3 Life Changing Questions for 2019 and Beyond

At the beginning of each year, many will start the new year with vision boards, resolutions, and all sorts of promises and plans.  Some will even assign the year a mantra or motto and deem this “The year of (fill in the blank).”

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and I firmly believe that we all need a goal and plan to work towards to achieve those things we aspire to obtain.  The word even tells us, “Write the vision and make it plain” and “where there is no vision, the people perish”. As true as all of that may be, and again, I believe it is true, change essentially begins from within.  And until you change who you are into who want to become, you can make all the declarations about who and what you are not bringing into the new year, and it will matter none.  You can cutoff, unfriend, and delete as many as you want to.  But none of your haters, detractors, or naysayers have anything to do with BEING the change and not merely claiming a change. Remember, a vision without a plan is just an illusion and a dream without a plan is nothing more than a wish.  If you really want to Be The Change and bring your dreams and vision to fruition, here are 3 key questions to ask yourself.

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The Best Is Yet To Come!

Breaking News!!!!

In a few days we will welcome a New Year!!! I’m Not Taking Anything With Me Into 2019 that does not grow me, stretch me, or make me better, or push and propel me to my purpose!!!

If you owe me, don’t worry about it!!!
If you wronged me, it’s all good!!!
If you’re beefing with me, you won!!!
If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool. Be safe and I still wish you well!
If you’re Talking about me, thanks for The Advertisement!
If you don’t deal with me, continue not to!
If you don’t like me, I understand!
If you left me hanging, don’t pick me up!
If you feel I wronged you, Please inbox me so we can get it right! I am sorry and I pray it can be mended.
In all things I forgive you!
If I can be of assistance, I am still here!

Life is TOO SHORT for all this “extra” UNNECESSARY DRAMA! No one is promised tomorrow.

🙏🏽Be Blessed 🙏🏽But Be A Blessing
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
#LivingMyBestLife #TheBestIsYetToCome #TheYearOfGreater!!! #LivingOnPurpose 

Action Time!

Recently, I had surgery, a surgery in which I did not fully grasp the severity of the injury, the extensiveness of the surgery, or the length of recovery. Initially, it threw me off and left me bewildered and second-guessing my rationale in having the surgery to begin with. How often have you been faced with a daunting situation and began second-guessing everything too? But I can tell you that with a change of perspective comes a newfound outlook.

It may sound unbelievable and even a little naïve, but life sometimes can be as simple as 4 basic concepts: #Acknowledge, #Accept, #Action, and #Accomplish.

Not matter the situation, we all must first ACKNOWLEDGE that something is going, something has gone awry, something is out of the norm. Too often, people stick their heads in the sand hoping to problem will magically go away. Guess what? It is still there when you come back up and more often that not, it has gotten worse. Acknowledge with is happening; do not ignore. The first step. matter the situation, is recognizing and acknowledging that the situation exists.

Now that you have acknowledged it, ACCEPT it for what it is. You have decided to no longer ignore and now you are accepting the challenge ahead. Acceptance means to keep it confined in its own realm. Do not make more of it than necessary and do not make less of it as if it is nothing. To accept a matter is to have an honest evaluation considering all factors and properly measuring it. Once you have accepted it, you have now taken away any power or stronghold it may had over you and you have declared yourself ready to tackle it.

So you have acknowledged the issue and accepted the challenge. The next phase is to take ACTION. It will not resolve itself. Despite your willingness to acknowledge and accept, if you do nothing further, the same issue will remain. It’s action time! Once you accepted it, you waged war against the matter and in doing so, it is now time to devise a course of action to eliminate it. Action means taking a formulated plan and executing it to fruition. It also means measuring the pros and cons and putting yourself in the best position for the most favorable outcome. Action is not about running in aimlessly, head first, with no plan, wishing for a good outcome. No, action means a calculated attack that will once and for all vanquish the issue.

Finally, after action has taken plan, then comes ACCOMPLISH. Remember it began with acknowledging something was going on, followed by acceptance that something needs to be done, then action to resolve it, all with a purpose to accomplish the optimal resolution. Accomplishing the objective is both gratifying and therapeutic. It is the direct result of the aforementioned and the product of your diligence and tenacity. Accomplishments are nothing to be overlooked either. They measure growth, build perseverance, and serve as tools for when the next challenge arises. Never dismiss the accomplishments you achieve. To accomplish anything means you saw it through until the end and that is worth every applause.

Once I changed my perspective, acknowledging the surgery and everything that came with it, accepting the fact that recovery would be long and tedious, taking a course of action to follow the physical therapy and treatment directives, I began to accomplish results beyond what I could imagine or initially thought possible. Now I look forward to going to physical therapy because I can see progress, but first I have to shift my mindset. Now I take action to work toward a goal I once thought impossible or farfetched. And I already know that what will be accomplished will be greater than I expected because the hardest part was the beginning, acknowledging something needed to be done.

