“Inside my head there lives a dream that I want to see in the sun/Behind my eyes there lives a me that I’ve been hiding for much too long/’Cause
I’m scared of the judgement that may follow/Always putting off my living for tomorrow/It’s time to step out on faith, I’ve gotta show my faith/ It’s been illusive for so long, but freedom is mine today/I’ve gotta step out on faith, It’s time to show my faith/Procrastination had me down but look what I have found, I found/Strength, courage, and wisdom/And it’s been inside of me all along/Strength, courage, and wisdom/ Inside of me” ~ India Arie (Strength, Courage, & Wisdom song lyrics)
Thank you beautiful souls so much for taking time out of your day to stop by and read my blog.
So, this year I have made a choice that I would live my life by the theme of One Word. I’ve decided that in order to help drive that theme home I would add an anthem aka a theme song. That song is “Strength, Courage, and Wisdom” from India Arie’s Acoustic Soul Album released for those looking to express themselves. As I listened to this song traveling back to Georgia from Mississippi, I felt a sense of empowerment come over me. You know, I’ve heard this song played hundreds of times, but for some reason on this particular occasion it caught my attention like never before. We are all in a place where we’re continuously looking and trying to find ourselves, or trying to figure out who we really are. So, this year while everyone else is resolving to become a “new me.” I am going against the grain and choosing to have the Strength to just “Be Me”.
Believe it or not for far too long, I’ve hidden my true self from others for fear of judgment. Playing small and avoiding conflicts as much as possible to remain in a place of comfort. Wanting to be taken seriously, and wanting my voice to be heard in this overcrowded world. As I sat in the car listening to this powerful song, I knew in 2017 that I was not going to allow those insecurities hold me back any longer. I am going to have the Courage to stand up and be me. I know it won’t be easy and I know some days of harder than others. But I know that Wisdom comes with growth.
I’ve found the strength and courage to step out on faith. And it’s time that we all find that within ourselves. Why should we hide what has been fearfully and wonderfully made? Put on this earth to shine so that we could be an inspiration to someone else. Our Creator took precious time in making something so great, and it’s time for us to start acting like it. Our past or present situations don’t and shouldn’t dictate our future. Let’s be strong, courageous, and work diligently to gain wisdom from this point forward.
Until next time
xoxo Petite Latoya 💜