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Radhika Cruz

Grit

The Joy, Benefits and Gift of a GRIT mindset.

The secret to success and outstanding achievement in life isn’t about being a “genius”. It’s about your GRIT or the unique combination of your passion, purpose, and long-term perseverance. According to Dr. Angela Duckworth, the world’s leading expert on grit, GRIT is having PASSION + SUSTAINED PERSEVERANCE when it comes to achieving long-term goals.

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rioting

Rioting is the Language of the Unheard

When it comes to rioting, Dr. Martin Luther King said the following. You can hear him express these words in the video below.

 

Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?
  • It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.
  • It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.
  • And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about JUSTICE, EQUALITY and HUMANITY. 
  • And so in a real sense, our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.
  • Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention”

 

God reminded me of this scripture last night that I wanted to share with you. “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.” Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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🎯As sons and daughters of God, we are called to be PEACEMAKERS and PEACE MAINTAINERS. This will require us to ENGAGE in conflict situations respectfully and carefully with WISDOM in order to bring peace to chaos.
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We can’t run from conflict. We can’t shrink back and stay silent. We are called to use our voices to MAKE and MAINTAIN PEACE. Period. BUT Let’s be as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.🗣 BEFORE WE speak OUT, like Queen Esther, let’s go to God in prayer (and fasting if necessary) so that WHEN we are LED BY GOD to speak against ALL that is evil in HIS sight, EVERYTHING we say will be inspired by the SPIRIT of God and NOT OUR EMOTIONS. Just my two cents. Love y’all. 💜Peace xox
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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs‬ ‭31:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
race related trauma

Rules of Engagement for Race Related Trauma

Like many of you, I am outraged and emotionally exhausted because of the wrongful race-related deaths (murders) of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Not only are many hearts on fire with anger, many businesses are literally on fire all over our nation because black and brown people do not feel seen, heard, understood, valued, cared for OR protected in this country.

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connection

Connect during Corona with these 3 Check-in Questions

This 2020 corona crisis (or any crisis for that matter) presents us with growth opportunities. If we let it. We have the wonderful opportunity to connect with God (read more on that HERE), ourselves (read more on that HERE), and others in ways that can help us grow beyond our current capacity. The question is “Will we capitalize on these opportunities for growth?” Just the other day, I stumbled across Oprah’s Instagram page where her wellness theme for the week was CONNECT. In her post, she asked her followers this question:

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Sisterhood

The strength and power of sisterhood.

When it comes to the strength and power of sisterhood, Angela Coleman, sisterhood activist and founder of Sisterhood agenda, says sisterhood is “a safe space [for women] to share and heal, especially useful when it feels like to world is against you. To call another woman a sister is to say, “I trust you”, “I have your back”, “Your feelings are valid”, and “I believe in you.”
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prosper

Can we prosper in the midst of pandemic pain, loss and sorrow?

When written in Mandarin, the word crisis is comprised of two characters. One character represents danger and the other represents opportunity. I believe a crisis always provides an invitation for us to grow, innovate, create, change and elevate ourselves. We can choose to Pivot or Panic, Grow or Grieve, Hope or Despair. But do we always choose to maximize these opportunities in crisis?

 

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