Thursday, December 15, 2011

Be Excited

It's almost the end of this year...we should all Be Excited...

Well, I know that the year may not have turned out the way you planned but the fact is you are still here which means that the best is still yet to come. I like to remind people that their past and present put together are nothing compared to their future - that thought alone should make and keep you excited.

Ann Landers put this so nicely: "Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies." Think about it: for those who drive, have you ever been able to go forward "safely" while looking in your rear-view mirror? I haven't.

The only time it makes sense to use your rear-view mirror is when parked in a garage or a spot where going forward is not possible. In such cases, you only go backwards in order to go forward - that's also how we should live our lives. We all need to look-back on the past year to identify areas for improvement or development but looking back and reliving past glories or "sorries" will not take us forward. In other words: "if you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven't done much today."* No one can rewrite the past but we can all create a glorious future and that is enough to be excited about.

Get ready to go forward: a great & exciting year awaits us!

Sources:
*Author unknown

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Aspire to inspire...

I've said it more than once: there is more to your life than just your own life.

As long as we respire, we must all aspire to inspire others before we expire

Besides the personal satisfaction of living for more than yourself and making a difference where you are, "if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."* As you plan for 2012:
Aspire to inspire others ...

With 30 days to go to the end of this year,
I've started considering possible resolutions -
this is one for sure...
Reference:
*John Quincy Adams

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Empower others...

...purposely and purposefully

“The beauty of empowering others is that
your own power is not diminished in the process.”
~Barbara Colorose
To add to that, empowering others puts you in a unique position:
You are a valuable resource to more people than you may ever know.

Bottom line:
You are valuable - do things of value for and to others...empower them.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Be ALIVE!

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs,  
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who are alive.
~Howard Thurman
As we wind down this year and you look back and assess all your ambitions, accomplishments and "almost-theres," take a moment to relive the moments when you felt most alive. In planning for the year to come - in 60 days - recreate those moments in other aspects of your life and for other people. Sooner than later, you'll be meeting more needs of more people just because you have decided to be really and truly ALIVE (Active, Loyal, Insping, Virtuous, Empowering). 

Remember, empowered women excel because they've got and give the power...

Being alive is God's greatest gift...do your part to keep giving every way you can.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

What if they don't believe?

2 months or so ago, we asked ourselves the question "Who are you?" As God will have it, a week earlier I received this piece - Today's word from Joel & Victoria Osteen - and it tied nicely with that question (comments & italics mine).

Scripture: “What if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Romans 3:3, KJV)

So often, people allow the opinions of others to hold them back and water down their dreams. We have to realize, there will always be critics and naysayers in life. One of the most important things you can learn is that other people don’t have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to pass. Other people don’t set the limits for your life — you do. It’s not what others say about you that affects your life, but what you say and believe about yourself. In today’s verse, the apostle Paul is saying, “It doesn’t matter if other people don’t believe. Their unbelief is not going to keep me from believing in my dreams.” When God puts a promise in your heart, it’s not up to other people to bring it to pass, it’s up to you!

You don’t need everyone to validate you. You have to follow the voice of God for yourself and allow Him to order your steps.

Today, know that God sees the hidden treasures inside of you. He wants to bring those treasures out and make your dreams reality. As you get rid of the old, defeated thoughts and replace them with what God says about you, you will remove the limits so you can live the abundant life God has in store for you!
EW: We are empowered to "deal" with (& displace) others' disbelief when we can hear (& heed) God's voice (see: http://sapphire-and-beryl.blogspot.com/2011/09/voice.html)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

“You know some­thing, we’re eagles, we’re not chickens.”

There was a farmer out in the forest and he heard gunshots. He walked to where the shots were fired and found on the ground two eagles lying there. Somebody shot both of those eagles.

As he stood there, all of a sudden he heard a little noise and he looked up and there was a nest up above. You could hear little eagles in the nest. So he climbed up that tree and looked in the nest to find two little eaglets. He didn’t know what to do so he put them in his pocket and climbed back down the tree and went back home.

He was trying to figure out what he should do with the baby eagles so he said to himself, “I’ll just put them in with the chickens.” He took them out to the chicken coop and put those eagles there.

