WOW; regarding leaving people stranded!

Last week, WOW airlines abruptly ceased operations and canceled all their flights leaving their passengers stranded on both sides of the Atlantic. The airline announced the sudden closure in a statement posted to it’s website on Thursday. It advised passengers to book new flights on other airlines and said some may be eligible for compensation.

Now that’s a real WOW isn’t it?!

The fact that they literally left more than 1,000 passengers hanging is shocking to say the least. The head of the company released a statement saying, “I’m very sorry about this as these are people who have supported us. I’m disappointed not to honor our commitments.”

The saddest part about this whole story is one reoccurring theme that’s probably happened or happening in all of our lives. It’s the same narrative of this airline that took people on a trip that they weren’t able to bring them back from. This got me to wondering why so many people lack the integrity to stay true to their commitments? Why are we constantly making commitments and then leaving people stranded?

Stranded- to leave (someone) without the means to move from somewhere.

And wait,…just hold it right there! Before you get all judgmental about what WOW did to their passengers; be honest with yourself and think back on all the times you’ve been guilty of doing the same thing to people in your own journey. Think about all the passengers you’ve left hanging in your relationships and day to day interactions. This got me to thinking about times where I’ve personally for whatever “good” reason I had, taken people places and left them stranded in mid air because I didn’t have the emotional and spiritual resources within to be able to carry them the distance. The truth is, we have all issued some “wolf tickets” in our own lives. Wolf tickets are promises we make to others where we oversell what we have to offer knowing good and well we don’t completely plan on doing what we said. This kind of stuff will inevitably leave the people we’re dealing with shocked and disappointed in the end. And let’s say our initial intentions were good; it’s still wrong to hype up what we’re going to do if we have no real intentions of giving 100% regarding what we said we would. My question is, why would you sign up to be a leader if you’re not willing to go the distance to produce what leaders produce? Why would you sign up to be a husband or a wife if your intentions are to be selfish and stay stubborn only wanting to do things your way!? It’s like selling a wolf ticket, or better yet a WOW ticket. WOW tickets are when you essentially leave another person shocked in a bad way because you said one thing in word, but your actions leave them stuck and stranded. It’s never a good feeling to be left stranded.

Sure, there are times where we all really did plan on taking whatever we committed to all the way, but the work and investment that goes along with carrying some people is sometimes more than we anticipated. Truthfully, some people are special cases, absolutely overwhelming and unreasonable. We have all encountered people on this journey that are just way too much.

So what does a person who’s going somewhere in life do when you find yourself dealing with someone who makes it impossible for you to honor your commitments?

First, let’s be clear about what someone “going somewhere” will never do no matter how unreasonable someone else is. Someone who’s going places won’t ever make excuses for being trifling! See, someone who’s fighting against their own elevation and promotion will mishandle the right people and devote their lives to investing in the wrong ones and that’s a major WOW. They will constantly take on people projects with those who aren’t interested in growing and changing for the better. Most of the time these kinds of daily interactions will in some odd way make them feel better about themselves. They will get some sort of a rush about always being the one who’s helping save their pitiful family and friends because somewhere in their warped mind; their extremely damaged and low self esteem is wrapped up in them having the upper hand. It’s the power they get from being the fixer and problem solver for everyone. They enjoy hanging out with people who are doing worse than them. The person who’s in conflict with their own take off will never openly express themselves and communicate how they feel like a grown up. Instead, they will typically say what they want by “acting” different, strange, weird and off. These people seriously lack the communication skills and maturity to speak up so they do things to try and make other people react to their foolishness. They have an extremely hard time having the conversations necessary to improve and resolve situations, so they resort to being passive aggressive and nice nasty. Because they often lack the courage or grace to be authentic and express themselves appropriately; they begin to use body language and defensiveness and distance to help make their point. This is sadly the strategy of those who can’t afford to finish what they started.

Anytime you’re in relationships with people who demonstrate such dishonor to your presence in their life, sooner than later they will sabotage things and run away what was once a blessing to them.

