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Marcus Lacewell's Famous Cinnamon Buns

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM Comments comments (6)
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Put Your Old Shoes On

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM Comments comments (85)
Different Experiences
Marcus Lacewell
Say you were with a company for 15 or 20 years.  Another person recently joined the company and was promoted over you, while you are still treated as a new employee.  Do you see something wrong with that?  So, why do some parents still treat their children as if they have not had their own experiences for, say, 15 or 20 years.  
Many parents treat their (15, 17, 20, etc. Year old) children as 1 year olds.  Many parents try to use wisdom as a reasoning.  But, wisdom is based on experiences.  So, why try to encourage a child to have new experiences then treat them as they’ve had no experiences.  Then try to make the child try to follow the parent’s experiences.  Many times, the parents wouldn’t even re-live their experiences. (A bad experiences doesn’t happen at one choice, but many previous choices.)
Many parents wonder why their children are drawn to other adults.  (Back to the first scenario.) Even  if the child is 15 or 20 years old, the parents treat them as if they've had no experiences in this world.  While other adults recognize their 15 or 20 years of experience.  What’s odd, to me, is that many parents drew away from their parents for the same things that they do to their children.  Yet, many parents wonder why their child resists.  Or, is it the parent resisting?  Many parents feel that if they struggled, then everyone must struggle.  Unlearn.


Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (7)
Marcus Lacewell
John 8:7 
... They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right,
but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" 
Is your fear bigger than your faith?  Where do your fears exist? Many people say that they are not interested in what others think.  Yet, they mold, subtract and add details, of a situation, to remain blameless, to others.  By doing this, a person is exposing their actual fear.  It is easy for one to say that they are not afraid to walk alone in a valley.  But, most people that say this, usually, try to just hide their fear from others.  Can anyone heal your body?  Can anyone make the sun rise?  Is there anything that God can’t do?  So God is the only one that matters.  We all sin, so sometimes our fear is bigger than our faith.  But, we are not sinners, so we realize our mistakes and return our faith to being bigger than our fears.  This is understandable because we have all been in such situations.  Hopefully, we have all realized our mistakes.  Unlearn.

How Can I Be Better

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM Comments comments (6)
How can I be better?
Marcus Lacewell
Fighters always need something to fight.  Many times, without realizing, the fight that they normally find is a fight with themselves.  Whether it is their old self vs. Their new self, who they wish they were vs. Who they really are or etc.
I’ve been fighting battles all of my life.  Now, I find myself fighting the battle of becoming disabled. As I grow more accustomed to this change, I realize that my past battles were not battles at all.  They were just situations used to develop the tools that I need in order to fight a real battle.
As I think back, my determination and tenacity were always ‘in training.’  Many times I needed them, and used them, but there was never an extreme situation. Now that an extreme situation has occurred, I’m accustomed to ‘calling’ on my determination and tenacity.
Allow your tools to develop.  You never know what tools will be detrimental to future situations. One never knows all of the battles that their future has waiting, so do not be ‘closed’ to new information.  Everyone’s knowledge and impressions are derived from information.  So, new information should update one’s knowledge and impressions.
Let me build a scenario.  A frog is trapped in a well, so it thinks that the whole world is as big as the well.   It's assumptions and beliefs are based on its world.  One day, the frog gets out of the well.  It sees new ponds, real estate, predators, prey, situations, experiences, etc.  Should the frog jump back into the well?  Or, should it update?   Unlearn.


Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (5)
Marcus Lacewell
People say ‘good job, you work hard, you should be proud of yourself.’  But, I’m not, because there are some things that I can’t do.
Though my situation dealt me a losing hand, I still have to play the game.  We all must play this game called life.  Despite my situations, I want to be playing with the best players.  Because this is a desire of mine, I must be able to win in any condition.
I see my disability as an area where I am lacking.  I don’t accept slack from myself, so I am frustrated as long as I am disabled.
The more that I accomplish, the more that I want to accomplish and, therefore, the more that I expect from myself.  I'm still a long way from winning the game, but I'm slowly moving up the ranks.  I have to keep reminding myself that my best is only good for one day.  So, I may have done a good job, in the past, but my accomplishments then is not, and should not, be good for today. Unlearn.

