Silence Is A Blessing.

by Jeremy Michaels

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I’m a highly social person. If you’ve ever met me, or seen me out, I’m sure you know I’ve never lacked social skills. I’m the polar opposite of shy. Tying into my last point, I’m so social, that it’s almost as if I judged my worth, not by what people said or thought about me, but the response. I hate to sit there alone awkward. I love to communicate and I love getting to know people. But by temporarily removing myself from all social stimulus, I had a lot of “me” time. A lot of quiet time to sit and work, think, analyze, and reflect. It was hard to get used to the silence, until I realized silence is a blessing. The irony of silence is that it screams so loud and echoes even louder. You can step outside in a crowded street and be anyone you want to be, but when you’re alone, it’s just you and your thoughts. And with that, the truth always comes out. Don’t believe me? Turn your phone off at 5pm and don’t talk to anyone until the next day and stay off the internet. The hours crawl by, and you’re forced to look at yourself internally. You can try and block it out, but in the silence, your true self screams at you. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing, but it is a necessary thing. The silence tells you the truth…always. It tells you the things you worry over aren’t important. It also tells you the things you claim to be over, the things and feelings you claim to have buried and suppressed are actually still there, deep, and they won’t leave until you deal with them. I’m convinced we suppress so many feelings and thoughts to the point that if we let them go and dealt with them, we’d all lose 10 pounds. I’ve learned silence is a blessing. With all this great technology and means of communication that we spends thousands of dollars on, the priceless silence that God offers us is such a great blessing if you let it be.

The Past vs. The Future.

by Jeremy Michaels

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We can’t change what happened in the past, we can only handle what’s going on in the present. The best way to live life is to leave your past behind you and learn from your experiences and mistakes. The worst pain is forcing yourself to suffer today just because you aren’t strong enough to let go of yesterday. Let what was go so you can let what is be. Let go of the things you can’t control and take charge of the things you can control. Learn from yesterday but don’t live in yesterday. Your past is not an embarrassment, it’s an emblem. It’s a sign of what came to overcome you, but you instead overcame it. If you don’t get over your past, you’ll keep reliving it. And you don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there. The rearview mirror is only good for quick glances. If you must look back and reflect, do it after you’ve reached your destination. Seasons in life which have caused us pain, fear, anger, resentment, or disappointment become our greatest set backs when we hold on to them. The only time you should look back is to see how far God has brought you.

Never dwell on the past! You’ll miss out on the gifts of the present while jeopardizing your future. When your past calls, let it go to voicemail because it got nothing new to say. No matter how much you visit your past there is absolutely nothing new to see. Look forward and create new beautiful todays and tomorrows. Don’t mourn the past, celebrate your victories. Celebrate your present and your future. Yes it hurts, but you’re still alive and life goes on. Your future is too BIG and your time is too limited. It doesn’t matter what happened before because you know what’s happening now. Be too focused on your now to dwell on back then.

Everyone has a past, the problem is most people are comfortable still living in it. If you carry bricks from the past into the present, you’ll always build the same house. The best way to limit yourself is to put your past on you. Nothing holds people back more than feeling the need to look back or think back. Some people are so bent on trying to prevent what happened before from happening again, that they can’t enjoy today. The past is all some people trust. But just because they aren’t moving forward in their lives doesn’t mean you have to stand still with them. Don’t allow anybody to put things on you from the past that you’ve already let go of. Keep the useless stuff in the past. The wrong people, the problems, the negativity, the pity parties, all of it. Your future deserves better than that. And remember the people with the worst pasts can create the best futures. It’s all about your mindset. There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. Focus on what’s ahead of you for a better you. You can’t look back and try to move forward at the same time.

Stop cheating on your future with your past! Don’t let how you view your past be the reason why your vision is clouded in the present. Don’t kill your progress looking back on what you had or what you did. In order to get through and get over, we must all move forward. If you let the fears of an ugly past block you from the possibilities of a beautiful future, you’re not just settling, you’re losing in life. You have to break your past mentality in order to maximize your present ability. Watch the places you allow your mind to wander. Don’t let certain seasons of your life define your whole lifetime. You’ll never know how far forward you can go if you’re still looking behind you. You can’t start the next chapters of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

Do you talk and think more about your past or more about your future? Your answer says a lot about where you’re headed.

