“Crabs in a Bucket” by Joseph Vasquez

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Have you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a bucket? If you have, you’d notice that when one tries to climb out, the others will pull it back down. Instead of watching another escape, or better yet, working out a plan for all to escape, they would rather die than see one make it out.

I will never understand why a crab would do this. (I love crab legs, so keep them in the bucket and serve them with butter and lemon) Okay, back to the subject. A lot of people have the crab mindset. Thankfully we don’t live in a bucket, but why is it so hard to support one another? Why would we rather see someone suffering than succeeding?

My theory:  Other’s success exposes our excuses. I’m sure we’ve all heard and said one of the following:

The only reason she got promoted is that she dresses like that.

Of course you have it easier because you’re ___________

I would have made it too, but they don’t like me.

And many, many many.

There’s Injustice in the world, and it’s always going to be. Some people will have to work harder for the same opportunities as others, some people will have to overcome things most people would never imagine going through, but our individual journeys develop our character.

I, for one, am happy when I see other writers succeed because it means there are readers out there waiting to enjoy someone’s work. I love stories of people making it because it gives hope.

We need to stop pulling each other down. If we’re stuck in a bucket, let’s build a ladder that we can all use to get out. I want to sit on the beaches of the world, I want to wake up in Rome and have breakfast with my future wife whenever we feel like it, and I want to see others enjoy that same lifestyle.

 

I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California, the longest I’ve gone without a dog is two weeks, and I’m going to write until I can’t anymore.

“The Princess” by Paul Zinder

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Elegant, radiant, charming, graceful, electric, inspiring, eyes of diamonds, lips of rose peddles, She is pure as fresh snow, an angel beyond comparison, one has to admire her for to many reasons, she holds a room make’s it the reason.

Timeless, funny, caring, and loving, her heart is pure. Glamorous, a muse of her time.

Breath taking, enchanting, cleaver, smart and glowing. Stars shine and move for her. She moves men to peace, inspires, teaches, and more.

Admiration , compassion, sensational, emotions in control, fearless, moving, fire , passion, burning, a star , a light, she burns as the brightest star in the sky, on the darkest of dark nights.

Adored, cheered , revered, showing mercy, dreaming, sparkling, and confidant.

For she is the Princess. Its not just a word, its something to live up to. I am her knight, and would die if I had to. That is the measure of a true women, a true princess. I hope I have done her well to write this.

I grew up In Detroit MI, I Have also been to over 20 states in The US, Windsor Canada, Nice place . I would say my Favorite States I have visited are Louisville Kentucky , and Colorado Springs Colorado. I also Lived in Korea for 6 years. I was in a lot of places, I was in Combat prefer not to say were. I have lived in The Philippines and Guam , that was after I got out of the army. The army gave me a unique perspective in life, and how great we really have it in life seeing a lot of poor places all over the world. There are some great places in the world also and I learned there are a lot of things America could takes notes for and catch up with. I will never understand why we do not have more speed Trains in America for example. I think it would be great for tourism for example here its safe , fun and easy to use.

Am I a feminist? by Joseph Vasquez

NO! A feminist would have put an expletive in front of the no, it’s never right to talk like that in front of a lady.

What I am is a man that believes everyone should be treated equally as far as pay is concerned, and as far as opportunities go. I’m no feminist, I would never belittle a woman by telling her she’s as good as a man. I believe that a woman is meant to be treasured.

I believe women should be empowered to do anything, but men are not to treat them as equals.

The definition of a feminist may have good meanings, but it does more harm than good. Yes, a woman can do anything a man can do, but no, women were not meant to be treated like men.

Let’s look at the story of Adam and Eve, Adam was meant to watch over Eve, not the other way around. Adam was held responsible for taking care of Eve.

A woman deserves to have the door held for her, not because she’s weak, but because she’s respected.

I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California, the longest I’ve gone without a dog is two weeks, and I’m going to write until I can’t anymore.

“The relationship between forgiveness and anxiety” by Joseph Vasquez

Forgiveness is one of the best gifts you can give. If you can truly embrace the meaning of forgiveness and practice it, you will be capable of doing anything with your life. This may sound like an exaggeration but it’s true. Forgiveness is not necessarily for the benefit of the other person, but for your own benefit. We have all been hurt in some way or another, and odds are, you have hurt someone at some point in your life. Pain is a part of life, it’s not fun but it can help us grow.

Holding onto anger and resentment for too long can have an adverse effect on anxiety. How many of us are letting things from years ago still eat us up on the inside? One of the darkest moments in my life was when I was betrayed by a woman that I cared about. I saw her in a compromising position with a married man. This hurt my ego, it almost pushed me over the edge. It took several months for me to want to heal, then one day I decided it was time. The damage was done, and I kept reliving a moment that was tearing me apart.

One day I said: “It’s not my fault” that was the moment I started to heal. There was nothing wrong with me, I feel bad for her, and whatever made her make the choices that she did. She never sought it, but I forgave her, and it was like starting a new chapter

Forgive yourself! Understand that you are flawed, just like everyone else. There was only one perfect Man that ever walked the Earth, and no one will ever come close. Forgive yourself, and move on. Learn from the past, learn from the things that have hurt you. Anxiety is bad enough, don’t give it fuel.

I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California, the longest I’ve gone without a dog is two weeks, and I’m going to write until I can’t anymore.

“Smile” by Paul Zinder

You never know how you can effect yourself with a smile, you never know who or how you will effect with a smile.  Do not smile because you feel you have to people will notice.  Just smile for the sake of having fun. Smile when you see someone that is sick. Smile when you dance in the rain. Smile , live, love laugh.

A smile can go a long way to healing someone or yourself having a bad day. When you see a sick kid smile. When you see something that you enjoy smile.  When you eat that great meal, when you get served that great cup of coffee make sure to smile at the people serving it to.  Imagine you smiled at one person.

Then that person smiles at another and so on. How many people did you just reach out to and effect by just one smile?

I grew up In Detroit MI, I Have also been to over 20 states in The US, Windsor Canada, Nice place . I would say my Favorite States I have visited are Louisville Kentucky , and Colorado Springs Colorado. I also Lived in Korea for 6 years. I was in a lot of places, I was in Combat prefer not to say were. I have lived in The Philippines and Guam , that was after I got out of the army. The army gave me a unique perspective in life, and how great we really have it in life seeing a lot of poor places all over the world. There are some great places in the world also and I learned there are a lot of things America could takes notes for and catch up with. I will never understand why we do not have more speed Trains in America for example. I think it would be great for tourism for example here its safe , fun and easy to use.