I’m doing just fine

I’m alive and well, doing amazingly swell

My life is so wonderful, and people are mad as HELL

I’m blessed beyond measure, and it’s all because of Him

If the shoe was on the other foot, I’d be happy for them

God has changed my life and brought to pass some of my wildest dreams

He’s allowed my cup to runneth over, with some pretty amazing things

As expected, not everyone is a fan of God’s work in my life

So they immediately start drama, but I’m not looking to fight

It’s a shame people don’t want to see me winning

But if they think my blessings are over, this is only the beginning

If you want to come up, pray to God, but don’t covet what’s mine

This is not a moment to brag, but to let you know I’m doing JUST fine!

Thank you to all my faithful and supportive NOTE takers! I’ve been away for a week, pretty much enjoying the fruits of my labor. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my Youtube channel, with the same namesake, and tell a friend to tell a friend!

Until next time!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

They could be you

“I’m hungry”, said the man, and “I have no money for food”.

I gave, because he was me.

“Can you help me, please? I was evicted out of my home, and I have no place to go”.

I gave, because she was me.

“Ma’am, I’ve lost my job and don’t know how I’m going to provide for my family”, said the woman holding the sign on the street corner.

I gave, because they were me.

I know what it’s like to be hungry, homeless, jobless, destitute, in need and without. No matter who I see or regardless of what their situation is, I give, because I want to help. But, more importantly, I give because God gave me! Don’t ever turn your back on those in need, because one day, “they could be you”!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Robbing Joy

Three years ago, I was held hostage and I thought of all the things I had to lose

I wanted to escape and run for it, but I was afraid to make any sudden moves

I was nervous, scared and terrified, because I thought my life was done

Little did I know it was far from over, and things had only just begun

My days went from sunny and bright, and darkness slowly seeped in

I didn’t understand the sudden sadness, no matter how hard I tried to comprehend

For months my mood was dangerously low and I couldn’t get out of that rut

I tried all I could to feel better, but there was no way I could pull myself up

I was down for a very long time, which was all apart of it’s ploy

I lost myself when comparison came, and robbed me of my joy

We all know that “comparison is the thief of joy”, so guard yours at all times! It’s so easy for us to compare our lives to someone else’s. We can be the happiest person in the world, and then money, status, or someone’s relationship will cause it all to change. Suddenly, our contentment cease to exist and what we have no longer looks good to us, so we start to lust after things that was not meant for us. However, if God intended for you to have what your neighbor does, don’t you think He would’ve blessed you with the same? You have exactly what you need, and I’m sure it’s more than enough. “Be appreciative of what you have, before it becomes what you had” (church sign).

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Worthy

Legacy Awards 2020 Recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award

On Sunday, February 09, 2020, I was awarded the Coretta Scott King Legacy Award, for my Community Service, Human Rights, and Social Justice efforts. As I should have been overjoyed with excitement, I really couldn’t be, because I was too busy questioning God, “Why me”? When my sisters recognized me at our family reunion last year, I was honored, but internally, I questioned “There’s four of us, so why me”? When I was asked to serve as Keynote Speaker at church, I screamed, “Oh no! Dear God, why me”? I couldn’t fathom or understand how someone so undeserving as me, deserved to be recognized, because in my eyes, what they saw, I couldn’t see.

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email, text or phone call, from someone thanking me for what I’ve done for them, yet I can’t seem to recall what I did. There isn’t anything distinctive that comes to mind, except there’s nothing extraordinary about a woman who’s so ordinary. So, again I ask, “Why me”? After many self-reflections, I no longer question, “Why me”? Instead, I just thank God for using me! I’m not sure why I was chosen, when He had so many other options, yet He left me with none. I didn’t get a chance to say, “No”, or “This is not what I want to do”, because God had already made His plans, and I had no choice, but to follow them.

I’m grateful, because of whatever “it” is that I’ve been called to do. I’m thankful for all the accolades and praise, because to them, I’m everything I told myself I could never be….WORTHY!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

“This is a stick-up”!

So many people are getting “robbed” everyday, and they have no idea that “comparison” is the reason for the stick-up! 

I am sad quite often, and sometimes wonder if my happiness will ever return.  Getting dolled up, putting on my favorite red lipstick and highest pair of heels used to cure the “blues”, but not even clothes can restore my smile.  I’ve somehow allowed my comparison to others to steal my joy. I’m in a pretty good space in my life, and I am on the horizon of being the most successful I’ve ever been.  But, it’s the “success” part that’s getting to me.  

Although I don’t make 6-figures (check back with me in 2019), I consider myself to be pretty successful.  However, I take a look to my left and right, and see that everyone around me are either CEO’s, VP’s or closing major business deals, and here I am just trying to get mine off the ground.  Just like that, 6 days of absolute bliss and happiness from the release of my new book Let’s TALK!, launch of this website and start of my FIRST business, has been overshadowed by what someone else has accomplished. 

Talk about a rip off! Immediately, I say to myself the same exact thing I tell my students, success=HARDWORK and not the amount of money you have! I can’t covet what my neighbor has, because it’s only making me appear less thankful for the things I have.  I come from a very harsh background and am extremely blessed and fortunate to have made it out of my situation.  When I look back on my childhood (or lack of, I should say) I am a CEO, VP and so much more, in comparison to my life then.  I refuse to waste another second of my time dreaming, loathing or being jealous over someone else’s success, when I have so much of my own to be proud of and thankful for!

Chapter 14 in my new book Let’s TALK!, is entitled, “Focus on you, not them”. Just a brief excerpt: “Everybody knows comparison is the thief of joy, and every time you compare your journey to that of another, you lose happiness and ultimately become unappreciative of your blessings.  It’s one ting to admire others success and use it as your motivation to achieve your own, but it’s another thing to want what someone else has, simply because they have it….you’ll never be able to achieve your own goals, because you’re too busy focusing on others”. 

Be happy for others, but don’t allow their success to make you unhappy! Be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect your empire to be! 

Writefully yours, 

Deetra La’Rue