My best me recognizes that words have power, so I will choose mine carefully understanding that sometimes you can say more by saying less.
Those who guard their mouth and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
-Proverbs 21:23 (NIV)
#Taming Your Tongue
I’ve learned that success looks like different person to person, that’s why it’s hard to truly measure it. Not everybody wants a mansion, larger than life bank account, or an ambitious career, and that’s okay. However, in order to level the playing fields of success, growth should be the determining factor. Ask yourself, “Am I better now, than I was last year this time?” If the answer is yes, then that means that in some regards, even if it is only minimal, you grew as a person and that my friend, is success. Moreover, if the answer is no, your success will then depend on your actions once you have realized that.
All in all, there is no secret formula that if followed guarantees success. The grey area comes from discovering what the word means to you. So write your own definition and live it.
Inspired by the Daily Prompt – Successful
Having this day off has always given me a moment to say thank you for the many sacrifices that my ancestors made and reflect on the progress of my people. This year however, I find myself a little less optimistic towards the process. But don’t fret, I am not about to go on a rant over the election and my disbelief, contempt, and disappointment that accompanies it. Believe me, everything that I feel has already been said and echoed a hundred times over.
Instead I will focus my attention on the positive. In my lifetime, I saw a black man sworn in to be The President of these United States, twice. He served with dignity, compassion, and purpose. He was the exact opposite of everything that every naysayer ever said he would be. He made us proud.
Happy Birthday Dr. King and Farewell President Obama
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My best me strives to embrace the peace in patience, because progress is a process, and you have to respect that.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
-Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
It took me a long time to realize that the only way I will ever reach my height is to never know how high I can go. Invisible shackles oppress us, I search for the peace in contentment to liberate me. And although they say that the best things in life are free, even freedom has a cost.
The posts on this blog are a reflection of my price…an extension of my journey. Each word, line, stanza, story, and revelation is worth a different amount. And while experience has taught me a lot along the way, my debt isn’t paid. I have a lot more living, loving, and learning to do. You, just like me, have your own pilgrimage to make and your own price to pay. Let the works and words within this portfolio therefore act as therapy. They mean exactly what you need them to. With that being said, I pray that my words speak to you, and more importantly, evoke thought.
So, if you have already arrived at your destination, your debt is paid, and you are foot loose and fancy free – congratulations and enjoy. But if you haven’t, good luck. Here’s a care package for your travels.