Obstacles, Opportunities in Disguise

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It’s 9 a.m. and you are racing to work again, pantyhose running, the mind reels with mounting responsibilities, you feel confined, trapped. Breathe, step back and think about this: our obstacles and problems, from the mundane to complex, are opportunities in disguise.

Last week when I interviewed Pebbles Armwood, fellow blogger and mental fitness advocate she said something which resonated: “perception is reality.” Wow. Talk about an aha moment, and apt reminder about the power of attitude.

Carolyn Malachi, one of my favorite artists insists on her song, “Free Your Mind”: “Wherever you are, your mind put you there.” This is no easy lesson; it means you and I must begin the work of turning our issues backwards, and accept responsibility.

Are you frequently late? How could this be altered by practicing mindfulness, leaving ahead of time so that agitation and stress do not overtake you? Do you long to attend school, but feel there is little time to do so? Take one class, and begin looking for periods during the day when study time would work.

Turn your problems into solutions, your obstacles into opportunities. Here are two ways to begin:

1. Change your perceptions – You are not a hapless victim. Look at yourself differently; use affirmations, prayer and mediation.

2. Shift the Focus – My husband always reminds me to shift the focus. Instead of saying “this is impossible” and concentrating on the “problem”, actively look for a solution, shift your focus.

Think of a problem or obstacle. How can you turn it into an opportunity?

It’s All Motivation!

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Every second is motivation. Each situation, negative or positive, from being snubbed at the office to receiving accolades. The larger question becomes not merely what motivates us, but how do we unpack it? How does the motivation live within us, and ultimately transform our situation (if we remain awake)?

Not long ago I sat in a meeting, my contributions on a particular project ignored. Fuming internally, I sat in silent acquiescence. Yet a few seconds later something beautiful transpired; I actively rejected the other person’s perception of me, releasing the energy of fear and self doubt, welcoming a space for imagining novel possibilities.

As a young woman of color I am frequently rendered invisible through myopic thinking and the prism of stifling stereotypes, refuting these requires a steely determination rooted in a growing awareness of my own potential.

Here is our challenge, friends. Start viewing various moments (particularly negative ones) as motivation to evolve more profoundly in relationships, career, family and life.

Perhaps your time is increasingly constrained. See this as an opportunity to become adept at time management.
Remember, it’s all motivation, remain open and aware.

As you go about your week ask this question: How can I transform a negative experience into a positive source of motivation?

Talking with Inspiring Activist Damien Nichols of Occupy Baltimore

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Damien Nichols, activist, Occupy Baltimore organizer and self-described “creative visionary,” doesn’t speak in slogans because he lives them, quoting Gandhi and Margaret Meade with ease. Gregarious and optimistic, one leaves his presence believing another world is possible, despite the obstacles.

As I interviewed him tonight (video of our talk coming soon, produced by Keystone Productions), Dr.Wayne Dyer’s definition of inspiration as “living in spirit and alignment with our purpose,” came to mind.  Damien is living in spirit, completely immersed within his calling – creating change and speaking the language of the possible. Where others see obstacles, he sees opportunity.

I left the Occupy Baltimore site “in spirit” or inspired by the beauty of community, and the tremendous courage of so many who refuse to accept that what has been must always be.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved:

1.Visit the Occupy Baltimore Site – McKeldin Square (corner of Pratt & Light streets).  After you arrive
    and start making friends, join a committee, or attend a general assembly meeting (every evening at 8pm).

2. Visit the Occupy Baltimore website @ http://www.occupybmore.org/ for up-to-date info.  You can also
     follow the group on Facebook or Twitter or join the Occupy Baltimore Google group.

3. Donate money, food, or clothing to the cause.