This is why it’s imperative for those of us going places to be realistic about what we are willing to offer others from the start. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you can carry on a healthy relationship with anyone committed to holding onto an unhealthy mentality. Be sure to admit you’re only willing to give of your time, love and all to people who are headed in the same direction as you. If you told someone you would be something,…live up to your commitment. If you signed up for an assignment DO IT WITH EXCELLENCE. Stop leaving people stranded. Stop issuing sorry statements. No one needs your sorriness.

Sure, there are times in my life where I’ve been guilty of selling WOW tickets; but as a growing adult we should all come to a place where we’re no longer willing to keep being sorry. While I’m not proud of the times in my past that I’ve been irresponsible and I’ve admittedly carried people half way, I realize I only left them them hanging because I overcommitted to them and under committed to myself. Thankfully, as of today I am proud to say I DON’T handle people or things that way anymore. My commitment as of now is strong in that the only WOW I want to hear from people regarding my impact in their life is “WOW, she helped me go places!”

My advice to all my coachable friends today is simple; Shock people with something other than wolf tickets, wow tickets, excuses, disappointment and I’m sorry. Stop leaving people stranded along the way. Sure up your commitments and make it so that the people who encounter you walk away saying WOW, that person is someone who’s truly going somewhere great!!

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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Waiting for people to fall asleep or committed to seeing them take flight?

Because I’m someone who loves to fly and the theme of my blog is to inspire people who want to “go places,” I’m always reading about travel and airplanes and going somewhere new! Well, this morning while sipping on a nice cup of coffee (with a little cinnamon on top, yummy) I read an article that said something that sparked my thinking. The article said that food service on night flights can be delayed until the flight crew sees more people fall asleep. Interesting right? Well, wait until I tell you why!

The rationale behind them waiting for more people to fall asleep means less work for them to do! Wow! Absurd right? To think that people who are supposedly there to serve passengers and help make their flight as memorable, comfortable and enjoyable as possible are literally thinking of ways to gyp their customers out of what they paid for; ultimately so they don’t have to do a job they signed up for. It basically boils down to them cleverly thinking of ways to do as little work as possible for the same pay. How many of us do the same kind of crap to other people, but are appalled when it’s done to us? Where’s our integrity? Maybe it fell asleep as it relates to our entire culture. I’m just saying.

This immediately made me think about how this is the same ratchet thinking a lot of people have when it comes to their approach on their lives and everything they touch. Sadly, it seems like a lot of people have this same trifling, lazy mentality as these underachieving flight attendants. It’s almost appalling to think that people are so inwardly depraved and selfish by nature. It’s disheartening that there is so much dissonance in the hearts of those who will sign up for “service” and then not give it their best effort. This is a really disturbing mindset a lot of people seem to have that actually say they’re about “feeding” people and making their flight aka life better, all the while their hidden intentions are revealed because they can’t wait until more people “go to sleep!” They can’t wait until the people they’re supposed to be helping to go places get distracted doing something else. This truly speaks to a leader who is not what or who they say they are.

This made me put together a few questions for you to ask yourself. Like, how many people are around you with the same mentality as these wolves in sheeps clothing? And who are these imposters in your life? Are you one? How many people say they are somewhere to help, serve, assist, aid and support people or a cause and yet in their heart they are just sitting back calculating, plotting and planning ways to do as little as possible when it comes to actually helping others take flight. To me it’s very wicked and twisted conduct and I search my heart daily not to be a Dbag when it comes to my involvement in anything.

The flight attendants who sit back and wait for people to go to sleep so they can basically cheat passengers from getting a meal that’s owed them are nothing more than the same as disingenuous leaders and those who have something they can help sustain and grow people with, but instead they withhold it because taking time to do their job is going to take effort and fake people hate to put forth whatever actual effort it takes to do their job. They want to look like they’re nice and kind; but they never really produce anything. So are they really nice and kind? Or is it all just a show?

