Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life

"Many times we insist on having all the best things because that's the only
way we can ensure "quality of life" for ourselves. I can neglect myself in
every other way, but if I have the best watch or the best pocketbook or car
or square footage, I get to tell myself I'm the best and how much I deserve
to have even more of the best. What I know for sure: Having the best THINGS is no substitute for having
the best LIFE. When you can let go of the desire to aquire, you know you
are really on your way" Oprah Winfrey

Having had a lot of "things" and having lost them, having lived in
countries where quite a number of those same "things" do not matter one
little bit now plays a tremendous part in the choices that I make and many
times these are unconscious choices. I have lost my desire to buy and get
things, I sometimes do not even think about it, the downside of that is
there are times I make decisions that seem crazy and maybe they are. I was
thinking about it this morning how things play a huge part in the lives we
lead to prove to the world that we are fine, that we are okay. and get me,
I am not knocking nice things, I love nice things. I am saying that at what
cost do we acquire the things, do we use the things to validate us yet we
are crying or dying inside! One of my teachers asked me can you kiss the
certificate you have? can it give you a hug? So yes, the certificate is
important however put it in context! Use the certificate to assist you in
having the best life and acquiring things will not equate to you having the
best life


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 4/04/2015 04:58:00 pm

Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School
She is complete, sincere and true to herself. Akosua relates to you on what is common in all of us, our humanity.
— Odella Jowaheer