INSPIRATION – BY JAMIE LEE


 

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali

When was the last time you woke up and realized that today could be the best day of your life? Participate in your dreams today. There are unlimited opportunities available with this new day. Take action on those wonderful dreams you’ve had in your mind for so long. Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly. Success is not something you HAVE, it’s something you DO.
Steve Maraboli

Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable. One’s actions should be good for others and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret.
Dalai Lama

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MISTRESS OF MY OWN DESTINY


I am finally free. I truly am The Mistress of my own Destiny now, and it feels euphoric.

I feel I have, finally morphed into a complete being, with dignity, compassion, wisdom and understanding, a new lease on life.

I have many times talked about me standing on the edge of the Abyss twice. When It just dawned on me that I was recently in the Abyss, living in the part of it, that is about, anger, self pity and self hatred. The depression, sadness, pain and suffering with an agony, too huge to explain. I was actually in the darkness. I learned from it, and I always felt, I could no longer allow it TO keep me, nor my spirit and soul

And, I finally realized that through inner strength and fortitude, I have climbed out. I have survived. I will never visit it again.

How could I truly help others, if I couldn’t help myself? But, I also realized, by helping others, it actually helped ME.

I also learned that life is about giving and not always taking. If people climbed out of their own despair, it would make them feel better to help someone else who is hurting. It is one of Life’s lessons!

The first step I took was “self-awareness”. This meant acceptance of me, who and what I am. It meant looking very deeply and recognizing my own strengths and limitations. It meant accepting that I must grow and change as an individual by looking outside of my boxes and seeing the world and all of its challenges through a broader view. I had to develop a strong belief system and build my on my own integrity. I had to set goals and begin to plan for my growth as an individual before I could take on the task.

Taking a hard look at me and my own weaknesses was one of the hardest tasks I had to work on. We are often labeled perfectionists because of our endless need to become more pleasing. Accepting that I had faults and areas to improve in humbled me in many ways. Later I realized that learning more about myself taught me to recognize what I was looking for. I learned to distinguish between what was fantasy and what was a reality in my life. Again, I had to reevaluate myself and learn even more acceptance of the many possibilities ahead of me. I learned to respect myself and all that I had to offer – first as a human being.

I began by examining and listing all of my talents and skills. I created a resume of sorts so that I could clearly see my own accomplishments. This helped raise my self-esteem and built my confidence. I later used this as a way of presenting myself and my potential. The key is to be able to present your strengths without coming across as ego based, arrogant, or overbearing. When presenting your accomplishments always maintain an element of respect and humility.

Next along my path to self-awareness came taking a hard look at the truths about my weaknesses. I had to release my pride and accept some realities. I did this through long hours of self-reflection and embracing my faults as seeds that needed to be nurtured and developed. I had to stop holding on to my weaknesses as if they were a treasured purse. The reality was that this treasured purse was unwanted baggage that was weighing me down and slowing my progress. I had to look ahead and have vision into what I could become. I learned that “the best way to predict the future was to create it”. Forward thinking and looking ahead would allow me to become a person I could admire and desire to be. I accomplished this on-going task by setting both short and long term goals for myself. These goals provided me with structure and guidance. I was taught that the most effective types of goals are those that are: measurable, specific, flexible, and challenging yet achievable. My short term and day-to-day goals were “stepping stones” or pathways to achieving my long-term goals. They established clear direction and built concentration and motivation. I became a more disciplined person and was able to improve my focus.

Now that I had a grasp on whom and what I wanted to become, I needed to develop a clearly defined system of beliefs that embraced the true spirit of my pleasing nature. I looked inward and began to explore my own beliefs. I had to understand my true inner self and why I had become a total person. This involved examining my own integrity and having faith in the beliefs I had embodied. Beliefs should be made to withstand the challenges that life throws at us. To accomplish this we must be firmly grounded and stay true to our beliefs. You must practice and live by your beliefs or they may shift and crumble underneath you at times of change or troubled waters. My beliefs have been tested time and time again, but staying true to them has been a painful but rewarding experience.

A statement I was taught when I first began in this lifestyle was “Your power is your integrity.” It wasn’t until several years into my learning and living the lifestyle that I truly started to grasp what that one simple statement meant. To me, it means understanding that I am, being who I am, and living a life that incorporates these ideas. When I accepted these simple words I found a power inside of me. This power was in agreement with my true nature. When I understood my nature as a transsexual, a part of me that had never been discovered became whole, perfect, and life sustaining. In return it generated creativity, joy, and calmness within me. Through self-awareness, growth as an individual, and having faith in my personal beliefs I was able to take the leap to the next stone and offer myself in a mutually rewarding relationship based on honesty and respect.

Thank you for reading this!

Jamie Lee

20/20 “My Secret Life” Barbara Walters – Part 1


This is one of the most intense and poignant series showing who we are as Transgendered beings. I hope as you watch these interviews, you take a moment in your life to reflect. THIS IS WHO WE ARE! We have a right to live. We have a right to exist. The most emotional segment was part 4, for me. The sweet little girl, was like me. As you watch this part I want you to understand that MY childhood is over, and I was hidden away, in my own sadness and pain. I wasn’t even allowed to try and exist. SOCIETY, which by the way is YOU. Please watch this series of films. You will understand, maybe for the first time!
We will not die an UN-lived life. We will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. We choose to inhabit our days, to allow our living to open us, to make us less afraid, more accessible, to loosen our hearts until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. We choose to risk our significance; to live so that which comes to us as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to us as blossom, goes on as fruit.
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“HOW DARE YOU ALLOW ME TO DIE! WITHOUT ALLOWING ME TO LIVE!” by: Jamie Lee

Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers


Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers…

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full?