The Most Important Skill To Master In Life.

by Jeremy Michaels

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If you’re like me, you are constantly learning new skills — cooking, gardening, carpentry, pizza-making, languages, sports, and so on. And I think this is wonderful thing to do.

But what’s the most important skill? That’s debatable. I think compassion is a huge one, as is mindfulness. I’d go with those two any day of the week. But if I had to pick just one, it would be this: learning to be happy with yourself or loving yourself. That seems too simple, too mushy and new-agey. And I’ll grant all of that, but I stand firmly by my pick.

Why? The answer has to do with how this one thing can affect everything else in your life. If you are not happy with yourself, or your body, you become insecure. You think you’re not good enough. You fear being abandoned and alone. You do lots of other things to compensate, and these lead to problems.

So many of the problems people have stem from this one thing — being unhappy with themselves (often in the form of being unhappy with their bodies). Let’s take a look at why, and then look at some ideas of how to master the skill.

WHY IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING:

Let’s say you’re unhappy with your body. You think you are too fat, or too skinny, or your butt is too small (or too big). Or your boobs are too small, or your pecs aren’t big enough. Your stomach is flabby, or loose, or covered in stretch marks. Your thighs are too thick. Your hips are too wide, or too narrow. And the list goes on and on.

We’ll get into why we’re unhappy in a minute, but for now, just imagine the unlikely scenario that you’re unhappy with your body. What does that do to you? Well, you might be envious of other people (who, you know, are also unhappy with their bodies). You might be worried that you’re not attractive enough to meet someone, and therefore sabotage your chances for a relationship. If you’re in a relationship, you might think your boyfriend/girlfriend will leave you for someone more attractive. You might then act jealously, and do things out of this jealousy that actually leads to your partner being unhappy, and possibly eventually leaving you.

If you’re unhappy with your body, you might not want to look at it. You might obsessively undereat, and then binge eat, and then feel worse about yourself. You might avoid exercise because you don’t want to even think about the problem. You might eat junk food to comfort your bad feelings, and then make the health problems worse.

You might have anxiety about all of this, about your body, your health, your girlfriend leaving you. Then you eat more to assuage the anxiety, and it gets worse. Or you shop to make yourself feel better, and you get deeply in debt and your life fills with clutter. Or you drink alcohol or numb yourself with marijuana or other drugs or television so you don’t have to think about all this.

At work, you’re unhappy because you aren’t confident about yourself or your body, so you don’t do the things that require confidence and that would further your career. You might not leave your work to find work you’re more passionate about, because you don’t think you’re good enough. Even at the work you’re in, you do what you can to not think about the unhappiness you have, so you procrastinate with social networks, games, and other diversions.

There’s much more that’s possible, but you get the idea. Not everyone has all of these symptoms, but they’re possible for anyone. Many of our problems stems from this one problem, and fixing it can change everything.

That’s why, if you have a finite amount of time to learn (and we all do), investing that time into learning this one skill can pay off in many many ways. It’s the most important skill you can master.

WHY ARE WE LIKE THIS?:

If this is so bad, why are we like this? How did it get this way? Well, there’s no one answer. It’s a building up of lots of reasons, including:

