The struggle within

 

Daily Prompt: Detonate

It is building up more and more each day

Those unspoken words you refuse to say

Hoping silence would make those feelings go away

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The pain is more than you can bear

But you sit there refusing to share

Your heart is so dear

You’re afraid it would tear

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Don’t be controlled by your fear

There are still people out there who care

Denial will only help your spiral

As the pressure builds, it will slowly spill

Into your life causing strife

Even forcing you to question your life

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Whatever is consuming you inside

You can no longer run from or hide

Because like a grenade you will detonate

Leaving your surroundings desolate

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You can prevent this

This explosion or possible implosion

By healing the corrosion

The corrosion of the mind, body and spirit

You know the one you’re struggling with

It’s time to stand up and face it

Because running you will never shake it.

 

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We have two choices

Daily Prompt: Radiate

Radiate such a powerful word full of meaning

To love? or To hate? They both can make you feel like screaming

Emotions so pure and real

Even if we didn’t want to

We can’t help but feel

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Being apart of this world can sometimes be surreal

What do you do when the world sucks all your energy inside

And the only thing carrying you is your pride

Dig deep and steady your feet

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Battling hate with hate will only depreciate

What people have grown to appreciate

Make no mistake

Allowing yourself to become overrun by hate

Is not like eating cake or finding your soul mate

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There is no real joy or pleasure

Just coldness and bitterness beyond measure

So when you feel yourself filling up

I suggest a deep breath

And ask that you not give up

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Don’t let go of the love you have

Don’t let go of what might be your last chance

Not everyone gets a second chance

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Let the love you have radiate like the light that it is

So much so that you can’t help but give

Let love radiate from you core

So the world can see

YOU are so much more.

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Grateful

 God used three amazing people to do his work

What I’m about to tell you is no joke

When I saw the miracle I almost choked

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I had a financial dilemma

That would take all I could muster

With little time to acquire

There was no doubt that I had to deliver

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With no clear path in sight

I prayed to God with all my might

That he would help me with my plight

Less than one week later, I sing praises to my maker

He touched the hearts of a chosen few

And now I don’t have to feel blue

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They came through for me and I didn’t ask

They came through for me and it was fast

God used them to remind me

That no dilemma is bigger than HE

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These three people know who they are

Their simple gift made me shine like a star

May God keep you safe

Wherever you are

Thank you!

God will find a WAY to get you what you NEED. Don’t lose HOPE.

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If you knew…

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If you knew that special day

When you would have to go away

Away from all that you hold dear

Do you think your loved ones would care?

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If you knew that special day

Could you put aside your pride?

And show them who you are inside

Opening up your heart so wide

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If you knew that special day

Would there be anything special you’d like to say?

Or wished you said a different way

But let your emotions get in the way

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If you knew that special day

Would you live your life differently?

No longer sad or depressed

Constantly worrying about all the mess

Carrying the weight of the world on your chest

Or would you’ll finally take some rest?

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No one knows that special day

When each of us will fade away

So let us make a promise today

To LIVE each and everyday

Cherishing each other and making time for one another

Taking it one day at a time

We’ll see the MOST precious gift we have is TIME.

 

 

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Health and Wellness Fridays: Oranges

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today we are going to be squeezing some of the goodness out of the fruit most of us know as an orange.

Oranges originated thousands of years ago in Asia. Today, oranges can be found in various parts of the world.  Some of the largest commercial producers of oranges include the Brazil, United States, China, India, and Mexico.

Oranges are round, pulpy flesh fruits that are orange in colour.   Oranges are rich in vitamin C.  They are also a very good source of dietary fiber. Oranges also provide a good source of vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium.

There are many different varieties of oranges.  They are however, classified into basically three categories:

  1. Sweet orange or (citrus sinensis) – some popular varieties include: Valencia, Navel,  Jaffa and Blood oranges.
  2. Bitter orange or (citrus aurantium)– some well-known varieties include: Bouquet de Fleurs, Chinotto, and Seville.
  3. Mandarin orange or (citrus reticulata) – have a more flattened look. Some popular varieties are known as tangerines and include: Clementine, Honey and Satsuma.

Oranges are more than just a tasty snack.  They do more for us than just provide vitamins and minerals.  Some researchers have highlighted some other potential health and beauty benefits of using oranges.  Let’s take a look.

