Many people cross our path throughout life. We meet them at different places, circumstances, times, and stages of our life.
Parties, weddings, work, schools, and colleges are some popular places where friendships begin.
There are also those rare encounters when a stranger shows up under unusual circumstances — such as at a moment of tragedy, grief, and loss. They hold your hand and lead you through a most difficult time. They cry with you. They dry your tears. Then they’re gone.
Then there are those people in your life who are ever-present, whether it be to share your happiest moments…
I didn’t know how to respond. Her question caught me off guard.
“How do you feel”? The woman next to me ecstatically asked at the end of our Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
Her bright hazel eyes illuminated above her mask as she tried to strike up a conversation. “We are Americans!!” she exclaimed as though to convince herself of the new status bestowed on her.
I approved with a simple smile. I hoped she could see it in my eyes. I wouldn't want her to believe I had ignored her or taken such a momentous occasion lightly. But I was distracted…
We've all been there.
Those crammed appointment days require you show up on time.
The train ride is a hassle. The bus not running on time. You can't wait for the red light to turn green at yet another stoplight.
You finally make your appointment spot on time. Only you must wait a while longer.
If you’re as organized with time as I am, you know how being late for an appointment can throw off your entire day. It's a recipe for disaster especially if you have a lot to do with limited time.
This month I couldn’t meet my…
There’s a thin line between life and death. It is evident every day and even more so in recent times.
We’re here today and gone tomorrow — just like that.
No one knows the time allotted to them on this earth. No one knows the time of their departure either. But the choices we make can lead to our untimely demise.
Many who are dying today choose death by the choices they make without even knowing it.
The food we feed our bodies. The lifestyle we chose to live. The thoughts we feed our minds and every decision we make…
I’ll admit. Disappointing others is always a tough decision.
I said “yes” when I should have said No instead — It's inconvenient.
I stayed. I should have left … it's best for my mental health and happiness.
“Why do I feel guilty choosing myself?”. I question.
Ending my marriage was one of those circumstances.
My husband — a clergyman, I had to walk the talk he preached from the pulpit every Sunday.
Divorce seems a crime at the time.
Trapped in the status of a preachers’ wife. The scrutiny, rules, and regulations stifling — thinking about everything and everyone other…
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” — C. S. Lewis
We’re babyboomers. It’s easy to fall into the trap of viewing life as a downhill spiral. Take it from one who knows.
Conversations increasingly revolve around complaining about our aching bodies. Doctors’ visits are more frequent.
When we were younger, we excitedly looked forward to the future. Now, our focus has shifted to the past — sadly, all too often with regrets. About all the things we should have done, but never did.
As if the best years have come and…
Forgive and forget are often said to make amends. It’s the olive branch we extend to bring unity among families and friends after a disagreement, fight, or heated argument. But these two words are easier said than done, especially when you’re on the receiving end of someone’s unkind words, deeds, or actions.
So, we oftentimes question ourselves. “Is forgiving and not forgetting someone’s wrong toward us an indication we haven’t truly forgiven them?”
The wound from hurt may heal, but the scar is always a reminder.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines forgiveness as — “to cease to feel resentment against (an…
Some nailed it early. Others spend their entire life trying to figure it out. Many die without living it because they couldn’t find what their life purpose was.
It took me over 2 decades to pinpoint my purpose in life.
It has never been an ambition of mine to be filthy rich. I just wanted to be comfortable and live a happy life — owning a nice house was paramount on my list since I’m a homebody who thrives on beautiful surroundings. and spaces.
Owing a car was more of a necessity than a luxury. I never felt pressured to…
Creatives are unique individuals. They see the world a little differently than others. Unfortunately, their uniqueness is oftentimes misunderstood by others and they lose the confidence needed to earn a good living by not prioritizing their creativity. Creatives sometimes think, unless we get lucky or be discovered it's difficult to earn enough to make a good living.
So it wasn’t strange when Mike called in on the live podcast my son was a guest on two months ago asking for advice on how to get over his insecurities as a creative. …
“A nuh same day leaf drop a water bottom it rotten.”( Jamaican dialect)
“Show me your company, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
“That's your assignment; go figure it out!”
These are just some of the phrases and parables my mother would communicate to my siblings and me. It was her way to let us know she had her eyes on us.
She seemingly had one parable to fit every situation waiting for one of us to mess up so she could use them.
She had a library of sayings with her at all times. I remember her using…