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June taught me: A half-year rundown

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Three years ago, I randomly did a reflective Instagram post about my lessons from June. Ironically, it’s the half-way mark for the year so it was fitting to do a rundown. I’d like to continue that. We learn every day so the lessons might overlap but here is what this June taught me. 

  1. Go higher ALL the time

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I have been tempted to stoop lower than usual and to be honest I have backslidden and reached into my petty pockets for the sake of it. But, at the price of my conscience.  In the middle of popping off, I could hear my own words screaming at me. I knew I should do better but anger and frustration is a hell of a thing. 

Remember, not everyone will think and act like you. Some folks will disrespect you all the time without even thinking that it’s disrespectful. Remember who you are and what you stand for. Anger is never the answer. We will all fall short but you can rise above it and be great.

  1. Forgiveness is a work in progress

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Rebuilding a relationship after the hurt is hard. It is harder when you are practically more aware of the nuisances that caused the problems in the first place. You are better able to recognize the things you no longer want to be a part of.  It is common to want to around a person but not like before. Except, all you can see are similarities from the past. Forgiveness takes away the pain of reliving the “trauma” but it doesn’t change the person or their idea of you. 

Take it easy. Timing is everything and not everyone will want to walk the same path as you. Ask yourself if you really want that relationship or is it just for the sake of it all. Sometimes we have to know when to let go as hard as it is. 

  1. Trust your gut

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I get dreams that tell me more than I ever hope to know. Some I keep to myself, others I tell others as a reference point. They usually manifest but having a witness doesn’t hurt. Aside from my dreams, my gut is always on point. Like if I say, I’m going to tell you something but something feels off about me telling you. Rest assured, I will back off.  I used to discredit those feelings but time and time again, actions back them up so they are very hard to avoid.

Trust what you feel but your feelings are never final. Look for behaviors that mirror those feelings. You need facts to validate your gut but still trust it. It is the starting point that will clarify almost everything your heart already knows. 

  1. You are magical! 

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I amaze myself all the time.  In the middle of being the Queen of procrastination and whatever else that life might hand me, I have found more magic in me each day than before. My potential scares the shit out of me and it’s a really good feeling. 

You have to believe in yourself and your talent. No one does what you do quite like you. We have all been given a unique mandate to crush it, yes with obstacles but hey, the harder they come, the harder they will fall.  My best advice is to always do your best, don’t rush and never compare journeys. Naturally, this sounds boilerplate but we all need to hear this as many times as possible. 

  1. God is the Plug

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If you read my last post (yes, it’s been a while) then you’ll know that my God and I are thick.  In good times and extreme turmoil, I call on him and he answers. I won’t get preachy. But, just so you know, my God supplies all my needs. I am never without and I come to understand that the more I let go of all that I WANT to happen, God does what he wants and it is so much better. 

God is the plug. No ifs or maybes about it. So, draw closer to the creator. Your purpose is rooted in what he wants for us as people. To love each other, unconditionally.

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The goal has always been to be better and do better. Let’s find the lessons and apply them generously as we become all that we were created to be.

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