• R. Rene' Woodard

I talk to myself often.....

It was the 15th of September 2020 and literally all hell was breaking loose in the world. That’s exactly what I feel like headline news should say today. Have you ever just taken a glance at the news and realized it is truly some crazy stuff taking place? I mean CRAZY! Lately, our time has been spent keeping families safe, staying employed and keeping in the loop of the pandemic,, floods, fires and other social injustices taking place around us and if that isn’t enough by itself we add in the fall-out from COVID like death, health issues, limited access to resources the closing of businesses and so much more all while being led by the Orange Man …... Each week I log on to share, support, inspire and encourage these things remain heavy on my mind because I want people to be OK and I know many are not. So, on my quest to do my part and add just a little bit of light to your world I am here to say Hi and do this good Tuesday (pretend it’s Monday) check-in!!

For the past few days, I’ve been having some crazy pep talks with myself. I mean like from whispers to screams it has been an all-out drag out over here. I suddenly realized that there was a little over 100 days until 2021 and I became anxious at the thought. Yes, ME (Miss Stay Present herself, Guilty lol) Now in my defense, I did not stay there long but I did feel it for a second and I’m not embarrassed to share that either. I started looking at all the things I still have left to accomplish before the new year and all the things on my plate for Oct, Nov and December like but HOW …. cause you know COVID. As I started to go down this self-guided “My Life” tour aka rabbit hole of crazy, I immediately paused and laughed like how did something as small as a calendar date get you worked up. How Sway? How did that one little thing almost rock your world?? I realized; it was only going to rock my world because I opened the door for it! Do you know how many times we allow little things to get us worked up prematurely? How many times have you done it today? Exactly, STOP IT.

Don't fall for the Thought Trap!

Stop opening the door for anxiety, worry and doubt, anger and negativity for time and space you have yet to be granted. As cliché’ as it sounds Tomorrow is not promised and I know you really don’t want to hear that (ask me if I care) but it’s true. We must make peace with the dealings, tasks, events and responsibilities of TODAY not TOMORROW.

I want us to join as global accountability partners no matter where you are so that we can combat this thing together. That little thing that you allowed to put you in funk today about tomorrow is the same little thing that can push you further back from your goals, dreams or anticipated outcome if you don’t act accordingly. STOP getting in your own way! I know ANXIETY is real …. I know that the need for everything to go without a glitch is important to you. I know it’s hard to not think ahead, it’s hard not to create a play by play, make assumptions or think What if … I get it…. I just told you I do it sometimes too but the difference maker for me is I STOP! I do not let it get out of hand and I reverse the narrative with a good pep talk!

So, here is your pep talk today…. DON’T WORRY …. DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF…Even if TIME AND LIFE is SHORT it is a MARATHON not a SPRINT…. NOTHING WITH YOUR NAME ON IT WILL PASS YOU BY …. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FORCE A THING …FORGIVE YOURSELF…..YOU STILL HAVE TIME…APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR ATTITUDE…PREPARE but STAY PRESENT… YOU GOT THIS ….CHILL….and if you don’t feel better yet meditate on these good words. I promise all your days including those ahead are good hands no matter what. Do not trip!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11

I’m done yelling ….

Love y'all for real!

R. Rene’

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