  • Mass media. We see beautiful celebrities with perfect faces, stomachs, thighs, abs, chests and asses all over the place — on the internet, on TV and movies, in magazines. Everywhere. They’re celebrated as the pinacle of our society, and we all want to be them in some way. They’re not real, of course — they’re photoshopped, make-upped, did upped in so many ways that what we see is an illusion. We’re comparing ourselves to an illusion. But even if they were, why would we need to be like them? Why can’t we be like ourselves, and let that be the ideal?
  • Comments from others. Friends, family members, co-workers, even spouses might make a seemingly innocent comment about our butt or boobs that makes us feel bad about ourselves. These comments are small but hit our self-esteem very hard. They’re not really about us, though, even if we almost always take them to heart. They’re about the other person, who is having a bad day, or jealous of you, or projecting their own insecurities on you, or comparing you to the mass media celebrities they idolize for no good reason. See these comments for what they are, and don’t take them to heart.
  • Childhood incidents. In childhood, perhaps our parents made some comments about us that made us feel bad. Perhaps our parents got a divorce, or our dad was never around — if dad left mom, maybe that meant she wasn’t good enough for him, and by extension maybe I’m not good enough for someone else? If dad left, maybe it’s because I wasn’t good enough for him? This might sound like psychological mumbo-jumbo, but it’s real. Countless of people experienced this. We shouldn’t let childhood incidents rule our lives, we should be aware that it’s there, and learn to deal with it.
  • Failures. Perhaps we’ve made some mistakes and failed at some things we tried to do. Honestly, everyone does, but when we do it, we take it to heart. It makes us feel bad about ourselves — we’re not disciplined, we’re not good enough. This leads to further failures, further hurting our self-image.
  • Health problems. While having thick thighs or a bit of flab on the tummy is nothing to feel bad about — love how you look! — a completely separate problem from how we feel about our bodies is the health of our bodies. We tend to mix them together. Being fat makes us feel bad about ourselves, for example, but really they can be separated. We can feel good about our bodies but realize that being overweight can lead to heart disease and diabetes down the road, so it only makes sense to lose some weight. Not because we want to look like a celebrity and feel better about ourselves, but because we want to be healthy. Being healthy, by the way, can help your self-image, and even though I said they can be separated, this is one positive benefit from conflating the two that you should accept happily.
  • Spiral of negative thoughts. One bad thought leads to another, and then another, until we have a bundle of bad thoughts that become our self-image. This negative self-image can affect everything we do. But this self-image and these bad thoughts are not us — they are things that happen within us, but we don’t have to let them become us. We can cope with them, and turn them into positive thoughts, into gratitude, into happiness.

These are just a few reasons. In fact, so many things affect our self-image that it’s impossible to list them all, but it’s good to start to be aware of them, so we can cope with them.

HOW TO MASTER THE SKILL:

Let’s say you’ve accepted my premise that learning to be happy with yourself (let’s call it “love yourself”) is the most important skill to master. How do you get started?

The simple answer is practice. The complicated answer is that it takes awhile, because our self-image wasn’t formed overnight and it won’t be changed overnight. That’s OK. Just focus on this moment, and you’ll learn as you go.

I can’t give you a complete guide to learning to love yourself, as that would take a book, and I’m still learning myself, but here are some tips for starting out:

  1. Become aware of your mental movie. You have a movie (perhaps a series of them) that you play inside your head about yourself. Usually we aren’t aware of this, but it happens, throughout the day. The movie is about who we are: you have a flabby stomach, you are fat, you are too skinny, you aren’t disciplined, you aren’t lovable, your braces look weird, you aren’t good at anything. Start to pay attention when this movie plays it affects everything you do. Realize that this movie isn’t you, it’s just playing in your head. Realize that it isn’t true, and isn’t based on reality. Realize that it can be changed.
  2. Start to make a new movie. This new movie will replace that play-out old one that keeps running in your theater. It will be a Michael Bay production, with a gorgeous lead actor (hey, that’s you!), great visual effects, lots of excitement except with more character development and a lot smaller budget. Let’s base this movie on reality, not fears from childhood or illusions of celebrities or comments from others. Instead, it should be based on the fact that you are a good person, wonderful even, who is loving, kind, beautiful and passionate. This might not be what you think about yourself, but let’s make the movie like this anyway. Ask other people why you’re lovable (people who are likely to give a kind answer). Use these images in your new movie. When negative images start coming up, cut them out and tell them they have no place in your production. Put better images in.
  3. Consciously play the new movie. Learn to recognize the flicker of the old movie starting, and shut it off. Put the new movie in the projector instead, and play it. Practice this like it’s your new religion. You will get better with constant practice. Put up reminders all around you so you don’t forget.
  4. Learn mental judo. There will be things coming in all around you that will try to attack your new movie. Comments from friends, celebrities on TV, things you see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. When they are hurtling towards you, learn to lean to one side and let them whiz by. Give them a small shove, with a thought like, “That comment is not about me, it’s about you.”

