The following is a page excerpt from Jewel Diamond Taylor’s book… SHIFT HAPPENS
When SHIFT happens in your life…you may be more vulnerable to the negative feelings of fear, depression, addiction and indifference. How are you coping with SHIFTS and the pressures in your life to succeed?
You may be feeling the pressures of society to; keep up, get a job, take care of your aging parents, keep up with social media, eat healthy, drink the right water, keep your child in college, wear a certain dress size, drive a certain car, live in a certain neighborhood, keep your nails and hair looking like Beyonce, maintain your secrets and brokenness, join the right church, wear that fake smile, fit in and act normal, attend every conference, have a perfect marriage, drink the fancy coffee every day, be “that girl”, be a perfect parent, give back to your community, suck it up and put on your “big girl panties”, your red bottom shoes and wear your superwoman cape. You may be feeling the pressure to accumulate all the right stuff, be great in the boardroom, the bedroom, the kitchen, at PTA, church and the good daughter or good wife. You may feel the pressure of being the “fixer” in your family, being a “cover girl” hiding your pain from abuse, secrets, Mr. Pitiful, breast cancer, racism, sexism, trying to keep a flat stomach and a big butt. The SHIFT in the world could be a source of stress to pay your bills and keeping a high credit score. Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to; forgive those who will never say they are sorry for hurting you, working for your promotion or diploma, stay woke, live a purpose driven life, never complain, acquire everything on your vision board, and keep going even though you don’t look like what you’ve been through or what you’re going through right on?
When you are going through the storms of life, you need an anchor to keep from drowning in your tears, misery and thoughts of hopelessness. You want to develop your faith and a sense of self-worth. Choose acceptance and action instead of anger, apathy and avoidance patterns. Choose courage to tell your story. Don’t let shame and the fact that your life doesn’t look like what you expected to like by now … to keep you silent. Speak up. Ask for help. Be a part of resilient building movements and circles like my Women on the Grow Circles.
In difficult moments, seek God.
In quiet moments, worship God.
In painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
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