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Are You Going To Speak?

Or bury it down and try to forget


I highly recommend you chose the former, here's why...

You won't make any progress when you keep it buried inside you


What's even worse, you won't be able to remove it from your mind either


It will continue to creep back into your head and haunt you until you do something


I'm sure you've all experienced this at some point or another in your lifetime


You might even have something that comes to mind right this moment


Something you haven't addressed and spoke openly about yet


Something that continues to disrupt your happiness


Something you want to get off your chest


Well, I had something burning inside


But I spoke up about it recently


And everything changed...


Be Bold


I was nervous and scared


I was unsure of how they would react


But I wasn't going to keep ignoring the situation


Why? Because we only get so much time together these days


And I wasn't going to let this time go by without making some progress


It was that important to me, and I couldn't let fear or uncertainty hold me back


There was a moment where I almost said "f**k it", it's not even worth it


But then I remembered a message that I received earlier that day


A message that told me to "be bold and speak my mind"


So, that's exactly what I did, took action and spoke


And let me tell you, it didn't go over well


But it did start a conversation...


Dig Deep


Soon after, we sat for dinner


And agreed to discuss more the next day


It was an awkward dinner though, tons of odd energy


That being said, we all woke the next day with a new clean slate


Unfortunately, someone had to get the conversation started in the morning


And being the one that originally spoke up, I knew that it was my responsibility to start


But damnnnn....I was so nervous...I just wanted to go back to my room and sleep


That's when I had to "dig deep" and find the courage to move the needle


It was about getting better as a family, and becoming even closer


And then the first words started to come out of my mouth


Before you knew it, we were all engaged once again


And there was nowhere to hide anymore


Time to face the music everyone...


The Conversation


I told them it felt fake at times


That our family looked good on paper


But in reality, we didn't know each other that well


Yeah, this is what I told my family in the middle of the street


Because I've felt this way for years, and always knew we could do better


But I also knew the only way we could do better is by having a tough conversation


And that is exactly what we all did that next morning together in Lagos


We all went around and shared our thoughts with one another


This meant we also took the time to listen to each other


And learn not only how we can help one another


But also how we may have hurt one another


It was an incredible experience for us


Now we can build off of it...


The Lesson


F*ck it, often works


It's very similar to "just do it"


Because action is what it really takes


You can sit there and think about it for years


But until you speak up and take some deliberate action


Nothing will ever change, and you won't ever make any progress


You have to speak up and get things off your chest if you want to get better


If not, you will not only hold yourself back from growth, but possibly others as well


Look, when I first brought it up in the street, my family wasn't happy with me


But in the morning, after we talked and cried, we all felt better about it


We realized how important this communication was for the family


And agreed that we can do better and communicate more


In the end, it was a great experience for our family


And I suggest you do the same with yours


You might just learn something new


And all get a bit better together


Instead of suffering alone...


With Love,

Steven Arthur George













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