Expressed by: Cassandra Dennis
We are 120 days into 2017 and many of us are off and running with our new year resolutions. Many have started businesses, joined gyms, opened investment accounts, applied for a passport, working on being debt free, downloaded self-help books and so much more.
Or some of us have lost our motivation and given up or started and stopped so many times that we are disappointed with ourselves. We must remember, this is not a race and we all proceed at our own pace. The reasons for setting out to accomplish our goals this year must be personal to us; not because someone believes or feels we should do something. Our motivation must come from within.
Go back to your goal or get it done list and do this for me:
- Review your list and decide is this something you want to accomplish or something someone else wanted you to accomplish, and strike through those goals that you know you will not put forth the effort to accomplish.
- For the goals left on your list write out to the side your reason for wanting to accomplish this goal, and write out empowering key words or quotes, build a musical play list or audio books or inspirational speeches to listen to when your’re running out of steam.
- Write out a mini plan for obtaining that goal. Remember, without a plan you have already planned to fail.
- Place a picture next to each goal. If it’s losing weight, put a leaner picture of you or a particular outfit you want to get into; if it’s a trip put a picture of that place and your passport next to it, now you get the picture.
- Each day refer to your “get it done list” and encourage yourself with what you have written and your visual aids.
Now, get moving we both have work to do.
Expressed by: Cassandra Dennis
What an AMAZING and ENTERTAINING NIGHT!!
We learned so much about ourselves and received refreshing reminders about this journey called life.
- We learned to laugh at ourselves again.
- We realized perfection is overrated; it’s the love for what we are passionate about, love of people and perseverance that reflects a good part of our character.
- Wow, how the theme of the night flowed, U n i t y. The theme spotlighted how it is our similarities AND our differences that bond us uniquely as one, one human race. It is that bond that drives us to stand as ONE against division.
- We were reminded to appreciate the view from where we are sitting or standing in life, but know that we have the ability to change our view.
- We saw first-hand that no one knows our journey better than us, so it is up to us to share our matchless story through the eyes of our essential reality.
- And please let us not forget The Arts and Music is a common thread that unites us. It is our commitment to express our journey and the journey of others that lead to well written stories, monologues, lyrics, layered and intertwined musical instruments and beats, fictional and biographical characters brought to life on stage or on the small and large screen. It is this bond, which embraces collaborative efforts, because we never really walk alone.
- It’s our collaborative movement that encourages us when we want to quit.
- It’s our collaborative movement that sincerely appreciates the gifts and contributions of others.
- It’s our collaborative movement that reminds us to stand tall on the shoulders of those who stood and sacrificed for us.
- It’s our collaborative movement that empowers us to continue to strengthen and build upon those shoulders we stand on for our future generations.
- It’s our collaborative movement that celebrates the amount of room there is for all of us to be shining stars.
- It’s our collaborative movement that is always in forward motion to continue the journey of inclusiveness.
- It’s our collaborative movement that creates and innovates all that’s relational and binds us to grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. Our collaborative movement says we each are here to establish our portion of heaven on earth, that our Father has already predestined in our hearts.
Still haven’t caught on, okay, I will tell you, I’m talking about the Grammy Awards. James Corden climbed, flipped and rolled onto the Grammy stage to begin an extraordinary night with powerful messages. Watching the Grammy’s is big for me because I don’t normally watch award shows, but I felt compelled to watch last night’s show; and as you can see it left an impression beyond measure. Change is brought about with humanity standing strong and being a consistent force against division and unjust actions. I’ve realized what I’m passionate about and have to contribute to humanity, what about you?
Expressed by: Cassandra Dennis
Root: a base or support; a primary source; an origin; an essential part or element.
When we see a tree that’s been uprooted for whatever reason, the many roots that were securing the tree in the ground are exposed. The roots unlike the trunk, branches and foliage of the tree aren’t pretty or uniquely designed; they are caked with mud, soil, insects and even the roots or vines of other nearby trees may have intertwined with that tree, but they serve a great purpose. It is the roots of a tree that invades nearby areas to create a strong foundation for the trunk of a tree that may grow to over 100 feet tall and support the weight of several branches and foliage. The roots are also responsible for feeding the tree with the nutrients from the surrounding environment.
Our lives as humans are like the tree. How we were raised, our environment as a child and our experiences are our roots. It is those roots that feed how we perceive or understand the words or actions of another human being. It is those roots that mold who we are, how we respond verbally, physically and emotionally.
Sometimes the many details and distractions of life overwhelm us to the point that we bluntly address the surface issues of ourselves and others. We begin to easily judge and form an opinion (we all have and socially share one these days) about the actions or words of others, because we don’t want to take the time or energy it requires to address what’s below the surface; the beautiful or beastly ideas, disjointed, intertwined, unsubstantiated information, traditions and fears that fuel our thoughts, decisions, words and actions.
At some point in order to bring about continuous healing, growth and a renewed mindset to humanity as a whole we must:
- decide to be transparent with each other
- refocus our words, time, energy and love to find out what’s feeding our behavior
- expose and address the root of the behavior
- ask questions that helps us to evaluate and redirect the unhealthy behavior to a more positive mindset that will lead to productive behavior.
What’s below your surface that may be hindering you from healthy, productive, joyful relationships or from obtaining the goals you seek each year? Get to the root of it with productive help from others.