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Embracing Calm in a Culture of Chaos



We live in a time where everything seems to be about moving. Moving forward and moving ahead are wonderful aspects of life, but moving so fast that you let life pass you by is not enjoyable. Moving often turns into rushing. And when you’re rushing, you get less done than if you were moving at a steady pace. Everything from fast food to working at a fast pace on the job forces us to move at a rapid and sometimes unhealthy speed.

We are programmed to constantly move at high speeds through life. We are no longer a culture of peace and patience. We have become a culture of chaos. And we do whatever it takes to move faster and do things quicker. Whether it’s pulling an all-nighter to finish that report due the next day or another cup of coffee to keep you going when the body naturally tells you to slow down.

The fact of the matter is that we are not machines. We do break down and we can slow down. In life, these instances can become a blessing in disguise, only to allow us to find that moment of calm within chaos. Even if just a moment to breathe, or pray or encourage yourself, this calmness allows your body and mind to recuperate. And without your health, you are nothing.

It seems that everyone is pushing and pressing on. But everybody needs a certain amount of calming time to escape from the chaos of the world. If you don’t take time for small breaks every now and then, time will make an effort to “break” you. Be strong, push onward, but don’t forget to take a moment to embrace calm in this culture of chaos.

About the Author

I am a writer, poet, coordinator, editor, print model, violinist, motivational speaker and published author. I published my first book when I was eight years old. I made my first television appearance on the world famous Apollo Theater, winning first place for the amateur category. I have spoken on CNN Person of the Day, Good Morning America, UPN, NBC and Nickelodeon. In 2002, I spoke at the McDonalds Gospelfest, an annual gospel music and talent festival. I recited a poem I wrote and won first place in the first ever Gospel Poetry Category contest. Along with being a speaker, I also enjoy writing poetry and books. As a writer, I've received the National Organization for Women (NOW) "Young Achiever's Award", the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) Award in Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Award for Achievement, the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award given by Zeta Phi Beta, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2005, my name was placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, in honor of Rosa Parks' National Campaign for Tolerance. In 2007, I won Seventeen Magazine and Avon Make Your Mark Contest, where they chose one young lady from the country changing the world through her work. In 2013, I was featured in Long Island Woman. As a model, I've appeared in hair and beauty ads, trade shows, NYFW and Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY) and look-books. As a published author, my work has been featured in Scholastic, Ebony Magazine, Newsday, NY Times, Long Island Herald and other publications. I've completed an editorial internship with Conde Nast (Glamour Magazine). Currently, I'm working on my next book due out soon, and I work in Editorial Relations.

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