7 Days 7+ Quotes

“…Every day is an inspiration.  …Every day I am born again.” – Kevy Michaels

Posted August 19, 2018 – Being True

You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.” – God – Exodus 23:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

One of the qualities about myself for which I am proudest is my integrity. I’ve worked hard on that.

  • I don’t lie.
  • I don’t steal.
  • I don’t deceive.

“Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.”- Anonymous

I have always adhered to these principles, and other high standards of living, simply because I was raised well by a devout Creole Catholic woman, my mother Eunice. I was raised well, by one of the most faithful.

As I got deeper into practicing metaphysics, I was even more focused on my integrity.

I saw ‘being true’ as making deposits into the Karmic Bank, my term. As I got older, I began to focus on all the virtues upon which I felt God admired.

God had pulled me out of dire situations, like pulling a bat out of hell. I have ever since felt obligated to please his will and therefore had to always be honest, true, and genuine. It was a covenant, between me and God, to never be broken.

I see not striving to embody virtues such as Honesty, Faith, Patience, Steadfastness, Humility, Love, Courage, and Integrity, is to not seek God.

Now He is all I seek. As a response, I fortify my integrity daily, as it is a foundational building block to my legacy. Legacy is important. …wrote a post about it: When You Are Gone What Will You Be Remembered For? – What Will Be Your Legacy? – It Really Should Matter


I am sure you get tired of hearing people say what I’m about to say. “I know I’m a good person.”

But, I am a good person! You know how I know? Because I’ve been fucked over by many. I’ve been a bit of too honest, mixed with being stuck on stupid for a period, and got screwed. I just happened to have a lot of money then. That helped. And there were yet other times where my honesty set me up for the kill, even recently.

I know that I am a good person because for a few years, I was repeatedly deceived, feeling shameful, broken, abandoned, lost, depressed, and sick, but I still upheld my integrity. Circumstances never stole my best virtues from me.

In fact, those very circumstances made me even truer. I said to myself many times that I would never do unto others, as they have done to me.

Today, I thank God for my trials, and tormentors, for they have molded me into a new version of me, a better me, a faithful me.

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley


I believe that Integrity is the foundation of spiritual awakening. If I am not true to myself and to others, how could I ever be true to God? Remember, God is who today I strive to please. It would be a disgrace if, as a writer, I would propagate faith and spirituality that I did not believe in and practice regularly. Though I’d be able to fool others with such deception, if that was the road I chose to take, I will never fool God.

That in itself would eat at my soul, to live with being dishonest with God. That will never happen!

“A liar needs a good memory.” – Quintillian

What I speak is Truth, in everything I speak. It is true simply because I say it is true. And, it is true, because I believe it is. I convey my truth and understand while appreciating that it may not be everyone’s truth.

But it is someone else’s truth, therefore I share, and I share with integrity.


I Gave My Word – Motivational Video – It’s Called Integrity! – 267,060 views – Team Fearless – Published on Apr 17, 2017

I Gave My Word – Motivational Video – Fearless Motivation


“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” – Michelle Obama

Check this out!

In spite of the mistakes I’ve made in life, namely with casual drug use years ago, I’ve honored the 10 Commandments, nearly perfectly! This is why I cringe at the fake-faithful, blasphemers, and haters when they try to judge my life.

Amongst my collection of friends and family, there are many failures of the 10 Commandments. It’s not a judgment, but it doesn’t give them the right to judge others either.

Me, I give myself a grade of A- or B+ on the 10 Commandments.

Most of the people surrounding me, when I experienced my toughest trials, would be graded a C, at best.

The pressures that I allowed them to place on my life led me to become a better student of God over time. …made me aim harder to please him.

They showed me who I was, by showing me who I was not.

In a way, my trials groomed me for God. On several occasions, when I had no one else to run to, I aimed to please my one and only source, The Lord.

My gravitational attraction to God was organic. When I sought God’s help, I laid it all on the line, revealing all, being honest.

The journeys and related spiritual wisdom processes developed me into a man with uncanny integrity, but now, unlike in the past, one with wisdom and discernment.

I’ve developed my skills in selecting better people, places, and things with which to display my Integrity, like an unguarded polished jewel.

I calibrated my choices, but not my integrity.

I may be wrong and stand to be corrected through life experiences, but regardless of seeming to make myself vulnerable, I will forever be a faithful man of integrity. That will never change. I cannot be dishonest. I really can’t because it would place an unbearable pressure of guilt on my consciousness. I know it will.

I know this from being forced to be less than truthful in the IT industry as a consultant.

