THE CHASE

YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE! IN FACT, IT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES YOU’VE EVER TAKEN. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU’VE ALWAYS “DREAMED” OF, AND THE THOUGHT OF IT BECOMING A REALITY, IS MORE THAN YOU CAN STAND. AS YOU PREPARE TO EMBARK UPON THIS JOURNEY, YOU WILL ENCOUNTER SOME ROADBLOCKS AND TEMPORARY DELAYS, BUT NOTHING YOU CAN’T GO AROUND. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE SOME CROOKED PATHS AND ROUGH PLANES, SO DON’T THINK EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE PERFECTLY “STRAIGHT”.

TEMPORARY DELAYS

YOU ARE HOT ON THE HEELS OF “CATCHING UP” WITH YOUR DREAMS, BUT YOU’RE COMPLETELY UNAWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. BECAUSE OF BLIND SPOTS, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE AND THINGS YOU CAN’T SEE, THAT COULD “CRASH” DIRECTLY INTO YOUR DREAMS. WITHIN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, YOU WENT FROM BEING WELL ON YOUR WAY, TO SUDDENLY A TEMPORARY DELAY. ALTHOUGH YOU’RE AT A STANDSTILL, EVENTUALLY, THINGS WILL LET UP AND YOU WILL GET GOING AGAIN.

ROADBLOCKS

AS THE TRAFFIC AND DISTRACTIONS CLEAR, YOU CONTINUE IN YOUR PURSUITS. TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING, YOU SPEED UP, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO LET YOUR DREAMS “GET-A-WAY”. YOU WILL HAVE TO DRIVE UP SOME STEEP HILLS (TRIALS) AND GO DOWN SOME DANGEROUS PATHS (TRIBULATIONS), BUT YOU DO WHAT’S NECESSARY, BECAUSE OBTAINING YOUR DREAMS IS WORTH IT. THAT IS, UNTIL YOU ENCOUNTER A FEW ROADBLOCKS (OBSTACLES). DESPITE THINGS CONSTANTLY “GETTING IN YOUR WAY”, YOU CONTINUE THE CHASE, BECAUSE YOU’RE ALMOST WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

REAR VIEW BANDITS

YOU’VE COME SO FAR IN YOUR PURSUITS, BUT SOMEONE ELSE HAS TOO. IN FACT, THEY HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU THE ENTIRE TIME. WHILE YOU WERE SO BUSY FOCUSING AND LOOKING AHEAD, YOU DIDN’T NOTICE THEM IN YOUR “REAR VIEW”. YOU’RE CHASING AFTER YOUR DREAMS, AND THEY’RE CHASING AFTER YOU, SO THEY CAN CAUSE A COLLISION AND THROW YOU OFF COURSE. STOPPING AT NOTHING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION, THEY FLASH THEIR LIGHTS (SHIELD YOU FROM YOUR GOALS) AND HONK THEIR HORNS (CAUSE A MAJOR SCENE), BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR DREAMS FOR ONE MINUTE, THEY’LL HAVE YOU WHERE THEY WANT YOU; “DISTRACTED”.

PERFECT GET-A-WAY

HOWEVER, BECAUSE YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED A FEW TEMPORARY DELAYS AND ROADBLOCKS, YOU DON’T LET WHAT’S BEHIND YOU, TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF OF WHAT’S IN FRONT OF YOU. THE MORE YOU CONTINUE TO DRIVE (EXCEL), THE MORE FURIOUS (JEALOUS) THEY BECOME, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO KEEP ON MOVING FORWARD. YOU MIGHT GET REAR-ENDED, WHICH CAUSES YOU TO SLOW DOWN, BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE TO STOP. BESIDES, YOU’VE TAKEN A FEW “HITS” BEFORE AND MANAGED TO SURVIVE, SO DON’T ALLOW INTENTIONAL THREATS TO CAUSE YOU TO “BREAKDOWN”. KEEP DRIVING AND STOP FOR NOTHING OR NO ONE, UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR DESTINATION!

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

Let me be perfectly CLEAR

Do you see what I see? Come a little closer. What about now? Still don’t see it? Well, maybe you need to just focus. Everybody has their own agendas, goals and vision for 2020, but are you clear on what yours are? Are you prepared? Have you developed and written a plan, that would allow you to not only stay on track, but hold you accountable? I know we all have a laundry list of things we hope to attain or accomplish this year, but first you need to sort through your piles, separate your loads and determine which one needs to be taken care of first. There are going to be a lot of people claiming “this is my year”, but so was 2019, and they still didn’t do anything. Don’t be like those people! Do something other than talk, because as you can see, it go them NOWHERE!

Happy New Year, and until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Keep Dreaming

One of my favorite stories in the Bible, is found in Genesis 37. It’s the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel. Before you run, I’m not going to preach a sermon, but I want you to understand the importance of “sharing your dreams”. Joseph was the youngest of 12 boys, and also the favorite of their father, Jacob. As you can imagine, the family dynamics was anything but great, and because of Jacob’s favoritism to Joseph, the brothers resented and despised their youngest brother.

Joseph would often share with his brothers his “dreams”, and how they (brothers) would come to bow down to him. Filled with rage and envy, the brothers conspired to kill him. However, the oldest brother Rueben, although filled with hate and envy, didn’t want to see Joseph killed. Instead, he opted to sell him to Ishmaelite traders and concocted a story (to which the father believed), about how Joseph was slaughtered by a wild animal, and there was nothing they could do to save him.

Obviously distraught, their father Jacob, was inconsolable and mourned the “death” of his son for a very long time. A’las, the brothers could breath a sigh of relief, because “The Dreamer”, as they commonly referred him to, was gone. Lo and behold, one day as the brothers were out working, they saw a figure in the distance, one that was all too familiar. It was their “deceased” brother Joseph, walking in royalty to meet them.

Of course, this astounded them, because they thought they’d never see him again. See, when they sold him to the Ishmaelite traders, he ended up working for Potiphar, a palace official to Pharaoh. Even though his circumstances were harsh and unwarranted, he managed to come out on top. Why? Because, although his brothers were jealous and envious of him, he never stopped believing in his dreams.

Hopefully, you’re like me, and have many dreams and aspirations. Often times, we’re so excited about our visions and dreams, that we want to share them….with everyone. However, sometimes, that’s not the best choice to make. A lot of people are not assertive or don’t have any faith in themselves, let alone think they are capable of accomplishing anything. Therefore, they’ll try to “kill your dreams”, because they resent the fact that you see things that they don’t.

To them, your dreams maybe too big or simply overshadow theirs, but nonetheless, keep dreaming until they become a reality….YOUR reality! My dreams are not going to look like yours, and neither yours mine, but I’m not going to get in the way of them. Don’t stop dreaming, because someone else is afraid of your “possibilities”. If anything, protect your dreams and visions, but most of all, protect yourself from those who don’t BELIEVE in your dreams!

Until next time Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue