“Self Worth” (reflections of a writer) GD 10-18-2011

Self worth.  It took a few years for me to actually get it;  if you don’t love yourself enough to expect for friends, family, and people you meet along the way to treat you with respect, then you spend quite a deal of time trying to justify their existence in your life.  The crazy thing about it all is that, sometimes, we get wrapped up in trying to live up to the expectations of the wrong people.  Over time we wind up questioning ourselves and become disenchanted with life.  Life consists of several stages, but the ones I remember the most are youth, mid-life, and older.   I was a foreigner to myself during those first two stages of my life and I often found myself dissatisfied with who I was.  I was always looking for love in the company of others, always needing their acceptance and approval.  I failed to realize that I never needed their acceptance because I was my own, wonderful, beautiful, and spirited person.

It took a stint in rehab to help me understand that, if people like you — really like,  they like you for who you are.  During that span of time in my life I couldn’t embrace how much of a positive impact I had on others.  I never participated in my joy because, strangely, I kept missing it.  Accomplishments, personal achievements; the successes,  large and small — I couldn’t see them.  I was too busy trying to be somebody else for someone else — beating myself up repeatedly for not being enough of this and that.  Then I’d attack my physical appearance — I was too this and I wasn’t like that.  Hell, it was no wonder that I was always questioning myself.  I was living up to an expectation that was being dictated by other domineering insecure people.  I was trying to exceed the superficial mold being crammed down my throat by the media until one day I woke up and found a passion that would whisk me out of follower status and into leader status.

After all of that toil and struggle, those tears and strife, that insecurity and self doubt I eventually found out that I was the person that The Almighty designed me to be.  I walked away from unhealthy relationships, learned to accept my friends and family for who they were, and carved out an existence equipped with the title of “writer”.  Even if I inspired one person, I was participating in my life instead of watching it drift by without question.  This blog of mine, and the books I have written are my way of reaching someone — anyone.  It doesn’t have to be on a mass scale either.  As long as I reach one person, that’s all that matters.  I write out of a love for it.  Hell, don’t get me wrong, I wish I could make some major dough doing it, but if that is not in my destiny then it won’t come to pass.

Today, after three years of struggle, I have managed to land a gig that will allow me to dig myself out of this hole I dug for myself  three years ago.  It is by Faith and Grace that I am still standing.   Even in my worst of times I held on, and if that wasn’t enough to assure me of my strength, then I don’t know what is.

To the person reading this who feels lost.

To the soul reading this searching for their place in this world.

For the spirit broken and desperately praying to see the light.

Hold on.

Embrace those real friends and family who love you when you have nothing, for they are the only ones that matter.

Look deep within to locate that passion and nurture it until it grows.

Even if only one person gets it — that’s one more person that understands who you are.

Trust me — there will be more than one.

This is GD Grace, 5 times self-published author, blog talk radio producer, and leader in progress signing off.

(reflections of a writer)

GD

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Half Empty or Half Full? (reflections of a writer) GD 10-18-2011

If it weren’t for mistakes we would learn no lessons.

If it weren’t for the darkness we would not be able to appreciate the light.

If it weren’t for pain we wouldn’t be able to fully embrace joy.

If it weren’t for hate we wouldn’t know how to identify the beauty of love.

If it weren’t for the sky we would never know the heights that our spirits could soar.

If it weren’t for the mountains we would never know the feeling of accomplishment after the climb.

If it wasn’t for the despair of loss we would never know the wonder of birth.

In the overall scheme of things you really have to look at things and decide for yourself how you’re going to see things…

Is your glass half empty or half full?

Only you know the answer…

(reflections of a writer)

GD

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How High? (reflections of a writer) GD 10-17-2011

If you find yourself grasping only to a lone feather, don’t be dismayed, for you have the ability to turn that feather into a full set of wings to soar as high as you desire.  All it takes is a little bit of focus and faith to yield two perfectly strong wings.  There are times in life when you feel as if you are descending and spiraling down, but as long as you catch that right updraft you’ll be airborne before you know it.  That gentle breeze can be ridden upon with the right amount of effort.  Just believe you can and you will.  Just know you can and you’ll fly…

All you have to ask yourself is…

How high?

(reflections of a writer)

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“Express Yourself” – (reflections of a writer) GD 10-17-2011

You want to really piss off the other crabs in the barrel?  Keep on trying until actually succeed getting out.  I’m not sure why it is that some people feel as insecure about seeing others succeed, but one thing that I have learned is that you cannot hate them for their behavior… no, you have to pray for them as you continue to strive towards that level of excellence that will satisfy your hunger for living.  Our passions are part of our spiritual compositions, but some of us are too afraid to step outside of our fears and actually reach for that lone star that twinkles just for us.  I am a man driven to stay on the right side of ambition, to always embrace an opportunity to learn, to be a better person than I was the day before, while staying in the “humble” as I do it.  The Almighty’s greatest gift to us was love.  I’m not sure why it is so hard for some to express love.  I know that life deals all sorts of hands, but one thing I do know is that we are not the product of what we’ve endured….

No, we’re the product of what we become in life.

Never be afraid to rely on faith, for that courage will see you through the best and worst of times…

(reflections of a writer)

GD

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“IKEA” of East Palo Alto

Over the course of a period of time that exceeded a year, I had the opportunity to land a job and work for a company that will forever remain a fond experience for me.  I was down to my last unemployment check June of 2010  and had no clue how I was going to survive.

Well, fate dealt me a hand that would forever shape my life.  I got a call to be interviewed by a local company that is actually a worldwide company called IKEA.   Though it is in the community I live in I had no idea what IKEA was, nor did I get what the “big” thing was about this home furnishing company.

I remember where I was mentally when I heard the words “hired”, and upon hearing them I was taken to a warehouse where I would be working.  All I can say about that moment in time is that I looked up to the sky and said, “God, if this is where you want me to be, then so be it”.

My job title was Logistics Co-Worker and that meant I had to learn how to drive a forklift.  In addition to that, I had to pull and stock shelves with the IKEA products that customers purchased to remodel their kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc…

Well, in the beginning, my out-of-shape body was thrown in a state of shock, for I had not exercised in I couldn’t tell you when.  Those first few weeks I wondered how I was going to survive, but eventually I grew accustomed to the physical aspects of my job.  Pretty soon my clothes where bagging up on me — pants falling off, shirts too big.  Yup, I started dropping weight because I was doing something that I should have been doing all along — walking!  LOL

So, I suppose I am documenting this experience to pay homage to a great place to work.  The co-workers and management at the IKEA store in East Palo Alto taught me the true meaning of workmanship.   When I needed encouragement as I learned to drive the forklift, I got it from every department in that store — especially from my fellow co-workers in Full Serve and Replenishment.

It is with great pride that I say I worked beside, and for, a great team of individuals, and the reason I know how great my former coworkers were is by the great financial accomplishments the East Palo Alto store yielded.  Each and every co-worker and manager there had to be on the same page and have that same commitment to excellence to work under the conditions of a store’s product demand outgrowing it’s structure.  The thing is, we all did it with precision and pride — and that’s why I’ll always remember being part of this fantastic and phenomenal team.

If you or someone you know is looking for employment, I wholeheartedly recommend working for IKEA of East Palo Alto.

Being valued is priceless, and that’s what I felt once the rubber hit the road.

Too my former family I say, well done…

IKEA of East Palo Alto Link:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/east_palo_alto