As time went on they grew a little bit and one day they were talking with each other in eagle language. And one said to the other, “You know, we’re different. We don’t look like them.” Then the other one said, “Don’t be talking like that. We’re chickens. I talked to some of those chickens and they told us that we’re chickens. So don’t be talking like that.”

Time went on and they grew a little bit. Pretty soon one came back and said, “You know, we are really different.” The other said, “Just shut up! They taught us how to crow, we flap our wings like they do, we walk like they do, we do everything like they do. We’re chickens.”

Summer came and one of the eagles went walk­ing down a path and kind of strayed away from the flock. As he got into the forest a little bit he began to hear laughter. It was a really hard, gut-bar­rel laughter. He looked up to see an owl sitting in a tree. So the eagle looked up at the owl and said, “What are you laughing at?”

The owl kept on laughing and he said, “I’m laughing because you’re acting like a chicken. You’re an eagle but you’re acting just like a chick­en.” But right away the eagle says, No, “I’m a chick­en.”
“No,” said the owl, “you’re an eagle!” The owl couldn’t convince him so finally the owl flew down and landed by the eagle land he said, “I want you to get on my back and hang on.”
So he got on the back of that owl and the owl took off down the runway and made elevation and started riding the air cur­rents.

Pretty soon the owl was way up in the sky. He said to his passenger, the eagle, “This is you. You soar with the wind. You look way out. You can fly higher than anything.”

The eagle is hanging on the owl and he’s so scared of the height and he’s saying, “No, I’m a chicken, I’m a chicken. Get me back down. By then the owl is getting ready and he says, “I really hate to do this to you but I’ve got to do it.” The owl just flipped over.

The eagle went tumbling through the air and the owl dived down alongside the eagle and he said, “Spread your wings, spread your wings.”

“I can’t, I cant.”

“Spread your wings!”

But pretty soon the eagle started to put out his wings and the wind started to catch them, and all of a sudden…all of a sudden, he just started soar­ing. He couldn’t believe that he was soaring. He was just amazed.

After a while he landed and went back to the chicken coop and the other eagle was still sitting in there. He was trying to snag those chickens, and all that stuff. Making the moves and compet­ing with the roosters, but the other eagle said, “Brother, come over here.” He whispered into his ear and he said, “You know some­thing, we’re eagles, we’re not chickens.”

But then the other eagle got indignant and said, “Oh no! Don’t you be talking like that. They trained us, they told us what we are. I can do it really good. I can be a chicken really good.” “No,” the other eagle said, “that’s not who we are.” They argued a little bit and the one who had flown said, “I want you to come for a walk with me.” He took his brother for a walk and met the owl, and together they put him on the owl and up they went, riding the air currents, just like the other time. Pretty soon the owl flipped over and down came the eagle with his wings out. He began to soar. And he learned. He learned that he, too was an eagle.


Personally, my take-aways (and give-aways) from this story are:

 You never know what (and how much) you can do until you try.
Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to fly.
The fact that you have never flown doesn't mean you can never fly
... you need to be willing to try. 
Get ready to spread those wings and fly...
no-one can do your flying for you
You can achieve great heights - when you spread your wings. Woman! Just go for it...fly


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stand out!

I desire to be outstanding every day of my life everywhere I go & in everything I do - I'm sure you already know that. Well, I'd like to believe that you also desire the same for yourself (& others around you). To be outstanding, we need to "stand out" irrespective of what people around think, say or do.

Standing out starts with "standing" - I'd say that's obvious wouldn't you? We have to be courageous and take a stand for what we believe in...and that in itself means we must even know what we believe because the person who doesn't stand for anything will fall for everything. Plain and simple!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Be Encouraged

I can't say how it is for you but sometimes, I am so overwhelmed by all that I feel called to do especially the things that I really desire to do. There are also a few things I'd rather not do - now or at all - but know that I have to so God is glorified in my life. Unfortunately, some of us get "paralyzed" into inaction/inactivity because of the "enormity" of the task(s) ahead...it should not be so - it really shouldn't.

