Mon poême du jour – Paroles de Victor Hugo

Je partage avec vous mon poême du jour, c’est l’une des rares pages imprimées que je garde toujours au bureau.  Ces lignes m’aident toujours à retrouver le courage de lutter malgré tant de vents et de marées sans envier la vie facile et sans gêne qu’offre l’oisivité.  Appréciez ces paroles.

Ceux qui vivent, ce sont ceux qui luttent

Ceux qui vivent, ce sont ceux qui luttent ; ce sont
Ceux dont un dessein ferme emplit l’âme et le front.
Ceux qui d’un haut destin gravissent l’âpre cime.
Ceux qui marchent pensifs, épris d’un but sublime.
Ayant devant les yeux sans cesse, nuit et jour,
Ou quelque saint labeur ou quelque grand amour.
C’est le prophète saint prosterné devant l’arche,
C’est le travailleur, pâtre, ouvrier, patriarche.
Ceux dont le coeur est bon, ceux dont les jours sont pleins.
Ceux-là vivent, Seigneur ! les autres, je les plains.
Car de son vague ennui le néant les enivre,
Car le plus lourd fardeau, c’est d’exister sans vivre.
Inutiles, épars, ils traînent ici-bas
Le sombre accablement d’être en ne pensant pas.
Ils s’appellent vulgus, plebs, la tourbe, la foule.
Ils sont ce qui murmure, applaudit, siffle, coule,
Bat des mains, foule aux pieds, bâille, dit oui, dit non,
N’a jamais de figure et n’a jamais de nom ;
Troupeau qui va, revient, juge, absout, délibère,
Détruit, prêt à Marat comme prêt à Tibère,
Foule triste, joyeuse, habits dorés, bras nus,
Pêle-mêle, et poussée aux gouffres inconnus.
Ils sont les passants froids sans but, sans noeud, sans âge ;
Le bas du genre humain qui s’écroule en nuage ;
Ceux qu’on ne connaît pas, ceux qu’on ne compte pas,
Ceux qui perdent les mots, les volontés, les pas.
L’ombre obscure autour d’eux se prolonge et recule ;
Ils n’ont du plein midi qu’un lointain crépuscule,
Car, jetant au hasard les cris, les voix, le bruit,
Ils errent près du bord sinistre de la nuit.
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Quoi ! ne point aimer ! suivre une morne carrière
Sans un songe en avant, sans un deuil en arrière,
Quoi ! marcher devant soi sans savoir où l’on va,
Rire de Jupiter sans croire à Jéhova,
Regarder sans respect l’astre, la fleur, la femme,
Toujours vouloir le corps, ne jamais chercher l’âme,
Pour de vains résultats faire de vains efforts,
N’attendre rien d’en haut ! ciel ! oublier les morts !
Oh non, je ne suis point de ceux-là ! grands, prospères,
Fiers, puissants, ou cachés dans d’immondes repaires,
Je les fuis, et je crains leurs sentiers détestés ;
Et j’aimerais mieux être, ô fourmis des cités,
Tourbe, foule, hommes faux, coeurs morts, races déchues,
Un arbre dans les bois qu’une âme en vos cohues !

Quel poême ou texte vous inspire?

Cinq Ans Après le 12 Janvier 2010….

12 Janvier 2010 – 12 Janvier 2015

Cinq années depuis que l’un des tremblements de terre les plus meurtriers qu’Haiti ait connu a frappé ma terre.

Je l’ai vécu !!! J’ai vu tant de choses !!! Tant de sentiments et d’émotions m’ont traversée ! J’ai perdu un membre de ma famille, des amis et des connaissances.

J’aurais pu pleurer, j’aurais pu me révolter contre la situation de mon pays qui n’a pas réellement changé depuis, j’aurais pu me vexer des leçons que tant de gens ont oublié, j’aurais pu m’apitoyer sur mon sort ou le sort de mon peuple.

