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Recognition and Acknowledgement; There’s a difference?

Recognition and Acknowledgement; There’s a difference?

The first day of Spring was yesterday, and I received a nugget to start my life over.  In a good way of course.  Spring symbolizes everything that you worked so hard for during the harvest season will come to fruition.  If you are in the Midwest don’t pull out the sandals yet, but I do recommend sunglasses.  Always have them! 😉

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, we are in Passion Week, leading up to Resurrection Sunday.  If you are a follower of Jesus Christ you are celebrating the reason for this season.  Can I get an Amen?

Seriously.  So the new word is “lit.”  You’ve probably seen me use it before in a title.  A quick definition would be;

lit: to be crunk, on fire, a high level of celebration.

Anyways, I would say that the message from yesterday was very LIT!

The visiting pastor broke down the difference of recognition and acknowledgement.  I mean it was amazing.  My sister and I had a discussion about how we grew up in the church.  The elders always said, “God is good,” but what does that truly mean?

I recognize that God is good in my mental, but do I acknowledge God’s goodness?  Think about that.  Do I acknowledge that his grace and mercy has brought me through some things, and will continue to do it.  Let me check my faith chart.  Oh yeah, it’s a little low.  My faith is telling me to recognize that God is good but I’m not acknowledging his goodness.  How did that happen?

I recognize that God has given me gifts to work with others that suffered the loss of a loved one,  and to educate the masses about history especially in my home country.  I have not acknowledged that God is going to keep me and take to the next level to do so.  If I keep my mouth shut how will anyone know what I’m doing.  I’m not saying give away my ideas.  I’m saying if I don’t let people know every time I interact with someone about the gifts that God has blessed me with I have only recognized that they are present within me.  Ironically, I have chosen to dismiss the part to acknowledge the power that they hold.  Come on now, R.J. Sad but true.

Hold on.  Did I lose you?  I have an example.

I recognize (mental) that someone left their bag behind at the grocery store.  The cashier noticed the bag, hesitated, and said nothing.  I called out to the lady (acknowledged-action).  As she was walking away and said excuse me, you left a bag behind.  She was grateful, and proceeded to the exit.

We have to speak up and take action.  I recognized that my creativity has been suffering in other areas of my life, and I’m acknowledging that I need help.  So, I want you all to hold me accountable, and on my social media sites I’m looking for feedback. I’ll have more details for you later.  When you get free time I would love to hear your feedback on the new site for the grief platform, Final 48 Project.  I’ve revamped some things, and a new story launches every Tuesday for #GriefTalkTuesday.  I’m looking forward to working with a new mentor in May, and bringing you more amazing  content.

 

XOXO,

R.J.

 

Spring Forward: The Monday After…

Spring Forward: The Monday After…

The first Monday after “Spring Forward Sunday,” and we must push through.  **yawn**

I am currently in search of imaginary coffee, and attempting to adjust to the time change.

Similar to the time change I realized that I must “spring forward” with some things.  A shift that I must accept, and ride the wave.

For the past couple of months, you have been apart of this journey of me launching the first book in the Adventures of Alleykats series.  You have witnessed the relaunch of the grief platform, (Final 48 Project) that I’ve been working on for a couple of years now, and travel the country doing Historical Tours with R.J.

Every Monday, I’ve provided stories of encouragement in hopes that you would tap into what motivates and inspires me to keep going.  A snapshot into my life has been extremely challenging but therapeutic.  It’s because of people like you that I have been committed to writing a story on the site 2-3 times a week, and I thank you.

I realized that the mission has changed, and greater things are to come.  A new website will hopefully be completed by Summer 2016, and I am excited.  More resources, and content that will inspire, educate, and uplift beyond my community.  I’m talking a global movement.

I wanted to spend this Monday thanking you, and not to dread the time change.  Sometimes in our lives things must be adjusted or changed in order to grow.  I’m #SteeleThankful, and looking forward to the next phase of this journey.

Spring is right around the corner. 🙂