You are already perfect. You just need to realize it. You don’t need anything to solve this problem, you already have it. You just need to practice, like it’s the most important thing in your life, because in many ways, it is. Be happy about yourself. Love yourself. Know your self-worth.

Is Love Really Hard Or Are People Just Difficult?

by Jeremy Michaels

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Where does the spark and infatuation from the beginning go? It’s crazy how quickly you can go from being excited to talk to a person to feeling like you’re forcing the conversation. The quality time turns into “I was working” and the consistent communication becomes “I don’t know”. When does “I hate to see you leave” turn into “it hurts too much to stay?” Maybe we’re all guilty of taking things for granted, or letting our fears stop us from taking certain chances. Maybe we think we can make love appear when it’s convenient, or maybe we don’t realize the effort required to keep a good thing good. Maybe we think happiness is something that just finds us, instead of being something we work for and choose to have. And maybe that’s why we all get it wrong so often.

It’s amazing how fast things change. You go from laughing about anything to arguing about everything. You have to go through the emotions, wondering if they’re real, if they really care, or if they’re going to run when it’s rough. You want to give more of yourself to somebody but it’s hard these days because you just never know if you’ll get anything back. You think you have it all down. You do the little things that count, you stay consistent, but somehow it just doesn’t add up. Maybe the problem is that we expect the love to be magical before we become magicians. Or could it be that we’re all just better breakers than builders. We’d rather have feelings we can throw away and “love” that’s disposable.

Reality is tough. There’s no “perfect” person for you. The “one” for you will be the one you’re willing to unconditionally work for. Every life issue is a lesson that positions us to grow and learn more from. We must put the work in or it will downfall. People only want what’s easy and convenient for them, that’s why what they get never lasts. Everybody wants to be fought for but nobody is willing to fight. She loves the butterflies but she avoids beginnings because she hates having to start over. He’s tired but he’s so used to the chase that he’s scared to stop running.

Makes you wonder… is love really hard or are people just difficult?

 

What’s Next?

by Jeremy Michaels

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One of the hardest parts about life is figuring out what’s next? It can get uncomfortable knowing you don’t belong where you are and having no idea of where you need to go. It’s extremely rough when everybody tells you your life should go from A to B but you don’t know what B is. However, it’s on you to find what’s for you. Only you decide what you want out of life. You should never make life decisions based on what people say you should do or should have. You should live in the favor of you and decide out of your own heart. Then go get it!

You can’t get trapped into what you don’t know how to do today. What you can learn to do will always be more important than what you know how to do. You can’t get blocked by what you don’t see in front of you right now. Faith is believing that your learning experiences will guide you to places your eyes have not seen and ears have not heard. You don’t begin to find anything until you start seeking it. Nothing just comes to you. The laziest most popular motto is “if it’s meant to be, it will find me.” That’s a destructive fallacy. What you attract is a product of your energy mixed with your desires. Don’t let the energy you put off block the desires in your heart. Observe, listen, choose, and act. You’re alive so start existing and do something of purpose. No matter how far wrong you go, if you learn the principles and gain wisdom, you can always turn around. Don’t just sit around negatively over thinking about what you can’t do and what you don’t know how to do. Seek it, find it, learn it and pursue it. What’s next for you is whatever you want to be next. You’ll learn from the bad, embrace the good, and be better because of it all.

10 Signs Of A Healthy Relationship.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Understanding what creates healthy relationships can help you make changes that lead to new heights of love, intimacy, happiness and fulfillment. No relationship is perfect, but here are 10 standard elements that should exist in all healthy relationships. Here are 10 signs of a healthy relationship:

1 – There is mutual respect between partners. A true sign of a good relationship is mutual respect between partners. It means that you respect each others individuality and make the most of your differences.

2 – You trust each other. Each partner has faith in the other to be emotionally available when needed and you feel a genuine sense of safety and security in the relationship.

