Hard times will come. They can change you.
As a result, they can leave you broken or be the catalyst for new beginnings. So when people ask why would I go back to school for two years, not to earn a degree, but for my personal development? My answer is simply because I needed to.
Similarly to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I had to examine my life to be led back home.
Here are a few lessons I have learned along the way:
1) Admitting I am lost
Dorothy was lost! By admitting that she wasn’t in Kansas anymore, she was able to find herself. By admitting to Scarecrow that she needed help, she was led on her personal adventure of healing. I, too, was lost. By stepping onto yellow brick road, I was led to Oz or in my case, Laurel, MD! Here, I received spiritual tools and principles I needed to heal.
2) Every answer, to every question lies within me
It’s a lie that the Wizard of Oz, Richard Pryor (the Wiz)or anyone else for that matter can rescue me from being accountable for my own life. I always had the shoes. I already possessed what I was seeking, God has given each of us the gifts and tools we need to succeed in the world, there is nothing our Holiness can’t do!
3) In any given moment I get to choose light or darkness.
Everyday I get to choose what I give my attention to. I can choose to be distracted by the Wicked Witch of the West, naysayers and the negative noises of the world (and in my head). Or I can turn towards the light, Glenda the Good Witch, and seek love, compassion and grace in all my experiences! Every moment we get to choose how we see the world.
4) I need support along the way
Don’t isolate! A drop of oil on the hinges, a little pat on the back or a hand to hold can make a tough journey a little easier.
5) There will always be distractions along the way
Like Dorothy, I must be keenly aware of what I allow to distract me from the vision for my life! I’ll deal with what comes at me, but never lose faith. No matter the foolish distractions like winged monkeys or poisonous poppies… I must keep finding my way back home!
There is no place like home
Home is not somewhere, something or someone… home is within me. I am peace. I am joy. I am love. I am home within my own skin. I am the heroine of my own story.
Women will fight for a good pair of shoes!