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Don't Be Afraid to LIVE

In the 20th Century, I encountered many individuals who were afraid to die. Here in the 21st Century, I am hearing more individuals share that they are afraid to live. They are afraid to face everyday struggles, pain, stress and grief. One of the reasons I believe that people are afraid is the negative impact of words, especially from the media.

Imagine being a child and being surrounded by negativity, fear and hatred. Each negative word becomes planted in your mind. That same seed gets nurtured through movies, television shows, bullies, social media and possibly even family members. That seed grows with you. Fast-forward to adulthood, the mind is altered from blissful innocence to being fearful and anxiety driven, making it difficult to see windows of hope.

Aggressive hate speeches, the pressure to obtain money, ongoing violence and bullying via social media plants seeds of doubt, hopelessness and low self-worth. How we see ourselves is important.

As a nation, we have become more individualistic and isolated, lacking true human connection. Artificial connections through AI and social media is leaving us void of positive human touch and connection. This holiday season, be mindful of what you say to others. Embrace your loved ones. Take a break from violent shows, political news and social media. Grab a game and play it with those you love. Watch comedians like David Mann or Sinbad. Exercise. Eat healthy. Appreciate the uniqueness you bring to your environment. I look forward to you looking yourself in the mirror and giving yourself a big smile and embrace.

Remember, you are amazingly you. No one can duplicate the complex beauty that you exude.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Latonya

P.S. I love you! ❤️

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