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J’y ai survécu, je suis saine et sauve, j’ai encore ce précieux cadeau qu’est la vie et je choisis de la célébrer ! Je choisis de célébrer la vie en révisant mes valeurs, en étant le changement que je veux voir, en valorisant vraiment ce qui est important dans la vie, bien plus important que les biens, les apparences : les relations avec Jéhovah, les relations avec les autres, une bouffée d’air qui libère, des animaux qui jouent ensemble, le rire des enfants, un verre d’eau rafraichissant, un sourire, un compliment sincère, une parole dite en temps approprié, le sentiment d’être et d’accomplir, une accolade! C’est ça, la vie ! Et ça n’a pas de prix !

Je garde dans mes pensées et dans mes prières des amis que ce jour ne cessera jamais d’affliger parce qu’ils ont perdu trop d’étoiles dans leur ciel.  Bon courage, mes amours ! Que Jéhovah continue de vous donner la puissance qui dépasse la normale pour supporter votre joug jusqu’à ce que son royaume vienne ! Je suis impatiente  de vous revoir sourire le jour où vous crierez victoire contre la mort et vos chers disparus seront avec vous de nouveau.

Cette date me rappellera toujours que la vie n’est qu’une vapeur et qu’il est nécessaire de VIVRE et de VIVRE SAGEMENT.

My Philosophy At This Point

As I do it every year since the past years: 23TH Spring, 24TH Spring25TH Spring26TH Spring,  I blog at each new spring.  As I was very busy during the past days, I missed it four days ago.  But, as they say, later is better than never.

How do I start? …  I have been thinking about what my post would be this year since the first day of November, yet, here am I, sitting in front of my screen, hesitant and lost in my thoughts…..

Three minutes later….

Lessons from the past year – I have learned a lot about human nature and people management.

Life with people is beautiful and wouldn’t be as interesting as it is without them but caution and diplomacy should be used when dealing with them.   I am almost giving up my Spontaneous Self to be more the Cautious and Observing Me.  I have learned to decipher wolves hidden behind a sheep mask and I have learned to let go of toxic habits.  I have learned to shut up although I am right, I have learned to apologize although I am right….. I fought for my beliefs and welcomed ennemies I gained because of my principles, my standards, my vision and my dream.  The past year was about my Human Awareness & Management in Life classs.  I struggled but passed the class!

I have also learned about leaving my comfort zone, challenging my fears and working towards my dreams.  It takes guts, resilience and boldness to live your dream.  I now understand why almost everybody has a dream but very few people live their dreams and I am happy, satisfied and proud of myself because I am daring! I am living! I have a vision, I have a dream and everyday of my life, I am working to fulfill it :) Getting married and launching a business were two of my biggest fears but I overcame them both: Here am I happily married since three months and expanding my natural hair center :).

My third lesson is about freedom.  Everybody is RELATIVELY free.  I have longly read about freedom and how free some people are and how freedom is a necessity. I have observed that people are only partially/relatively/questionably free.  No matter how much people claim they are free, they are still enslaved to something, even a little thing: slaves of a habit, slaves of a situation, slaves of their beliefs, slaves of their mind, slaves of society, slaves of Facebook, LOL.  Freedom is relative and once I have realized that, I have chosen what I would be free of and what I would be enslaved to.  Happier and easier life!

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New Spring, New Philosophy– At this point in my life, I have realized how a lot of things are vain and I can concur with King Solomon as stated in Ecclesiastes 1: 2 “The greatest futility! Everything is futile!”.  That’s why I have decided to concentrate on the most vital things and based on my current situation, my health and my peace are the most important things to me

Health: Mental health. Spiritual Health.  Body Health.  IAmness Health.  Less 12-16 hours working in a block, less sleepless nights, less Facebook, less stress, less platonic and toxic friendship, less Ragaman (taurine and gingseng drink made in Haiti) drinking, less emotional eating, less shopping therapy.  More quality time with true friends and family, more reading and writing, more self care, more praying, more rest, more self-building initiative.  I have decided to stop doing weight loss journeys- more about the appearance than the real deal- from now on, I am on a health reclaiming journey.

