04 January 2008


"A workable measure of your progress is how fast you can get free when you are stuck and how many ways you know to get free". Kathlyn Hendricks

I honestly have no idea who Kathlyn Hendricks is, but I love this quote. It made me really think about how I've come to be where I am in life. In a word; RESOURCEFUL!

Without going into explicit detail, I'll say that I've been through a lot of ish and some of it was emotional, mental, physical and in a few instances damn near life-threatening. There have been occassions where I've questioned "how did I get here" and I again, I came back to that one word; RESOURCEFUL! In the course of my life's adventures/misadventures, I've always found ways to get out of a situation. I've used my stealth, my wits, my faith, my friends, and whathaveyou in order to get out of dodge, trouble, relationships; etc.

I'm not sure how I learned that being resourceful would be the wind beneath my wings, but I'm more than happy that I passed that class with flying colors because without that lesson, I'd nothing short of screwed and less than the woman I am today. I never allowed myself to wallow in self-pity, misery, or without a way out. I'll openly admit I've unncessasrily put up with more than my share of the crap, but thinking back, I still always found a way get out of dodge; even for a little while. There was always a person, place, or thing to give me hope and strength. I've used what I've got; MY BRAIN and NOT MY ASS to get what I wanted, which was a better life and to be a better person.

In a recent conversation with my blog brother Xavier we discussed some of the mess we've respectively gone through in order to get where we are now and again the word RESOURCEFUL was resonated. It's funny how we forget that we're all capable of incredible feats if only we put our minds to it. We can overcome adversity, abuse, poverty, homelessness; etc, when we exhibit the drive and ambition to do so and, yes; you guessed it...be RESOURCEFUL.

Blogfriends, use what you've got (the right way) to get what you want. Be resourceful in the tools you have within and around you. If you're in need of something find a way to achieve it. Read to educate yourself. Try your hand at something you've never done before. Humble yourself when necessary. Not buying that $5 cup of coffee & bagel on your way to work everyday can save you $25 a week of which you can save for something else. You get where I'm going with this. Being resourceful manifests itself in a myriad of ways and certainly isn't limited to money and/or material things. Using people (in a positive way), places, and things is the epitomy of being resourceful and it's endless.



Mizrepresent said...

Excellent post Sis! I too have learned to be resourceful, heck if i didn't i wouldn't be where i am today...not many of us are born with silver spoons in our mouths, trust funds and such and so i had to make my way, as you say, using my brain...education removed me from ghetto and allowed me to dream bigger dreams. Being resourceful meant getting that education, that job, taking care of a family, being a single parent, starting a business and fulfilling my wishes one step at a time. This is such a timely post for me, because it reminds me of all that i have accomplished and encourages me to do more.

hahah - Jedi Mindtrick- it's working.

Ali's Zay said...

Morning Sis,

Isn't it amazing how people complain about not having money even as they stand in line at Starbuck's? One of my goals is to be 100% debt free in 8 years. That includes paying off a mortgage. It won't be easy, but in this country, we all make more than enough money. I decided long ago to stop listening to that box that compels me to go out and buy stuff. I realize I'm going against the grain: most people have upgraded their boxes for flat panels so they can be brain-washed in hi-def.
My tip of the day to be more RESOURCEFUL: Find ways to entertain yourself and your family that DON'T involve the boob tube :-)

Peace and Love,

Ali's Zay (LoversA.blogspot.com)

BZ said...


You know I'm totally on the same page with you about all of this. I'm a huge advocate of owning the responsibility of providing for oneself, which requires resourcefulness.

Thanks for telling it, sis!

Anonymous said...

Excellent blogpost-great advice on resourceful tools...I have to reflect on that....

have a wonderful weekend gurl

T.C. said...

08 is all about being resourceful for me! i have to learn to use what i already have and hustle to make it to the NEXT level! i gotta make it and take it to the next level!

Rosemarie said...

As a sahm, I can totally relate!

Being resourceful with the talents (parable) we are given is a two-fold blessing. First, we are blessed in the giving, and then God rewards us further as our talent/gift multiplies into the lives of others.

DBA Lehane said...

You know what, I couldn't have put it better myself. In this modern world where people are always looking for quick fixes and immediate miracles, resourcefulness is so undervalued.

Darius T. Williams said...

Great Post - Let the Church say AMEN!

Copasetic Soul said...

ya know sis....thanks for the post. i needed something positive because at the moment im deep in darkness.

The Mistress said...

Insightful and profound as usual...

Drop me a line when you start doing motivational speaking fdr the masses~!


Blu Jewel said...

ALL - I'm sorry I'm not replying to each of you individually, but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate and respect your comments. I'm very happy that you have all found this post of good use and will apply it to your lives.

Mistress - you flatter me. I'll drop you a line when you return in kind for the wealth of liberating information you provide *wink*

Don said...

I agree. Reading this inspirational post makes me think about the times where things weren't sweet. I vividly remember how we didn't have much, but we always made due with what we did have, and what others contributed to us.

Good stuff, Blu.