Helped Are Those Who Help Themselves


“Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant…Helped are those who forgive; their reward shall be forgetfulness of every evil done to them. It will be in their power, therefore, to envision the new Earth.” Alice Walker, Temple of My Familiar.

Within the last year I have made a conscious effort to expand my intellectual horizons, through reading a broader spectrum of books – including topics of: the progression of racism in America and its engrained political agenda, self-empowerment through the focus of the law of attraction and  the personal power of speaking life into the things that I will one day acquire, and marinating on theprivilege of being a woman and learning of the heavy multitudes of Nubian SHEROS that have interestingly been left out of history books and the timeline of mainstream feminism. It has been a period of great awakening and self-discovery. It’s quite intriguing how once you make the decision to seek a specific outcome or state, various resources and helping aids seem to jump out of the blue in order to help you to reach your goals; a point eloquently stated by Paulo Coelho, in his life-changing book The Alchemist, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

At this point in time in my life, as a twenty-something with an attraction to personal success, higher education development, and wanderlust; I am centered on getting to know who I am, and what it is that I truly want out of life. A year ago I made the vow to myself to live fearlessly in authenticity, to take chances and risks, to live outside of my comfort zone. As a result, I realized how life can be positively magnified through attitude and choice. It is awesome to live in a state of authenticity, because it allows you to eliminate the multiple layers of figurative “make-up” that has been applied by society, and to filter out the residue of superficiality until you are left with mirror reflections of who you are, through the people that have remained. Furthermore, I also came to the conclusion that life is not about living without fear (per se), but making the deliberate decision to live in spite of it.

Another delectable tidbit that I learned on my journey to intellectual and spiritual awareness was the cleansing power of forgiveness. In order for me to live my BEST life, I realized that I had to release the baggage of my past, in order to open my heart, soul, and mind to the new opportunities of prosperity and abundance. Through the act of forgiveness, it gave me the chance to take back my personal power.

Each and every day I am inspired to life better, through a constant stream of motivation. It is my desire to positively expand in all the areas of my life. I desire to travel more, meet new interesting people, have once-in-a-lifetime incredible life experiences, and to acquire a PhD along the way. One thing that I know for sure is that life opens up when you do. I opt on a daily basis to live my life in boldness, and to walk towards the direction of my dreams and aspirations, because I can – its as simple as that.


A. Nicholson


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