What in your life do you need to acknowledge? What have you yet to accept? What do you need to take action upon? What can you accomplish when you do began to apply these 4 simple steps?

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Se7en

 
I sit here in an abyss, heartache and sorrow consuming me,
How 7 years ago seem like yesterday?  7 years ago you was here with me!
Who knew that when you blew out the candles, that was the prelude…
7 days later your earthly body gave into another mood.
And just like that, when the vapors cleared,
7 days later, my heart disappeared.
Even God rested on the 7th day,
but who knew 7 years later you wouldn’t be here for another birthday.
7, the number of completion, it is finished,
but all I want 7 years later is something I keep wishing.
The word says forgive 70 times 7,
but the only thing in this world that can heal the wound resides in Heaven.
I could cry 7 rivers, but no more tears fall,
so for 7 years I’ve been letting my pen ball.
Saddest part… It hurts more now than it did then;
what do you do when no matter how much you try, you can’t hear her voice despite listening.
I could march around the walls 7 times and let the trumpets blow,
but even then, the only thing that comes is more heartache and sorrow.
Like I said before, I’m surrounded by it, it is part of my every day,
Did I mention that today is my angel’s birthday?
7 years later and yet I have survived,
because in 7 years I vow to keep my sister’s memory and legacy alive.
If nothing more, I will save 7 souls, touch 7 lives, make 7 new revelations,
I’ll create 7 more opportunities, and in her honor, we’ll have 7 more celebrations.
So no matter how much hurt and pain today will bring,
tomorrow I’ll pick myself up and your praises I will continue to sing.
Rest in paradise my baby and one day we shall meet again,
but on this day, 7 years later, how I feel today is something I cannot pretend.
Blow out a few more candles and dance in Heaven,
Know that being my sister shall always be one of God’s greatest presents.
 
~ A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart
 

Ancient One



I’m ancient like an Egyptian pyramid, people come to me just to see what I think;
Drop jewels of knowledge and love, I’m the blueprint they used to build the Sphinx.
So ancient I flow like the river Nile, limitless, strong current, and covering vast territory;
When you thirst, take one sip from my waters and set your mind free as it’s overtaken with a splendid glory.
Stompin’ with the big dogs? Naw, a walked with the dinosaurs, earth’s first mighty creatures;
Before shepherds led sheep, I was the Creator’s preacher.
Molded from Aphrodite’s bosom and Hercules might, with the wings of Hermes, my soul took flight;
Conquered the perils of man, freed the captives, and sleighed the dragon so others could see the light.
I’m a titan amongst giants, call me Chronos Eros, the master of time and attraction;
As the world around you dissipates, I breathe new life into you and bring you that much closer to ultimate satisfaction.
Ancient you say? Sure, like an Aztec warrior, slaying enemies for centuries and still standing strong;
No mere mortal could have lasted so long.
Ancient like the stars in the sky, the planets in the universe, I am a solar system;
As you orbit around me, feel my gravitational pull, it is within my atmosphere you begin to listen.
You hear wisdom, pain, experience, love, lost, and tribulation;
You learn peace, happiness, thankfulness, and jubilation.
You pick up tools to overcome and succeed, tidbits to carry you on your way;
You learn the secrets of the ancient ones which is to cherish each and every day.
Ancient you call me and ancient I’ll be,
but when you are in my presence sit quiet and let the master speak.© ~ BrotherWord

Thankful Thursday – World Gratitude Day

Today is World Gratitude Day!  I am beyond excited to watch the world take a moment to express gratitude to each other.  We all often become consumed by the daily grind, trying to cram all we can into twenty-four hours and finding ourselves overwhelmed with deadlines, responsibilities, tasks, the whims of others, and our own personal needs.  Whew… that is a lot just thinking about it.  But today, let’s take a moment to just be grateful for the here and now, the sun rising, the roof over our head, the family and friends in our lives, the jobs we have, things as simple as the breathe in our lungs and the shining of the sun on our face.  You have often heard me say, The More You Think, The More You Thank© and especially on #WorldGratitudeDay, take the time to think about all the things you can be thankful for.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to celebrate World Gratitude Day… and every day:

1.)  Put on your favorite song this morning and sing along with it out loud and dance like there is no tomorrow.  You’ll be surprised how giddy you will feel and invigorating it is to be free and enjoying the moment.

2.) List {BrotherWord – Gratitude Day}10 things you are grateful for and write them out.  Do not over think it, but write the first ten things that come to mind.  After writing them out, place the list somewhere you can see it all day.  Writing your grateful items out will help you to realize the blessings in your life and viewing them throughout the day is a great reminder and anecdote if the day becomes a little hectic.

