Saturday, October 26, 2013

Still Shinin'

Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, 

and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

Matthew 5:16 KJV

A little over a year ago, I embarked upon this blogging journey.
I was inspired and I went for it. 
It had to do with a little light that I wanted to rekindle within. . . 

"My Aunt Rose was my favorite aunt ever. She was a beautiful spirit. Wherever we went - in town, across town, out of town – she always came across someone she knew, and she always greeted them as if nothing could make her happier than to see that person in that moment. Her joy was contagious. Even strangers were drawn to her- to ask for help, to ask her opinion, or to share kind words in passing. As a child I watched these exchanges in awe. I silently wondered, "How many people can she possibly know?" Then, after a time, I began to accept it as a given. Now, my Aunt Rose was not a flashy woman or a social butterfly. She was simply a humble servant, a wife and mother, and active in her church. She was, as my mom called her, a beacon of light.

I used to have a bright light. I mean it was really bright. I could feel it and I know others could feel it too. Whether you call it a glow, the anointing, or an aura, I possessed it, and people were drawn to it. I speak of it in past tense because, sadly, my light has dimmed over time. Why? Well, because I haven't nurtured it and fed it. Even a roaring fire will burn itself out if it has nothing to fuel it. I have allowed circumstances to come between me and my light- the illness and passing of a couple of close friends, several moves, and various life challenges. 

I want my light back. I want to be that beacon of light that my Aunt Rose was. I have work to do, and for me, this blog is part of my process. As inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant says repeatedly on her show, “Fix My Life,” 

You Must Do The Work. I got my bright light in the first place because I did my work.  I worked on my healing, studied, prayed and asked the Lord to use me. Work is individual. For you, work may mean prayer, meditation, grieving your losses, making amends, forgiving yourself for past mistakes, etc. Work may be solo, with a counselor or elder, with a community to help you through, or all of the above. The point is that we do the work, and I’m doing it 

because I want my light to shine! "

I'm still working on my light. I’m still doing my work.

I’ll just be doing it in other ways. Thank you for your support. 

I hope I have managed to inspire you at some point along the way. 

This Little Light Of Mine
African Children's Choir

How is your light?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In The Zone

A ship in a harbor is safe, 
but that’s not what a ship is built for. 

I was just sharing with someone the other day about the time when I was in training for my career. I used to be in the car on the way to work, SICK to my stomach, full of dread. I'd look up and see the stormy skies, nearly in tears, hoping my trainer wasn't there that day (he always was). The process was difficult, stressful, and uncomfortable.  Eventually everything clicked and I finished the process. As much as I hated training, I had to go through the process to become successful. As tough as it was, I knew that quitting was not an option. I knew it wasn't about my comfort. Sure, I could quit and go back to my comfy low paying gig, but would that get me successful career I said I wanted? How can you grow if you only ever do what is comfortable? If it’s comfortable, it’s familiar- your zone- your box. When do you try new things? Have new experiences? Meet new people? See new places? Have a successful business? Get new skills to qualify for that promotion?  When do you grow? Yes, doing something different can be scary, but you have to be willing to endure some discomfort at times. Step out of your comfort zone. It can be one step at a time, but do take a step. In the end, it is always rewarding. Take it from these people:

Success is a process. You've got to do a series of things 
you're uncomfortable doing in order to get to what you want to do. 
I've had about 11 different jobs. I didn't care for any of them. 
But that process taught me how to do uncomfortable things. 
So as I became successful, when it came time to do uncomfortable things 
to be successful, I was pretty good at it. 
~Steve Harvey

Move out of your comfort zone. 
You can only grow if you are willing 
to feel awkward and uncomfortable 
when you try something new. 
~Brian Tracy

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. 
Growth must be chosen again and again; 
fear must be overcome again and again. 
~Abraham Maslow

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. 
~Max DePree

If you put yourself in a position 
where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone,
 then you are forced to expand your consciousness. 
~Les Brown

My experience is that you cannot have everything you want 
but you can have anything you really want, 
you just need to decide what it is 
and then plan your exit from the comfort zone.   
~Jonathan Farrington

A man grows most tired while standing still.  
~ Chinese Proverb

If you don’t step out of your comfort zone and face your fears, 
the number of situations that make you uncomfortable will keep growing.
~Theo Pistorius

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, 
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.

Dare to learn, to be different, to set your goals, 
to move out of your comfort zone, to be persistent.
~ Unknown

Anything you to do to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone 
will ultimately enable you to take larger risks and grow. 
~ Leslie Evans

Comfort zones are plush lined coffins.
 When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die. 
~ Stan Dale

Comfort Zone
Marvin Sapp

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Black Out

LA Film Fest 2013, Black Out Trailer

It’s easy to take things for granted,
if this is all I've known,
if I've grown up without wanting
food, clothing, or a home.

It’s easy to take things for granted,
if I've never seen poverty,
if I've never suffered hunger,
and I've lived just for “me.”

It’s easy to take things for granted,
if wars, hunger and pain,
are pictures on my TV set,
and my life doesn't change.

It’s easy to take things for granted,
when life is lived with ease,
and my heart has become hardened
to other people’s needs.

Lord, don’t let me take things for granted,
fan Your love into a flame,
give me a heart for those who hunger,
and those who are in pain.

Taking Things for Granted,
Kristine J. Trudeau