Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wherever YOU Go, There YOU Are.

Baggage.  We all have it.  But even worse than baggage is the story we tell ourselves on why we lug it around or need to keep up with it.
If you haven't traveled in an airport lately, let me alert you that all your extra stuff is pretty expensive to haul around.  The size and weight of it actually matters in terms of just how much you will  be shelling out to appropriate your reason for packing so much.

In less literal terms, it's nothing short of amazing how we each come up with a story on the 'why' we need to do or not do something, 'when' we need to finally get off our stalling game and get a particular thing done or 'who' is the 'real' reason as you are blocked or the reason for all the failures in our lives.

But pardon my french, and let's get real; it's all bullshit.  Your baggage, is bull$#@*.
Every reason, every story we tell ourselves keeps us further from the truth, which keeps us surrounded in the illusion of our own ego.

I was recently told by someone close to me that they needed to feel more uncomfortable and less nurtured in order to make really significant changes in life.
Now, to a degree, that's true.  When you are too comfortable in status quo you look for changes on the outside to help you shake things up.  But with a simple shift  in perception, this illusion is becomes clear. It's best to stand right where you are and rip off the bandaid to allow healing. Better yet, open the luggage and shine a light on what's inside: a lack of self discipline and little to no willpower is making this bag a bit heavy.
Thwarting oneself into a less than desirable situation will still bring the key pieces to the puzzle as to why, in the first place said baggage is heavy or the story we tell is so elaborate.

We often stay in relationships or work situations longer than we should or even have to because our ego likes to fill us with stories as to why we shouldn't change for the better.
We like make up reasons for other peoples bad behavior, often our own,  in an effort to not upset the story - which is keeping all of us from living our best possible lives.

If you started right here, right where you are, what would be inside your baggage?
What stories are weighing you down?  Tell yourself them again.
Be open to what's really going on.  Is your ego playing a trick on you?
Are you keeping yourself from living your best possible life? Because the stories as to why, when, or how you could be better are weighing you down.
Keep this in mind; where ever you go, there you are.
If you don't deal or heal what no longer serves you, it's going to become an expensive carry on.  And the story, will  only repeat itself.

Here's to truth seeking, truthbombs, and lighter luggage traveling into the holiday.
Cheers to cosmic recovery and freedom.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Why I Went 'Political' (When I Was Told NOT To.)

I was warned not to get political.
I was told by close friends and family that  was a very bad decision for a single mother and small business owner. I was informed by concerned citizens in the grocery store line that people would avoid me like the plague; that I would loose business, and that all together it was best if I kept my opinions to myself. 

But when I met Patti Borger her authenticity and honesty were permeable. When I took it a step further and learned of her platform I was instantly committed. Once I got to know where she stood on education, our seniors, the local economy and the environment there was no way I was going to sit in the corner and allow anyone with half the chutzpah of this courageous business woman and leader to influence my decision.

Like Patti, I also deeply care about our children, seniors, our environment and the status of our local economy.  It wasn't hard but I did some research on the current person holding the seat
Patti is passionately campaigning for.  All of the answers I needed were in black and white.
After seeing with my own eyes how funding was cut for education and doctors were silenced for speaking out against medical issues their patients were having because of fracking by legislation in favor of the gas industry I was infuriated.

I did not want to leave any of the issues fate up to (that guy) or politicians
who have a reputation for siding with big business and special interests.
So I gladly joined the volunteer brigade unsure of what would happen next.

Enter my marketing resume and cheerleading career. Sprinkle that with a dash of social media wizardy along with my effortless smile as I passed the good word of Patti Borger on to all within earshot.
Campaign momentum picked up as did likes on Facebook.  Patti's opponents interest in her campaign naturally followed as did some pretty old school political bullying tactics.
Stolen photos from Patti Borger's social media pages as well as her website started popping up photo-shopped.
False accusations and rumors started right on time.  I learned about this in my public relations course and fully expected it to happen.  But then TV ads and mailers came out with misleading political information endorsing the incumbents failed policies and statistics.  They also focused on complete character assassination of Patti instead of the issues of my neighbors.

Relief washed over me; I had made the right choice in Patti Borger.

Yesterday - I got to stand in front of local media cameras representing the candidate I have dedicated my time to.  A protest gathered in front of headquarters because Patti would not debate on a media platform with a thick reputation for editing content from parties they did not support.  What sickened me the most was the people who gathered attacked us personally calling us idiots, poking fun at our clothes.  To make matters worse, Patti agreed to answer questions pertaining to campaign issues in a forum setting proposed by The Times News just days earlier.  Heffley agreed ONLY if it were to be filmed.  He canceled hours prior to the event.  But none of this information was circulating the rabid protest crowd as they stood and called us liars.
WATCH an unedited video of this here.

Keeping to the high ground - we offered them coffee and donuts for their time.

Patti Borger's volunteers are some of the most incredibly dedicated people searching not only for truth but justice for the community of 122nd District.  I am so glad that I did not let the fear of those who warned me not to get 'too political' stand in my way.
To be complacent is to be dead in the water.  Not being complacent introduced me to people here sharing the same values for community as I. #Happyplace
This whole journey and experience has proven to me that integrity and honesty are values I will never shy away from no matter what the issue.
It confirmed that when people are desperate and scared they resort to low level tactics like bullying and lies at no cost to make a point or win.  To be very honest; I'm tired of not only politically inclined but all sociopaths raping the public with special interest lobbying. I have enough experience with bullies to know that I can't take another moment on them and I am weary of local news outlets who ask first why you didn't take an add out then berate you with conservatively biased questions as corporal punishment.
Still, truly, after all this, I believe people deserve better.

Finally, it made me realize that leading by example is not complacent it's leaving a great example not only for my daughter, my customers, and my community but also for the people who said, I shouldn't.

If you'd like to know more about Patti Borger before voting tomorrow click here.

Cheers to our nations democracy.

Mick G.

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