"Still, in the spirit of our community, I have learned the power of acknowledging that I am indeed a Perfectly Imperfect Perfectionist who serves a Perfect God, Who's always perfecting me."
December is always a particular month for me. Naturally, I enjoy all of the typical things that most people love about the month. The crisp feel of cold weather, the joy of Christmas time, and the pending start of a new year. However, this month is always extra special for me. The month of December carries a few commemorative celebrations that I uniquely enjoy.
"Hate it or love it; there is a fact about us as humans, especially us 'so-called' progressive, and technologically advanced millennials, post-millennials, and Gen Z'ers. We have proven that we sadly believe that we are only as good as we are concluded to be better than someone else."
I'm not sure if you know this or not (and I know you do), but the internet is proving to be bad for your health. Specifically, social media. Even more specific, mental health.
Senior Contributor, Alice G. Walton, composed an article for Forbes called "New Studies Show Just How Bad Social Media is for Mental Health." Within the writing, she outlined specifically how sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter were aiding in the decline of its user's mental well-being. The article talks about several studies done by universities and researchers concerning social media and its impacts on our mental health.
"We’ve entered into a weird space in our society where just about anybody could profess to be an advocate of God, and just about anybody would believe and accompany them."
You’d have to be very out of touch with pop culture to have missed the most recent change in the musical expression of Kanye West.
For a while now, Kanye West has been a roller coaster for his fans and devotees of hip-hop culture. He early amassed a “rock star” following, thanks to his witty lyricism, icon production, and a confidence that would not move. He’s responsible for nine studio albums; he has over 20 million in record sales and over 90 million in digital downloads. Kanye has performed with and produced for artists like JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Talib Kweli, the RZA, and even Janet Jackson. He amplified the career of Twista and introduced us to the roster of G.O.O.D. Music. Say what you want about him, but know that his bust in the hip-hop hall of fame is undoubtedly undeniable.
"However, until we start a dialogue with the uninformed who hope to become allies, I believe it will never be trendy, only tragic."
It has been said that the conversation about “mental illness” in the 21st century, is one that’s become trendy and chic.
Yeah (sigh), okay.
In fairness, I understand why such a thought may exist. I believe this notion stands because for the first time in our western society, conversations about mental health are actually happening, and (even better) they’re accepted. No, we aren’t talking about mental health now because it’s some new phenomenon. Make no mistake about it, I believe that the need to address mental health, has been a real-world matter for as long as mankind has been in existence.
"However, after watching this clip, I came to realize that this new social grace hasn’t been so equally given to individuals in prominent leadership."
It was Saturday morning. I was coming from my son’s flag football game and I was on an emotional high. I was very proud of my guy; he caught every pass directed to him (2 receptions) and he even scored a touchdown. They won their game decisively. In honor of his win, he requested to go to Chik-Fil-A to eat lunch, and to that I was glad to oblige.
As I waited in the line of the drive thru, which by the length you’d think the sandwiches were free, I took a moment to scroll through Twitter to catch up on the “happenings” of the internet.
It’s that cringe feeling of knowing that you allowed an issue to take that much control of you. It’s knowing that you lost sight of who you were and more importantly, “Who’s” you were.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.