The lights grew dim as wristbands began to illuminate the arena. A voice low, yet robust filled the atmosphere. Women excitedly cheered on as they recognized the familiar voice speaking. I could barely hear what she was reciting over the roaring applause. And then, like a vision of a burning sun, she rose from within the stage. We all lost our minds! It took me a second to realize that I was watching Oprah Gail Winfrey walk on the stage. Tears began to well in my eyes as it hit me: I was seeing Oprah in the flesh.
A friend suggested I watch this documentary and I’m glad he did. Side note: if you come across a doc you’d think I’d love to watch, shoot me an email! Anyway, although I was hoping it would be longer and a bit more in-depth, I really enjoyed it. Using psychologic research and real life interviews from people across the world, ‘Happy‘ examines the importance of happiness.
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin
Last week, I had lunch with a friend to discuss my involvement in his new project. I love hearing the excitement in someone’s voice when they speak on their passions. I truly believe that whatever you want is right there waiting for you, so long as you put in the effort to attain it.
After lunch, he was presented with a work opportunity in my presence. I’m thinking, “Shoot, I’ve been unemployed 37 days now. Let me find a way in this.” So…I said I’d do the work. And that was that.
I think the gravity of what I’ve done is finally affecting me.
I quit my job. There are no more paychecks coming in. It’s time to pay the bills. The magnitude of this realization caused me not to want to get out of bed this morning.
And then I’m reminded of words my good friend GG shared with me when I first told her I quit my job:
It’s actually pretty sickening how much I actually talk about Beyonce on this blog and with friends.
I’m not talking about, “Oh, Bey real cute on the streets today.” kinda talking but complete dissertations of every song since 4 came out. Because really, that’s when Beyonce finally came into her own.
Over at Pledge to Be Bella (where I am a contributor), we’re discussing how to have a Beyonce Year; how to achieve Beyonce-esque greatness. Now, I know I have the same 24 hours as Beyonce but c’mon folks, we all know that Beyonce is the by-product of an IMMACULATE team. Beyonce + her team = greatness. She does what she wants [now] without fear. And that’s what a Beyonce Year is all about.
- I freakin opened my eyes this morning. No, they opened on their own. No, God chose to open my eyes. DOPE.
- I have a god-daughter that still remembers me even when I haven’t seen her in an embarrassingly long time.
- For friends that accept me despite my aloofness.
- For a mom and dad, brother and sister.
- For laughter and tears.
- For love and heartache.
- For the gift of acceptance.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ― Mark Twain
Words of wisdom from Umair Haque.
1. You can’t find inspiration if you can’t face heartbreak.
2. You can’t be inspiring if you’re not willing to have your heart broken.
3. If you’re not feeling inspired, it’s because your head’s getting in the way of your heart.
4. Inspiring people don’t make the sensible decisions. They don’t make the proper decisions. They make the right decisions.
5. Inspiration is when the heart opens itself to possibility.
Break your heart. Mend it. Make mistakes. Live. Try. Learn. Do it all over again.
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Sometimes I wake up and my first thought is I didn’t get enough sleep. I get to the fridge to find that I don’t have enough fruit to make my smoothie. And then I look at my to-do list and realize I don’t have enough time to get even half way through it.
I get in my car and discover that I don’t have enough gas to get to the yoga studio. Later, I come home to a letter from my bank manager telling me I don’t earn enough for a mortgage.
And I spend the rest of the day feeling like I’m just not good enough.
The Never Enough Problem
Never good enough.
Never thin enough.
Never clever enough.
Never pretty enough.
Never rich enough.
Never successful enough.
We could all fill in the blank of “never __________ enough.”
We spend our lives calculating how much we have, how much we want, and how much we don’t have. And we compare this to what everyone else has (or to the visions of perfection we get from the media) – a self-defeating cycle that will always ends with the same conclusion: We are lacking. We never have enough. We never are enough.
But there is an answer to the Never Enough Problem: Gratitude.
Gratitude is what makes the glass half full. It reminds you that you have enough and that you are enough.