by Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
Do you often feel like you’re stuck in an almost-life? You think to yourself, you’re a ‘mighty’ person in the making? No truer words have been spoken. I heard these words during an interview recently and they sounded familiar to me, too.
Tim Storey, acclaimed author, motivational speaker and life adviser, who appeared on Super Soul Sunday, April 5, with Oprah Winfrey, said, “We go through recovery and discovery” at least we should; as we get over the things that happen in our lives. Then we recover when we figure out the lesson in how and why this thing happened to us.
How many of us go through things and never learn anything? Whether these things you do are good or bad, it’s your choice; but please remember; ‘Today’s Decisions Are Your Realities for Your Tomorrow!”
No one else is in charge of you; you were born with free will. You are your own boss, always. Even on your job, you think your supervisor is in charge of your decisions, but quantity and quality of the work you produce is entirely up to you.
Perform just enough to get by and receive a paycheck, you’ll never get considered for anything more. But keep coming to work, day-after-day, and always get more done than required by going the extra mile; it will truly pay off. Stay positive and motivated, even when your boss isn’t!
Find peace in the midst of your storm. Supervisors won’t get joy out of bothering you when your attitude changes and you get your work done the way they want, plus you do even more; all of a sudden, you stand out from the crowd!
That’s your private space; it belongs to you and God. And when something happens in your life, whether it’s good or bad, look for the lesson in it. Repeat this scripture often, as I do, you’ve seen it in this column many times, and you will certainly see it again, it is Romans 8:28 “And I know that all things work together for good to them who love God and who are called according to His purpose.”
Do not waste your failures, learn from them. Back in the 1980’s, when my sisters and I were partners in a small family business called Critique Special Events, on Georgia Avenue, NW; we were the coordinators of the annual Georgia Avenue Day Festival and Parade, which also included a gala black-tie dinner. We were experts in planning dinners, but we had never coordinated a parade or festival. D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis saw our work on a previous occasion, and she had other ideas about us. We submitted a proposal to her office to coordinate the gala dinner; but when we left out, we had the entire parade, festival and gala dinner. Not one day of experience in parades and festivals, but look at God; all because we went the extra mile in another event she attended. I thank God for the opportunity to fall forward; we failed our way to success; worked together until we had more than 100,000 people attending each year, according to the Washington Post.
Even in your darkest times be not anxious. Galatians 6:9 reads: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Each of us is born an original. We are not a copy; we’re made in His image. When you are going through your life feeling as if you really don’t know why you’re here, it is time for you to stop, look around, pay close attention and listen to what the Almighty is saying to you. Then and only then, will you begin to make tremendous progress.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and call 202-263-4621. Listen Fridays at 6 p.m. to her talk show on WYCB (1340 AM), a Radio One station. Her address is 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.