3 – You appreciate each other. Both of you feel appreciated in the relationship and neither you or your partner feel unappreciated or taken for granted. You praise each other, offer compliments and use creative ways to show you care.

4 – You can be honest with each other. In a healthy relationship, both partners display honesty and integrity from the start and maintain it throughout the course of the relationship. This means being honest in everything, and not telling those little white lies that can lead on to bigger, and more defining lies.

5 – You support each other. In a healthy relationship, each person is interested in what the other is doing and there is a balance between giving and taking. Both partners are available for each other in a time of need and there to make each other better.

6 – You can spend quality time apart. In a healthy relationship, you shouldn’t feel suffocated or controlled by your partner. Healthy individuals have their own friends, family members, interests and opinions outside the relationship. This also means having a relationship of balance.

7 – You have a good sex life. You’re both okay with how often you have sex, how you have sex, where you have sex, how good is the sex and there’s mutual participation. Sex is not withheld as a punishment and both partners feel safe enough to express their sexual desires without worrying that their partner will force them to do things they’re uncomfortable with.

8 – You manage conflict well. Contrary to what some may think, a healthy relationship doesn’t mean you’re happy 100% of the time. In a healthy relationship, you should be able to resolve your differences without blaming or belittling the other person. Instead of just avoiding arguments, healthy couples know how to handle them when they inevitably do come up.

9 – There is good communication. If you are in a healthy balanced relationship, you should be able to listen to your partner and be able to support them without letting your own feelings get in the way. Both partners share details of their daily lives to strengthen their emotional bond and spend time together and learn about each other’s thoughts and ideas. Communication and understanding each other is key.

10 – You truly feel happy. In a good relationship, both the partners are happy to be with each other and enjoy the relationship. You in love with each other, you laugh and have fun together, and you don’t feel like you are pretending, or that you should be someone other than who you are.

You Are Your Experiences.

by Jeremy Michaels

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When you live with criticism, you learn to condemn.
When you live with hostility, you learn to fight.
When you live with fear, you learn to be apprehensive.
When you live with pity, you learn to feel sorry for yourself.
When you live with ridicule, you learn to feel shy.
When you live with jealously, you learn to envy.
When you live with shame, you learn to feel guilty.
When you live with encouragement, you learn confidence.
When you live with tolerance, you learn patience.
When you live with praise, you learn appreciation.
When you live with acceptance, you learn positivity.
When you live with approval, you learn to like yourself.
When you live with gossip, you learn to judge.
When you live with fairness, you learn justice.
When you live with recognition, you learn to be proud.
When you live with expectations, you learn disappointment.
When you live with sharing, you learn generosity.
When you live with honesty, you learn truthfulness.
When you live with loyalty, you learn commitment.
When you live with consideration, you learn respect.
When you live with money, you learn greed.
When you live with belief, you learn faith.
When you live with peace, you learn happiness.
When you live with love, you learn to love.

How to Love the Job You Hate.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I hate my job?” Perhaps you have been guilty of speaking those words yourself. I know I have, so this blog is my own lesson as I practice what I preach. I want to caution you to be mindful of the words you speak and understand the power behind what you say.

The dictionary defines “hate” as an intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility. However, there is a spiritual element to it as well. Hatred allows a seed of bitterness to be sown in you and affects your ability to influence others in a positive way.

Here are some things you can do in order to learn to love the job you hate:

1 – Stop Complaining. If you are to the point of saying you “hate” your job, I am sure you are not the only one who knows how you feel. Complaining is an attempt to solve what you perceive to be a problem. However, complaining has never solved anything. Stop complaining and start looking for ways to improve the situation.

2 – Identify Selfishness. Hatred is in direct contrast to love. Hatred also is very strongly related to selfishness. When you allow yourself to be rooted in hatred towards your job situation, you become selfish and only focus on what you want. You begin to neglect your co-workers, family, and others who depend on you. Identify areas where you are being selfish and get rid of that bad behavior as soon as possible.