I did not really lie but rather did as I was instructed. Whenever clients asked if the software that I represented could do ‘this or that’, I would give them the standard line of, “Yes, that can be done”. It was a true statement, but not fully honest, because ‘it could be done’, but I failed to mention that it would cost a lot of money and would take a lot of time, and headcount.

I was very successful in IT, but I felt a bit like a sellout, saying whatever was needed to get paid, to get well paid. Outside of the wear and tear that IT consulting placed on my body, and my call to serve as caregiver for my mother, I ultimately left the industry because I had to be true, and could no longer play the lying game.

Becoming more spiritually aware conflicted with my dictated consulting practices. The uneasiness sat on my mind like a weight, until I quit the business.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C. S. Lewis

Some people can easily and cleverly turn to lie on and off. …Go on with ya bad selves!

Not me. No can do! I will not have God upset with me, in the latter years of my life. Bad enough, I may not have enough time to redeem myself from past errors, let along adding to the list.

These are the years where I am supposed to be gaining redemption, not adding new items to God’s ledger.


Let’s grade my 10 Commandments Test – This is just for fun. Grade yourself for fun.

I am so proud, as I said, that I maintained my honesty, truthfulness, and integrity. There are very few chapters in my life that I wish I could forget about. That’s because I remained honest. That negated most bad choices.

Maintaining integrity during trials set me on the perfect footing to blog, write, and enhance the legacy that I now write every day.

Kevys 10 Commandment Test

“You gotta do it with class and integrity. If not, you’re gonna drag yourself through the mud.” – Solomon Burke


POEM

In Defense of Love

By Kevy Michaels

I am now a bit weak

But not scared

Operating on what seems to be

The last of my fading strength

I dedicate my remaining years

To the Sacrificial Love

That my deeds represent

It’s been tough

Fighting hate and disregard

But I believe I’ve put in a dent

…Even piercing the armor of selfishness

I’ve encountered many Children of God

And I demonstrated for them

Real Truthfulness

Faith, Devotion, and unshakable Resilience

And for those who didn’t understand

I showed them

What Loving myself,

While loving others in need,

Really is

Though I’ve met many failures

In some hearts

The message pierced through

And after being led by my example

Some now share Agape Love too

The weariness of my spirit

Is dwarfed by the pride that I feel

It takes a real man

To stand up for God’s love

Through battlefields

…Still try to Heal

His Love is accessible to me

So faithfully

I’ll stand up for God

He placed fire in my heart

I acknowledge his presence,

And that

HE IS Real Love

I’m convinced that I’m cut out

For this assignment

Not overwhelmed

By the trials of the journey

Long before I made this covenant

God warned me,

“My child, this mission will not be easy.”

I told HIM, “Ok, go ahead of God, assign me.”


Videos

Animation about Integrity – 77,349 views – Stephen Andrean – Published on Nov 6, 2014 –

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A Life of Integrity Inspirational Videos – 134,027 views – mrdrando – Published on Aug 13, 2011

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Motivational Minute #2 – Integrity – 69,609 views – Attitude Is Altitude – Published on May 1, 2014

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What is Integrity? – 63,289 views – Chandler Newby – Published on Dec 7, 2015

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{Best Motivational Video} – Integrity Gets You Everything! {HD} – 136,042 views – Kevin Lott – Published on Nov 4, 2014

Have you ever thought about how far Integrity can take you? People forget that since it is the least common attribute that an individual can have these days then it is often the most searched for quality. Integrity will open up so many doors for you. Too many people don’t truly understand what integrity is, so hopefully, this video can shed some light on the topic of integrity.

Posted June 15, 2018 – Courage

Adding Courage to Your Vision Is Like Adding Water to Concrete Mix

Courage is not just plunging in when you don’t know the way, it is plunging in and being okay with not knowing the way.” – Kevy Michaels

Courage is like water. It brings alive almost anything to which it is added. It takes courage to accomplish almost anything, except stagnation, and complacency.

It was easy to find information, videos, articles, and testimonies on courage. The internet is loaded with opinions about courage. It was a bit more challenging to filter through to identify the common themes in each of the various sources.

I use this technique with nearly all research and it helps me to cover what is true and what isn’t. After initiating my research with known reputable sources, I challenge the opinion with other opinions, from other sources. Usually, those sources which are consistent with the reputable ones are the ones most likely to be true.


Tonight I performed this exercise and found several consistencies, which based on my life story, appear to be true.

I agree with each of the summarized findings listed below, as it relates to courage.