The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured
the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space
between the sand.

The students laughed!

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children,
your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything
else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house
and your car..

The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no
room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never
have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18 holes of golf.

There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal
with things from your job.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer
represented.

The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’

The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

BLACK BEAR DIARIES


THE BLACK BEAR DIARIES is one of the most fast, engrossing and easiest reads you will ever experience. There are many self-help books these days, but some of them lose you in the first two chapters – not this one. Once you pick it up, it becomes harder and harder to put down.

I feel privileged to have read it, and privileged to know Lisa Buffington as someone who practices what she preaches.

She has overcome a lot. And, after reading this, I can emotionally experience her journey, and apply it to my life, as can anyone else. It’s like medicine for the soul. It’s not just required reading, but it’s reading you will enjoy the same way you enjoy the sunrise or the chirping birds in the morning. It’s part of the circle of life. The pain, the joy and all of the lessons we learn along the way.

Read this book and those lessons may be easier to spot, and more tolerable to take. You will see them as a necessary part of your journey on this earth. It will teach you how to adapt and survive. How, to find a better habitat. How, to evolve into a new species … how to evolve into a better breed of you. How to become the person you were born to be.

– Sam Borowski
Award-Winning Writer-Director/Producer of “NIGHT CLUB,” – which stars the late Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine.

The Black Bear Diaries [Kindle Edition]
Lisa J. Buffington (Author, Photographer), Brianne N. Buffington (Editor)

Biography
Lisa J, Buffington was born in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and spent much of her life searching for her writer’s voice. She has found it, and expresses it well in books such as “The Black Bear Diaries”, and “Reflections of a Forgotten Mistress” which she wrote under the pen name, L.J, Priest. Her first short film, POLLINATION*, made its debut in the Holly Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood, California on August 11, 2012 and features actors such as Federico Castellucio, Bill Sorvino, and Maria Rusolo. More about her movie and screenwriting can be found on her imdb.com web site.

http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B008JL0W8W/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail

MY TRANSITION


What it takes for me has been a progression, “stepping-stones” if you will. As, I’ve gone further into my journey each one of the steps I followed, took my transition to a deeper level. This will address the first of a series of “stones” in my progression and my on-going journey.

The first step I took was “self-awareness”. This meant acceptance of me, who and what I am. It meant looking very deeply and recognizing my own strengths and limitations. It meant accepting that I must grow and change as an individual by looking outside of my boxes and seeing the world and all of its challenges through a broader view. I had to develop a strong belief system and build my on my own integrity. I had to set goals and begin to plan for my growth as an individual before I could take on the task.

Taking a hard look at me and my own weaknesses was one of the hardest tasks I had to work on. We are often labeled perfectionists because of our endless need to become more pleasing. Accepting that I had faults and areas to improve in humbled me in many ways. Later I realized that learning more about myself taught me to recognize what I was looking for. I learned to distinguish between what was fantasy and what was a reality in my life. Again, I had to reevaluate myself and learn even more acceptance of the many possibilities ahead of me. I learned to respect myself and all that I had to offer – first as a human being.

I began by examining and listing all of my talents and skills. I created a resume of sorts so that I could clearly see my own accomplishments. This helped raise my self-esteem and built my confidence. I later used this as a way of presenting myself and my potential. The key is to be able to present your strengths without coming across as ego based, arrogant, or overbearing. When presenting your accomplishments always maintain an element of respect and humility.

Next along my path to self-awareness came taking a hard look at the truths about my weaknesses. I had to release my pride and accept some realities. I did this through long hours of self-reflection and embracing my faults as seeds that needed to be nurtured and developed. I had to stop holding on to my weaknesses as if they were a treasured purse. The reality was that this treasured purse was unwanted baggage that was weighing me down and slowing my progress. I had to look ahead and have vision into what I could become. I learned that “the best way to predict the future was to create it”. Forward thinking and looking ahead would allow me to become a person I could admire and desire to be. I accomplished this on-going task by setting both short and long term goals for myself. These goals provided me with structure and guidance. I was taught that the most effective types of goals are those that are: measurable, specific, flexible, and challenging yet achievable. My short term and day-to-day goals were “stepping stones” or pathways to achieving my long-term goals. They established clear direction and built concentration and motivation. I became a more disciplined person and was able to improve my focus.

Now that I had a grasp on whom and what I wanted to become, I needed to develop a clearly defined system of beliefs that embraced the true spirit of my pleasing nature. I looked inward and began to explore my own beliefs. I had to understand my true inner self and why I had become a total person. This involved examining my own integrity and having faith in the beliefs I had embodied. Beliefs should be made to withstand the challenges that life throws at us. To accomplish this we must be firmly grounded and stay true to our beliefs. You must practice and live by your beliefs or they may shift and crumble underneath you at times of change or troubled waters. My beliefs have been tested time and time again, but staying true to them has been a painful but rewarding experience.

A statement I was taught when I first began in this lifestyle was “Your power is your integrity.” It wasn’t until several years into my learning and living the lifestyle that I truly started to grasp what that one simple statement meant. To me, it means understanding that I am, being who I am, and living a life that incorporates these ideas. When I accepted these simple words I found a power inside of me. This power was in agreement with my true nature. When I understood my nature as a transsexual, a part of me that had never been discovered became whole, perfect, and life sustaining. In return it generated creativity, joy, and calmness within me. Through self-awareness, growth as an individual, and having faith in my personal beliefs I was able to take the leap to the next stone and offer myself in a mutually rewarding relationship based on honesty and respect.

We will never have the total answers, but we must go with the flow with the most respect and integrity.

Jamie Lee
2006