Who do you thank?

My book was dedicated to one of my mentors, Cutty Joseph.

Cutty died several years ago when he was 84. I always think of him and his words of advice to me throughout the years. He was always saying I should do what I felt God had sent me to the earth to do. And this is why I dedicated the book to him. It was the outcome of his pointed advice.

Cutty had read the first draft and gave me very useful feedback. He was the one who cautioned me that there should be some reference to godly values. Readers should not just go out and create whatever they fancied; they had to be guided by what God would assess as “good” and “very good.” He was right and I modified the manuscript after his comments.

I did not disclose I was dedicating the book to him and so, when it was printed, I presented him with a copy.

He was in his late 70s at that point, and he chuckled and smiled in surprise when he saw his name on the dedication page. He could not believe I had dedicated it to him and he also could not recall that particular piece of advice.
“Did I really say this?” he asked?
“Yes, you did.” I responded. “And you also said ‘stop playing the ass’ but I did not think that was appropriate to include in a Christian book.”

We both had a good laugh that day for that was exactly how he spoke to me.

Cutty was a former politician, Minister of Government, international relations scholar, educator and ambassador. We met as we worked together on a revised vision document for the political party we both supported. He said I was too aggressive in my deadline of the document. He was prepared to take his time. I wanted it all completed in the shortest possible time. This was likely due to our 40-year age difference. His seniority and experience had caused him to be a bit cynical about the purpose and usefulness of the document. I was determined we could make a difference and we had to get cracking now. He was eventually right; and did not hesitate to remind of this when we saw the final destination of the document.

But Cutty pushed me to move forward; up and out of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago where I was at the time. He reminded me that I was a Harvard law graduate and I could do anything. He encouraged me as a woman and an entrepreneur to carve out my own pathway. He said women in power were on the rise. He told me I could go to Geneva, to Shanghai, to New York, to London. He said the world was my oyster.

I ignored him for most of our early conversations.

But then I returned to his words of advice. When I was making a proposal for a bold career move, I consulted with him. And for this he was encouraging. He gave me his vocal and written support and made a personal recommendation to the decision maker, the Prime Minister at the time.

I think of Cutty ever so often when I am hesitant to make a bold move, when I begin to doubt and question my decisions or when I wonder what could have been.

However, his words are still true. While I can still breathe, my agenda remains the same; just do what I was sent to do. Because, although many years have passed, I still have a lot of value to add in many fields and indeed, the world is still my oyster.

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True Freedom

We all aspire to be free where we can live without externally imposed restrictions and limitations. True freedom means different things to different persons. As we implement the steps of the Create Your GOE lifestyle, in essence, we are all embarking on a journey to a place of true freedom.

Let me explain more.

Is freedom the ability to travel around the world without being tied down in one location? For some, this geographic flexibility or nomadic lifestyle means they are not beholden to an employer or a fixed job, home or country. There have no ties and this gives them a sense of being in control of their life; they are free to go where they wish. This makes them feel totally free.

For others, freedom means they can spend their time on the causes and issues that interest them the most, even though they are tied to one location. They have the freedom to use their time as they wish. They may have a full time job or may have retired comfortably so they can now do what they wish with their time; pursue an activity such as gardening, photography or writing. Or, they can spend more time with their grand kids, or traveling, coaching others or volunteering in an organization.

Freedom is all about financial freedom for others. Perhaps their income is from so-called ‘passive’ sources so they do not have to work in a regular 9 -5 job. They earn money from rental property, dividends or interest from stocks and bonds, royalty income or some other form of payout that happens without them lifting a finger of heavy work. They are financially free because their lifestyle is not dependent on their income from a job. This freedom is the goal espoused by many financial advisors, and a good goal it is.

In the Create Your GOE lifestyle, we are focused on identifying your purpose or reason for living, and creating a life that allows you to express this lifestyle through a Masterpiece in your defined Garden of Eden.

True freedom, here, then, is the ability to live a life that allows you to express your God-given purpose so that each day can be branded as “very good.”

When you have identified your special purpose for your life or for an important area that requires attention (health, finances, spiritual, family, etc), you know that you are living for the reason that you are on the earth. This recognition and knowledge frees you to be your true self and live your life in a way that no one else can, because each person is unique.