Here are Pearls of wisdom on Courage:

  • Courage is the key to life itself. Without courage we become stagnant and our dreams fail to ever launch.
  • Admit to your fears with regard to your goal. Success does not mean you have no fear. Courage requires fear.
  • Courage is not letting fears stop you from proceeding.
  • End the end, through courage, we will find that our fears were an illusion.
  • Courage is the foundation – gives you something to build on. Without courage, you will not be able to build anything.
  • Life is full of opportunity. Some ignore or don’t see them. It takes courage to see opportunities before they manifest, and do something about it.
  • The reason that fear is requisite to courage is that it is fear that becomes transformed to progress. Without fear, they would be no progress.
  • Courage is when your actions take on a life of their own, that many may not understand.
  • Courage is believing so strongly in your ability that you welcome discomfort today, just to take advantage of its opportunity, tomorrow.
  • Courage also requires having a vision or goal that usually starts out as a whisper then turns into a roar in our heart. That’s God placing the vision inside of us, giving us an option to be brave.

It Takes Courage To….
  • Go against the grain.
  • Love and celebrate yourself.
  • Stand up for what’s right, even when you’re the only one.
  • Face your fears.
  • Fight dis-ease.
  • Admit to mistakes.
  • Defy odds.
  • Accept that death is inevitable.
  • Live life exceedingly.
  • Believe in yourself and believe in God.
  • Take that first step.
  • Surrender to a power great than your ego.
  • Be Strong and Courageous.
  • Step out and be seen.
  • Explorer and pioneer.
  • Leave the old and embrace the new.
  • Stand your ground.
  • Run the Race.
  • Give it everything you have, heart and soul.

Add your own items to the list above and evaluate how courageous you are.

It takes courage to do all of these things, and more. It’s hard to imagine success at anything, without courage.

This is perhaps why Morgan Freeman says the Courage is the key to life itself.


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been courageous, even as a child, and more so as an adult.

As a child I took on surprise carpentry projects to please my mother, I was the MC for the entire school fall festival at 6 years old, telling the full story of Peter Cotton Tail, landed my first job at 14, I began college at 16, moved out on my own at 17, lived and traveled abroad, pursued entrepreneurial endeavors, fought conventional medicine’s deceptions, advocated for my mother, against governmental agencies, officials, and others, and ultimately gave my health, love, and material possessions up, to ensure that she experienced optimal care in her final years.

…And now, I bare my soul, blogging and writing about my story, without fear or shame.

To me, that is Courage!


7 Days, 7+ Quotes – On Having Courage

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“Stop, look, investigate, ask the right questions, come to the right conclusions and have the courage to act on them and see what happens. The first steps may bring the roof down on your head, but soon the commotion will clear and there will be peace and joy.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius

“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” – (Chronicles 28:20) – David also said to Solomon

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” – Confucius

“If I am to sit down, who is there to stand up?” – Maulānā Sayyid Abuʾl-Aʿlā Maudūdī [d. 1399/1979]

“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.” – Haile Selassie

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – (John 14:27)

“Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – (Psalm 23:1-4)

“The first steps in self-acceptance are not at all pleasant, for what one sees is not a happy sight. One needs all the courage to go further.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“One who is shy or arrogant cannot learn.” – Mujāhid b. Jabr [d 104H/722CE]

“Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” – (Philippians 1:28)

“I will not allow anyone to oppress or transgress the rights of others, but I will put his cheek on the ground and place my foot on his other cheek until he submits to the truth. But I will lay my own cheek on the ground before those who are humble and modest.” – ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb [d. 23H/644CE]

“Courage is not just plunging in when you don’t know the way, it is plunging in and being okay with not knowing the way.” – Kevy Michaels


‘Courage is the key to life itself’ – Morgan Freeman – CNN – Published on Jun 3, 2014

Key Points

  • It does not matter what you inherited from your birth. You can always work your way out of that.
  • What matters is what you learn from your environment as you live life.
  • Courage is the key to life itself.
  • If you say you will never get out, you won’t. …You will never succeed, you’ll fail

Be Strong and Courageous – 27,390 views – Richard Gorven – Published on Nov 22, 2013

Key Points

  • We all have a vision to change the world and would pursue it only if we knew it would succeed.
  • The risk is too great and the cost is too high for most of us. …The storm ahead seems too powerful for us to handle
  • Then whisper turns into a roar in our heart; that’s God placing the vision inside of us.
  • To bring life to our visions, we must find courage now.
  • Judging by others should encourage you to try harder instead of frightening us.
  • Life was designed not to give us what we want, but give us what we deserve.
  • You don’t need permission to have the courage

COURAGE – Motivational Video – 25,095 views – Angelo Rodriguez – Published on Apr 17, 2016

Key Points

  • Success does not mean that you do not have fear.
  • Those with courage are afraid too.
  • But those with courage don’t allow fears stop them.
  • Don’t run away from your fears; Run towards them; Conquer them.
  • Our fears are just an illusion.
  • “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
  • Our presence, in courage, automatically liberates others.

