Respect Your Wisdom Warriors

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When I was twelve I started writing notes in class.  I would put all my sixth grade business in these notes.  This guy is cute, his friend is cuter, that girl is lame, her friend is even more lame!  Ah, youth!  Occasionally, some of these notes would make it home in my pockets.  My mama found one of these expertly crafted middle school memoirs and hipped me to the game.  She said “Baby, it is better to let folks assume that they know your business, than to write it down and give them all the goods!”  At the time, of course I didn’t appreciate it.  Later in life, I came to value that little nugget of advice.

My mother, grandmother, aunties, play aunties and my mother-in-love have schooled me.  They are Wisdom Warriors.  They have a wealth of knowledge to share.  You may or may not solicit their wisdom but, take heed.  Your life will improve and possibly flourish if you just internalize what they are attempting to share with you.  Experiences, recipes, advice, tutorials, songs, stories, techniques and tools.  All shared from their golden hearts…our Wisdom Warriors.

So here are a few tips:

1. Be open.

Though you may not like their delivery or appreciate their timing, they love you.  Embrace the desire to express their love through advice.

2.  Try to apply their advice when you can.

Don’t think that you are above accepting  help.  When you can, try their advice.  You never know.

3.  Let them know you appreciate them.

We are all apart of a grand sisterhood.  Pay your dues in the form of respect.  Let your Wisdom Warriors know that you respect and appreciate them.  Because, really…where would you be without your Warriors?

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  1. Tia says:

    This is so great. My “Boom Boom” is my wisdom warrior. She is 79 years young, and I truly enjoy the guidance that she gives me.

    • Rochelle says:

      Your “Boom Boom”? That’s so sweet! I have so many WW and they’ve had such an tremendous impact on my life. I’m grateful for each and every one of them.


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