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Have you heard about them? I love their story!! Their sense of style is unparalleled. Their joy for life is infectious and seriously their enthusiasm should be bottled up and sold to every human on the planet. I would love to tell you that these people live in fairly comfortable surroundings and have pretty comfortable jobs and that their lives have the average challenges that come with living. But they don’t. These men have very low incomes and often do menial jobs, they live in low income communities and experience challenges that some of us can only imagine in a nightmare. Yet they manage to stay optimistic, to enjoy life. How come? Because they consider themselves to be the masters of their fate and the captain of their souls. Meet the Sapeurs of the Republic of Congo. A society of men renowned for elegant sophistication and grit.
They decided that they are not what they do or where they’ve been. They understand that their surroundings, their work, their experience is not a measure of their worth. They don’t derive their worth or significance from their everyday experiences or what they’ve been through. Their worth is found in being who they choose to be. How they choose to show up every day.
It’s 2017!!! Most of your happy new years must have been said by now and it’s now time to get the year started. So what defines you? Is it your influence, education, your wealth or the lack of it. Is it your pain or your past? Letting experiences or your substance (wealth, influence, education etc.) define you limits who you are and who you can be, plus it means you’ll always be at the mercy of people and things.
As we start the new year, be the captain of your life. Don’t be limited by what didn’t work, who rejected you, what hurt you etc. This year is a blank canvas. And I absolutely love the beauty, opportunity and challenge a blank canvas brings because it’s the perfect setting for magic to occur. So take this year and totally re-write the rules (psss!!! write it in all your favourite colours; neon pink, poison green, smack bang yellow :-) ), and write it exactly as you like.
Make this year one where you will find your true identity, be boss and totally rock!! As long as you are living and breathing you’re bound to experience some difficult or challenging times. If you do, in those moments choose to be like the Sapeurs be the captain of your Ship.
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