I host a radio weekly internet radio show on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel calledLife Altering Events. People often ask me what exactly is a life altering event? I tell them this: It can be something we choose or something that is thrust upon us that dramatically alters the trajectory of our life.
Being involved and participating in a "rite of passage" can be a major life altering event. This is particularly true for teenagers. These rites of passage can be the holiday dance, graduation party, or the big one, going to the PROM. Far too many teens miss their rites of passage, because they simply don't have the money for the gown, or the tux, or the limo, or the dinner. Not being able to participate in these rites of passage can have a very negative impact on a child's self-esteem, self-worth, feeling of belonging, etc. It can also lead to intense frustration, isolation, and depression. In the worse scenarios, when a child is repeatedly told by words, actions, or the inability to attend a rite of passage that they are not good enough, they don't matter, they will never be accepted, and there is no hope of improvement, it can be the tipping point that moves them into crime, drug use, abusive relationships, or homelessness.
My associate, Marc Porter Ph.D, researches content shows that every organization has three distinct areas.
What happened to civility? When did we lose it? Did we ever have it? How can we find it and successfully implement civility for the common good? There is no denying we live in a divided country. Strong opinions, harsh words, misrepresentation of facts, and outright lies have become commonplace. Civil discourse, discussion and debate has been replaced with name calling, hostile rhetoric and at times acts of violence.
Since the release of my book “Five Years to Live,” I have met with dozens of families who have received and had to deal with the phone call every dreads; “There has been an accident and your son/daughter is paralyzed.” Now what? What does the family do? Who do they contact? When will they know something? How badly is he/she hurt? How do they get to the hospital? Who can take them to the airport? Where do they stay? How do they cope with the shock, grief, and the major overhaul of their life?
Toxic masculinity! If you haven’t heard this term, you will. It has become a trendy topic on social media, blogs, and talk shows. The first time I heard it, I thought it was a new disease that had been discovered. I am an average American male. I am not a celebrity, a PhD holder, a famous athlete or a billionaire businessman. I had to find out if this toxic masculinity affected the average guy. I did my own research. This is what I found: