Category Archives: From the Heart

An Exceptional Super Bowl Ad

Kudos to Microsoft for giving viewers one of the best Super Bowl commercials of 2019. You can also check out the video in the sidebar.

Two key thoughts:

  1. Physical differences should not deny anyone the opportunity to connect, grow, learn, and play, because when we connect, grow, learn, and play, “we all win.”
  2. No parent (caregiver) wants their child (no matter what age or level on the exceptional-needs spectrum) to feel like an outsider in this gift ( none of us earned it) of a world given to us all by God.

This reminds of the scripture, ‘On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, ‘ 1 Corinthians 12:22-23, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
https://my.bible.com/bible/100/1CO.12.22-23

Now back to the advertisement. I have to say what a way to endorse a product? If anyone has used it, please let me know. I’d like to share more than the commercial. For now, Microsoft wins in my book.

Artwork Credit

My Big Why

Behind all this blogging and writing stuff there has to be a reason, right? Sure there is, and today, while I was doing my morning devotion and getting my daily dose of wisdom from the 31st Proverb, I happened upon it in verses 8 and 9.

Oh, this is not the first time I have seen these verses or claimed them as my “Big Why.” Admittedly, I knew why I was blogging and doing advocacy work long before this day ever arrived. I’ve known for at least a year now; I’ve written it out in my notes for the book and on important papers, but I never thought to share it here…until today.

So if you are wondering, why this nerdy, wordy girl writes this blog, and you haven’t taken the time to read the About page, then here is the skinny –

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;

ensure justice for those being crushed.

Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,

and see that they get justice.”

That’s Reallyleah.com in a nutshell. My advocacy work and book in progress, For Those Like Us Who Care centers on these words of wisdom which are a mandate for all humanity.

I hope you will join my crusade, if not, be bold and share how you are living out these verses in your own life; maybe we can work together.

Thank you, Dr. King

It is my heartfelt hope that this interview of Dr. Martin Luther King will answer the question for many who wonder why the civil rights fight remains relevant to most Black people. And if after watching the videos posted here, you still don’t understand, I pray you are courageous enough to ask one of your Black friends or associates; one who is also familiar with the struggle, to educate you, honestly, on how it feels to be born Black and to live in America. It’s worth the conversation if you genuinely desire to live peacefully.

A Commemorative Challenge

While service is usually something we think of in “visible” ways, much of the work is done behind the scenes by hidden figures where no masses of people will ever witness. To me that’s the heart work, selfishly giving of oneself and being fulfilled, knowing that you are making a powerful difference in the world.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a unique calling of enormous scope but most of us are not called to that level of civil rights work. But we all should do something especially for people who have not had the privileges of White Americans. 

It doesn’t have to be broadcast on Twitter but through our everyday work (quietly and privately integrated into your personal calling) with the belief that what we sow today will be reaped by others for generations to come. I can’t tell you what that looks like for you, but you know what you can do. Then do it, not for one day but as often as you purpose in your heart.

Do something. For service not for show. I did (ordinary me). I will. I hope you will, too.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957.  

Builders

“She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.” Proverb 31:16 AMPC

Build anything without a firm foundation and whoops, the bottom eventually falls out.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, just imagine all of the things you have placed upon it crashing down and spilling over, because that is what happens. It all caves in and sometimes takes you with it.

Such is the case when we try to add something “else” to our busy lives without careful consideration of our current responsibilities. Our current responsibilities A.K.A. present realities or  “foundation” become weak and unsettled, and then, well, I won’t beat a dead horse. You get it.

And if you’re like me, you’ve been there done that more times than you care to admit. Laying brick upon layer of cemented block in all shapes and sizes and in the end reflecting on the mess constructed; daring to kick the whole thing down.

To rebuild.

How fortunate are we that the New Year is upon us when we can do just that? What an exceptional time to start again; to celebrate and build upon our triumphs, and forget the things that truly tanked. Each January 1 is our blessed universal do-over.

May, we use it well.

It’s a great time to let others know what we can and choose not to do for the upcoming months, too.  So if you are in dire need of approval, well, you don’t have to worry about feeling guilty about your decisions either, because this is also the time when everyone is making plans, setting goals, and starting afresh and anew. If Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.” New Year’s week has to be the most agreeable time of the year. Everyone, for the most part, is brimming with optimism.

