Let's Kick the Can

Henry Thoreau: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  
Well music can not only help soothe the way in this cruel world, but make you really feel better.   

Remember the classic Twilight Zone episode, "Kick the Can?"
In the story, one of the geezers realizes that if they would all just move for the pure fun of it, the joyful feeling of youth would return. They would literally turn into kids again!

As an old geezer myself, I have found out that dancing is a great way to feel like a kid again. Studies have found that dancing is the best physical activity.  Its even helpful with Alzheimer.  Pandora is my favorite way to enjoy it, or even Youtube. Just make sure that you play it loud!  If feeling a bit shy, just lower the curtains to keep you hidden from pesky neighbors!

 and no matter what, remember to Bloom Where You are Planted!

Sick and tired of Alcohol getting you down? Afraid of alcoholism?

Drinking can be a fun way to pass time with friends. However, if for you, the pain is now more than the pleasure; it is the universe's way of telling you that its time to stop.  

The last thing that u want, is to be at your death bed, and feel disgusted  with yourself for missing so many days to hangovers. Health is everything.

Some of these suggestions might help.

1.  Commit yourself 100%.  Why? It does not work half way. You should know because u have been that road before.

You can't be  wishy-washy and expect to stop. It does not work to just cut down. Sorry. You cannot have one foot on your intended path and the other on the old, toxic one.  It does not work.  

This is a fight for the quality of your life. If you were a diabetic, you would not ingest certain things.  There would be no question or half hearted attempts.

2.  Write down your goals.  What would you do with the money and time you save from drinking ?  But be gentle with yourself.  Just baby steps, one day at a time. Waking up without a hangover tomorrow should be goal number one!

3.  Every time you feel weak and fragile, promise your tomorrow self, the one that will get up tomorrow; that you will protect it. The decision you make today will decide what kind of day you will wake up to tomorrow!

4.  Don't worry about what your drinking buddies will say, but please you must be prepared. 

 When they ask "soooo you are not drinking anymore?"  You just smile.
 Take a moment and  Inwardly think to yourself: I am not being deprived of a thing. 

 I drink, coffee, raspberry, mint, green, peppermint tea.  Or i drink chocolate, deliciously tall, frozen, glasses of water with  twists of lemon,... you get the idea. 
However,  out loud just answer "No. Not anymore.."  Do not get into a discussion about it.  You do not have to explain yourself.

Decide what you will drink instead and be prepared to ask for it. This is what you will automatically ask if you go out. (Don't wait til you are out to decide).    Picture how good you are going to feel the next day!
Water has power. Keep a cold glass of water, if possible with a drop of fresh lemon juice.
  • While drinking close your eyes, and say to yourself, “This water energizes my body every time I drink it. I am energized   from the top of my head to my toes.  I only ingest what is best for my body.
Its not your concern to judge  or make anyone change.  If you are a male, please remember that many "manly" men do not drink alcohol.  If alcohol is a problem for you, its a problem for those around you. Do it for them. 

(This is in no way meant to replace professional advice.  This is, been there, done that advice that has helped me.  If your problem persists seek professional help.

If you are still reading this, then you do want to change. Remember that you are never alone.  There is a power that is always with you.


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My Cuban-American Perspective

Should we keep punishing Cuba?  That is a question that some citizens keep asking.  Shouldn't our worry be how to take them into the mainstream and the 21st century without creating a dangerous instability in the small island?

When I was small, my stepfather, a reporter and photographer, wrote about Castro's communist agenda.  Needless to say that soon after the article, he had to flee the country.  I know what communist oppression can be like.  However, how will only going   back help the Cubans living there?

Unfortunately, some Cuban politicians have found a great niche to keep themselves in power.  They love to talk about how we should keep the 56-year- old embargo so that the Cuban government can be punished.  Never mind it has not worked in all those years.

Our president walked a tightrope by going to Cuba. It was not about pleasing the communist government.  It was about bringing hope to these people. He did this just by his visit. New commercial and artistic alliances can only mean that the door is opening wider.   Let's face it. Capitalism sells itself.

Without one single bullet, President Obama has done more than any other president since 1959 just by this visit.

Everyone loves capitalism. It sells itself.  I hope that President Trump does not bring us back to the dark ages again.

On another note, shout out to Ana De Armas, the beautiful and talented Cuban actress. Lets start respecting our young actors more!  They should not have to take off their clothes to be actors.     

  This is a great reminder.  No matter where you are planted. Remember to Bloom.