One day after a judge refused to intervene in a dispute over the validity of her petition signatures, Mary Norwood has apparently pulled the plug on her independent campaign for chairman of the Fulton County Commission. NOT SO FAST!

Former Atlanta city councilwoman Mary Norwood

There is new information today (Saturday) that Norwood is still in the race and plans to be out campaigning with supporters at the Peachtree Road Race and other locations over the 4th of July weekend. Confused???? Me too. Here is a link to the latest press release from the Norwood campaign.

Earlier Story…..

Norwood did not qualify as an independent candidate before Friday’s noon deadline. Earlier in the week, Norwood talked about the importance of getting her signatures to count on the petition so she could qualify to run against Commissioner John Eaves.

Norwood’s the second candidate to pull the plug on an independent bid. Ray Boyd, a real estate executive, backed out of the governor’s race on Sunday — citing Georgia’s very stiff ballot access laws. Norwood lost a close race for Mayor of Atlanta to Kasim Reed.

  1. Anthony Hopkins says:

    Reflection and Meditation

    It is extremely important to reflect and meditate on a daily basis. This is a review of your entire day’s events as well as things that you have done in your own past. When we meditate, we are in a deep sleep or in our minds, just allowing yourself to find a center of gravity so that equilibrium can be established. Establishing yourself a sense of balance means to allow yourself inside of your own mind to regain your sense of tranquility. Regaining your tranquility means to relax and to think, review and process things that you have done in your life that concerns the active issues in your own life. By doing so, this means to take time out for yourself instead of worrying about what the world has to offer.

    It is about God first, Jesus Christ is second, mankind is third and finally yourself. The primary emphasis is to just review things that were already completed as far as your personal goals are concerned. Setting personal goals for yourself is very important. It is important to set goals and achieve these goals at your own pace. However, if you are working at a job, there are tasks that must be completed before you leave each day. If you are not meeting up to the expectations of your own employer, then you are likely to be terminated. This means that you are slowing down production.

    Employers do not want to hire anyone who tends to slow down production. Therefore, you must learn to stay alert and productive each day at work. It is not about others, it is about achieving things for yourself. No matter what others think about you, it is you who have to learn to live inside of this world. Right now we are going to get back to the subject, it is important for me personally to reflect and meditate. It is important for me because of the fact that there are things that pressure us on a daily basis. When I meditate, I close my eyes and allow my body to heal itself from its own stress. When you are completely relaxed, it helps me to allow my brain to process all of the data that is stored as memory to regain as well as restore all neurotransmitters that have been removed.

    By doing so, you are allowing your serotonin and dopamine to regain itself and it gives your brain a sense of balance. Removing yourself from all of your distractions is really a big help. When you are away from all of those who like to argue all of the time, you feel better in the long run. The brain while you are meditating tends to allow the other organs in the body to heal itself. For instance, you are allowing your own brain to send messages through the nerves that are connected to receive comfort or pain. Reflection and Meditation to me means to allow yourselves to heal from pain and stress that is in your own life.

    Your own mind, body, soul, and spirit are essential in maintaining a sense of balance as well as tranquility. You must also resolve your own active issues with anyone that you are in contention with. If you have active issues with youself, it is time to allow a Power that is greater than yourself to restore you back to normal. God and Jesus Christ are the only two who are able to restore you back to normal. Mankind can only form opinions about us as a person. You do not have to allow the opinions of others to cause you to collapse from the inside out.

    It is you alone that must live inside of this earth, and there isn’t anyone else who will replace you. Take time out for yourself by engaging in very important activities that will allow you to feel much better. This is the reason why validation is also important. The only people who are able to validate your own existence are God, Jesus Christ, your mother, father, as well as yourself. The world alone can validate you by allowing you to live inside of an environment that is feasible for you and you only. This is based on the choices that you make for yourself. By creating your own family with a very special person that you choose to spend the rest of your entire life with is very important.

    When a person learn how to trust others, this means that you have to allow yourself to take time to evaluate others and their behavior to determine if this is who you would like to spend the rest of your life with. If this is the case, then it will take a long time to remove the baggage from your life so that you would not be able to load it off on others. Never dump all of your baggage on others because this would cause friction in relationships. This will mess everything up. If the person that you are dealing with is experiencing the same problem, then it is time for you to let this person go, or maybe you can work things out through counseling and consultation with a pastor or a therapist.

    Reflection and meditation is important to me because it allows me to take time to meet with God on a daily basis and allow Him alone to help me through all of my troubles. Prayer and meditation are essential in this process and it helps me to feel better from the inside out. Reading the Bible helps give me a sense of understanding of a power that is definitely greater than me alone. There might not be anyone on earth to love you, but there is a God and Jesus Christ who loves me and accepts me for the person that I am.

    Faithfully Submitted,
    Anthony Joseph Hopkins
    Dayton, Ohio

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