We’re Designed for Special Purposes

“My Creator, my Maker, I thank You for designing me for a special purpose. I know that You have given me the tools and the competence to fulfill that purpose. Lord, help me not to be distracted or derailed from that purpose. Help me to keep my vision focused on Your greater plan. I accept Your love and Your grace, today, and every day. Amen.”
~ Jetola E. Anderson-Blair
Author, Entrepreneur & Bilingual SPHR Certified Senior HR Professional
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Acceptance & Change

“I have no politics, but I am a Negro. For this reason I try to do and say nothing that might be a step backwards … I had ulcers, a worry bug about my future, the future of my race … I found I could learn to accept what I had to accept and to try to change what I wanted to change.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Acknowledging Our Own Mistakes

“Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognize one’s own mistakes, but one must do it.”
~ Mikhail Gorbachev
President of the Soviet Union (3.15.1990 – 12.25.1991), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (3.11.1985 – 8.24.1991),
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (5.25.1989 – 3.15.1990), Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (10.1.1988 – 5.25.1989),
Co-Author, Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (1988), Nobel Peace Prize (1990), Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1992),
University of Louisville, Kentucky Grawemeyer Award (1994), Portuguese President Mário Soares’ Grand-Cross of the Order of Liberty (1995),
National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award (1998), Dublin City Council Freedom of the City of Dublin (2002),
Charles V Prize by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation (2002),
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children (2004 – Gorbachev, Sophia Loren & Bill Clinton) & Point Alpha Prize (2005)
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Freeing Oneself

“If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves.
Only then can we express our dignity, only when we have liberated ourselves can we co-operate with other groups.
Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority.”
~ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,
Anti-Apartheid Activist, Politician, First Lady of South Africa (1994–1996), Parliament of South Africa (2009–2018) & (1994–2003)
Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (1994-1996), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1985),
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Candace Award (1988),

Failing All the Time

“My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.
That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”
~ Mark Burnett,
Television & Film Executive Producer, Author, President – MGM Television and Digital Group,
Emmy Awards (12x), Producers Guild of America Awards (5x),
Critics’ Choice Television Awards (7x), People’s Choice Awards (6x)