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Take the Weight Off Your Arms and Give it Away

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Whenever I come to Africa I am always amazed at the differences in the culture and way of living. Its almost like i just expect everyone to change for me so I don’t have to experience the shock, but that’s not the way it works. When I come here, I realize that life isn’t about me, its about them. I don’t get to say hey, do it my way because that’s the way we do it in Canada and it’s a better way. No, they live their lives just as if I wasn’t there and that’s what makes traveling to Africa so special.

Although the culture shock is huge it is fascinating to see. Watching women carry anything and everything on their heads, to carrying babies on their backs, to selling stuff down the middle of the roads amongst all the cars.  This the reality of their lifestyle. Is it right or wrong? That’s not my decision to make. My decision is whether I’m going to adapt to their culture or fight it.

I loved seeing the women in their colorful dresses carrying stuff on their heads or babies on their backs. I see the efficiency of it. How smart it is to carry stuff on your head, that way you have your hands free to do other stuff. Plus a lot of it would be too heavy to carry with your arms and you wouldn’t be able to carry it the distance that these strong and Africa -Ladies Carrying on Head 1beautiful women do.

Which brings me to the point I want to make. We carry too much stuff in challenging ways and it makes life difficult for us. We carry too much emotional baggage in our hearts, and souls, and it makes our lives difficult. We need to let go of that baggage and let God carry it for us.

You might ask me why am I saying that? Because this trip to Africa has been an amazing emotional experience for me and I was told the same thing by my dearest friend Kellie Frazier. She told me to let go of the stuff that was troubling me, and let God handle it, because I couldn’t handle it all on my own.  That was so true. It’s not easy to let go of control but its a MUST if you want to live in a world that isn’t in your control to begin with.

Every day I tried to be the strong independent fighter that I was brought up to be, but this trip has made me break down and rebuild myself to be a better person with a stronger spirit.  Like I said earlier, this trip wasn’t about me, it was about spreading God’s message that we are all supposed to love each other no matter what color we are or whether we have scars or not.  For better or for worse, we’re in this world together.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  It truly amazes me how they balance the stuff on their heads and walk for miles this way. Incredible women! If you want to let go of the baggage you’ve been carrying around with you forever, but you’re not sure how, see if the Day Of Love program is a good fit for you or not.  Maybe, like me, you think its time to drop the heavy loads you’ve been carrying and give it over to someone who promises to make our burdens much lighter.  🙂

Africa -Ladies Carrying on Head

Author: Kelly Falardeau –  is a burn survivor since the age of two-years-old on 75% of her body and constantly struggled with her self-worth and confidence. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, two times a Best-selling Author and medal recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

www.KellyFalardeau.com or www.HowDoIGetSelfEsteem.net

 

One Response to Take the Weight Off Your Arms and Give it Away

  • Hello Kelly,
    I really liked your writing. May I use your second photo in my blog by giving reference of you ?
    Thanks a lot 🙂

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