The Breakdown

Feeling overwhelmed? Can’t seem to make sense of your life, because you’ve got too much on your plate, and don’t know how you’re going to consume it all? Rather than try and take everything on at once, establish an outline that not only creates organization, but allows you to compartmentalize your life. That way, you won’t feel suffocated or disappointed when you don’t accomplish everything you want, either because you forgot to complete a task, you weren’t realistic enough or simply too ambitious. Then too, it leaves little room for error. However, should you make a few mistakes, don’t fret. We’ve all experienced a breakdown, a time or two. Remember, it’s okay to fall down sometimes, just don’t stay there!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Not as bad as it seems

Are things really hard for you, or do you just give up to easily? At some point in our lives, we’ve all encountered some obstacles that we thought would surely “take us out”. While many chose to take those situations head on, a lot of people simply gave up. Trying was not an option and apparently neither was winning, so they did what any other timid person would do, quit! The most difficult thing to process, is that they somehow already determined the outcome, although they failed to start. This is the very reason why so many people haven’t been successful in life. Before they attempt to do anything, they quickly talk themselves out of it. “I can’t do this”. “That is too difficult to do”. “Man, that looks hard, so I’m not even going to try”. All of these overused excuses have to stop! We all have a lens in which we see through, so clean yours and you will see that things aren’t as bad as they seem, and if they are, it’s only because you made them out to be!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

What if God got tired?

Jesus loves me this I know, regardless if I’ve been good or bad

But what if God was unforgiving and held me hostage to my past?

Unlike man, He gives us grace, favor and mercy, and is there when trouble calls

But what if God removed His hands from our backs and instead allowed us to fall?

He’s been our counselor, He’s been our doctor, protector, provider and friend

But what if God regretted the day He sacrificed His son’s life to pay for our sins?

He made a way when there wasn’t one, and brought us to and through life’s test

But what if God decided we wasn’t worthy of His blessings and gave us mediocre instead of the best?

He accepted us no matter if we were right or wrong, told the truth or were simply lying

But what if God refused to heal our bodies, even if we were sick or dying?

He’s performed miracles, raised the dead, and somehow made life worth living

But what if God adopted our selfish ways, and ultimately stopped giving?

Even in the eleventh hour, He’s right on time and never late

But what if God stood us up, and always made us wait?

Twenty-four seven He’s always on call, never sleeps or seem to rest

But what if God got tired of our problems, and left us to deal with our own mess?

Feels good to know my flaws are overlooked, but not me!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Evicted

“You’re dumb, stupid and never going to amount to anything”. “Nobody likes you and if I were you, I wouldn’t like you either”. “It took you 20 years to get your degree? Wow, what a waste of time”. “You are a complete failure and regardless of what you try to do in life, you won’t ever succeed”. Have any of you heard these statements? Better yet, have they been said to you? These are comments some of my students have shared with me, that were stated to them. Rather than tuning people out, they allowed them and their disgusting words to get in their mind. For years, they’ve lived with the thoughts and ideas of “never amounting to anything”, “being unintelligent” and “failing”, because they were told that would be their life.

Imagine spending almost two years, trying to undo damage that someone caused, as a result of their own shortcomings and insecurities. Although it’s been quite challenging, attempting to replace negative connotations with positive affirmations, it has also been very rewarding to know that my hard work and efforts have paid off. I used to let negative thoughts reside in my head, and I whenever I was unsuccessful at something, I would play back all the hurtful comments, and they just seemed to validate what people were saying. Although I’m not quite where I need to be in terms of dealing with others opinions, I have come to the realization that a lot of times your aggressor is spewing negativity on you, because someone did it to them.

They want to hurt others, because they don’t want to be in pain by themselves. However, you can’t allow their lies to become your truth. You are not a “hate” magnet, so there’s no reason why you should attract any. Allow people to be themselves without you being affected. They can talk all they want, but let them know, neither them nor their negativity no longer lives within you, because they’ve been evicted!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Get into character

They’re watching you! They want to know all about you, so they see and record your every move. However, what you don’t see, is them. Every where you go, someone is there. Everything you do, someone sees it. Your life is a movie reel, and people are tuned in, waiting for you to bring the drama, so they can bring their opinions. How you act, determines your critics review of you. They want to see if you are a blockbuster or just another flop. Your image is very important, and you should always portray yourself in a way that others find you intriguing and not misleading.

Don’t ever pretend to be something that you’re not, just so you can win people over! Who cares about the award if the performance wasn’t real!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Brave beyond measure

You’re walking, but they’re running in pursuit of you, while you pursue something far greater. The chase has ensued for quite some time, and although you’ve been going at it for what seems like forever, you never stop walking. Instead, you pick up the pace. Even though they’re on your heels, you want to run for fear of being caught, but you don’t, because in your mind, fear cease to exist. However, your freedom does. So, you continue trodding along, weathering storms and countless other acts of terror. You know what you’re after will change your life, so you don’t mind suffering to get what you want. I don’t know how many people would do as you did, but as a result of you being brave beyond measure, you not only changed your life, but the world!

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

While you wait

You had a vision, then you wrote it and now you’re waiting to watch it unfold. Because you’re afraid it’s going to pass you by, you sit and do absolutely nothing. First, what’s yours is not going to miss you or pass you by. Second, the time you’re spending doing nothing, should be used to make your vision a reality. I hate to burst your bubble, but success is not going to fall in your lap. Sure, you’ve planted the seed, but you can’t expect to reap the harvest, if you didn’t do any work to get it. Besides, the only way your plan will come to fruition, is if you plan out what you’re going to do, instead of just waiting on “it” to happen.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue