Fix Your Brain! – Wednesday Wisdom

Look at the picture below. How many triangles do you see? It is likely that you see an ultra-bright, upside-down, white triangle in the center that seems to cover up a triangle below and three circular shapes at the edges. The truth is, however, that there are no true triangles in this picture at all. So, why do you see triangles? The answer is that when we encounter familiar patterns, our brain tends to just fill in the blanks. It’s the same reason why when we buy a red car, it seems like everyone else on the road is all-of-a-sudden driving red cars, too. It’s also the same reason why [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Let Go! – Wednesday Wisdom

When is the last time someone made you mad? And how long did you stay mad? A few hours? A day? A month? A few years? It amazes me how often I speak to individuals who still have a grudge against someone for something they did a long time ago. Yes, it’s okay to express anger when you are properly offended; however, there comes a point in time that you have to let go. For your own wellbeing, you must learn to forgive, and move on. Someone once told me that holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. I thought this statement was [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

You’ve Got It All Wrong – Wednesday Wisdom

How many times in the past few months have you placed conditions on your happiness? How many times have you made statements like: “I’ll be happy once I get this promotion.” “I’ll be at ease when my kids start acting right.” “I’ll feel better once I get out of debt.” “I’ll be happier when my spouse stops taking me for granted.” When you put conditions on your happiness, you are truly missing the point. True happiness does not come from outside forces; it comes from within. You can’t only be joyful when everything is going your way. Because, let’s face it, life will never go our way 100% of the [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Quick Question – Wednesday Wisdom

Be honest. What are you scared of? Heights? The dark? Commitment? Public speaking? Spiders? What about failure? Many people don’t want to admit it, but the fear of failure is one of the most common human fears. Why? Because as kids we are taught how important it is to succeed. Whether it’s in sports, school, or life, we are constantly being placed in situations where our performance is judged and compared to others. Based on our output, we are classified as either “winners” or “losers.” And sooner or later, our successes (or lack thereof) help establish our reputations. So, if winners are glorified and losers are criticized, why even put [...]

By | January 27th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Get Your Priorities Straight!! – Wednesday Wisdom

The other week I ran into a stressed college student who told me that she could never seem to find the time to do all the things she needed to do. I responded by asking her, “What are the things you NEED to do, and what are the things you WANT to do?” With that simple question, she told me that her whole perspective on life had changed. Everyone’s busy. I get that. I’m busy too. But the key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. You aren’t going to “find time” to do the things that need to be done in your life; you have [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Seize Your Opportunity!!! – Wednesday Wisdom

There once was a man drowning in the ocean. A boat came by to save him, but he replied, “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.” A second boat came by, and the man still had the same response: “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.” The man continued to drown as a helicopter flew over his head, offering him help. “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.” Eventually, the man drowned and went up to heaven. When he saw God, he was furious. “Lord, how could you let me drown? I called Your name, and I believed that You would save me.” The [...]

By | January 13th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

What Are You Doing With Your 24 Hours? – Wednesday Wisdom

CONGRATULATIONS! It is now 2016, which means that you have made it to another year. So, what does this mean? It means that you have purpose in your life. It means that there are still things for you to accomplish. How do I know? BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL HERE! The fact that you are still breathing is enough proof for me that there is still a lot for you to do in life. The question is, what are you going to do about it? In my travels around the country, I meet with people all the time who tell me about their goals. I've come to realize that everyone wants [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments