Daring to Lead

One thing you should know about me is that I love self help books. I have read every Iyanla Vanzant book determined to “Fix My Life”.

A little over a year ago I discovered Brene Brown and she completely knocked my socks off. Her background and expertise is in shame and vulnerablity. She has tailored her content for businesses and leadership development and I’m obsessed with her latest book “Daring to Lead”.

I highly recommend it. Among many other really amazing philosphers and thought leaders that influenced this book, the actual inspiration for the title comes from a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that I will share with you.

- CJP

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theadore Roosevelt


Honey

Props to the life that was given to me

I know that for some it has not come as easily

We fight to endure it

Try to find the strength to survive it

We have no say in it

Continue to wallow in the pain of it 

Beating our heads against the wall, the toile and the strain of it

It speaks to the heart of something darker within me

Acceptance eventually comes only when I surrender to the spite that has planted its dark seed

Trying to find softness but lacking the comfort of security

I can’t help feeling like a casualty

Was it an illusion of graduator to think that I could have more 

The sting of regret that perhaps I have not yet opened the right door

Haze creeps in and I find myself laying flat on the floor

In the aftermath I am amazed that it is still me trying to give more

I take the broken pieces and instead of spewing shards of hate 

I churn them into golden honey

Sweet to the taste

- CJP

There Was Nothing She Could Not Do

There are some people who just inspire you. You see their strength and determination and it encourages you. They make you believe that you can live your dreams and maybe, just maybe, you can have it all too. 

Then there are some times, when you have to be that person for yourself. 

- CJP