Sunday, 3 July 2016

Ain't no stopping us now. . .

There's been so many things, that's held us down
But now it looks like, things are finally comin' around
I know we've got a long, long way to go
And where we'll end up, I don't know

Do you know when things are finally starting to come around for you?  It might come in the form of some confirmation of things that you suspected all along and different sources might come forward with information.  It might come in the form of people making admissions when they are confronted or it might even come from places where you least expect and things just start to make sense in your head and alignments are made.  Things or events might have jarred in your mind and seemed out of place before, but now start to make more sense about how much has been accomplished, and more importantly, how much trusting your instinct and intuition has lead you to a happier more joyous sense of self.

But we won't let nothin' hold us back
We're putting ourselves together
We're polishing up our act

When we allow ourselves to be held back, it is because of the fear of going through something different or foreign to what you are accustomed to; there doesn't seem to be any logical sequence that you can follow, and sadly sometimes life doesn't stick to a recipe or comes in paint-by-numbers, in fact, it's a big fat mess of chaos that you need to make sense of, yourself.  What makes sense to you (when sense finally arrives) is nothing short of a miracle.  You might think the world suddenly seems brighter, you have a more positive outlook on life, things just seem to be a lot easier, and people start to think that you're presenting your best in any given situation and have tried in so many ways, to suss you out.  How do you keep polishing your act?  How do you seem to have yourself well put together when everyone else seems like they've been through a hedge backwards?

If you've ever been held down before
I know you refuse to be held down anymore

When you have been held down often, particularly when it's against your will - you should be starting to develop a taste for freedom.  How do you make sure that people who consistently try to hold you down or try to block you from achieving your own goals (which might in fact, not even factor them into your life, but they insist on being there to ruin you - who are these people anyway?!) come to the realisation that they need to back off, and create their own goals and milestones for themselves?  I think we can often can wrapped up too much in being right about things - depends on who's asking for your opinion on things being "right" anyway.  I mean social media is really good at pitting people against each other with deliberately provocative headlines to draw people's attention - to entice people to give laboured answers that shows a lot of thought, as opposed to trolls who thrive on creating controversy and gaining negative attention.  I guess it might even be easier to say that the best way to not be held down, is to be street savvy, be smarter with your choices and where you choose to locate yourself.  Being able to minimise risk at any cost will be second nature to people who have been burned so many times that they start to bring their own fireproof gear and fire extinguishers.  But there might be others that are adrenaline junkies and feel more alive when things come down to the wire and you escape being held down just when your oppressors think they have you within their grasp.

I know you know someone that has a negative vibe
And if you're trying to make it, they only push you aside
They really don't have nowhere to go 
Ask them where they're going, they don't know

Everyone knows someone with a negative vibe.
For those negative people in your life, you have a couple of choices:
1) try to help them by transitioning them adopting a more positive vibe or 2) avoid these people like the plague, especially if you are not yet immune to negativity and it easily influences your positivity to change drastically just by being around such people.  I have managed to cut as many people like this as possible in my life.  Weeding people out from your garden of friends and family may seem quite ruthless but a necessary evil given the ease with which your peace of mind can quickly evaporate or elude you.

Don't you let nothing, nothing stand in your way
I want y'all to listen, listen to every word I say

People who hate on your goals, your mission, your purpose, do so because they think you are 1) competing with them 2) wish they had thought of the same goals, mission and purpose first 3) don't realise that you're not competing or trying to be the first - you're just doing you or sadly 4) do not have goals, a mission or a sense of purpose of their own.  So it's much easier to ruin yours.  What sad, sad, sad people.  Problem is, they might not actually be aware that's what they're doing.  You kind of feel like saying to those around you - are you gonna tell them or shall I?

It is very easy to give up.
When you are not centred or focused on what's important in your life, i.e. priorities - it makes people think that you are an easy target to distract or diminish anything you do come up with once moments of clarity start to come to fruition.  I think what people need to understand, that if you are wanting to succeed in life, that everybody is entitled to success.  But most of all, there is no limit to success, everyone can have it, everyone can celebrate it, everyone can earn it.  I don't see why people become too cynical or judgmental about things when they should be looking at themselves first.

Ain't no stopping us now, we're on the move
Ain't no stopping us now, we've got the groove

It's always easy to dish out criticism, but very hard to accept criticism of yourself by others.  But I think that's really important to do, and has much more significant impact on how to improve yourself, when you are open to critique from people who have your best interests at heart.  Anybody else who critiques you just to make you feel small, those are negative people.  Stay away from those people.  They think they've got everything together, when really they don't.  They're always pretty easy to spot - in your family, workplace, church, sports club, business, friends, anywhere where people happen to be.  Why? why?  Tell them that it's human nature, that's why.

I hope that you continue to move.  I hope that you realise that you are not meant to stop.  The more people are either questioning what you do, particularly if it works and they can't explain it, or if things are moving at a frenetic pace but you can still keep up, never stop.  Even when you thought that you had lost your mojo, lost your groove and you've just got it back, just remember there ain't no stopping us now. . .