The word (and noun) Initiative is defined as 1 the ability to assess and initiate things independently: use your initiative, imagination, and common sense.2 [in singular] the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do: we have lost the initiative and allowed our opponents to dictate the subject.3 an act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something: a new initiative against car crime.• a proposal made by one nation to another in an attempt to improve relations: diplomatic initiatives to end the war | a peace initiative aimed at reducing tensions.4 (the initiative) (especially in some US states and Switzerland) the right of citizens outside the legislature to originate legislation.
Others similar words for the word Initiative according to the Thesaurus are 1 employers are looking for people with initiative: self-motivation, resourcefulness, inventiveness, imagination, ingenuity, originality, creativity, enterprise; drive, dynamism, ambition, motivation, spirit, energy, vision; informal get-up-and-go, pep, moxie, spunk, gumption.2 a recent initiative on recycling: plan, scheme, strategy, stratagem, measure, proposal, step, action, approach.
This is a strong word that we can use to better ourselves. Think about it. The word is basically telling you to take a step. Take an initiative to better yourself, your loved ones, your community, your world. What also makes the word Initiative powerful is that it represents a factor that courageous people throughout the span of human history have taken. Regardless of what others are doing or not, look within-ask yourself what it is you want, and then take initiative to make it a reality.
Francisco Jesus Aldana
We live in a society where it seems that the mode of operation is to be mean, cold, adversarial, hypocritical and evil towards our neighbors be they next door, or in neighboring countries. What astonishes me is that in this same society a large segment of the people claim to "love" a rebellious Jew that lived in a troubled land over two thousand years ago and preached Love, that is to Love God above anything and then to Love your neighbors. Why the hypocrisy?
Special shout out to Jesus (peace be upon you), to Gautama Buddha (peace be upon you) and to Muhammad (peace be upon you.)
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Francisco Jesus Aldana, CEO of Flyboyhalo Publishing.
With so much trash out there, sometimes it seems we're bombarded on all sides by evil, corrupt, jive, destructive content that only serves to bury us into a deeper hole of filth. What is more astonishing is that many of us operate on a herd like mentality and passively consume all the jive trash that the machine creates. A way to avoid this, is to alter one's consumption of jive trash, and to instead produce, make, create something of your own choosing that is better than the jive trash out there. This means you have to look within yourself and pull out your gifts. We all have gifts. Pull them out. Instead of consuming jive trash, create a work of art in anything that you so choose. The benefits of doing this are amazing. Make the change from being a passive consumer, and instead become an active creator for your well being and for the greater good.
noun the quality of being kind and generous.
"I was overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and neighbors"
synonyms:liberality, lavishness, magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness, free-handedness, unselfishness;
kindness, benevolence, altruism, charity, big-heartedness, goodness;
"the generosity of our host"
1. Love God, Pray to God and seek refuge in him, regardless of the situation, place, and predicament you find yourself in.
2. Treat yourself and others with respect, kindness, high regard, and love.
3. Seek to Hear, See, and Feel with the Heart.
4. Speak kindly to others to uplift them and congratulate them on their successes.
5. Avoid gossip and backbiting.
6. Help those in need when you are able to do so. Remember that even a SMILE is a gift of charity to others.
7. Stay humble and meek.
8. Offer your gifts to the world and believe in your gifts regardless of you standing alone.
9. Avoid the naysayers and the toxic ones unless you are there to teach them better.
10. Make an honest living (avoid dealing in harmful substances regardless of the monetary "gain")
11. Make right efforts in your saintly endeavors.
12. Think and expect the best of others.
13. Speak truthfully regardless of you potentially standing alone.
14. Ask your Creator for forgiveness, forgive yourself, forgive others, and ask others for forgiveness.
16. Bless your food and water.
17. Be clean regardless of your riches or your poverty.
18. Love your parents.
19. Love God, Pray to God and seek refuge in him, regardless of the situation, place, and predicament you find yourself in CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT.
We have so many things to be grateful for. Think about it. We have minds, bodies, eyes, ears, feet, trees, air, water, rain. etc. etc. etc. Avoid the smoke screens of those that forget their gifts, and focus on your own gifts, your own treasures that God has given you. The more gratitude you show, the happier and more blessed you will be. Be grateful, show gratitude, count your blessings. What are you grateful for?