We must always remember that:
"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something."* 
The best way to start on all the things that God has asked us to do is to start. There is no value in assessing what you need to do if you do not plan to do anything about it.  Some people spend more time assessing what they should do rather than doing what they need to do. "Instead of counting your days, make your days count."*

Although I don't completely agree, I can understand what Leo Rosten meant when he said: "The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all." Personally, I've found that I am so happy and fulfilled when I'm MAD (Making A Difference).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Who are you?

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbor.
“He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth—we’re chickens.”

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Author unknown
EW:
Who are you? Who have those around you said you are? What limitations have you put on yourself or let others put on you? Who says that you can't do or be all that God created you to be? In school, my son was taught to change the phrase "I can't..." to "I can try..." The lesson made a difference in our lives too. You may have also told yourself or been told that "you can't." You may have even tried many things and not succeeded...yet. You need to realize that like Elbert Hubbard said: "There is no failure except in no longer trying." It is never to late to try - look within yourself, break away from those limitation and exploit your potentials. You can try...today is great time to try and before long you will be flying in the sky.

Monday, August 1, 2011

W.O.M.A.N.

Be a W.O.M.A.N

Woman
On a
Mission to
Achieve
New heights

Your mission is your calling. To achieve anything, you need to know what that mission is and then start (or continue) doing all you need to to "walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God's service" (Eph 4:1 - Amp)

"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it." ~ W. Clement Stone

Like Wilma J. Brown said at another Women's Empowerment Conference, we must be fired up and get up to do what we need to. It may not be an emergency yet...but there is an urgency. So get up and get going...

Be a Woman On a Mission to Achieve New heights...
...the world awaits your manifestation.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The eagle that lived and died as a chicken

A baby eagle became orphaned when something happened to his parents. He glided down to the ground from his nest but was not yet able to fly. A man picked him up. The man took him to a farmer & said, “This is a special kind of barnyard chicken that will grow up big.”

The farmer said, “Don’t look like no barnyard chicken to me.” “Oh yes, it is. You will be glad to own it.” The farmer took the baby eagle and placed it with his chickens. The baby eagle learned to imitate the chickens. He could scratch the ground for grubs and worms too. He grew up thinking he was a chicken.

Then one day an eagle flew over the barnyard. The eagle looked up and wondered, “What kind of animal is that? How graceful, powerful, and free it is.” Then he asked another chicken, “What is that?” The chicken replied, “Oh, that is an eagle. But don’t worry yourself about that. You will never be able to fly like that.”

And the eagle went back to scratching the ground.

He continued to behave like the chicken he thought he was.
Finally he died,
never knowing the grand life that could have been his.
Author unknown

EW:
From the first time I read this story and I could not help but wonder which potentials and/or abilities I have that I have not discovered. Join me in this journey to get empowered to look up and step up and be all God has ordained me to be. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Be Empowered

Empower means:
1. give authority to somebody: to give somebody power or authority*
2. make more confident or assertive: to give somebody a greater sense of confidence or self-esteem*

We all need to realize that we have the "authority" and ability to achieve success. God has given us every thing we need to live a successful life. God knows the plans He has for your life, do you have any plan for your life?

At our Women Empowerment Conference, we learned that we must all PLAN
Put God first
Let go of your limitations
Assess you capabilities
Never let go of your aspirations

As we start the 2nd half of the year, how much have you accomplished per your plan? Do you have one? Or have you just let things happen to you? Are you "stuck" at the bottom of a mountain with a plan but no idea on how to proceeed? Do you need help up?

With God's help and inspiration, we'll share "Empowerment" tips on this blog. They may be things you already know and possibly things you have not done...but need to take note of and DO to get to the next level in your life. No-one can really help you beyond your first step...so arise, take my hand and... 
...let's go...


Source:
* http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?lextype=3&search=empowerment

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Just BE

Let me tell you a bit about how - or shall I say why - this blog got started...

Last month, God provided me with the rare opportunity of attending two Women Empowerment Conferences within an 8-day period. Knowing that the number "8" stands for a "New Beginning"* in the spiritual realm, I had to take notice of it. My husband, in his usual manner, had mentioned that I need to do something with all that's happening around me. So I'm using my God-given talents to do just that
...one phrase or precept or paragraph or posting at a time...