Be Strong and Courageous – 27,390 views – 1782SHARE – Richard Gorven – Published on Nov 22, 2013

Key Points

  • What we desire are outcomes. …An effect that cannot manifest without a cause.
  • They need a seed, root, and foundation. Courage is the thing that gives a platform to build on.
  • Courage is the foundation – gives you something to build on
  • Every starting block journey endeavor starting something new you are a rookie….at the bottom
  • Don’t be fearful. Be thankful
  • Only required is having the courage to say yes
  • Life is an opportunity – Some ignore – It takes courage to see
  • Courage is opening your eyes and being brave enough to create and move outside of your comfort zone.
  • Simple and Easy are very different words
  • The understanding that fear becomes transformed to progress
  • Allow stumbling in the beginning….you will be transforming
  • It takes no courage to be stagnant
  • I am worth more than I have now
  • Courage is when your actions take on a life of their own
  • Smiling and moving forward
  • Courage is believing so strongly in your ability that you welcome discomfort today, just to take advantage of it tomorrow
  • Courage is taking one courageous step at a time….in order
  • Trusting God for he said I will be with you I won’t give up on you
  • Follow the vision that God himself place inside of us

The Courage and Bravery of EldersPosted by Ronni Bennett on Monday, 10 March 2014

Recently, I ran across a quotation from Muriel Spark on the subject of growing old:

”Being over 70 is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.”

Spark reminded me of a blog post I have intended to write for a long time (see above headline). But first, I wanted to be sure I know the difference between courage and bravery which most of us – me too and even some dictionaries – use interchangeably.

Fortunately, there is a respectable website called the difference between and I’m going to quote at length their explanation of the difference between courage and bravery. Added emphasis is mine:

”Bravery is the ability to confront pain, danger or attempts of intimidation without any feeling of fear. It is strength in character that allows a person to always be seemingly bigger than the crisis, whether he is indeed more powerful or is lesser than what he is tackled with.

“Courage, on the other hand, is the ability to undertake an overwhelming difficulty or pain despite the eminent and unavoidable presence of fear. More than a quality, it is a state of mind driven by a cause that makes the struggle all worth it.

“Unlike in the case of bravery, a person fueled by courage may feel inevitably small in the face of peril, pain or problems. The essence of courage is not the feeling of being certainly capable of overcoming what one is faced with, but rather is the willful choice to fight regardless of the consequences.” Read More

Posted June 2, 2018 – Gratitude

Gratitude is something that I express every day, throughout the day, for the smallest of blessings.

An old friend from time to time would ask me to drop everything and have either a gratitude or appreciation prayer…or maybe it was an affirmation.

Anyway, the idea was that I would sit for as long as I could, say 15 – 30 minutes, expressing out loud those things for which I was grateful. I was amazed at how many things I could recite, from universal to personal, the sun, the air, food, health, wisdom, finances, healing, purpose, and on and on.

I felt so wonderful after performing this exercise that I do it regularly. But more importantly, I begin each day with a prayer and meditation on Gratitude. I thank God each day for the simplest of blessings, right as they manifest.

As you will see from the quotes on Gratitude that I’ve written and selected, it is a virtue that is very dear to me.


“…Every day is an inspiration. …Every day I am born again.” “…Every day I’m Grateful.”Kevy Michaels

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”Deepak Chopra

“Be thankful for the simple things that we take for granted. These are the gifts that God provides.”Kevy Michaels

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”Rumi

“Begin each day with thanks and praise. End each day peaceful, preparing for the gift of rebirth.” Kevy Michaels

“If you didn’t thank God for opening your eyes this morning, you should go back to sleep.”Kevy Michaels

“There’s always something for which we should be thankful.”Kevy Michaels


Be thankful: Science says gratitude is good for your health

by Lauren Dunn / Nov.26.2015 / 8:15 AM ET / Updated May.12.2017 / 9:10 AM ET / Source: TODAY

If you need one more reason to be thankful, here it is. More and more researchers are finding that gratitude doesn’t just make you feel like a better person, it’s actually good for your health.
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis.
“It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”
One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
“They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” said the study’s author, Paul J. Mills.
“When I am more grateful, I feel more connected with myself and with my environment. That’s the opposite of what stress does.”
Posted On May 18, 2018 – Caring

“Some of my favorite quotes on Caring” – Kevy Michaels

 1.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.” – Romans 8:28

2.  “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

3.  “Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.” – Maya Angelou

4.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

5.  “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.” – Proverbs 21:13

6.  “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” – 1 Timothy 5:8

7.  “Provide for someone who’s in need; impresses God indeed.”  – Kevy Michaels

 

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