𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀/𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲
Morning reflection/more like a blog (I’ll post this in my blogs as well):
Process: a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result. A series of actions or operations conducing to an end. I can vividly remember on multiple occasions wanting to just skip over certain phases of life. For example: when I was completing my undergraduate degree, I had very small children—and some days I felt like I was literally losing my mind... Like seriously!! Or, when I think back when I first started WOW/Women of Worth as a small group/before it became a nonprofit (can’t believe it’s been over 15 years).
Our first community conference had about 7 attendees (no lie); our second conference had a little more, and we eventually reached a total of 700 + women, most of whom weren’t even from the Jackson community/they traveled from far and near to be in attendance. We even did FB LIVE’s, “Talks” and uploaded low quality videos. But hey...we were trying!
𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗴𝗼 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗻, 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 “𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱”—but the objective here is this: back then...I did not appreciate the sleepless nights that came with raising a family and grinding in school. Like who would? I was tired, irritated and I wanted to skip over that part of my life and just graduate already! Also, hosting events; doing large giveaways to the Florence Crittenton; mentoring young girls from there; bringing them to my house with their little kiddos, and more, was crazy for a young married mother, right!?
But...it was so much BIGGER than me! Granted, WOW has changed, evolved, grown, and shifted in so many ways; but when I look back over the process...it’s SUPER clear that is was soooo much more than what I realized back then!
All of that to say...don’t rush the PROCESS! Endure. Push through. And even ENJOY each phase! What’s being birthed in you is so much BIGGER than what you could ever imagine! And finally...don’t be afraid of CHANGE! Sometimes things will SHIFT—but it’s important for you to embrace the change and go with the flow! Growth requires change. Thus, when you feel the shift happening, don’t resist! Simply adjust your expectations and open your heart to what’s NEXT!
Is it easier said than done!? Well absolutely! But note this:
Your execution and obedience is not just for you, it’s for the future. Your obedience sets the tone, precedent and pattern for generations to come.
The next generation is following your example. It’s your choice to either establish a pattern of generational success—or you can establish a generational pattern of defeat and failure. It’s up to you!
Gallery of Reflection:
Canena Adams, LLBSW, MA, SRAS
Wife | Mother | Writer | Author | Public Speaker | Social Worker | Business Owner | Nonprofit Founder & Director | Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist | Healthy Family & Relationship Advocate | Adjunct College Prof. | PhD Student (Public & Social Policies)