Hi followers of coffeetableconversations! You are well overdue for a blog post. I have a lot on my mind so this post will be a bit of a potpourri.
Birthday Blood Drive
In a few days, I will be a year older. I will be celebrating my birthday with a blood drive on June 20 at the National Chest Hospital between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and one on June 18 at the Savanna la Mar Hospital between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. On a happy note, I already have one donation (thanks Mommy for getting things together down there)!
This year has been challenging, trying to juggle work, school, and other pursuits, but I have learnt a lot and seen myself grow. I’ve failed and hopefully (I am not certain at the time of writing this) that I have rectified the failure. I have grown in how I deal with failure, but in the same breath realize that I failed because I allowed someone else to shatter my self-confidence and I did not pick up the pieces in time to prevent failure. Having realized that, I tried my best to put the pieces back together and am really trying to separate OPPs (other people’s problems) from my own.
I was in a speech contest and made it to the national level and even though I did not win, I had several people who told me that I should have at least placed. I am grateful for their comments but even more grateful for having been able to make it to that stage and put on a good show. I am also grateful for my friends, family and club members that were there to cheer me on as well as my coach for her help and support. Thanks guys! The experience was definitely a confidence builder and I see myself in another light. I joined Toastmasters for one reason but I now realize that the experience can help me move beyond that initial goal to something a whole lot more.
The Drawing Room Project
The Drawing Room Project, which I am associated with, pulled off another successful writer’s retreat this past weekend. I got to hang with Poet Laureate (and a really cool dude) Prof. Mervyn Morris. Poet Millicent Graham is doing an awesome job. Do go see her at her book launch during Kingston on the Edge as well as support the Drawing Room Project and its activities.
I think I have written before that when it is time for you to move out of a situation or move on from something, it will get so uncomfortable for you that you will have no choice but to leave. That said, the hardest part is being in a position where you will be leaving for the unknown and to have enough faith that it will all be alright even what happens is not the vision you had of yourself. I was inspired by a story from one of the participants in the retreat last week who shared that she got an awesome opportunity writing wise and she requested no-pay leave for the duration and the ministry of government she was working with at the time denied it and she just wrote her resignation and that was that and it all worked out in the end. This was not a recent event. I am working on my bravery. “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby
The title of the speech I presented in the contests was “Think Small…” and after I wrote it, it was like everything in the (my) world was pointing to the benefits of thinking small. I will share the speech in a subsequent blog post. I even read something this week about that – “little bets”. “Little bets are a way to explore and develop new possibilities. Specifically, “a little bet is a low-risk action taken to discover, develop, and test and idea.” – Peter Sims I guess that may just be the theme of my year – “Think Small”.
So what do I want for a birthday gift? World peace, and an end to hunger and poverty would be ideal but just in case that won’t work out I’ll settle for something selfish, a Honda HRV, the more expensive one that ATL Honda offers for sale but without the leather seats. So… ATL Honda over to you.
Customer Service Mention
Of course, there has to be a customer service mention. This time it’s not so bad. I went to Pizza Hut Liguanea and they took a while to fill my order and when I noted this they apologized and gave me free cinnamon sticks. I think someone read my mind because I actually wanted cinnamon sticks but didn’t want 10 just maybe 2 so I didn’t buy any. And no I did not eat all 10 cinnamon sticks even though I think I could have, I shared them at work.
Citizen: An American Lyric
I am now reading the much talked about “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine a must read for every black person in the USA. It makes me grateful I live here (despite all the problems we have) and not there. A few snippets… “…just getting along shouldn’t be an ambition”, “Words work as release-well-oiled doors opening and closing between intention, gesture.”, “You said “I” has so much power; it’s insane.”
Stush in the Bush
New discoveries, Stush in the Bush. Stush in the Bush has an awesome passion fruit butter. I am sure everything they make tastes awesome but, I am a passion fruit head. I love everything passion fruit. So once there is passion fruit I have on blinders when it comes to everything else.
It’s your time to fly
Last but by no means least, just remember that you were meant to fly, so DON’T GIVE UP!