Shared Voices: Yu Still Stay Good!

— Rochelle Cameron

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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SO invited eight remarkable women to share their voices. Yes, there were a few prompts, but, for the most part we waited to be surprised. The ladies did not disappoint! And we reckon that, like us you'll want to curl up in bed this Sunday morning and enjoy their thoughts on social media, an unfulfilling existence, living abroad, having children, #TimesUp, the myth of formal education, being true to yourself and finding one's purpose.

Cheers to a great week!


A few days ago, I was runway hot-stepping, feeling my personal breeze (like Beyonc é ) when I heard a scraping sound, in chorus with each step. What could that possibly be? Could it be coming from my shoes? That classic scraping is the “tip drop off, girl you walking on a nail” sound! I stopped to check and a lovely lady stopped with me, and this was her take on my dilemma: “Don't worry, Goodie, one tip nah dun you! Dat a de least. Yu still stay good.”

Spiritual leader and best-selling author Marianne Williamson said something similar with these words: “I have come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul's growth.” Well, the tip was gone and I was running late for a meeting. What to do but walk on the balls on my feet, head held high, find back my breeze and continue hot-stepping it?

Every disappointment is a chance for us to congratulate ourselves on having showed up and an opportunity to recalibrate and try again, and again…and again, because we shall rise. The challenges, those moments when we feel that we just cannot go on, they are exactly what we need for our soul's growth! So yes, to live is to make mistakes, to fail, to get up, dust off, and to rise. The victory is in our ability to make a decision to breakthrough, overcome and rise!

There are going to be some obstacles, but you need to ask yourself if you are the biggest one. We are big people here; we can admit that sometimes before we even take the first step we start thinking of all the reasons we shouldn't. Doors of opportunity are opened and “we catch we 'fraid'” Prayers have been answered and our response is “Lord, I meant 2019, not this year; me nuh ready”. When are we ever ready? What about “Lord, I trust you; lead me.” What you mean you not ready? Start! Your soul is not fed by starving it of a chance to soar. Whatever the outcome, you have already won, because you tried. There is so much joy in just believing in yourself and giving yourself a chance.

As I look at 2018 I remind myself that tomorrow is not promised, so all I can work on is today. In fact, all I have is this moment. So I will treasure the times when I was so afraid and someone reminded me that I can, and I did. I will do the same for someone. I will congratulate myself for the number of times I have tried and failed, because I have risen stronger. I will be able to laugh at an ugly cry that I cried when things did not go my way. I will be thankful that a path was blocked so I could be led exactly where I am to go. I appreciate the times that I thought it was time to move, and then realised that there are lessons to be learned exactly where I am. As I learn I will teach. As doors are opened for me I will keep them open for others. As someone hears me I will listen to others. As I rise I shall pick someone up with me. I will laugh loudly and I will love hard. I will cry when I need to and I shall feed my soul with the joy of living. So feeding my soul is finding my purpose and yes, I will remember: “Don't worry Goodie, one tip nah dun you! Dat a de least. Yu still stay good!”

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