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*The following piece was originally released April 30, 2015.

 

YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO LIVE ON THE BRIDGE 

Blogging Univ. Writing 101 Day 19


SO darn grateful for a free writing assignment today! I get to write whatever comes to mind, say what I want, say what I feel & how I feel it. The only rules are there are no rules…including my being obsessed with grammar or punctuation.

DOPENESS.
I’m always changing my Twitter profile picture. I bore very easily. It’s a wonder I’ve maintained some things as long as I have. Perhaps it’s my being what they call a ride or die chick, a loyalist or I don’t know….someone you definitely want in your corner. When I rock wit’ ‘chu, I rock hard from the core. I don’t have the energy to rock more than one face so you never have to wonder. If I said it I meant it. And you didn’t have to hear it second hand either.
So what’s the flip side of being ride or die? For those of us who take “enduring hardness as a good soldier” seriously. For those of us who are used to just sticking it out; no matter the toll it takes on us.  From apologizing to strangers about falling behind on Writing 101 assignments to staying in places we shoulda left a long time ago. For us; committing to something comes from a deeper place. It’s why we end up staying with people and doing things…waaaay past the expiration date. You know…that moment when you forget why you even started riding and why you allowed so much of you to die along the way.

We were never meant to live on the bridge. 

A bridge is defined by Dictionary.com as “a connecting, transitional route or phase between two adjacent activities or conditions“.

Just as old habits die hard and addictions are relentless in refusing to let us go, we too have things in our lives that we know we should’ve ended a long time ago. How many nouns; people, places or things, were meant to only be temporary in our lives but we refused to let go?
Nouns that were meant to just “hold you over” until you can climb over? It was a donut but you treated it like a permanent tire. It was meant to be urgent care not chronic care. The Emergency Rooms of life are not meant to fill in the gaps. That relationship was designed to revive you not sustain you…and you know it. So why are you settling? Why DON’T you deserve better than that? Why can’t it be your turn?
Why not you?! Shoooot why not me?!

My disclaimer is I’m not telling you to quit your job today. I’m not telling you to serve your spouse with divorce papers or move across country. ‘Cause wherever you go…there will there you will be. Everyone can’t be wrong, it just might be you. It makes no sense to have to take the same life test all over again in another location. Maybe…just maybe, some things are reoccurring because you just need to deal with it.
You were never meant to live on the bridge.
YOU know where you are and YOU know if you stayed too long…
Peace,
e
++To read the original “un-tweaked” piece click here.

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*The following is a never before released vintage piece.

MOTORS OF MOUTHS

She would not shut up.

She just kept talking and talking and talking and talking.

And I admit it. I am an extremely complex person; so I get it. Polite and not a phony bone in my plus size body; but in real time? I keep to myself. Speak to everybody but talk to very few. So in her defense; perhaps my dilated pupils feigned the interest I did NOT have. Eh. The perks of being one of those newfangled, quirky, super guarded, friendly and from time to time; super talkative introverts. Mixed signals? Don’t judge me. 

So anyway I couldn’t figure out why I wanted her to shut up. Mind you, “shut up” is a phrase I’m not fond of unless I’m using it in jest (cue urban vernacular). She was smart, articulate, young and vibrant. She was making good, no great points; but yet I grew more and more agitated every time she paused to take a breath AND refueled for another round of her passionate spew-ation-ism! (Hmm…I am so loving that word I just made up. Spewantionism is simply marvelous. Ah let the records show…mine!).

Then it dawned on me…it wasn’t her presentation; it was her content!

She was a serial complainer and in addition to her scattered list of complaints, she was talking about two other people who were not present to defend themselves. I tried, I mean I tried I tell you! Then to boot I was exhausted and as a result my occasional “polite nod and pause, eye squint, head tilt and pause” move didn’t go over very well. Translation: The hints I gave were plummeted by her incessant complaining at full speed.

Complaining. Yeah. Me no likey.

Its official. My tolerance level for negativity and extended periods of fussing is ZERO to NONE, Not interested Ma’am…Sir. I’m just not.

Hmph! Well thanks for listenin’..I’m done.

Oh Lawd…wait. WAIT just a minute…I do believe I just did the same thing she did.

UGH. Are we all forever guilty of this endless cycle? Complaining about a complainer? Thoughts? Talk amongst yourselves.

 

 

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Season 1 Episode 4
Show Description

Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this special Youth and Young Adult episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Award winning performer, founder of the #PowerOfADreamTour and host of GrindHard Radio’s Sade Champagne Show; Sade Champagne, Teen singer/songwriter/poet raising Alopecia Awareness; Kayla Arthur, Teen ASCAP artist and drum prodigy; JD Beck and American Idol Season 14 Top 5 finalist; Tyanna Jones. Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO https://authenticiteespeaks.com/

++Interviews begin at 17:40
 
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Certainly we can relate…but will we admit to doing so? Blogger Sean Mungin reemerges as author of ‘The Thorn In The Flesh‘; a relatable short story of love, life, addiction and redemption. 

