Your probably thinking what is R.S.L? It’s an acronym that I use for a life motto. I use acronyms for just about any and everything. Prime example, my IG name SHAFT_84. Most people think it’s because I like the Richard Roundtree SHAFT movies of the 70s and 80s. That’s partly true, but with a spin on it. Each letter in SHAFT stands for a different area in my life. Let me break it down:

S stands for Smart.

H stands for Humble.

A stands for Attentive.

F stands for Fun.

T stands for Trusting.

All these characteristics are part of my life and the _ is the bridge from the year I was born which is 84.

So the meaning for R.S.L. Stands for Reason, Season, Lifetime.

I’ve heard those three words numerous times but as I mature these words have a different meaning. Someone once told me that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. This holds true for all my relationships in my life. This is particularly true for my friends or acquaintances.

Think back to your early years of high school or even college. How many of those people you called your close friends are still in your life? I would guess that number is not the same today as they were back then. When some of my friendships change, I don’t get upset about it. I just refer back to R.S.L. As you get older your circle of friends change. Some people that are hanging around in your life were only meant to be in your life for a reason or season. But you wanted to hold on to the person and now this person causes you stress. Look at it like this, you in a pretty good mood, then you get a phone call. You look at the phone and your entire mood changes!!! Everyone has been through this if not it’s going to happen one day.

I’ve learned if someone disrupts your mood with negativity then I remove them from my life. Sounds harsh, at the end of the day I have to protect my bubble! Yup my bubble, everyone has one and should be well aware of it.

You only get one life, protect your sanity and happiness. You are in control of being happy in your life. Remember it takes more muscles to frown than smiling. Do a quick analysis of your last twenty phone calls and pay close attention to your mood and body language. Next time a person’s name pops up on your phone and you just let it ring, ask yourself what is this person bringing to my life.

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