3 – Be Thankful. You’ve heard it before and I will say it again, be thankful that you even have a job in the first place, especially in this economy. Period. There are millions of people who would gladly take your place. If you need help understanding how grateful you should be, volunteer a few hours of your time at the local homeless shelter, check the recent unemployment numbers as they’re skyrocketed more than ever or spend a night sleeping out on the street (I am very serious) and then thank God for the job you have.

4 – Seek to Add Value. Instead of using your energy to find things you hate, find things on your job that you can improve; find people you can help! Find great ways to use your hidden skills and talents. You might just be amazed at the great opportunities that exist within your company that you don’t even know about. Go to work with a positive perspective.

5 – Read. Too many times people are trying to rush from one opportunity to the next, thinking the grass is greener on the other side. You’re saying you hate your job, but the reality is, you have not done what it takes to elevate to the next level. Have you taken advantage of your company’s continuing advancement or education benefits? Do you read or do online training to learn new skill? You may “feel” like you hate your job, but you could only hate the fact that you feel so limited. Your job does not determine your knowledge level. YOU DO! Take initiative and learn!

6 – Deal with Your Fears – Many times “hatred” for a job is really anger about your employment situation. That anger is covering deeper rooted fears. You may be afraid of failing at something. In some cases, you may be hesitant to go for a promotion, because you are afraid of success (that does exist for some people). You may be afraid to compete with others because of deep-rooted insecurities. A lack of mentorship and solid management may not be providing you with the support you need to easily overcome these fears. However, you do not have to depend on your company to help you with those fears. Don’t be afraid to seek the help you need to deal with those issues.

7 – Make friends with your co-workers. Liking and enjoying your coworkers are hallmarks of a positive, happy work experience. Take time to get to know them. You might actually like and enjoy them. Your network provides support, resources, sharing, and caring. Being anti-social is no good. When being friends with your co workers, there’s a less chance for misunderstandings, because the people you work with get where you are coming from. Also you’ll feel more comfortable being yourself and this allows you to think outside the box and develop skill or creativity at work. Last but not least, having co workers know you on a personal level gives you a safe way to vent your frustrations, with an outlet to release your anger or struggles, you will rebound quicker when setbacks at work occur.

8 – Live a life of purpose. It is imperative that we learn to shift our perspectives about our job or jobs. Even if you are in a season of transitioning to a new position or a new company, there are opportunities to develop your character and affect other people’s lives in your current position. If you go work and your only motive is making money, of course you’re going to become negative and hate your job. You must live a life of purpose, and yes that includes your workplace every single day. Take charge of your own professional and personal development and make goals for yourself on and off work. Don’t get trapped in a society box living your life in circles paying bills and overworking. Make sure you’re enjoying life and purposely living in the favor of you.

Choose to be happy at work. Happiness is a choice and it’s all about perspective. You can choose to be happy at work. Sound simple? Yes. But, simplicity is often profoundly difficult to put into action. I wish all of you had the best employer in the world, but, face it, you may not. So, think positively about your work. Dwell on the aspects of your work you like. Avoid negativity, drama and gossip. Find coworkers you like and enjoy and spend your time with them. Develop your skills and talents at work. Your choices at work largely define your experience. You can choose to be happy at work. Live a life of purpose.

Have you ever been guilty of saying you “hate” your job?

 

 

The Truth About The Media.

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Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We as a society are mislead, lied to and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, and these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The media is controlled by powerful corporations just like the government. The media is just as corrupted as the political system, food industry and drug industry. 

The mainstream media is beyond guilty in its inherent bias, corruption, cover-ups, deception and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned directly by 6 major multinational corporations, and through their CEOS and boards of directors they’re connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and banks, governments and elite interests.
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Considering the fact that the average American watches 153 hours of television a month, the influence of these 6 giant corporations should not be underestimated. It’s also important to know that “the media” is also the entire entertainment industry including the movie industry/hollywood, the music industry/radio stations and magazines, newspapers and most online sources of information.

