in becoming more personally developed & accountable with our choices.

Example: It’s interesting how we allow ourselves to enter into new relationships (having just ended one a few weeks ago), expecting happiness to all of a sudden to become a reality. With no time off to examine/re-examine one’s own behavior or contribution to the demise – how can we not pick up where we just left off?

When emotions are in the lead role, we go where we want to go…often into the arms of those with whom we believe we can find happiness, comfort, etc. It can sometimes be difficult discerning our needs from our wants. If it feels good, then it must be the right thing to do – not always the healthiest of alternatives.

It’s difficult to establish healthy relationships when we’re overlooking the health of our own well-being. The soul needs a Higher rule of Authority for living and being. I believe this. This comes into view through an agreeable alliance with God, the One Who guards and directs our path with guidelines that teach us to establish boundaries for living.

This is no indication of a life without challenge, disappointment or mistakes – rather, one that assists us in maintaining an inner stability against the inevitable tides of living. Know what you believe and why you believe as you believe. We function from the foundation of our beliefs, whether healthy or unhealthy.

Additionally, time alone helps us to decipher and to put our priorities into order…giving our emotions a break.

The very principals, guidelines and insights that produce personal health and well-being, are the same ones that produce relational health and well-being.

Do you ever spend time alone? Is it beneficial?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & comments. Thank you for your visit. Live wise and live well. ~Storm

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