Kayla Pompey of Milwaukee, WI reviews Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace written by LaShawnda Jones. Kayla openly shares how the book has helped her in her life.
“In this book, LaShawnda explains how she felt she was not enough. I think a lot of people feel like that and they don’t even realize how much they really are. They are enough. I realized I am enough. This [book] just came out a few months ago. Within that time I have been able to completely change my life around. A lot of choices I make now don’t revolve around what other people will think. I’m not trying to be so much of a people pleaser anymore. I am learning to please myself and be happy with the choices I make. In that, other people are feeding off my confidence.”
For a good portion of 2012, I was ready to give in to exhaustion and disappointment. Many times, I thought I was one blow away from collapsing. But now, many blows later, I see I’m still standing and still highly functioning.
I didn’t fall, so I didn’t have to get up this time. However, it has taken everything in me to keep moving. Not try. Not plan. No time to really think or evaluate. Just move forward. In the direction of a tainted dream. In the direction of a blurry vision. Towards a dim hope. Towards life.
I don’t see the end of this wearisome tunnel, but I am experiencing the beginning of my lesson from this season: Movement is crucial to survival. You can stay stagnant and die or move forward and grow. You may not make it to your ideal destination, but you will make to where you need to be.
The ability to dream bigger, rise higher, advance further, break down more barriers, become more in your own right with each successive generation — that’s what the push forward and the firm standing is for. Today’s fight is never for today; today is already done. The fight is for tomorrow – for our children, and their freedom to live according to their individual destinies instead of the dictates of others.
Today’s lesson: Keep moving forward. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. The next generation is close behind you – jumping from one of your foot prints to the next and gazing up at you as a benchmark for all they aspire to be. You have already made an impact; what you do next will determine how much greater your impact will be.
Get up and get to it, people!
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