Our parents had us so convinced we were precious that by the time I found out I was nothing, it was too late -- I knew I was something.
- Florynce R Kennedy*
As we celebrate Women's History Month and women continue to persevere to equality, I would like to take a moment to share a thought. Imagine a world where the more judgmental people and the powers that be would relax a little and allow nature to just take its course and let the other species take over for awhile. Can you imagine that?
We ALL are here on earth to run our own course in life and reach some of our goals for ourselves. Instead, we may feel that every turn on our road to success (as what we perceived success to be) leads to a dead end or a glass ceiling that seems impossible to break. Or worse, there's no one who will believe in your dreams or they try to directly or indirectly discourage your efforts every step of the way. There will be haters and nay sayers because they don't want you to succeed before they succeed or they wish to stay many steps ahead of you. This premise is both funny and sad. It's funny because whatever is destined to be yours WILL be yours. On the other hand, it's sad that insecure people feel the need to oppress, belittle and discourage any one that is considered a threat or could possibly accomplish more than the other. There's room for everyone to succeed. There isn't a monopoly of successful business owners. Anyone can achieve this thing called success.
We really should learn to run our individual race to our goals like track horses. As a horse gets to the beginning of its race, blinders/blinkers are placed on the side of his eyes, so the horse remains focused on what lies ahead. He's not worried about the horse next to him. He may even be thinking about his treat at the end of the race. As I talk about my journey with you from time to time on these blogs, know that I face my challenges and adapt to them. I have no time to worry about the doubters or if another person is moving further towards his or her own goals. I concern myself with my own accomplishments and know that challenges will be with me most of the way. I learn and then I plan again to adapt to the change and move forward. Blinders on.
This week, I am attending the second half of the National Action Network conference in NY. If you're in the area, I encourage you to attend for any session. You only have to register online. Click here.
I hope to see you there!
*Pine, Joslyn T. Book of African-American Quotations. Dover Publications, 2011