One day years ago I was trying to make it through a challenge.
In order to get through it I came up with a solution. I was going to flood my mind with positive words.
I chose to listen to my pastor’s sermons every time that I was in the car, which happened to be for long periods of time back then.
The tears were flowing non-stop.
He went on to talk about how music uplifts and girds you for the battle. He told me how traditionally before soldiers went to battle, they sang.
I changed my strategy.
I put together certain mashups on CD (‘playlists’ in today’s terms) especially for specific moods and challenges.
A LIST OF (some of) MY FAVORITES
I Am Not Alone
Oh Happy Day
The Edwin Hawkins Singers
soloist Dorothy Norwood
I’m Still Holding On
Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir (Deborah Barnes lead)
Let the Praise Begin
Troubles of the World
EmPower UP Theory
These songs are about being gentle, kind, compassionate, patient, loving, and nurturing with yourself. Humans are not perfect. Sometimes we grow by way of mistakes.
Always remind yourself to see what you have become as a result of your overcoming your challenges.
I know, other people like to see the fact that you made the mistakes in the first place. Who cares?
Let them go keep score in their own lives.
Meanwhile, in the space that you can control, remind yourself to see what you have become as a result of overcoming your challenges, the mistakes that you have taken accountability for, and every hardship that you encountered.
Whether you did it gracefully or not, you did it.
Challenges, mistakes, and even hardship can really bring out that inner beauty, greatness, and power in some people.
No More Drama
Mary J Blige
If I Had to Do It All Again
Salt and Pepa
I’m Every Woman
I AM Beautiful
My Sunshine Has Come
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Hype Creation Theory
Often I have found that even when things are coming at you from all directions, for one reason or another sometimes whether you feel like it or not you just gotta be hype.
You have that presentation that requires you to be on it.
You have to lead a group for an organizing project and make the world a better place for more than just a few.
You have to rally children to do–anything.
Some people have coffee.
Music has never let me down. I don’t crash in the afternoon and it doesn’t tamper with my sleep later on.
There have been scientific studies to support my position.
But who needs science?
My Mama and my Aunt Lisa taught me in the days when I had more ponytails than hips how to create my own hype.
I was right there beside them shaking whatever I had to disco, funk, Motown, and Soul Train.
Fight the Power
Mary J Blige
Earth, Wind, & Fire
In the Stone
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Old Skool Hip-Hop
Just too many to name
Old Skool Go-Go
(Nearly the entire collection)
Work the Walls
Let Me Clear My Throat
Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go”
Okay, those are just a few of mine.
Maybe my personal choices have inspired you to think of your personal favorites.
Make your playlist/cd mix now.
Understand that one very effective strategy Survivors use for making it through challenges in life is to be prepared for them.
Please feel free to discuss and share…..