Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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

 

Fleeting Gains

We know that material things don't offer contentment, but we still buy more-more of the props and gadgets our culture tells us we must have in order to be happy and "happening." Our addiction to consumption distracts us from seeing that we are disconnected from ourselves, from our truth and from one another. Any euphoria we gain from our material gains is fleeting at best. Susan L Taylor



How many times have we gone out to "buy our problems away?"

We go out to buy a new gadget, a new outfit, shoe, handbag or whatever shiny thing that would make us either forget or be happy in the moment. And then what happens?

Sometimes we feel guilty - especially when we use funds that ought to be utilised elsewhere or max out or credit card


Sometimes we don't even use the thing- it was just a spur of the moment purchase


Sometimes we just go back to the situation and repeat the "solution" which continues the cycle.


What I have learnt is, face it. Feel the feelings, Accept the moment. You don't have to act on it right away.  There is never any rush.

Once we feel the feelings we allow it the space to guide us and to leave us

Humans- love everything right away, as soon as possible. But let's think about how this life works

a baby takes up to 9 months

there are times when the sun comes up and the sun sets

a tree takes a while to grow

there is always a process, and a process takes time


So trust the process, take the time, feel the feelings and let it go it will save you not just some cash but also storage space and sanity.


Peace

Have you read any of Akosua's work?

What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

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— 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
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