But I do have a solution or two!
Especially with the days 2020 seems to have left us, a lot of things have been confusing. Yet, I realize that I have not quite shared much about who I am and what I believe. In part, it has felt like a long and daunting task, even with the contradicting feeling that I am a very simple person!. Still, I want to be transparent about my beliefs, as that is why I have studied at places like Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, both in NYC and entrenched in social justice work and language. I want to combine an understanding of belief systems with the experience of hearing and pulling out stories, social justice language, and wisdom, putting it all together for the betterment of those I serve, in addition to myself.
It is always good to remind ourselves that we don’t have all the answers… and we’re not supposed to have them all. So please know: whether it be about health, motivation, success, mental health and mindset, emotions, or joy itself; I do not know it all. I am learning and growing every day, and I love that aspect of my life. On the one hand, it can seem shameful and sad to not know everything we want to know all the time. And yet, opportunities to learn and seek information brings us to a place where we never stop moving upward.
The view is way more beautiful than before as we continue moving from peak to peak in our pursuit of knowing. What I do know, though, is that in my 34 years, I have come to see and experience things that have shaped my life in a myriad of ways; that have caused me to readily believe in some things and not others.
I believe in values – that we all have them and that the type of person we become depends, in part, on the experiences that mold us and show us what can be ourselves. They also, in large part, depend on the values that come from within, influenced by those experiences, as well as our own thoughts, ideas, emotions and actions.
I believe in the value of perception. The ways in which we perceive things evokes the good, the bad, and even the ugly in what we think, feel or emote, and then act upon! Did you know your thoughts were so audacious, glorious, and powerful? Keep them squared on and towards your joyful heart!
I believe that health is key and a perfect way to show yourself love. Remember, when putting steps in place to achieve and activate joy, you must care for YOU and put YOU in the picture towards pillar action steps. Otherwise… how will you care for those you serve and love?
Some of the things I believe to the fullest extent possible. Know that I will be here to share more of my beliefs as time moves forward. My health, remember, is coming first this year. I am so excited to share this journey with you, starting with a very healthy, plant-based dinner wrap. Did you know they make plant-based EGGS now? No? You gotta try.
Please, if you are so inclined, let me know one or two beliefs you hold on to tightly. What do you keep in your heart? What do you treasure? You can share below as you are able.
Love, peace, and joy to you all,