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If you have ever lived in a small town, you are familiar with nepotism and greed. You are also familiar with the down and dirty tactics sometimes utilized by self-professed pillars of the community. The reality of living in a small town is that just under the surface of the peaceful facade lurks a darkness that far too often hinders growth and progress in rural areas. I am talking about politics.

In order to move forward, we must first tackle the seedy underbelly that prevents us from progressing. Dirty politics serves no purpose other than sowing division, and that division…

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By now, I am sure everyone has heard about his recent actions. He was wrong. Full stop. Stop trying to rationalize racism by making excuses for his statement. Let’s discuss some of the ways people are trying to explain away his remarks. Basically, let me tell you why you are wrong.

One of the most common excuses I have heard is that the term is used in rap songs. Here is why you’re wrong. If your friend calls you a dumb @$$ b*tch, you’re probably going to laugh. You likely talk to each other like that when you’re joking around…

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People seem to have forgotten that the most basic part of every relationship is respect. Without respect, every relationship is doomed to fail. It doesn’t matter if it is a friendship or a romantic relationship. Respect is the foundation. Remove it, and that relationship will crumble.

I know you have heard how important trust is, and that is true. However, respect is even more important. Without it, there can be no trust. Being disrespectful is the quickest way to ruin a friendship or marriage.

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Ok, folks. There is something that needs to be addressed. I do not enjoy doing this, but sometimes things must be said. After seeing the same posts all over social media for many, many months, it is time for me to tell you like it is. Buckle up.

If the majority of your posts are telling people how good you are doing while complaining about others talking about you, you are bringing discontent to your own doorstep. The problem isn’t other people. Those people aren’t making you unhappy. You are, and it’s time to stop it.

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Life keeps throwing me curveballs. It’s taking a toll on me, but I will tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to fall back into a full-blown pity party. So, I’m not going to talk about my problems. I’m going to talk about how changes have positively impacted my life.

First and foremost, I have learned patience. This was something I always struggled with, but I was forced to slow down. In learning to deal with this, I learned to be more patient. I needed that. It was a good thing. I have also learned to…

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Let me explain my current situation. I give you “A day in my life.”

I wake up and stretch a bit. The moment I stand up beside my bed, I get a general idea of how my day is going to go. I pay attention to tight spots, soreness, and gauge how weak my legs are. Too much tightness and soreness means my exercise routine will likely be limited to stretching to work out as much of it as possible without straining the muscles even more. Gauging the weakness lets me know how much trouble I’ll have getting around the…

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One year ago…

It was one year ago when I realized I should never take a trip without bringing a cane.

It was one year ago when I realized walking was becoming a huge chore.

It was one year ago when I realized I was dealing with more than recovering from a broken foot.

It was one year ago when I realized it was time to discuss it with my doctor.

It was one year ago when I should have realized there are things I cannot control, but that’s something a control freak has trouble admitting and even more trouble…

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It doesn’t really matter that I’m not capable of doing something right at this point. Writers gotta write, right? If you read my last article, you understand why I’m not capable. If you haven’t, I’ll sum it up by saying it’s out of my control.

I’m going to ramble a bit because I’m trying to work through some issues and get my mindset right. I need to be more productive. I don’t need my negative attitude holding me back. I need to keep moving forward. Basically, this article isn’t for you. It’s for me.

My daughter graduated high school last…

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I don’t even know where to start. Most people start at the beginning, but that seems like so long ago and my mind is a jumbled mess. All I know is I need to purge some of this in my head.

Everything must go.

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If you’ve spoken to more than an author or two, you know what I’m talking about. At least one of them enjoys seeing other authors struggle. At least one of them is annoyed by the success of others. Don’t be one of those authors. We’re striving for success, not vying for it.

I like to think of fellow authors as my coworkers. My success doesn’t depend on their failure. Their success doesn’t depend on mine. We’re all working toward the same goal, and the success of another doesn’t threaten your ability to succeed. I’m always happy to help a fellow…

Amy Dodd Pilkington

Pilkington is an aspiring beach bum who enjoys travel and sweet tea. This published author has been featured in Health Magazine and many other publications.

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