Pick Up Your Power 3

Pick up your power and use it.  Please.
Your power is your uniqueness.  There’s a reason that you’re you and not anybody else.
Your power lies in your skills, talents, discipline, determination, luck…blessings.  Some of it is genetic, some of it is environment, some of it is nurturance, some of it was given to you, and some of it you’ve created.

You got born.  Not every conception makes it to life.  You survived childhood.  Not every child gets grown.  You’re moving beyond the world of your ancestors and parents.  Kahlil Gibran said it best,  “Your children are not your children, they are the sons and the daughters of life’s longing for itself.”  (Sweet Honey ‘n’ the Rock has recorded a lovely song of this poem.)

You belong here.  You are allowed to be fully here and to take advantage of everything that you can.  No matter what you don’t have – you do have a lot and it only takes a little of that lot to do, be, live.  Don’t think about what you can’t do – do what you can.  Today.  Tomorrow.  Continuously.

Be your best self as often as you can. 

You’re beautiful.  Your face is a reflection of God.  You were meant to look the way you look.  Enhance if you want to but who you are without the enhancements is a reflection of God. 

Make time for those things that are crucial to you.  “Not the thing you could do, or the thing you should do, or the thing that you have always done, but the thing you want to do.  The one that burns in your soul and won’t give you rest.  (These lines are from a short story I wrote, “How I Got Here.”  I hope to publish it one day soon.)

You have power.  Pick it up.  Use it.  Please.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

3 thoughts on “Pick Up Your Power

  • Paula R

    Were you at my pity-party last night? I think you wrote both of your entries today with me in mind. Thanks for helping me to put some perspective on some recent events. I have to pick up my power, as you say, and get on with it. Best, P.

    Glad I could be of assistance.  It is so very human to feel sorrow, pity, and disappointment.  It is important not to wallow in it.

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