Life Skills for Self-Empowerment is offered by contributing blogger Lennora Muti’ah Pierrot, founder of Bibs and Blankets International (BABI).
To reflect on where you came from in light of where you are now, is truly phenomenal. This reflection illuminates the soul with such radiance that everyone around you receives light and positivity from your presence. The place you are now – spiritually speaking – is not where you will be next year or the next year, or the next year – it’s just where you are right now – in this present moment. Life is growth; it fluctuates between times of hardship and prosperity – and even during the hardest of times, we know that good times may be just around the corner – – – for there is a guarantee that after difficulty comes ease. Life is a cycle – just as after the day comes the night. One method of self-enrichment is attaining and implementing life skills. These skills are necessary for self-enrichment and can lead to many positive changes such as your outlook on life and even your life goals. Know this: you are never alone and never unguided. Your drive is what determines your success in your life. Every action has a reaction. Every cause has an effect – and many times in life you may not see the effect or even understand its cause. This is generally due to a lack of awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. I’ve identified five life skills many successful people have mastered. These skills are essential for each of us to gain awareness concerning our inner selves and our outer surroundings, which in turn strengthens our drive, our self-determination and the likelihood that we too, will enjoy the fruits of success in life.
1. Ultimate Health & Wellness
When it comes to your health and wellness, your lifestyle is the key. As our beloved Uncle Dick Gregory put it best, “People with high blood pressure, diabetes – those are conditions brought about by lifestyle. If you change the lifestyle, those conditions will leave.” I have found that gaining a balance and sound structure of eating three complete meals a day, along with a workout program will allow you to get on the path of ultimate health and wellness. It is a gradual transition, and to gain positive results you must put in the effort and keep it going daily. I heard Mr. Quinn of Tuskegee University repeat the saying, “Keep it Simple Stupid” and in life you must always hold on to that K.I.S.S. ideology. Regarding your health, simple is best.
- Breakfast of oats and banana
- Lunch steak or chicken and salad
- Dinner fish rice or potatoes and vegetables
- A great amount of water during the day
- Limit your sugar intake
- See your healthcare provider yearly – without fail
2. Progressive Education
After living overseas and returning to America, I am always shocked at how many people are not progressively educated in a formal setting. I use the word progressive because an education must be implemented in your life and must be leading to a place of financial stability for it to be truly progressive, or leading to upward progress. It is important to understand that your education is not what allows you to make money. It is always your lack of drive, understanding and implementation of knowledge that prevents you from success and upward motility.
It is a right for everyone to have access to a clean and safe living environment. Sustainable shelter is based on having your needs met in an ecologically and economically viable manner based on your location. The planet’s ecosystems are deteriorating and the climate is changing. We are consuming so much and so quickly, that we are already living far beyond the earth’s capacity to support us. Learning to evolve into the future with respect for the earth and a deeper understanding of how our choices can cause negative environmental changes, is a huge step toward self-empowerment and self-improvement.
4. Community impact
Invest in yourself: graduate from high school, pursue advanced learning perhaps at a university or trade school, gain and create new skillsets to assist you as you learn and grow. Utilize opportunities for greatness in your community – locally, regionally, nationally and even globally.
Be the best person you can be and share your skill, talent, or craft with your global village. Communicating and collaborating with others in your community allows you access to making a positive legacy for yourself.
Food is defined as any nutritious substance that people eat or drink, or that plants absorb for nourishment, to maintain life, and to grow. Be the food that impacts your community by embracing these life skills – and watch your light intensify.
5. Constant Gratitude
Gratitude is the most important of these life skills.
When I first heard Dr. Robert White speak, he introduced himself by saying, “I am here because I have the best friends.” That has resonated in my soul. Dr. White didn’t start by talking about himself – but rather – with being grateful for his friends, and showcasing them – and showing us that he would not be there without them. In other words, he began with gratitude.
As Blackamericans, we are under attack from all sides. Having a firm base of friends and family to support and encourage you is vital – and one of the ways to make sure that base remains – is by showing gratitude for them – letting them know that you appreciate them, and that you wouldn’t be where you are and who you are – without them.
Being responsible and financially stable comes naturally when you surround yourself with grateful, active, productive, and successful people – – – when you surround yourself with folks like that – you’ll become one too.
I have been so blessed to be among the best of creation. As I share with you these 5 life skills to help enrich your life, know it was passed down to me and it is part of the cycle of growth being passed on to you.
I need and want to thank all those who continuously feed my light; because of your light, I am here today as a source beaming from the reflection of you, sharing a part of your abundant glow.
GreenBlessings from Housefulloflove