AMERICAN HYPOCRITE WARMONGER PAR EXCELLENCE, GO MEET YOUR MAKER & ALL THOSE WHOSE BLOOD YOU SPILLED. . .
Ol' Juke Box McCain, gots lots of explaining to do. . . Where should we start. . . Wait, I think several hundred thousand Vietnamese, Cambodian, & Laotian Children that he bombed should get their chance to see him while God scrutinizes the hypocrite warmonger John Sidney McCain III. The countless other victims that he was instrumental in murdering will have their say too. One at a time. Alone.
Well, from an educated Mexican American's point of view, it's really a toss up. Both Texas and North Carolina have many great and amazing people of all backgrounds, faiths, phenotypes, etc.
As a Mexican American, I've experienced many instances of racism in the state of my origin-Texas, particularly in Houston and Austin. In fact as a youth, during many of my previous shitty jobs, it was so blatant that even managers started calling me Frank, because Francisco was too-let's say, um Mexican. A funny side note is that one of America's premiere city is named-yes you guessed it, San Francisco.
Many of these instances have been open, troubling, aggressive and violent. Other experiences where I experienced racism have been quiet, institutional and psychological (see my experiences at the University of Texas at Austin and living in Austin Texas in general.) Others have been obnoxious and subtle such as the "you don't look like a typical Mexican" cliche. By the way, I was born in Houston. What's funny is that the census lady in Houston basically labeled me as "white." I guess I'm a spic all the time, but "white" when it comes to tallying up the American Race Game statistics, since some in my beloved country are so obsessed and even scared of people with more melanin outnumbering those with less melanin. For clarification on the latter statement, there are racists from peoples from many backgrounds.
The racist experiences I've endured in North Carolina have been obvious such as the countless times I've been followed at an "upscale" neighborhood grocery store by an undercover store security worker while I shop. Other instances have been plain rude such as that time an upper classmate at the law school I attended "othered" me by calling me "Fernando, or what ever his name is." Then there was that time one leftist law school classmate that reveled in combating Neo-Nazis in his home state of Kentucky "othered" me many times and once called me "ethnic." That latter time I responded by asking him "is that all you see?" He emailed me that night and said he had a breakthrough because of my response, by the way. Then there was that time a leftist law school professor talked about a movie that had a legal plot and how it had that "you know that Hollywood Mexican story line of the savage combating his savagery." These are just a few of the many times I've endured this kind of treatment.
Here's what matters to me; because I am a God fearing and God Loving man, I Love all peoples. There are jackasses from all backgrounds so responding to racism by hating those that resemble the ones that have inflicted it on me is contrary to my nature. I remain whole and pure. That is by the grace of my creator.
God willing, what I will predict this July 26th of 2018, is that those that have inflicted racism on me (this includes peoples of many backgrounds including my own background but that is more of a complex "inter-ethnic hate" phenomenon that I'll touch on soon which is really bad in the Mexican American community) and on others will soon enough experience a major wake up call as will their progeny and future generations if they are taught racism, until racism is completely eradicated.
And to those of all backgrounds that remain steadfast in learning from peoples of different backgrounds and are kind, decent and just and to those that look different than them, keep up the great work, as God watches everything. Your blessings will come sooner than later, God willing.
Francisco Jesus Aldana
CEO of Flyboyhalo Publishing
By the grace of God, my pop up snack bistro idea has been great for the last few weeks at the local Grove Street People's Market. I've created a new brand for our baked goods, welcome and applauds towards "Smiley's Treats". Smiley's Treats is about delicious and natural healthy treats. So far, Smiley's Treats has amazing Salty & Sweet Green Pop Corn, Classic American Fudge Brownies, Cranberry & Raisin Brownies, Jalapeño Garlic & Cheese Corn Bread and Sweet Corn Bread. I Love Aguas Frescas, and Watermelon Agua Fresca (Agua De Sandia) and Agua Fresca de Melon (Cantaloupe) are amazing in these hot summer months, so I included them in this week's menu. I also created a new drink, a Cinnamon & Apple Tea fused with Expresso that I'm calling the Cinnamon & Apple Teafee©. I'm so grateful to God and then to the Grove Street People's Market, the customers, artisans, organizers, friends, family and the community. Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of this.