There’s a scripture in the Bible that spells it out and describes these kind of folk; it says they look good on the outside but their inward hearts are not right. That was just me paraphrasing, but you get the point. Another passage says they love to say a lot, but even their speech betrays them. You know people like that don’t you? Ever wasting time and never developing the people they’re supposed to develop. All they want to do is cover them up, keep them warm. These kind of people love watching their passengers aka family, friends, associates sleep. They get some kick out of covering up the people they should be teaching, training and serving, with blankets of excuses never confronting their bad behavior and challenging them to do better. Because for the people like the deceptive flight attendants, confronting the people in their lives in order to help them mature and change for the better is too hard. It’s just too much work. So they continually put to sleep the destructive issues they see in others and make accommodations for them to stay that way; because helping people get strong and doing anything beyond babying them requires pulling up your sleeves and actually doing some work. And these kind of helpers, don’t really want to help. In fact, they certainly don’t want to do what they’re assigned to do. They seemingly just want to wear the uniform and look the part. It’s a shame so many teachers, parents, aunties, uncles and leaders do the same foolishness as these irresponsible flight attendants; never assisting others in getting where they need to go. Could YOU really be the reason why your “peeps” never take off?

This also speaks to why a lot of people may even get to their destination but find themselves malnourished, starved and empty; unable to be effective when they “arrive.” If it’s your job to feed people, to provide substance and nourishment and fuel to their lives, you can’t be more focused on your comfort than their growth. Those who give their lives to serving others have got to be empty of ego, selfishness and hypocrisy. Those of us who step up and take on work in the area of helping others take flight have got to do a heart check daily, because people trying to take flight need sincere people in their corner who really want to help them to go somewhere; and when they arrive hopefully they have been poured into enough that they have the strength and supply to continue going higher even after you finish doing your part.

People deserve to be served by those who are sincere about feeding them; not by people in uniform who are waiting for them to fall asleep.

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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No Stinky Passengers

Did you know that American Airlines has a rule that says that they can refuse to carry a passenger (and pull him or her off the plane) if the person has “an offensive odor.”

Ha!

It’s true. No stinky passengers on their planes! (insert praise break cause that’s a real word). This got me to thinking about how we should all have the same policy in our own lives. We should unashamedly say that no one with an offensive odor when it comes to our success and greatness is allowed in our space, nor will we carry them! It’s probably one of the most incredibly wise decisions you and I could ever make and we could start today. I’m saying we all need to have policy and procedure in place in our lives where we quickly remove anyone whose mindset, attitude and intentions are foul and offensive to our elevation, even ourselves if need be. In other words, break up with your egotistical way of thinking. We all need to kick off anyone with a vision and agenda that’s not in alignment with where we are headed on this journey called life. Kick off naysayers and small mindedness. Kick off “The I can’t and I’m not enough way of thinking”. Kick off this perfectionist mentality that keeps you from ever doing anything except talk. Kick off friends that help you stay helpless. See, if you are honest with yourself, think about how much frustration, drama, confusion and conflict would be eliminated from our lives and how much higher we would go if we didn’t have to waste time and energy putting up with knucklehead, stiff neck, stubborn people with stinky attitudes, distorted facial expressions and disrespectful body language along the way. Historically, we’ve been taught to look past people’s dysfunction and tolerate their toxic behavior. We’ve been taught to “be the bigger person” while obnoxious idiots have kept us from going somewhere great. Many of us have not spoken up and said what was really in our hearts for fear of being called “emotional,” meanwhile we have been robbed of our identity. We have not been in places that encourage us to be our authentic self. Instead we have been told to accommodate the well meaning frauds in our life while they stay unable to make strides towards any of their goals either. Sadly, we’ve been conditioned to be tolerant and polite and to put up with crap we know we don’t sincerely agree with. We’ve looked for validation from the unvalidated. We’ve surrounded ourselves with cowardly people who sweep the actions of the other poisonous people around us under the rug. We’ve had to silently watch stinky people around us consistently make excuses for stuff that we know has been harmful to our ascent.

So at this point, this no stinky passengers on board policy is so where I am in life. No longer will I allow the people who rationalize and pardon pathological ineffectiveness, immaturity and carelessness with statements like “they really don’t mean any harm.” For those like me who are determined to get “there,” we will not allow the people who speak the type of language that stinks up the atmosphere to keep us stuck on a level we have grown beyond. See, smelling bad and being okay with it is expected when you’re a child; but when you grow up, you’re supposed to take care of yourself and spend time to see to it that your scent is not one that runs people away. What kind of people is your scent attracting?

At the end of the day, people going places have got to guard against being around those whose mindsets attract flies. Remember, flies are attracted to a scent too. We must be a lot more selective about who we allow to go places with us and we should demand that people around us are those who have a backbone and the guts to speak up to whatever is offensive to everyone getting somewhere incredible and new. Truth is, I know that there have been times where I’ve allowed myself to be hindered and slowed down by people with smelly thinking; but one day I said enough is enough! The sad part about all of this is if you stay in a stinky environment long enough it will cease to stink from your perspective anymore. Could it actually be that everyone outside of your circle can smell the stench of what you’ve become comfortable taking in; that is everyone except you and your crew.

Today, I challenge you to do some spring cleaning and check the smell of what you’re trying to pack and carry along with you on this journey. Check the people around you and make sure you’re not moving about with stinky people in your circle. Fact of the matter is, if you hang around 4 stinky people, more than likely you’re probably the 5th stinky one!

Lastly, check yourself. The problem may not be everyone else around you. It could be that you stink and you definitely would not be allowed to fly on any aircraft that had high standards smelling like that!

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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On Board With Something You Don’t Respect? 👀

Some airlines are known for their cheap fares and most people generally have a low level of respect for these affordable airlines. Ironically the same “critics” of cheap airlines will still book a flight and hop on board something they have absolutely no respect for!

This got me to thinking about how many people are supposedly “on board” with causes, movements and people that they have no respect for. Basically it’s just like the cheap airlines; you’re only with them because that’s all you can afford (insert well). This is the typical way of thinking in this opportunity driven culture today. People will ride on your coat tails for as long as it benefits them, and as soon as a better option presents itself, they are straight out the door. There is such an animalistic approach to relationships these days and I’m really wondering why so many people ignore the obvious signs when they know they’re dealing with an opportunist. People will literally link up with you and get your contacts, resources, information and your wisdom only so they can do what you do. Some people come to you because they know being connected to you affords them the opportunity to go places they know they would have never gone without you. Unfortunately, as soon as they “arrive” they will act like you never existed. In my life, there have been some people who I’ve given short cuts to get to places where it’s taken me years to get to. And just like the affordable priced airline, these same people don’t seem to value or appreciate what’s blessed their life. They won’t pay you for helping them take off, but they have no problem doing that for someone else they respect. Sadly, if it had not been for your favor they would have never made it into certain rooms. They would have never had the confidence or skills to express themselves if not for your mentorship or guidance.

Recently, we took a quick trip to visit my parents and booked tickets on a well known affordable airline. The tickets came in total to $309.00 round trip for three adults. WOW! That’s super cheap!! Of course you have to pay for your bags additionally on that flight. But what kind of a spoiled, entitled brat would I be to expect the airline to take an extra loss just so I can bring my bags too! This made me think even deeper about how we have people riding off of our reputations, connections and favor who have the nerve to invest so little in us and yet they still complain about helping to support what in the grand scheme of things is only going to help them in the long run. How insane is it for me to fly for almost nothing on these people’s plane and then grumble and fuss because I want to carry my baggage along too. It’s shameful the way we think! We want so much for so little.

