It’s okay, you can come out now!

Imagine living your whole life trapped inside of a box, because you were so afraid of what would happen, the moment you stepped out. You’ve peeked, poked around and even removed the lid, but you quickly let the top back down, because you were too “comfortable” with where you are. Essentially, you’ve settled and become accustomed to confinement, because you know, no matter which way you turn, there’s nowhere to go. Honestly, you don’t care, because you don’t have any plans to move! Change is scary, but being complacent and content is dangerous!

For many years, I’ve held myself back from a lot of things, for two reasons: I was afraid and comfortable! I was “uncomfortable” of actually being successful, yet too afraid to want to experience it. Therefore, I did a whole lot of self-talk and talked myself out of some things I regret I let pass me by. I was not ready to go to the next level, so I desperately fought to stay where I was….comfortable! However, as time passed and I no longer wanted to be held hostage to the “mental box” I had confined myself to, I started on my exit plan.

I knew that it was not meant for me to stay in the same position forever, so I made a conscious decision to come out. I’ve prayed to God about my decision, and although I don’t know the “what”, “when” or “where”, I do know that He is my “Who”, and He’s going to take care of me! I will not stress or worry about anything, when I know He’s going to provide me with everything! I am happy with the decision I’ve made, to not only get “uncomfortable”, but to start living the life I want for myself.

Granted I did have major reservations and moments of, “Oh my gosh, if I step outside the box now, what will happen to so and so”, or “Are you sure about this”, but I’m more than sure that God is leading me to somewhere bigger, better and greater! I never realized how big and so much more there is to life, because I was so used to being in that box. There are times you need to allow yourself to become uncomfortable, so you can fulfill your destiny. Nobody likes “moving”, but once you get to where you are going, you’re going to be so glad you made the decision to come out!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

No longer the baby

“Honey, your father and I have something to tell you. You’re going to be a big sister”! As you watch their face light up, your world has just turned to darkness, because the spot (light) you’ve held for so long, is now gone. 1000 thoughts are racing through your mind, but the one that sticks out the most is, “What does that mean for me”?

Like the individual in the story above, a lot of you can probably relate. However, I’m not speaking about having a new sibling, but feelings of being replaced, left out or forgotten about, even. Sort of like your Freshmen year in college, you got all the attention, because everybody was curious as to who the “newbies” were on campus.

You probably experienced extra special treatment, because people wanted to ensure your first year was a success. Then, you became a Sophomore, and your title of once being the “new kid on the block” changed. Suddenly, you’re struggling to fit in and find a spot. “No longer the baby”, you feel left out and unimportant.

You’ve been shunned, and the light that once shone on you, is now shining on someone else. You’re desperate…..and will do whatever it takes to regain the attention and love you’re all too fond of. Stopping at nothing, you do all that you can to get people to “notice” you again, even if it means changing who you are.

Stop! Before you mess up a good thing (meaning you), I’d like you to consider this: positions change! You’re not meant to stay in the same spot forever, so don’t get comfortable! So many people miss out on great opportunities, because they’ve become complacent with where they’re at, and don’t want to move.

Advancement in employment is declined, because nobody wants the responsibility of leading (some people are good and perfectly okay, with following). Some women pass on a good husband, and men a good wife, because they’re too busy trying to turn the one they have into the one they want. Good luck with that!

The opportunity of a lifetime can come your way, but you refuse to give up your “something for nothing”. Sadly, you let your blessings pass you by, because you’re afraid of what the “shift” is going to do for you. However, you’ve got to understand that change is inevitable and sometimes it’s what we need most! You may be in a pretty good position, but there is something more promising and better on the way! All you need to do is get uncomfortable and move!

Until next time my Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue