Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete…( Tupac Shakur).
Sometimes we find ourselves in hard spaces that could be likened to impenetrable concrete. But no situation is hopeless. Precedence has been set that demonstrates the possibility of finding a crack in our particular concrete from which to blossom. Who could have been less resourced than Harriet Tubman who found a way to rise above the hard concrete of slavery to create the freeing space of the underground railroad? Think of Oprah Winfrey who rose from the harsh situation of abuse to find a crack in which to blossom as a media mogul. Not to mention a friend of mine who was dubbed a misfit on account of the unusual clothes she created for herself but later turned it around to become a fashion designer in her own right. And then there is me. Finding a crack in my concrete I moved from being an abused broken mess to being a liberated woman embracing wholeness, a new relationship, putting my kids through college, and obtaining an EdD.
Indeed, we all have the option to rise from situations of dysfunction to embark on a migratory journey that has the capacity to sentence the harshness of the present to our rear-view mirrors. The journey begins when we reach for thoughts of transcendence. The resultant mitigating perspectives would then position us to locate cracks and initiate in us an upwardly spiraling movement to transition. It is important to note that questing for cracks is most effective if initialized with an assessment of our situations in terms of where we are, who we know ourselves to be and our envisioned potential. However, this is not a quick fix but rather an evolutionary movement that is contiguous with our ability to visualize ourselves in fertile places.
Sometimes we may visualize freeing spaces but cannot access them in our own strength on account of our limited resources. We may need to access resources beyond ourselves and outside of our comfort zones. In my case I reached for help beyond the self in prayer.
Finding cracks that will position us to relocate to spaces that will allow for our blossoming rose to come forth is also dependent on our ability to self-motivate. The required motivation could be courted by comparative backward and forward viewings of the self and using this self comparative information to construct an alternate identity. Procuring the alternate blossoming identity is also a favored outcome of reflection and self assessment. Within these contexts resulting competencies along with feelings of achievement and self-efficacy will provide incremental platforms for further motivational inspiration. One’s personal perspectives should also be complemented by searching out and obtaining other efficacy information from different influencers for integration into the transcendent self. Becoming a rose that blossoms from a crack in the concrete is definitely within our grasp.
From the e author of Splendor from Ashes