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17 Feb 2022

SUNrise: cj speaks…   Stay Encouraged!

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February 17, 2022 Category: Commentary Posted by:

The news reports so many negative things, it can almost put a stop to your walking out the door each day.  It can put doubt in your mind as to where you should go, maybe where you need to stay away from. 

But the bottom line is, as careful as you can be, things are still possible to happen, each and every day.  It is sad that we wake up to the kind of crimes and the boldness of the people committing these crimes.  

We are in a state of chaos!  So much has happened in the last two years — although, believe it or not, these things have always been happening.  It is just that now we are at a resting place, a place of this COVID-19 which has changed the direction, dynamic, and number of daily occurrences we see each day.  Folks have been experiencing these kinds of things for a lifetime, for generations — for decades.  

Some of us are actually experiencing these intense challenges on a personal level.  

I am here today to share with you, audience, that we have to stay encouraged.  It is through our encouragement that we can make it through,  and can actually wake up each day and say to ourselves, ‘this is going to be a great day —  my joy is going to see me through.’  Yes!  It is that joy that you are going to need to embrace each day to help you overcome whatever is going on.

  It is the encouragement that you are going to need to give to yourself because right now, today, someone can argue and say, ‘cj, there is nothing for me to be encouraged about, there is nothing encouraging about what I see and experience or what my family, friends, loved ones, and even people I don’t even know are going through.’

As your heart may be heavy, lighten your load if you can by encouraging others.  But encourage yourself first and try to stay in that realm of feeling good about life.  If we decide to be down and out on a daily basis, we may not be able to reach those goals that we may have set for ourselves.  It may be a hard task I am proposing, audience, but it is something that we can try to do together, beginning today!  

Let’s stay encouraged and let’s encourage those around us.  Shoot them a text and say, ‘have a good day,’ or give them a phone call and just ask, ‘how are you doing?’  It is those little things in life that help us along and create the way to make it through.

 Be encouraged today!  Encourage someone else! Try to carry on into your tomorrow what helped you to get through your today.  

You can do it! GOD is at the front of your life, and through HIM, anything is possible. Trust and believe today that your encouragement is your top of the list thing to do and then share with someone else.  Be empowered today — in your walk, in your talk, and in all of your actions.  Until next time….PEACE!  

cj is a poet, educator, motivational speaker, and inspirational writer who resides in Philadelphia. If you were moved by this piece, shoot cj a “like” or comment at: [email protected].  

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