The following are just some of the media companies that these 6 corporate giants own…

General Electric
Bravo
CNBC
NBC Universal
NBC News
MSNBC
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
Oxygen
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
Telemundo
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Trio
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video

News Corporation:
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Beliefnet
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
FX
My Network TV
MySpace
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
STAR TV India
STAR TV Taiwan
STAR World
Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine
Times Literary Supplement Magazine
Times of London
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Studios
20th Century Fox Television
BSkyB
DIRECTV
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
FOXTEL
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
ReganBooks
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands
STAR
Zondervan

Walt Disney:
ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
ESPN Inc.
Disney Channel
SOAPnet
A&E
Lifetime
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Theatrical Productions
Buena Vista Records
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Buena Vista Games
Hyperion Books

Viacom:
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Comedy Central
Country Music Television (CMT)
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MTV
MTV Canada
MTV2
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Noggin
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land
VH1

Time Warner/Comcast:
Home Box Office (HBO)
CNN
Time Inc.
Time Magazine
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CW Network (partial ownership)
TMZ
New Line Cinema
AOL
Time Warner Cable
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
TBS
TNT
America Online
MapQuest
Moviefone
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

CBS Corporation:
CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
CNET
Showtime
TV.com
CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)
CBS Consumer Products
CBS Outdoor
CW Network (50% ownership)
Infinity Broadcasting
Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)
Westwood One Radio Network

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It’s important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined, often covertly and secretly, with the top levels of the government, banks and major corporations who run the entire economy. The board of directors of each of these 6 giant corporations that own and control 99% of the media includes individuals past or presently affiliated with The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the IMF (International Monetary Fund), The Tri-lateral Commission and other political think tank government affiliated institutions.

The goal of the powerful people in control is to keep you brainwashed and televised. That’s why it’s called television.

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We do not live in a democracy, we live in a corporatocracy. The mass media is just another form of population control that the people in power has been using for many years now. They send their messages through the media and entertainment industry and hide their economic crimes and crimes of the foreign policy of our country.

Look up “Operation Mockingbird”. 


Dear, Reader.

by Jeremy Michaels

life-joy

I want more for you than the pain you’ve grown so accustomed to feeling and carrying around. Life isn’t meant for suffering. Life isn’t about disappointments and fears and isolating yourself. Life means so much more than what you’ve experienced up until this point. There’s so much more to learn, so much more to see, and so much more to do. Don’t live your life discouraged, that’s not living at all. Things haven’t worked out perfectly for you because perfection isn’t possible, even excellence isn’t appreciated without mistakes.

Your story, your testimony, your life; it all has more value than you know. We were put here on this earth to be blessings. Greatness isn’t something God only gives to a select few, greatness is in all of us but unfortunately it’s only cultivated by some of us. You are still alive and well enough to read these words for a reason. Whatever happened to you didn’t kill you, it may have hurt, but it wasn’t strong enough to break you so don’t allow it to stop you from moving forward. You are more than your pain. You are more than your heartbreaks. You are more than your mistakes. Your mission on this Earth is not just to survive, your mission is to thrive. Don’t let the world intimidate you and get you to believe that you are behind. You are not behind! In fact, you are exactly where you should be if you’re improving yourself daily. Today, this very moment, is the perfect opportunity to make dreams come true.

Get motivated to do something. If you don’t know what your passion or purpose is, start volunteering your time to finding it. Pick up a book or do an internet search, start actively seeking things that will bring you long term fulfillment, not just temporary happiness. There is no dollar value that can be attached to success. If you’re chasing money you’ll be running in circles the rest of your life and eventually be stuck with unhappiness and struggles. Instead, find something that you’re willing to die for, and then live for it.

When you leave this Earth, will your life be remembered? Will you being alive have meant something to the world? Will people know what was important to you? Will people be better because they knew you? Service is success.You have to believe that there is more to life. You have to be courageous enough to pursue whatever that is for you. You deserve joy, you deserve love, you deserve peace, you deserve happiness. Start giving your time to the things that really matter. Start putting forth the effort to making your dreams a reality. Start appreciating the moments that give your life true value. Start creating a better you.

This world will never be perfect, but it should be better because you exist. I believe in the greatness of your heart and it’s time you start showing the world.