Black Dog Syndrome

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (6147)
Black Dog Syndrome
Marcus Lacewell
Black dog syndrome or big black dog syndrome is a disputed phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark-colored mixed-breed said to be typically passed over by adopters.
The phenomenon may be due to a number of factors, including fear stigma against certain breed types, and the fact that large, black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television.
Some people believe that during the pet adoption process some potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune and this bias transfers over to their choice of dog.  Just as it was believed, in the past, that people with black skin had a violent disorder or a hereditary skin disease.
Black dog syndrome normally leads to euthanasia. So, if dogs were to evolve, like humans, they will find a way to escape this death.  If society would repeat human history, this evolution will be seen as defiance and classified as an example of the violent disorder.  The support for black dog euthanasia will increase.  This leads to the age-old question, ‘Which was first; the chicken or the egg?’  Unlearn.

Hard Work

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM Comments comments (4)
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In Charge But Not A Leader

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (6)
   Marcus Lacewell

   “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly."
 Jim Rohn

    Many people, today, confuse leadership and being in charge.  Many categorize these as having the same meaning, but this is untrue.  One can be a leader and not be in charge.  As we often see, today, is that you can be in charge and not be a leader.
    A leader normally displays characteristics that are preferably copied by others.  But, many people, that are in charge of events, are rude because of their view of themselves in society.  Being rude is not a characteristic of leadership.  Yet, it is a way to create bad impressions.  Those that feel the need to be rude because  of society's unfair views are, usually, viewed unfairly because they are rude.  This fact shows that they are still a stranger to discrimination.  Unlearn.


Posted on June 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM Comments comments (5)
Marcus Lacewell

Psalm 23:5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Have you ever seen progress and realize that you are being blessed?  Then, it seems that you never receive another blessing.  This verse should be renewed everyday.  If you are alive and reading this now, you are blessed.  These are the only blessings that some of us see because that is all that we have the capacity for.
(Let's build a scenario) Say that we had to fill a swimming pool with water, but the water faucet was a block away.  At the start, you were told that whatever container that you use, to transport the water, will be filled completely.  Yet, a gallon, of water, is taking out of the pool every hour.  You transport the water using a bucket.  Would you keep using that bucket, or use something bigger?
In this scenario, the pool is your life and the water is God's blessings.  God promises to fill any container, that you use, until it runs over.  But, are you still using a bucket?  Have you grown satisfied with slowly filling your 'swimming pool?'  What if you died before you can fill the 'swimming pool.'  Or, what if you had time to fill a bigger 'pool,' but could not because you were just using a bucket?
Many times we grow frustrated because we do not see more blessings.  While we continue to see others getting blessed.  Maybe our cup is running-over, its just time to get a bigger cup.  Unlearn.


Posted on May 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM Comments comments (6)
Marcus Lacewell

Statistics show that cases of STDs have increased along with technology.  Cases may have been severe, in the past, but there were not as many options of mobility.  I am not speaking of disease`transmitted by sex.  But, I am speaking of another STD.  This STD has proven to be incurable.  ( (S)ocially (T)ransmitted (D)isease )
Everyone has the virus 'different,' but some 'differences' automatically mature to full blown 'discrimination.'  'Different' is a virus that forms in packs.  When a pack of 'differences' become a majority, usually, 'discrimination' is formed.  Over the last century 'discrimination' has changed forms.  As AIDS and Herpes have developed, 'discrimination' has developed with technology.  Because it does not have its past form, many claim that the virus does not exist.  But, 'discrimination' can, also, be hereditary.  This is a very advanced virus because the host may show symptoms, of the virus, without realizing them.  This case is often spotted by the host's generalizing instead of individualizing.  Has this STD reach you?  Unlearn.