But it is not enough to have clarity about your Purpose. You need to be moving toward expressing that purpose intentionally each day. And this can not be done in an ad hoc or willy nilly way. You need a system and a process. This is what we see in the original creation of the earth and the first Garden of Eden. The Creator had a process and he was moving forward each day. There was true freedom in going through this process.

When the Masterpiece was completed and placed in the ideal environment, there was also total freedom in his position. This was not because there was no limitation or accountability in the Garden of Eden, because there was. The Creator created the environment that was needed and defined the boundaries for his Masterpiece. And the Masterpiece, man, had a job to do. The Garden of Eden was not a paradise vacation destination. There was an assignment.

What can be as freeing as knowing that you are indeed doing what you were created to do? This is not being tied down, but being free to soar to the heights that are possible with the Creator. And his plans for you are always good and great, and way beyond what we think is possible. So there is no sense of being tethered to a small stake.

Let this be your freedom goal then: creating a life that is uniquely yours, where all your talents and gifts are expressed with a sense of purpose and where you are following a pattern and process specifically aimed at causing your best to emerge. Even if you have an external geographic, financial or time boundary, nothing cannot affect your internal sense of freedom when in this state.

The Future is Voice Activated

Your voice activated future

When we speak we are broadcasting our inner thoughts, our beliefs and our feelings. This is even when there is no actual microphone to magnify our volume or when we are alone in the dead of night.

Yes, even if alone, at least one person hears our every word whenever we speak. I don’t mean Alexa or Siri, those voice-activated software systems. And I’m not talking about God either. Rather, your words are being picked up and registered on the frequency of your internal heart and mind. You are always speaking to yourself.

Our words are sound waves. And these waves generate responses by the sub atomic particles deep in every cell in our physical being, which are wavelike themselves. Yes, science has conducted experiments, as best as possible, to detect and understand the nature of these responses. It is still not crystal clear. But when you speak, your body, mind and spirit responds. And so we must be careful, deliberate and intentional with the words we speak.

This is why speaking is such a powerful medium to create change. We see this in Genesis. From the first day, when there was darkness and God desired light, he spoke and we were introduced to the method of speaking words to cause change. And so it continued on each day throughout the Creation. “And God Said” is in each verse.

As you go through this process to identify your big or mini purpose in life and create a Masterpiece and an ideal vehicle for this Masterpiece, you are to utilize the speaking phenomenon at every step.

Words are the foundation on which we build our lives: the bedrock of our future. So whatever we wish to see in our future, we must start speaking today in our present. This makes our future completely voice activated.

There are two types of words or speaking we must broadcast to ourselves. First, we must speak words that are consistent with our revealed purpose. We do not speak against what is; We speak to command and bring to reality what does not yet exist. We are to speak the desired outcome on each day of this seven step process. If you are creating a specific end-product or Masterpiece for your health, career, business or finances, speak and call it into existence. Give it a clear name, such as: athlete body, six-figure job, peace beyond my understanding, godly boss, book audience, etc.

Whatever you desire, call it by name. And do this every single day, even multiple times a day. This does not mean you do not have faith. It means you are comfortable with it existing and training your mind to co-exist with the reality of this thing. In fact, increase your faith by becoming excited about your Masterpiece, even before you see it. Become excited about the prospect of a life with your Masterpiece and, remarkably, what you become happy about will turn up in your life.

When we speak, we are activating the creative process that cause things that do not yet exist to come into being.

The second type of words we must speak are words that align with the Creator’s Word. We are following his pattern of creating and we voluntarily choose to be governed by his principles, his standards and his promises. Therefore, we speak words as we see in the scriptures which support our particular focus and purpose. If we are pursuing health and wellness, we find the scriptures which align with this and speak them over our lives and back to God. If we are seeking to create a Masterpiece of love in our relationships, we speak the scriptures about love and family life to ourselves and back to God. There are scriptures relevant to every aspect of life. Allow our internal guide to show us where the applicable scriptures are. And meditate, focus and instill these scriptures into daily life.

What happens when we do this? We become aligned with what God said. And we are connecting with God’s creative power to bring those words to reality in our lives.

Our words are powerful beyond our imagination. And God’s Word is even more powerful. It is beyond our comprehension. Let us combine our words and partner with God in this realm to create the life that he designed for us.

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