What My Mother Taught Me: 5 Lessons for Life and Business
My mother was a quiet woman, a simple woman, hardworking and a spiritual warrior. She never drew attention to herself nor tried to be in the spotlight. Instead she chose to raise her nine children (everyone is pictured except my sisters Decima and Marva) with as much dignity and grace as she could, teaching us to be great contributors to the world around us. She was much beloved and treasured by all during her short 64 years of life on this earth. It has been 20 years this month since we lost Mother (pronounced Mudda with aTrinidadian accent) to breast cancer. Today we are participating in the Sisters Network Stop the Silence 5K Run/Walk at Discovery Green in her honor.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
There is no one like you!
One of the most crippling things you can do to yourself is to constantly compare yourself to other people. I will say that it is NOT easy to NOT fall victim to it but you must try (yes I used a double negative).
Comparing yourself to others can have several outcomes but I will only talk about two, 1) either you feel superior to the other person or 2) it adversely affects your self-esteem and self-worth and you feel less than the other person. It is rarely neutral. In this post I will deal with the latter, it’s what I know best. (Staying in my own lane here.)
How do I find my joy again?
Sometimes in life bad things happen to us. They are usually unexpected and really throws us for a loop. The quote I shared last week mentions that you can do three things “… let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you”. I hope you will choose the latter. I am not saying that it is easy to move forward after something bad happens to you, because it is not. I know this from experience.
How to Be Kind to Yourself When You Mess Up
My boys forgot about their book talks that were due this week at school. They both came to me the morning they were due and asked me what they should do about their project. Well as you can imagine, I was livid!
I Forgive You
Today I want to talk about the difficult topic of forgiveness. It is a topic that I have always felt comfortable discussing because it has always come easy for me to forgive. I learned very early from watching my mother, who was a living example of how to forgive, that it was something that I would confront often in my life. As we read the Bible together she asked me to internalize this scripture from Ephesians 4:31-32. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. This week my ability to put this scripture into action was tested.