Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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


[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] And real is all good....

There is a crack, a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

Show up as yourself, every.single.time! I learn't that on my travels and
apparently this week is the week of reminders of some of these lessons!

Judging other people is an absolute waste of time, yea, I said it! It is
the ego on show. We judge most times because we feel we are better or
superior, or we are convinced that "they should know better", "they need a
talking to", "how could they?" and the list goes on.

And many times it makes us feel better about ourselves because we, are
better. of course! We would not dare do what they are doing, or be so
stupid or reckless or mad, right?

As soon as something triggers us, we start a response, either we are
inclined to give advice usually hoping to be helpful, though the shadow of
that is sometimes that we are distancing themselves by trying to remain
"above" the problem.

We may distance ourselves as we are scared that simply by being around
someone else who is walking through a life challenge, we, too, will "catch"
that challenge, like a virus.

Others are disappointed; perhaps secretly hoping that someone else had it
all figured out. No more pedestal.

And, sadly, there are others who will feel a delighted glee at someone
else's admission of struggle.

The response of others when you show them the places where it isn't all
perfect will tell you a lot about who they are and what they fear.

Your response of judging others when they show up as themselves will also
show the same.

So, showing up, cracks and all, takes courage, and that is worth something!

To me, its real!

And real is all good!


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 8/18/2015 02:39:00 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