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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Notes. Life's Barriers

We all experience barriers and doubts, as well as insecurity at some time or another. We all encounter people who sit on the sidelines of our lives trying to break our spirit or seek to control us by words, deeds and actions. These abusive actions can be physical, verbal or emotional or all of them. I have experienced them all, and have chosen to learn something more about who I am, so as to not repeat the same mistakes. Get to know yourself, moving to inner peace even while facing life's storms is key from my view. People come in and out of our lives for different reasons - and not everyone is intended to take the entire journey with you or vice versa.

It's up to us how we use this 'energy'. In doing interviews this morning and yesterday I had quite engaging conversations. All of the women journalists and I shared these common themes in life. We discussed getting through these feelings and circumstances and staying motivated.

Shortly after, I read remarks given by First Lady Michelle Obama to a college bound set of charter school students today in Washington, D.C. . She seemed to echo the same thoughts. Her words were empowering as she spoke of so many examples where people had exceeded even their own expectations.

As a woman, I can speak from that perspective with experience, because as a woman I am aware of the unique challenges we have to navigate be it personally or professionally.

Own who you are and don't be discouraged. Don't let others break you down. Use the anxiety or doubt to help maximize your potential, rather than letting it rob you of moving forward in a positive way.

"You have nothing to fear, but fear itself" and remember that you are the first 'YOU' there is! Own it.

2 comments:

angellovef said...

I once heard the phrase, "Be yourself because no one else can do it better." I've had years of poor self-esteem in my teens and early twenties. Now in my mid 30's I am enjoying who I am and loving myself and my life everyday. I am so thankful to be me.

Anita C. McCants said...

Great Post Jody!
As my kids were growing up,
I would remind them to "Be
yourself because you won't
happy trying to be somebody
else." I also reminded them
to "Stay true to yourself.
Don't do anything that you're
not comfortable with."