Some potential health and beauty benefits include:
  1. Antioxidant protection
  2. Immune support
  3. Lower blood pressure
  4. Fight cancer – prostate cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer  and even colon cancer
  5. Prevent kidney stones
  6. Lower cholesterol
  7. Protect against cardiovascular disease
  8. Prevent ulcers
  9. Reduce the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  10. Aid in digestion
  11. Prevent diabetes
  12. Brain development
  13. Aid in weight loss
  14. Fight viral infections
  15. Support bone and teeth health
  16. Improve vision
  17. Mild Aphrodisiac
  18. Improve blood circulation
  19. Reduce bad breath
  20. Maintain elasticity and strengthen arteries
  21. Reduce chronic inflammation
  22. Rejuvenate the skin
  23. Treatment of acne
  24. Remove blackheads
  25. Treatment of dark spots and blemishes
  26. Skin whitening properties
  27. Anti-aging benefits
  28. Good hair conditioner
  29. Stimulate hair growth
  30. Treat dandruff

Some possible health risk include:

  1. Beta-blockers, a type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. Oranges are high in potassium and should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.
  2. Consuming too much potassium can be harmful for those whose kidneys are not fully functional. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal.
  3. Those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruit, however individual reactions vary.
  4. Excessive consumption of the juice can cause tooth decay or wear away tooth enamel due to its sugar and acidic content.

How to use oranges?

  1. Insecticide sprays are widely applied over most crops and orange crops are no exception unless they are organically grown. Therefore, it is recommended to wash the fruits in cold running water before use.
  2. Always juice them when they are at room temperature as they will produce more juice when warm.
  3. Rolling the orange under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice.
  4. If your require orange zest for your skin or a recipe, try to use organically grown oranges since most conventionally grown fruits will have pesticide residues on their skin and may be artificially coloured.

In closing, the potential benefits to be derived from oranges are amazing. However, I recommend using it in moderation rather than in isolation.  Remember, it is our overall diet and eating patterns that will help us prevent disease and achieve optimal health.  Cheers!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

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Growing Self Blogger Award

Today I am honoured and humbled to be nominated for this new award called the “Growing Self Blogger Award”.  This award was created by the amazing and talented Roda from Growing Self.

What is The Growing Self Blogger Award?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda  – Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

I am honoured to nominate the following five bloggers:

  1. Growing Self
  2. Cheila
  3. Doni W
  4. Mbalenhle
  5. havau22

I nominated you because….

Growing Self –  you inspire me with your words and pictures to “be still” and appreciate the beauty that is not only around me but within me. I love the way you see the world through you camera lens and appreciate that I get to experience a little of it with you. Thank you.

Cheila – the beauty about you is that you inspire me without even trying. 🙂 You inspire and motivate me to get things done. Thank you for that.  Over the past few months, I have seen tremendous growth both in you as a blogger and your blog.  As you continue to navigate through the challenges that come know that we are here to support and encourage you.

Doni W– you seek to motivate and inspire. Your unique blogging style brings your topics to life and I appreciate that.  Thank you for being who you are and sharing your insight.

Mbalenhle – you comes across to me as a down-to- earth young woman that speaks her mind.   You share your thoughts about various life issues and always leave readers with things to think about. I enjoy your ‘tell it like it is’ approach.   You encourage me to keep it real.  Thank you.

havau22 – I have come across various posts from you that force me to look within myself and ask some tough questions and even take corrective action where necessary.  I am a grateful for that.  Thank you.

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process.  By nominating the above blogs, I am able to show my appreciation and thanks for all  that you do. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…

Thanks again, Roda!

I Refuse

Hi guys, I could not turn in for the night without getting this poem out of my head. Hope you like it!

I refuse to be still

As you seek power over my will

I refuse to be quiet when there’s so much to say

Can’t stay silent another day

I refuse to be the victim

So that kind of thinking

I’m definitely changing

I refuse to do nothing

When I know I can do something

I refuse to accept mediocrity

As this limits who I can truly be

I refuse to let you steal my joy

Playing with it like some sort of toy

I refuse to give your negative words meaning

It’s my happiness you’re intent on stealing

I refuse to believe the lies you’ve told

In an effort to corrupt my soul

I refuse to be anyone but me

Because even in my imperfection

My life still has direction

So long as I have purpose

I will continue to focus

So you do you

And I’ll do me

In the end

I will still be free.

 

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