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Our Labor

There has been so much national discourse this week as former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens responded to headlines after a photo of him working at a supermarket chain went viral. The conversation about job shaming has me reflecting on my attitudes about honest work and labor.

I remember the first time I saw my father’s occupation listed on a document. The word used to describe his work was that of laborer. I recall the visceral reaction I had to the word. Even as a young girl, the world was telling me certain occupations were more revered and relevant than other jobs. We were sharecroppers—planting cotton, digging sweet potatoes and working the land. To my young mind and head that lacked wisdom, I reasoned that being listed as a laborer was most likely toward the bottom of what was important.

But as I grew older and watched my father, mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the people in my small town, work and toil with dignity and perseverance, I realized the power of the word laborer and the necessity of labor. Because when we work—do an honest day’s effort with our crop, career, gifts and talents—there is no higher calling.

I am a huge proponent of visualization, a can-do attitude, and motivation when it comes to our dreams. But just going around imaging a better life or saying positive things without the work—well, honestly, does not work. It doesn’t happen magically.

In its wisdom, nature illustrates that we cannot plant a seed today and enjoy the harvest tomorrow. From soil preparation, weeding, watering, fertilizing, timing, the right amount of sun, and patience—steps have to be taken. We have to put in the effort. Start the tractor. Grab the garden tool. Part the soil and plant the seed or vine. Wait for the first bloom or evidence of growth. Even with no guarantees, we plant, trust and expect a harvest. The same process holds true manifesting what we want.

Working on our dreams and the true desires of our hearts is critical. Our work matters—not only to us, but to the world. Let us push through moments of questioning and second-guessing. With renewed focus and energy, let us press on and believe we will see the fruits of our efforts. It will take labor.

Monica Pierre is an Emmy Award winning journalist, keynote speaker, and author of the motivational books, Found My Soul in a Sweet Potato Patch: Living a Life of Victory, and No Permanent Scars: It’s Never Too Late to Have the Life You Really Want.

 

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Nothing Magical

Welcome to a new year! The air is energized with optimism and declarations to do better, want better, and be better.

The truth is, there is nothing magical about the first day of a new year. Our journey still demands faith, tenacity and determination. Realization of our desired transformation, transcendence, or stated outcomes is based upon time-tested truths. Between now and next is built upon a deeply-rooted belief in what we say, thought-through actions aligned with what we want, and the courage to push through scary moments of doubt and second guessing. Nothing magical—but nonetheless empowering and worth the effort.

With arms wide open, we welcome our new year.

 

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Renewed Commitment

Storms do cease. Rainbows appear as a sign that we are closer to the realization of our dreams than we think.

As the sun peeks through our clouds of doubt, let us move on with renewed commitment, thought-through action and a sense of urgency.

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Emboldened Through Action

It is futile to rehash past mistakes or lament missed opportunities. There is no benefit to clinging to bitterness or an unwillingness to forgive. No matter how tempting, there is no quick passage through the labyrinth of regret.

With the rising sun, we can renew our commitment to the true desires of our heart. We can affirm our gifts and talents, emboldened through action and infused with determination.

© 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Willing to Do

What are you willing to do for the ardent desire of your heart? What are you willing to do to get clear about your purpose? What are you willing to sacrifice, figure out, release or risk for the dream?

Are you willing to plan, prepare, persist and pray your way through?

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Our Encouragers

Our encouragers are all around. The challenge is to avoid predetermining or prejudging, and accept the person right in front of us willing to lift us up. With grateful hearts, let us embrace our encouragers.

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: The Final Say

The world says you are not strong enough, smart enough or good enough. The world says your dream must take a back seat to all your other commitments. The world says that you are being selfish and unrealistic. The world says that you have made mistakes before, miscalculated or messed up. The world says give up.

But what the world says is not the final word on your dreams. It is up to you to ignore the noise of the world and put together a plan that moves the desire of your heart from wishing to manifestation.

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: More Lies Ahead

There will always be new challenges, new opportunities and new seasons for the dream-believer. There will be new paths to travel, new mountains to climb, new reasons to be grateful and new beginnings.

As one season transitions into another, let us remember that more lies ahead.

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Lift the Veil of Regret

It’s not where we have been but where we’re going. We can lift the veil of regret and focus our attention on possibilities, purpose and promise. We can fix our eyes on the prize, our thoughts on the present, and our hopes on a future that better serves us.

(c) 2016

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Monica’s Motivational Moment: Gather Your Courage

Forces appear to be conspiring against you, ganging up on you, and gathering to watch your downfall. You are tired, unable to sleep at night, and an upset about the unfairness of your situation. But this will not last. This will not stand or be the final word. Breathe. Believe. Gather your courage and continue on your path.

(c) 2016

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