My advice today for the coachable is simple;

Excuse yourself from any alliances that dishonor your worth. If people can’t see the treasure you are, let them know your significance is not up for negotiations. Don’t make any accommodations for people who want to treat you less than you deserve. The problem with selling yourself at a bargain rate is you’ll attract a clientele of deadbeats who can’t see your worth because their entire perspective is based upon how they see themselves. To a person who views their worth from the perspective of an underdog, downtrodden and rejected place; to them it’s going to be impossible to get anywhere because their vision of self is so warped. The way people see you is often a reflection of how they see themselves; so doing life with these kind of people is frustrating for someone going places. Do yourself a favor, leave them to someone else. Don’t make cheap people your project unless you want to stay on the ground.

When you are determined to go places one of the biggest challenges is deciding who your audience should be. Is that really the crowd you want to market your excellence to? Take your time and really ponder whether you want to work hard to sell a $20 ticket to someone who bemoans buying it, but will pay hundreds of dollars with ease to see something not even as good. Make sure you stop looking for approval from people who don’t approve of themselves. When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.

Make up in your mind today that you will no longer try to make common people believe in your greatness. The truth is greatness always recognizes greatness. On the other hand, small minded people love to diminish others because that’s the way they feel inside about themselves. If you’re helping people to go places, do everything you do in excellence. Even if right now you’re known for selling what you have to offer for less than it’s worth; be assured that at some point quality people will show up in your life and they will gladly pay you more, because they’ll know what you’re offering is priceless!

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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I am NOT a low life and never will be!

My oldest son Chris recently traveled to Peru and went on a hike to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, when he arrived to his desired destination he got sick. I know this was the last thing he wanted to deal with while trying to see the world!! Let’s be honest, who plans on going somewhere great and not feeling well when they get there? Said no one.

Thankfully, his body quickly adjusted and he was able to shake off the way he felt and enjoy his trip! Immediately, I heard a really deep message in this whole situation, especially when we found out he wasn’t feeling well on his trip because of something called Altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness, or AMS (acute mountain sickness), happens when you go from a low elevation to a higher one (insert preach).

Altitude sickness occurs when you take flight — typically over 8,000 feet — and the lack of oxygen at these higher altitudes causes the body to react adversely. This got me to thinking how elevation and promotion effects some people so bad that they’re not like Chris. They never get well at high levels because they’re so in love with low living. Could it be that some people are so used to their way of living that they love being low lives? Well? 👀

Truth is, some people are never really able to shake how they FEEL and separate their emotions from their purpose in order for them to actually get the maximum experience out of their life. For some people, no matter how much they want to go places, they seem to always come to the conclusion and find out that their take off is unsuccessful because they never get beyond their FEELINGS. Some people can’t shake the feelings that go along with taking flight.

See, taking flight and going higher means you can’t stay low anymore and anything that represents “low” living has to be left behind in order to go higher! Whether it’s people, habits, mindsets; everything that’s going to keep you low has to be abandoned to take off and go to high places!

You can’t stay determined to keep doing things the same way you always did them when considering elevation. Going places means you’ve got to make changes and adapt to new environments and new atmospheres and perspectives. But low lives are so in love with their way of living they can’t imagine any other way. See, this is why many people are getting older but not growing up; because some people can’t handle elevation. Altitude sickness is sadly why some people with potential will never truly soar! And may I remind you potential means you ain’t really doing nothing now! Ha! This is one of the main reasons people who desire to be great can’t be loyal to anything that keeps them low. If you’re sincerely going somewhere you must be willing to allow your feelings to be tested and challenged. That’s the only way to really see if you’re ready to go higher and make the necessary changes that go along with it. People determined to go to higher heights in life are those who don’t have a problem checking their egos at the door because change never happens when your ego is running the show. A person determined to stay low will say they want to go high and then fight against and resist everything that is challenging them to grow. Low lives always end up driving their help away.

See, I know many of you want to go places and travel the world in theory, but travel and ascent comes at a price. When you say you want to go to the nations and touch lives, be ready to check your feelings, ego and all your baggage at the door. The bottom line is; how you handle where you are at this level is a great indication of how well you’ll be able to handle going to a higher level.

