Stay Encouraged

This time last year, I was not that excited. Instead of being hopeful for what the New Year would bring, I was too focused on what did not happen the previous year and how much more I had to do.

Learn from my past mistake. Stop worrying. If you have done all you know to do, continue to be diligent, and do not be afraid of patience. Patience is one of those overlooked virtues that is so essential. Good things come to those who wait. Patience is what separates those that jump the gun to a false start and kill all the hard work they put in due to the penalty. (My dude is teaching me football).  Patience is what makes baking right. You can not force a cake, bread, or pie to cook fast. It is one of those things that needs the right temperature and ingredients. If one is off in the least, then the end result is flawed.

Sometimes you might be ready, but other people that need to cross your path are not ready. Every closed door is not a missed opportunity but maybe a bullet you dodged. Ever listen to accident survivors? Especially those people that say, “if I left a minute earlier that would have been me?” Sometimes although it seems like doors are slamming, it is actually a blessing in disguise.

I know this does not sound good when you’re in the middle of struggling after years of investing emotionally, mentally, and financially in a dream that is seemingly about to flatline. However, hold on. “Let patience have her perfect work.” There is a song that says when you’ve done all you can do, stand. In the middle of frustration, don’t faint. This is a marathon not a sprint. You’ve come too far to give up now!

Trust me. I have been in the pit of despair, wondering why did I risk it all to be pay triple in housing for a third of the space and see rats and trash in the street. I know what is like to feel that there is nothing left in your tank – even working on fumes is a luxury. Don’t you give up.

I am not where I want to be, but I’ve moved closer to the goal. Now I am not as easily frustrated. I worry but I don’t allow it to swallow me.

We dreamers must stick together and encourage one another. Sometimes you stand alone. However, most of the times, you have secret angels in the form of friends and family and kind strangers pulling for you.

If 2014 has you shaking your head in despair, in the words of Tupac, “keep your head up.”

At the beginning of 2013 I had to give new life to a dream. By the end of 2013, love and a business opportunity presented itself.


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Ronda Lee
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Ronda is an attorney, writer, and entrepreneur. She is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in Los Angeles and New York. She loves to travel and is passionate about education equity, especially for first generation college students.