I was asked the other day when was I going to drop another book. Standing surprised by the question I asked, “What book?” My colleague looked at me and said, “The one you keep dropping snippets of on your blog.”
Hearing these words of affirmation for my writing gave me an ounce of energy I needed because this school term, my son’s football schedule, and tending to all of the other things I have to do is a bit cumbersome but I make it work. I’ve been told I make what I do look easy, and I resent that statement sometimes and want to throw in the towel but I am reminded that I have two little boys (even though they are not so little anymore) that are depending on me.
Today’s journey is about living~reflecting~writing~learning~
LIVE|Sometimes you have to live a life uninterrupted by fear. It is something about that damn comfort zone that will make you second guess everything you contemplate doing. But risks are worth taking because there is truly a reward for everything you set out to do. In all sincerity you learn what you want more in life by taking risks and you walk away from risky situations that could cause more harm than good. You simply cannot be afraid to live because of fear of failure. We are all going to fail at something at some point in our lives, so the lesson there is to not make the same mistake again that will result in failure. We fail at school (academic probation was my dismissal from the University of Florida…LOL), we fail at career moves (the wanderers), we fail at relationships (friendships, family, courting, and even marriage), and we fail sometimes at realizing our greatness. However, we can’t let the mistakes of our past or even the unsteadiness of our future keep us from moving forward in our sometimes awkward realities. It has been said that fear means two things, face everything and run or face everything and rise. I CHOOSE TO RISE!
REFLECT|A lot of times I think about my right steps. Other times I reconsider my wrong moves and see where things went to the left. We cannot predict the future. We have no idea from day to day what to expect or the results of each forthcoming day. It is not a bad idea to reflect on self and how you have handled situations in your life because there is always a better way to handle things in hindsight. Your growth is contingent upon what you can withstand, endure, and at all cost opportunities to better yourself. There are truly going to be many “not so” proud moments in your life but were those moments fueled by malice intent? We will all be good in the end especially if our hearts are good and our intentions are pure. Reflect on your true self and if you like what you see, keep being you because somebody is going to feel it.
WRITE|I celebrate my glows and woes of life to create a trail of things I did to the best of my ability and my opportunities to grow. I literally write down everything. I have journals that chronicle my high school years, one for each year. I have multiple notebooks that have chronicled my life from marriage to childbirth, career moves, and book outlines. You have a story to tell. We all have a story to tell. Writing becomes an outlet as you see your words take form and manifest into your life. Setting goals, making a list, and checking it twice becomes empowering when you see the things you have ventured out to do come to fruition. Writing is therapeutic and it is a process. My writing takes on many forms and inspires many people (they inbox me and tell me so). Celebrate the good and the bad because no experience is ever a waste. Write until your heart is content and you get your story out, even if you don’t share it.
LEARN|Life will grab you by the neck and make you immovable. Everyday will not be a cake walk and we will face many obstacles but we must learn how to navigate through them. Navigate life in such a way that we respect our setbacks but embrace our triumphs. Through trial and error I discover things about me that have been hidden in my heart that makes me susceptible to the truth. We all have to be willing to learn more about ourselves in order to reach our fullest potential. You have to work hard for what you want and learn how to turn every no into a search for a yes that creates an opportunity for you to dig deeper into who you are. Life is about learning and truly for the living…so are you alive or among the walking dead?
~Live~Reflect~Write~Learn~ is more than a logo or mantra. It is how you survive. It is how you thrive. Those four words govern your existence. You have the right to live the life you want to live. Reflect on the divine individual that you are ever evolving into. Write down your goals because the plan for your life is predestined, nothing is going to happen that is not supposed to happen. Learn more about who you are because being you is your super power.
We will take many paths and detours in life but we should not be deterred by what does not happen. So if a book derives from all of this, so be it. Right now I’m just living, reflecting, writing, and learning.