3.) Reach out to your circle and let them know how grateful you are for them.  It is nothing like being appreciated and acknowledged; it boosts the energy of the receiver and comforts the giver.  It is a kinetic enlightenment that is contagious and transformative.

4.) Do one thing for yourself today that you have been meaning to do and have been putting off.  Nothing major, just a simple gesture.  Start reading that book, go to the gym, cook that dish, call that friend you have been meaning to check on, take a bubble bath, simply take a moment to pamper yourself and accomplish a personal goal.  Take a quiet moment to read and reflect on a devotional or meditate in silence concentrating on your breathing as you inhale and exhale and calming your inner being.  Being grateful also means caring for yourself and embracing life to the fullest, even in the simplest of ways.

5.) Touch someone in the community and remind them too that there are many things which we can be grateful for.  Especially in light of the recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, many are still suffering and recovering, and any ray of hope and happiness can do a wonder of good.  Share your gratitude by helping those in need, volunteering at a shelter or food bank, helping clean a home or neighborhood, or just being kind to a complete stranger for nothing more than the sake of being kind.  FYI: Hugs and thank yous can lift the spirit in unbelievable ways.

Hopefully these ideas will help you to celebrate World Gratitude Day and start great habits for everyday.  A grateful heart is one that remembers and celebrates, it heals and consoles, and is thankful for it all.  Be Great-Full Today!

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

Be The Change

As I sat here reading the Jemele Hill story and the mounds of equal support and backlash, I couldn’t help but wonder where will this latest public outcry lead to. Let me say this and be very clear, I agree with her statement! What has been demonstrated from the oval office, the highest seat and authority in our country is deplorable and equally laughable. Our most covenant hierarchy has been made into a mockery of disrespect, hatred, and ill will that even the staunchest of constituents cannot deny. And even with that truth, I wish she would have not said it in social media or publicly.

She has every right to voice her thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, but I also feel she has a unique responsibility to use her words to build and uplift and not continue the same rhetoric and perpetuate that very hate and bigotry she is speaking against. I am not a fan of her pundits, but I agree when they say if someone would have made a statement like this against Obama, all hell would have broke loose and heads would have rolled. She has a platform and a powerful voice, and as such, I wish it would have been used to build and not continue to waddle in muddy waters where there is no escape. As true as her statement is and I agree she is right, it does not and will not change the person it is aimed it, the followers who believe in the same backward and shall I see I say, evil doctrine, or those who choose to turn a blind eye and pretend it does not exist.

My hope is for those that are fighting for change, that they educate others who are seeking knowledge and want to understand on a higher plain that differences do not equate to separatism, that opinions do not mean right or wrong, that ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or anything that is deemed to be less than, makes one person superior than the other! That at the end of the day, we are all human beings created to love and be loved! My sincerest hope is that those with a platform concentrate on being a voice for freedom and equality. You cannot change hate with hate.

And for those that believe politics and sports shouldn’t mix, they are the same ones who think church and state are different beasts too. Until we all understand that we are all connected in a woven paradigm that shifts and ebb and flows and we begin working on solutions and not staying stuck in the mundane, superficial, and irrelevant, we will continue the same patterns. If people acknowledged and stood up against the hatred and bigotry to begin with, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. And as long as we continue to have the same discourse, we will never move past it. It’s beyond time for new dialogue and rhetoric. Time to move forward and to be the change we want to see.

Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world! Today, choose to show love, to be a little more understanding, to forgive and move forward, to be an example of what you seek the world to mirror. If each individual moves in this direction, imagine the ripple effect that could create. In no way am I discrediting or distancing myself from Jemele Hill either. She is a stalwart for the African-American, female, AND journalistic communities and someone I admire and thoroughly enjoy her commentary. I am just ready for the voices of the people to sway the dialogue to solution-based conversations and not continue to perpetuate what has already been done. We learn from the past and then we do what needs to be done to correct where possible and never repeat again.

Dan Abnett is quoted as saying, “I know that words cannot move mountains, but they can move the multitude – we’ve proven that time and time again. People are more ready to fight and die for a word than for anything else. Words shape thought, stir feeling, and force action. They kill and revive, corrupt and cure.” I would say he is mostly right. Words can move mountains and the right words delivered to the right persons in the right way and embolden them to move any mountain, whether it be physical, mental, political, or spiritual. Words are the weapons of the masses and how you use them, will determine not only how you are perceived, but also how you impact others. Jemele is a voice of the people and now is the time to move the people in a new direction; it is time to BE THE CHANGE!