As the scripture above posits, first, acknowledge your present duties and obligations, your talents, time, and strengths. Then, and only then, consider any opportunities in the new year as a means to build upon what already exists. Be honest about what your foundation can bear. Every good idea is not from God, so take your time with these decisions and do only what brings you peace. Finally, let this be your time to build the life you choose to live in for 2019 and then no one will be able to knock it down, and you won’t even dare to kick it out of place.

To your success in 2019,

L.A. Taylor

New Year’s Eve, 2018

FINAL NOTE:

If you’d like to share your personal testimonials of how you deal with new opportunities, please post a comment.  I’d really enjoy hearing your approach to staying on task and fulfilling your goals. Also note, that categories and tags on this site like “Peace of Mind” and “Ideas” and “The Network”  will yield references of tangible tools to help us build a happier and healthier life for all humankind.

Shining Verses

If you like inspirational quotes, you will likely enjoy scripture verses. Whether you consider yourself a saint or a sinner, well-formed words make us feel empowered and wise. We want to memorize them and share them with friends. And this is the case today.

Over the past year,  I’ve been puzzled by the number of references in the Word and world about terms such as shining and light and brightness, so I figured, I’d take my time to collect some. Many will be in scripture form from the Bible but others may not.

So how many are there? I’m not sure. But I’m excited to try to find out. Okay. Here goes…

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  • Light is a created thing, created by the Creator of all things. Check out the verses from the beginning…may you celebrate the Light Giver, God, today…

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  • The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come. Proverbs 4:18
  • Don’t be envious of sinful people; let reverence for the Lord be the concern of your life. If it is, you have a bright future. Proverbs 23:17-18
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  •  Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 7.31.03 AM                                 Well, said, Stephanie! And thus concludes the end of this Shining Verses post for now.

    Have a Brilliant Monday, November 5, 2018!

  • “Their (Wise Parents) instructions are a shining light; their correction can teach you how to live.” Proverbs 6:23.

(These two verses came from Cherlono via a comment on another post. I’m grateful for these gifts wrapped in other Believers)

  • “For You, O Lord, are my lamp; The Lord illumines and dispels my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29, and
  • The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. JOHN 1:5. Both from the Amplified Version.
  • You will succeed in all you do, and light will shine on your path. God brings down the proud and saves the humble. Job 22: 28-29.  Be humble, y’all!
  • “The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out.” Proverbs 13:9 GNB
  • You are sure that you are a guide for the blind and a light for all who are in the dark.  Romans 2:19 CEV
  • “Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.” Psalm 16:11 MSG

To Shine…in other words…

To Shine…in other words…

On this post, I’ve given you 28 starter words, but feel free to chose your own and provide definitions. This is not to be laborious. So, whatever you do, have fun knowing you possess the ability to make this world a brighter place. 

  1. Scintillate – to emit sparks (v).
  2. Coruscate – to be brilliant or showy in technique or style (v).
  3. Sheen – to be bright (v), a bright or shining condition (n). Beautiful (adj).
  4. Polish – refers to a smooth, shining or bright surface that reflects light produced by rubbing or friction (v).
  5. Luster – a glow of reflected light, an inner beauty (radiance), a glow of light within (n).
  6. Gloss –  surface luster or brightness (n).
  7. Luminescence – the emission of light by a substance that has not been heated, as in fluorescence and phosphorescence (n).
  8. Patina – a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use (n).
  9. Sparkle –  to give off or reflect bright moving points of light (int. v).
  10. Twinkle – to shine with a flickering or sparkling light (int. v).
  11. Excel –  to be superior to: surpass in accomplishment or achievement (trans. v).
  12. Burnish – to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing (trans. v).
  13. Fluoresce – shine or glow brightly due to fluorescence (v).
  14. Flame – the glowing gaseous part of a fire (n).
  15. Flash – to shine in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way (v).
  16. Glimmer – shine faintly with a wavering light (v).
  17. Glint – to give off reflection in brilliant flashes (int. v). 
  18. Radiate –  to send out rays: shine brightly (int. v).
  19. Glisten – to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface (v).
  20. Shimmer – to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light (int. v).
  21. Beam – to send out rays of light (int. v).
  22. Flare – a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light (n).
  23. Spangle – a small glittering object or particle (n).
  24. Glow – a steady radiance of light or heat (n).
  25. Brilliance – Intense brightness of light (n).
  26. Splendor – Magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur (n).
  27. Illuminate – Light up (int v).
  28. Dazzle – To overpower with light; to hinder distinct vision by intense light (trans v).