A blogversation that I had recently with an awesome blogger brought back this saying that my dad used ever so often back to my mind and I spent a little time dwelling on the thought of it’s meaning.
As a child whose parents used lots of proverbs to buttress a point, I never quite understood some of what they were trying to say to me then, but as time went on, these kernels of words planted have been germinating profusely and I find wisdom tucked inside them.
It is a common belief back in my place that each person has their own little ‘Chi’ or ‘God’, also perceived as a guardian Angel and that whatever limitations the person sets for themselves, that is equally where their God will set himself.
If you buy into the myopic view of a misguided person that you are not good enough, then you will remain so.
If you set limitations for yourself with all the usual excuses: because I am poor, black, brown, fe/male, tall, short, etc, you will not grow past your limitations. To grow past them you have to stop agreeing to the negative feedback of ‘You Can’t.’
‘What are you agreeing to?’
There is no disputing the fact that there are socio-economic challenges, gender limitations, race boundaries and all the conceivable ceilings out there that hinders us from breaking through the invisible barriers to our perceived success, but wait a minute.
What of the glass ceiling that you have placed on your own mind? No one else will break through it and free you other than yourself.
In as much as there are things we are unable to stop from happening, we have the will power to choose how we react to these things.
Do we remain victims of our own minds, or do we break free from the bounds of mind enslavement of whatever it is that we are agreeing to and become victors?
The choice is yours. What are you agreeing to? What ever it is, is what your God will agree to as well.
I shall leave these little quotes here for you to dwell on.
‘It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.’ African proverb
‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.‘ Proverbs: 23.7
‘Be careful how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening.‘ Lisa M. Hayes
For the quotes challenge invitation, I thank Kaushal of Expressive Human for the invitation, and would like to invite the following awesome bloggers to participate in the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.
No pressures at all to do so.
The rules are:
- Post 3 Quotes on 3 consecutive days.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 3 other bloggers on each day of challenge.