Motivational Monday

How many of us can attest to going through a storm, to being on the brink of no return, to being so overwhelmed with the weight of the world, you have lost all hope?  As all of Houston and the surrounding areas continue to be pummeled by #HurricaneHarvey, I can imagine many people have begun to lose hope and worse, some have given up.  But even in the storm, there is still reason to believe it will all work out.

It seems easy to weather the storm (pun intended) when you are not the one going through it, but as I am literally and currently dealing with the fallout of the hurricane devastating Houston, I promise you, easy is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Not to mention as a native #NewOrleanian on the eve of #Katrina, this is far from an easy time.  The memories of all that was lost during Katrina, the lives that were forever changed, and now watching it happen all over again in Houston is a painful reminder of how fleeing and fickle life can truly become.  

But what does come to mind during this ordeal is the story of Jonah and the whale, for more reasons than the obvious.  Jonah ran from what he was purposed to do, denied who he was, became disobedient and indignant, and caused himself to be a much dire situation.  When we think we know it all, fail to accept who we are and what we are supposed to do, become stubborn and impervious to reality, we often find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with little hope and less of a chance for recovery.  And here is where Jonah found himself.  But I have great news… this is not where the story ends.

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Motivational Monday

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven…

Did you know you were appointed and anointed specifically and intentionally just for this season?  It was on purpose, for a purpose and with purpose that God saw fit to give you this task.  It was not by accident or coincidence that you find yourself in this place and at this time.  This is your assignment!

When you have been appointed, that means someone (Christ) has decided beforehand that you were the right person for the job.  You were designated to fulfill the purpose.  And if Christ decided beforehand that you were the candidate for the job, rest assured that He went ahead and removed any obstacles, put the necessary people in place to assist you, and provided you with all the tools and provisions needed to accomplish the goal!  Those that are appointed have already been equipped and furnished with all they need and given gifts and talents they have yet to discover. 

A new Supreme Court Justice is appointed by the President and goes through a vetting process conducted by the Senate before being confirmed and officially taking a seat on the Supreme Court.  But isn’t it good news to know that once God appoints you, you have already been found acceptable and more than capable of fulfilling the duties of your assignment! 

Not only have you been appointed, but you have also been anointed.  That simply means you have been marked, nominated, conferred, given the seal of approval, because when God appointed you, He most definitely anointed you!  “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.  God set you apart, specially and wonderfully made for just this reason.  Everything God does is on purpose, there is not one wasted act, and what He does is with a purpose in mind – to grow His people so that they may in turn reach someone else. 

As the scripture reads, God “guaranteed what is to come,” so He knew ahead of time exactly where you would be at this moment in life.  Knowing the end before the beginning, He appointed you anyway, called you by name, and consecrated you, anointing you to be blessed and be a blessing to others.  So the next time you are wondering, “why me,” just remember that this is your designated time and you have been chosen to see it through, but the path has already been searched and cleared and you have been given every resource needed to succeed!

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Proverbs 31: 25-30 Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared]. She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction]. She looks well to how things go in her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired); Her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], But you excel them all.” Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.

I do not know anything that is more precious than a Mother.  The giver and sustainer of life, she nourishes the body and soul, a pillar of strength and humility, Mother is the only one who can soothe the hurt, ease the pain, impart wisdom, and encourage you to chase your dreams simultaneously.  

Mother is a rare breed and unique calling and those that are so blessed sacrifice much and receive far too little praise.  She is guided by faith, cloaked in honor, her influence transcends time and space, a humble spirit never seeking accolades or recognition, and her greatest success is to see her children blessed.  Mothers have a special gift and can literally bring heaven to earth!

Today and every day, I am so thankful for my very own Mother whom I adore and cherish and has shown me what love looks like.  A quiet woman with an unyielding will, my Mother has exemplified a Godly Mother in more ways than one and for that, I am earthly thankful and eternally blessed.  And to my Angel Mother, my Mother-In-Law… if only I could thank you for the blessing of my wife and all you have given me from Heaven above.  Thank you for loving me enough to orchestrate this union.  I can never express enough the love I have for you and all you mean to me.  To my Grandmothers, thank you for being the rocks of our family and for demonstrating the power of a praying woman!  Because of you I now know what the fervent prayer of a righteous person looks like.  Thank you keeping me safe even when I strayed.  To my aunts, godmothers, and every mother-figure that has poured into my life and loved me as their own, thank you.  I am who I am because of you and the sacrifices you have made, the love you have shown, and the wisdom you have instilled.  

Happy Mother’s Day to you ALL!

Definitely… Without a shadow of a doubt… 100% bonafide and true, God blessed us all when He made you

God took a look at His masterpiece, broke the mold and threw out the design

Said to Himself, this is beauty personified, magnificence divine

Delighted in His work, He breathe life into you and said go shine…  ©BrotherWord

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