The main character Jack asks God the same questions many of us do on a daily basis. If honest however, many a day we feel as though our earnest pleas go unheard. We feel as though no one can relate to our temptations and struggles because others around us seem to have it all together. Well not so my friend! 

The Thorn In The Flesh‘, written with warmth and sincerity, invites us to see and feel compassion through healed human lens. Be sure to get your copy today!

Blessings!💫e of @authenticiteespeaks

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Season 1 Episode 3 Show Description

Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Minister of Music, Singer and Music Consultant; George Ward, Poet & PTSD Survivor; Ilona Gaspar, Single Mom & stroke survivor; Donna Bush and Actor, Producer, and Screenwriter living with Cerebral Palsy; Scott Rolfe. Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO https://authenticiteespeaks.com

++Interviews begin at 20:00

 

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Season 1 Episode 2

Show Description

Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Veteran, Minister and Entrepreneur Min. Sean Mungin; Indie Artist and founder of God Be Big; Keturah Duncan, Singer and Mom raising Autism Awareness; Precious Bruton and Rev. Dionne Boissiere; Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations  Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO  https://authenticiteespeaks.com/
++Interviews begin at 5:10
 
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GOD IS NOT A CRUEL GOD

“He will remember when men forget”. I believe those are the lyrics. I don’t know. Can’t remember. Thought it was an old Rickey Grundy Chorale song but I’m drawing a blank. Anyway I was leaving an encouraging message for my household a few minutes ago in our family group chat via text. Ah the perks of modern technology and drawbacks of working overnights.

The 4 of us; my husband of almost 20 years and our now two young teens have been through quite a bit in the last few years. Pain; though a sign of life, no matter the form or intensity, will either stunt one’s growth or propel it. I believe we’ve experienced both facets of the spectrum. “But God is not a cruel God” is what I ended the voice text with. No matter what we have been through, God has a plan tailor made for us.

God is not a cruel God.

There are some things we say because we believe it and then there are other things we say because we want to believe it. I didn’t say, “God is not a cruel God”.  I mean I said it but I didn’t say it. That was a supernatural declaration that came from the depths of my spirit filtered by yawns and a frustration that my break was ending. I didn’t say it but I knew Who did.

Nope. Not gonna type a laundry list about what we’ve been through. Not gonna drop the names or details of every offender and in what order. Not gonna mention the people who have disappeared off our radar that only resurface if my spouse or I post something they don’t care for and they feel the need to make an (in their eyes) politically correct, spiritually smug unsolicited pseudo rebuke/correction/comment.

Why won’t I provide the gory details? Because it doesn’t matter.

See…what the filtered photos and perfectly orchestrated content on social media at times omit, is that everyone is going through something. Whether they tell you about it or not. Yep. EVERYONE. You tell someone about your 2 blisters and I promise you their 12 bunions got ya beat. Stay focused. Dismiss distractions. Reduce complaining. Allow God to heal the confusion, resentment and bitterness overtaking you. Please.

It’s only hurting you..not them.

Look, you have hurt others too! None of us are exempt, no matter how hard we try, from causing or experiencing pain! Whether it was intentional or not! So be reasonable…pick and choose your battles. Oh and here’s a freebie: everyone that doesn’t keep in touch or doesn’t respond to your texts, calls, emails or hints that only dogs can hear is a horrible person. Did it ever dawn on you that they too are inundated with life and trials of their own? So STOP. There is no sense in forever comparing scars, bumps and bruises when we can spend our time, energy and every ounce of our being encouraging, inspiring and reminding others that they’re not alone. Easier said than done…I know…but may I submit, so worth a valiant effort.

By the wayyou’re not alone Beloved. So if you need someone to talk to, I have a few *hotlines listed below.

In the meantime let’s pray:

God I choose to believe You. No matter the circumstance. No matter who comes and goes. No matter who stays because they haven’t figured out how to leave yet. No matter what the news broadcasts or newspapers withhold. Thank you for knowing all about me and still wanting me. How awesome are you oh God!

I pray for the one reading this right now. Bring comfort and remind them healing comes in many forms. It may be in laughter or in volunteering. Show them how to cope Lord. We have so many questions and yet so few answers Lord. Thank you in advance for peace, provision, healing, restoration and strategy Father. You are not a cruel God and it will all make sense one day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

*National Suicide Hotline (US)
Click here for International Suicide Hotline Numbers
Crisis Text Line (US) If you don’t feel like talking and rather text someone: Text “START” to 741-741
Live Through This Inspiring stories of actual Suicide Attempt Survivors 
The Trevor Project -For Gay & questioning youth

 

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