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] your light is extraordinary

even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone. your light is
-- reminder. nayyirah waheed.

I finished eating the plate of posho and spinach. She asked me, "Why do you
play small?" my first reaction was that she was talking about my weight. I
responded, "I play small because I work out" and I chuckled.

She gave me a blank stare! "Do you know that you have a responsibility to
yourself, to your ancestors, to your spirit?" Ok now it was getting
serious, now it was time for me to pay attention. "What do you mean?"

"It is your responsibility to excel, to glow, to do what you know you can

"It makes no sense holding it all back! What are you saving it for? Why do
you give one single thought to what other people think? Those who are for
you and what you stand for will remain, the rest are passing through on
your journey, leave them, and continue along your path!

Please, honour your responsibilities, your purpose and your ancestors.
There is no way that you will go off course, off target without getting
back on track."

I sat there silent nodding my head for about a couple of minutes and then I
got up abruptly thanking them for the food and walked out of the compound.

Firstly, where did that come from? What does playing small have to do with
cooking and eating?

I walked up the hill in the blazing heat, the dust from the road that I
usually run from not bothering me at all! "It is my responsibility to
glow." How many times have I dimmed my light to avoid offending someone?
How many times have I played small because I wanted people to like me? How
did she know? I never told her!

She was absolutely right! Staring at the very thing that I feared right in
the face was what I needed to do.

Little did I realise that there is nothing that I can do to dim this shine.
No matter how much I played it down to make people feel better or like me.
When light enters a room it has no choice but to shine! How many of us play
small? It serves no good purpose!

I walked to the top of the hill looking down at the long street filled with
dust and vendors and the jam! Why am I here? To shine my light, to just
shine and light the way for those who are around me.


Excerpt from Nyabo(Madam) - Why Are You Here?

-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 9/12/2015 02:41:00 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