I Release You

I Release You

Untold Secrets To Joyous Living

"I Release You..."

I'm sure I heard that or read it somewhere, but it has become a very powerful phrase in my life, especially when it comes to living a joyous life.

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My personal reflection time revealed the fact that disappointment and injustice are two things which I respond to with anger. I'm blessed to be able to look back through my life with different eyes and see how this has played out. Not good.

Disappointment hurts. Responding to disappointment with anger leads to more hurt. I have found the power to stop repeating this destructive chain in the phrase, "I release you..."

I;m very specific about what comes after the phrase, including the person and what exactly I am releasing him/her from. I direct the phrase to me about as much as I direct it to others, as I have to release myself from so many unrealistic expectations.

The result is that I smile and laugh more. I am having more fun. Most of all, I am a lot less angry.

It may sound easy, but the difficulty is in recognizing the unrealistic and/or unspoken expectation that, when unmet, is leading to disappointment.

JOYOUS living is different from happy living. I'm not always happy, but I still have joy because I have hope.Hope is future-focused. Fewer, precious seconds of my life are lost due to my misapplied emotional responses.

Keywords: release, joyous living

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I Release You

"I Release You..."

I'm sure I heard that or read it somewhere, but it has become a very powerful phrase in my life, especially when it comes to living a joyous life.

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Oklahoma City Tornadoes Friday May 31 2013

We have been under extreme weather most of the week, but today was like the finale of a fireworks display. We had reports of four different tornadoes moving towards the OKC metro area. The biggest tornado was in El Reno and it was reported to be an EF5 at least 2.5 miles wide. Three other tornadoes seemed to move down I-40 during rush hour with traffic backed up in all directions around the OKC area. One tornado approached the city of Moore, Oklahoma - still devastated by the tornado that hit May 20th. We have been getting flash flood warnings a good part of the evenings as well.

Devastating tornado strikes Oklahoma 31/05/2013 by iPhoneActalidad

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Taekwondo Speed Training

Don't laugh, but I just recently started Taekwondo (TKD) at age 40. I remember growing up watching Jhoon Rhee commercials and wanting to join a karate class, but we just didn't have the money. There I was at 10 years old watching kung fu theater on Saturday mornings and I would see these commercials pop up. "Nobody bothers me" was the tagline that stuck in my head.
Skip ahead some 30 years and now I have my own daughter and it's the first time I walk into a Taekwondo  class. In the beginning, it was all about my daughter learning TKD, getting discipline, learning respect and all that. But while I was watching her in class, I started thinking, "it will be cool to actually do the class with her." So, a few months after we arrived in Oklahoma, I began my first Taekwondo class. Yep, at 40 years old.