“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
I wrote about giving things up a couple of weeks…ergo…months, here. Leave it to me to be right back here to have to talk about just that. Kinda funny how that works out right?
Le sorry for the length of time. It’s been a rough time. I don’t post in the midst of crises or very difficult periods or else I may find myself amongst those who are apologizing and trying to explain themselves on CNN days later. (Shout out to CNN!!!!)
Actually, explaining myself on CNN probably wouldn’t be bad, and I subscribe to the theory that I would rather ask forgiveness than permission. However, being a publicity nightmare isn’t on my list of things to do. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind being a guest on CNN – hey Anderson and Piers! I’m not trying to end up on there for mayhem and foolishness. But I can show up on there all day and dish! I mean, Anderson loves Nene. I’m not boss like Nene (yet) but I will take my yellow arse right on up and through there and dish nonetheless. My Mom would be proud. She’d say that she always knew I had IT in me (not sure exactly what she’d also add) and she thought she had raised me right and wasn’t sure where she had went wrong.
I digress. I always digress. What else is new?
I’m here to discuss the
shit things that we often have to give up (or not) to move ahead (or not).
Here’s the skinny (or the fatty depending on your preference) :
I am giving up dating for six months.
You read it right.
Clutch the pearls! Stop the presses! Heavens to Mergatroid! Oh hell naw! (hears cars screeching and record players scratching stop everywhere). And yes, I am perfectly in my right mind. As right for me as I’m going to be anyway.
Correct – yes, me, Rae, the one who absolutely without any shadow of a doubt would give up the Park Place real estate on her ring finger for The One.
Not going out with anyone.
Not accepting offers.
I am having a seat.
Not even a date with my dream guy ….
I am on lay-a-way for six months.
Yup. This is an official sabbatical.
I’m not bitter. Maybe a little bruised up but that tends to make the fruit sweeter right? I’m still sweet. I’m still excited about the possibility of love. I still love seeing two people in love. I support all of the people who are in love, loving, happy and all boo’d up, all of my newlyweds, those newly engaged. I’m a lover of love. Love didn’t put me in this place where I need a break. Making bad choices, allowing the wrong people into my “Circle of Trust” – that’s what put me here.
I always remember:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.I Corinthians 13: 4-8
I’ve always appreciated that verse. It tells the truth right? I just need to make sure I’m in a place where I can receive what’s in this verse as well as provide what’s in this verse. I find I’m not there anymore.
I am handing off the torch on this relay.
After what I like to refer to as a Lemony Snicket aka “a series of unfortunate events” in my life over the last two years, I absolutely decided and needed take a break. I had been tossing the idea around in my head when I was reading The District Diva’s website and a challenge for a Six-Month-No-Dating Pledge. It spoke to me. Directly. The sort of direct where you know the message is meant for you.
As my friends will remind me, I have mentioned doing this before. But this year’s events alone have been enough for me to challenge myself and honor this commitment. It may not be easy. When is something worthwhile easy?
Sacrifice + discipline + hard work + prayer + miracles = the recipe for success.
I’m a self-proclaimed nerd and bibliophile so of course I ended up reading the book, Knight in Shining Armor by PB Wilson and the deal was sealed for me. You can laugh at that title if you want to, but the book means business. I mean, the sister talks about even putting a wedding on hold if you’re engaged in this book to make sure you’re in the right space and have made the right decision. So, you know she’s speaking tough love in this book. There were many “ouches” and “damns” while reading the book. Things I wish I’d have grasped years ago. All of the things she speaks about in the book – well, I learned them and have the lessons to be able to teach an entire course. I have an honorary PhD on the course.
I will also confess, I remember seeing the book some years ago, thinking it was going to be really Jesus-y – I know that’s not a word, just saying. Now, I am a follower of Jesus and I adore Him. I do. Sometimes though, when you’re trying to get a breakthrough you need to know HOW and WHY these spiritual things apply things when all you think these are just rules to hold you back. You’re not trying to hear all of these don’ts without any principal behind them. Years ago, I was afraid the book would be “you can’t do this, you can’t do that.” In some ways – it is. I just wasn’t ready to give in – being the hard-headed and stubborn cuss that I am. But honestly, from a Christian perspective, the book is breaking things down in a way I had never paid attention to before. Lights were coming on and alarms were sounding. Of course this means war.
When I thought about it, being alone for six months sounded amazing! I never in a million years thought I’d feel this way, but well, the idea has grown on me. It was time. Given the serious nature of what it means to be married and to make a decision to spend your life with someone – what’s the rush? It should be done in such a way where you know to the best of your ability what and who you’re getting yourself into. You need to know yourself, what the commitment really means and the other person as much as possible.
I think I can take six months to do think things over.
The fact of the matter is when you’re finally ready to move to another level there are things you’re going to have to do, not do, give up, speak up about and get to business on. There’s no in-between. Like Yoda said, “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”
I am stepping down and officially having a seat. Getting closer to God and having a series of conversations with Him. Getting closer with myself. Getting a fresh perspective. Healing. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved! God gets the time He wants. I get the time, the space and the respite I desperately need.
There comes a point when you have to realize you’re missing the mark. Not hitting the target. Sometimes I think God sets it up so we get to come right home to Him. So that’s one thing I realized I needed to give up. Get to the things I’m supposed to be focused on and should have been doing in the first place.
June Carter Cash had this to say about the relationship between her and Johnny Cash: I chose to be Mrs. Johnny Cash in my life. I decided I’d allow him to be Moses and I’d be Moses’ brother Aaron, picking his arms up and padding along behind him.
Shouldn’t it be this way?
(has a seat)
I’m going to write about my six-month hiatus over the next few months. I’m a few weeks in. Already, there have been some serious changes and challenges.
I’m not sure where all of this will lead and what will happen, but I will offer this quote by Joseph Campbell that gave me comfort I was on the right path:
If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
Which must mean I’m on the right track.
Are you ready to move to the next level? Is there anything you need to give up or take a break from?
*Hint: from experience, it’s normally the very thing you don’t want to give up
I’m excited about hearing your comments and thoughts!