My advice today is that you watch your responses and reactions to this level closely. If there are coaches, teachers, mentors, advisors and leaders in your life now and you make their assignment difficult in helping develop you, you’re probably not very serious about going places. If you’re stressed out all the time and falling apart or angry all the time about the things you’re dealing with now, don’t try to go higher. If you have Altitude sickness at this level, and you can’t shake it, how will you ever be able to handle going to the mountain?

I’m convinced some people are only able to handle low living. As for me, I am NOT a low life and never will be!

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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Luxury Option Included

The last trip I took, the plane was fully decked out with inflight entertainment and there were literally moments that I was enjoying what I was looking at so much so that I honestly forgot about everything that was going on around me!

If you’re not familiar with this; Inflight entertainment gives passengers the option while flying to watch the latest Hollywood hits, trending TV shows, and music videos through a seatback monitor or your own personal device. You can literally push a button and see or hear whatever you want (insert praise break). So, this one added luxury option can virtually take enjoying your flight to a whole new dimension! This inflight entertainment idea 💡 really spoke to me and got me excited because if we would all activate that option in our real lives; we will begin to see things completely different instantly! The luxury option is simple; you can look for the things in your day that make you happy, the things that make you informed or at peace or you can choose to focus on drama. See, it’s not far fetched at all to find the good things about this journey and basically forget about the mess that’s going on around you that really doesn’t matter. This takes focus and it’s up to you to enable this option in your life. As a matter of fact, we can all do this right now, but most people choose to act as if they have no control over how they see things aka playing the victim. Many people give their power away to the environments they’re in and the people they’re around. Frankly, some of us give too much power over what we see and how we understand things from our past hurts, trauma and pain rather than looking at it for what it is. I even think we could turn up the volume on our “happy” in life if we stopped giving starring roles to some of the dysfunctional and annoying characters in our life. Some of us are even guilty of watching the same flicks over and over again when there’s new stuff out there to look at and appreciate. It’s time to stop repeating the same drama and switch the channel to something inspiring and motivating.

Let’s be honest, this entire journey can be a horror flick or a fairytale, it all depends on what you choose to intentionally hone in on. Today, I encourage you to turn your inflight entertainment on and put your attention on the things that bring you joy and satisfaction. Turn your attention to things that make you cry happy tears instead of tears of sorrow. Tune your inflight entertainment to a channel that educates you and improves your life!!When you and I begin to take control of what we look at, it’s going to have a phenomenal impact on this flight we’re on and we will begin to see everything from a new perspective.

When you purposely consider your life as the amazing experience it is, I promise it will help you remember you’re already prewired and fully equipped with this luxury option. You’ve got complete access to your inflight entertainment system. And not only that, you have the potential and power to make your life an action movie that’s filled with comedy and romance. It’s up to you my friend. You can begin making choices that keep your life and state of mind stable, balanced and secure; where nothing around you can interrupt your peace and enjoyment on this journey. Enjoy the luxury option that’s already included!!

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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Authentic Luggage?

Packing to go on a Spring break trip with the teenager and husband and it dawned on me; I’ve got to get myself some new luggage. Sure I have a cute luggage tag that helps me know which bag is mine, but for me that’s just not enough. Ultimately, I refuse to go to the airport for another trip and have to play the whole “is that my bag game?” at the baggage claim.

This got me to thinking that everyone of us on this flight called life would be able to soar and the journey would be a lot less frustrating if we traveled with luggage that stands out. See, everyone else has the same old standard black/navy blue rectangular zip-up suitcase and this makes getting your luggage back at baggage claim a serious pain in the neck.

I began thinking about how many people are dealing with the same frustration in real life, completely unable to move beyond the next place because they have nothing about them and what they carry that makes them distinct. In a world where everyone is doing the same thing, wearing the same thing, saying the exact same thing, and seemingly traveling the same paths; isn’t it refreshing and inspiring when you finally see someone who’s not afraid to step out and be authentically who they’re supposed to be!

