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] Every act is an act of self definition

Every act is an act of self definition - Neale Donald Walsh

Taking 100% responsibility for our lives is sobering. It wakes you the hell
up and many of us are afraid of that wake up call and continue to remain
asleep I know, I was asleep for quite a long time myself and ever so often the
alarm goes off when I fall back into slumber This week was one of the most challenging weeks for me in a long long time,
the alarm bells went off like a siren on Thursday and I had to pay attention

I have to renew my passport and proceeded to do so this week. I duly
completed the relevant forms and happily took it to the officer, she asked
me for my divorce documents. Hmmm I never received them, I had no clue
about anything about the process all I know was that I was officially
divorced. So I proceeded to the Family Court to apply for the documents,
they had some small difficulty in locating it but in the end I received it.
As I opened the envelope I looked at the date, it startled me, It was clear
and final and in black and white the date of the end of the union. My mind
went blank for a minute because firstly I did not know the date before then
and I also did not accept that so much time had passed, I just could not
remember the process at all Anyways, papers in hand I took them back to the passport office, the
officer looked at it and said " You have made a false declaration on your
form at your last application and will be subject to an investigation this
may involve jail or a fine" I was literally speechless, the color from my
face got up and ran to the corner and stayed there! "Excuse me?" " You must go through the process, your records indicate that you have been
divorced before you applied for your last passport and ignorance is no

My denial, lack of responsibility and all round slumber found me here As I sat there, I was asking myself what is the lesson over and over again I asked the officer how can we resolve this? What is the process of making
it right? It stopped her in her tracks for a minute, she told me that she
did not know I asked the question in another way, "What is the process to allow me to
atone for this and most importantly get my passport?" She thought for a minute and rattled off what she thinks I would need to
do, gave me back my documents and told me as at now you are not entitled to
receive a passport until the investigation has been completed I got up from the chair, felt the feelings and shifted into solution mode stay tuned take responsibility wake up accept Peace!

-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 1/23/2016 08:04:00 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