One of my pet peeves is someone interfering with the dreams of another. We have the right to keep fighting for our dreams and standing for our beliefs. We have abilities, experiences, gifts, and talents within us that desire expression.
When I was a young girl, I learned about my father’s opposition to my mother’s dream to become a nurse. My mother told us that he always had something else to do instead of babysitting us so our mother could study.
At one point, he threw my mother’s books into the dumpster outside of our Memphis apartment. He even showed up at her job despite the manager’s request, and my mother lost her job.
After experiencing incestual sexual abuse, I was hungry to accomplish something in my life. I needed something to drive me in a different direction. But, I remember not just being angry about my father’s lack of support. I was angry that he felt he had the right to oppose another’s dreams. The same day I heard about my father’s counterattack is the day I said, “he may have stopped you, but he will not stop me.”
In my personal life, I have observed anger, bitterness, and resentment in people who have not accomplished their goals, which makes me more determined to accomplish my dreams and help others do the same.
As a student of life, I knew that information was vital to existence. It’s even more critical to deciphering what you know and need to know.
As a nurse, I continued to help others who felt left out of the information loop in caring for themselves. While working as a hospital educator and a nursing instructor, I built resource guides because I wanted to know as much as possible to help others achieve and sustain health.
I’ve helped people understand how their medications work, take their medications at the right time and right way, lose weight, feel more confident about managing their health, get off their medications, eat healthier, and spend more time doing the things they loved.
My mother taught me to give from the heart, and if we have something to give, give it. Information is not mine to retain. As educators, we want people to think for themselves, but sometimes people need you to make that first step for them. One of the best things I can do to show others I care is by giving them the information they need, including obtaining accurate, reliable, and timely resources.
Just because someone opposes you doesn’t mean you have to give up. I’ll never forget what one of my clients told me. She said, “my doctor told me I couldn’t do it, but I knew I could. And, I did it.” BG.
Whatever you have opposing you, please know there is always a way to get something done.
The first question to ask is……Do you believe you can do it? Then ask, what do you need to know?
Make this lifetime great!