I want all my coachable friends to hear my heart when I say this, don’t be a carbon copy! Unless you’re completely at peace, a millionaire and already living your dream right now, change your mindset today and stop trying to fit in! This lack of individuality in business, branding, church, even your family and your personal style is getting you nowhere and it’s even a big part of the reason why there’s so much competition around you; because everyone is doing the same thing! No one has anything about them that sets them apart, and the environments and circles we’re in don’t inspire or encourage or even support us to be free to express ourselves either. Admit it, most of your family and friends will be the first ones to tell you that your ideas and plans are too outlandish. I think it’s time to get a new advisory board. The people who are coaching you and advising you are probably the reason you’re broke. They’re probably the reason you’re still the local best kept secret. Truth is, they won’t even tell people about your gift because they think you’re “too out there” and that’s why they keep you on the ground when they could be instrumental in helping you take off. While I know all of this can be a bit difficult to process, to actually think that it’s your support system that’s probably holding you down, and even worse it’s because they want you to be like someone who’s already out there and established. (Insert you should be more like so and so 👀).

Trust me I know being a person who’s used to going against the grain; being out the box and unique is not a popular thing to be. You are going to be criticized and ostracized for your uniqueness, and that’s probably the main reason why so many of you continue to ignore the voice inside of you that says don’t be like everyone else! See, I’m challenging you to go on and step out. Make today the day you say I’m no longer depending on the approval of any of the people who haven’t helped me soar at this point; including family and friends. You’ve got to make the bold move and say today is the last day I conform to the status quo of the community I supposedly belong to. You have got to be willing to be talked about and laughed at and you better get ready to experience being ignored and shunned. Get ready for people to send you social cues to let you know you’re not supposed to carry luggage that’s so bright and loud! Sadly, many of you are surrounded by people who have never embraced their true identity, so why would you expect them to be ok with finding yours? Why do you expect them to help you become secure in your authenticity?

You’re surrounded with people who have been telling you all your life; don’t say what you believe! You’ve been around people who lovingly devalue your contributions and opinions for whatever “good reasons” they have. You’ve become used to people you love and trust who tell you the things you have to say are not important or it might offend others, so just be quiet. You’ve been around people who are afraid to carry colorful bags themselves. And while they tell you what to carry and you listen; they’re the same ones stuck in the same spot playing it safe in their lives too. You’ve become too accustomed to hearing people tell you don’t write that! Trust me I’m a writer and can you imagine how I’ve been effected by hearing that I shouldn’t put my thoughts in writing!! And if I wrote my truth it could get me in trouble!?!! At this point, I don’t listen to that anymore and I write what’s in my heart and it is actually my transparency and authenticity that has been an inspiration to many people! Let’s be honest, most of us have been told by well intended people what we should say and what we should wear which basically translates; don’t be who you are, don’t express who you are. Lie about how you feel and what you believe; and this is a source of a lot of pinned up frustration!

When it boils down to it, we have got to break free from being so reliant on the approval of others that we would be willing to deny who we are to carry bland, uninspiring, unidentifiable luggage. I’ve even found myself at 46 years old; and sometimes I’ll think maybe I shouldn’t wear my “good clothes” today because someone might think I was being too much. And then I caught myself and made the bold decision that for as long as I live I’m going to put on whatever I want because I’m not afraid to stand out! That’s it; I’m not afraid to be authentic and I refuse to let other people dictate what I carry within on this journey called life!

The world or people around me can say whatever they want. Even if they say don’t carry red luggage; I am not looking for their approval! If you want to go places, carry what speaks to you and your individuality and uniqueness. Otherwise, prepare to be stuck at the baggage claim watching a zillion bags roll by that look exactly like yours. If you continue to let the standards of everyone else on this flight keep you from carrying whatever it is that makes you distinct and original; expect to have a lot of people confused about if their bags belong to them or you.

But if not, carry what makes you smile. Carry what makes you different and unique, and make no apologies about it. The best part of it all is you’ll be well on your way to your next destination while the rest of the ordinary bags are still circling around with the people who they belong to asking “is that my bag or yours?”

Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant

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