Ive learned that you can never judge a book by its cover. You dont know a story until you have heard from all the story characters and even then it is not the whole truth. The people who look the scariest and do mot live by the rules of society turn out to be the greatest, kindest and most honest people - while the ones who look safe and smile friendly can sometimes be the craziest.
The point is you never know until you explore. You never know until you step out on the ledge and see what is really out there. You just never know. Learn to see through the eyes of the soul. ~Will "Story" Rivera
Take some time to be mindful about what you choose to worry about? It probably has no relevance to the here and now. We lose so many moments of our lives worrying and stressing over what will or will not come. Some even worry themselves into sickness. Worry is a very powerful energy but you know what else is? Prayer / meditation / mindfulness. All very powerful practices that utilize the same energy as worry only it serves to bring your mind back to the hear and now. These practices help you to stay focused on what matters now and release what cannot be controlled.
It is perfectly ok to worry. It is very natural process but it becomes disruptive when we allow worry to take over us all day every day. One of the greatest lessons I learned about worry was that "worry was praying for what I don't want". When I realized how much time and energy I was giving in to things that were out of my control I recognized the importance of letting the worry go. I gave into the situations I knew I could not change and accepted that whatever was to come I would meet with a humble heart. There is nothing in this world I cannot handle and I am the master of my thoughts and my feelings.
So with this new mindset I could choose to focus on the things that are in front of me or the experiences that have yet to even manifest. It is always my choice. ~Will "Story" Rivera
You are not me and I am not you yet we are stronger together than we could ever be separately. This world, our world, made up of these various cultures and peoples from all walks of the earth, yet each one to their own vision and way of solving the experiences that see and feel, all problems solved through the eyes of their own soul, you, me us, WE are so different yet we are stronger together than we could ever be alone. This dominating of one world view and annihilation of the differences between us because you believe that one life is more valuable than another. You kill the bee that pollinates and makes blossom the flowers you send to your loved ones, you disregard the tree that breathes life into the very lungs you rely on, chances are you educated yourself in higher education but fail to realize that you cannot even live and utilize that degree if the ants of the world ceased to exist. You cannot even conceptualize how reliant you are on everything that surrounds you yet you choose to create these gender, race and cultural walls, beliefs that one value is better than the next, these policies and rules that will never serve the whole only a few, living life to protect only those who look, feel and agree as you do, failing to recognize that everything on this planet is OURS, everything on this earth is within us, so when you punish one you punish all, you, me us, WE are so different yet we are stronger together than we could ever be alone, it’s through our differences that we become unstoppable. ~Will “Story” Rivera
What is faith, faith is having absolute confidence - anytime we demonstrate faith, we’re relying on something. When you sit in a chair, you’re relying on the chair to hold you up - you never question its integrity or ability to keep you from falling on the floor. When you pour a liquid into a cup I bet you don’t think twice about whether or not it will leak, or when you walk up stairs you never for once think you will fall through. Faith in God means we rely on the unseen and depend on this reliability without hesitation, with full confidence. We seem to give our absolute faith so freely to other things of less importance yet we hesitate when it comes to believing in ourselves, we hesitate and panic at the first sign of tribulations. Having faith means realizing that God has a greater plan and if we just allow that plan to unfold without our manipulation and constant battle to control, we will experience the greatness of the path that lies before us.
Genuine faith is relying on the unseen direction, God's direction. Most often we think we know better. We think we have a better plan or we want to always be in control - we want to use our logic and get to the answer in a way that satisfied our immediate needs and impatience, our confusion and discomfort, we want that which doesn't require risk. But God wants us to grow, so he takes us a different way. Often times the struggle seems impossible, the task may look terrifying, the situation heartbreaking, but with faith we know deep down that no matter what the experience – we are blessed and favored and there is no situation that we will not grow from.
The more we learn to nurture our faith the more we begin to allow God to do the good work for us, we let go of worry and replace that energy with trust. This gives us more time to focus on the things that really matter because we know deep in our hearts that we are always taken care of. ~Will “Story”
You are dying, you are suffering a slow and terrifying death and I do not speak of the kind of end that we all face eventually, I speak of a slow and painful extinction of this beautiful community, one by one you suffocate and drain, the lights are so dim you barely see or feel, you are so numb, so broken, so empty, you suffer this death of happiness and joy, it's unhealed pain and worry, it's needs not being met, love not being shared, love not being accepted, closed hearts and thick walls, protection that shuts all the pain in, so much fear and addiction, it's it's not the crime that you need to be concerned about, the news won't report this mass suicide that is occurring within your own heart, it's not the injustices you think exist, it's your lack of love for life that is killing you, this lack of joy, lack of health, lack of sense of need and you are so needed, so important, you are so loved, so protected, so favored, so worthy, so ready to take responsibility and change the way you think and see, change the way you speak, so ready for this transformation, like the caterpillar who has had enough, you will get sick and tired of being sick and tired and you will bloom and blossom, you will realize that everything you ever wanted is on the other side of your mindset and in an instant everything will change because you demanded so, because you are a child of God and worthy of nothing less, because you refused to accept this life as is, because YOU refused to accept this as it. You have to want this for yourself, there needs to be an awakening, this is a choice not a demand and your the only one who can determine this worth and in my eyes you are so worth it. ~Will "Story" Rivera
Be the voice that encourages not discourages, the positive voice of empowerment not criticism, be that person who believes regardless of what the circumstances look like, the one who never loses faith, be the light that guides and do not lose the taste and feel of your dreams just because of some one else's fears - against all odds and even then Gods hand is always in everything, always blessed, always favored, always making the best of every experience, every hardship an opportunity, life is too short to play it safe, be brave and different, go as far against the current as humanly possible, explore the depths - our mistakes are just lessons not excuses to be afraid, our thoughts should always come from abundance not lack, let go often, think big, dream daily, lose sight of the shore even if you can't swim, face every fear and never stop listening to what your heart says. #Unstoppable. ~Will "Story" Rivera
Will "Story" Rivera
May the words shared from my soul forever serve to Inspire yours.