Peace: Peace with myself, peace with others.

Reviewing and challenging my feelings, my beliefs, myself to build a stronger Me with grounds and anchor.

I have noticed how people like others to nurture their delusion instead of telling them what the reality is and I am NOT getting there! In trying to always be transparent and truthful, I have hurt myself several times and I am determined to be, stay and remain outspoken but ONLY with selected people.

I am grateful for each new day as it is an opportunity for me to do better.  Just like a butterfly or some wine, with age, I shall become better until I reach the best version of myself.

Thoughts After my Tour in Les Cayes with Afro Alice

I am the founder and CEO of Afro Alice, a multipurpose natural hair center for the celebration and the promotion of natural hair for the Haitian community.  One part of our work is to reach out to women in the countrysides through media, through workshops and field pilot events. Our first educational tour was in Les Cayes from October 17 through October 19.

The experience was very rewarding.  The women who attended were longing for natural hair care and style solutions and were very satisfied and happy with our services and the initiative .  The media representatives there were very helpful and cooperative.  It went so well that we are planning to go back there at the end of the countrywide tour.

Part of our Afro Alice Team

Part of our Afro Alice Team

Here is what I learned:

1- The best gift someone can receive put aside life is knowledge.  I witnes how knowledge improves and empowers people, how knowledge brightens their eyes and makes them happy.  Knowledge gives a sense to their lives.  I met with women that were using Fab laundry detergents and Fabuloso all-purpose household cleaner on their hair to clean it and make it smell good; others that ate Haitian Barbecue, patties and Coca Cola everyday instead of fruits, veggies and water- not because they do not have the financial capability to eat healthy- because they don’t know how to have a proper diet and how their diet affects their body along with their hair.  The last customer we met was a 14-year old girl who was obviously sad because her hair was evidently damaged with rotten ends and you could feel she was not comfortable with herself because she was conscious that something was going wrong with her hair but she didn’t know how to take care of it.  When she left, she was a new person, a happy and relieved young girl with her revived beauty and all excited to practice what she has just learned on how to take care of herself.

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No monetary reward would make me feel so satisfied, accomplished, proud and fulfilled than to catch the tint of relief in the women eyes because they know now or they know better… to hear them say a heartfelt and warming thank you because they have learned something new that will ameliorate their life.  It feels so great to make the difference in people’s life.

We left Les Cayes with a bunch of women empowered with knowldege: on how to love themselves, on how to accept themselves and their gifts, how to take care of their body, on how to improve the quality of their life.

2- It doesn’t take age or nationality or race or social ranking or anything than our mind to make a difference in our OWN life and in others’.  When you have a can-do attitude, when you resourcefulness to your creativity, you can turn your passion into millions.

At Port-Salut. I met with Mamina, she is a 10-year old natural hair entrepreneur who crafts artisanal accessories and sells them at the beach on her spare time after studying. I was attracted by her resourcefulness, honesty and brightness.  She is the youngest child of the family, attends schools, takes care of certain household chores, yet she takes the time to work on her passion and diligently sell her creations.

Mamina, 14-year old entrepreneur

Mamina, 14-year old entrepreneur

Mamina Creations, Port Salut, Cayes

Mamina Creations, Port Salut, Cayes

I truly enjoyed my journey to Les Cayes. And our next destination shall be Cap Haitian before the end of this year.  Stay tune via our Afro Alice Instagram, our Afro Alice Twitter and our Afro Alice Website.

Xoxo,

Annie

To My Envious, Duncy and Hating Cicadas

Dear Lax Cicadas:

When you were having fun, sleeping, joking and enjoying life effortlessly and restlessly, I was busy working hard, studying, striving, working toward my goals and chasing my dream. When you are chasing dollars of mediocrity to SAVE A LIVING, I am using my passion, my talent and my knowledge to LIVE.

Don’t put the blame of your meagerness on my accomplishments and laboriousness. Stop blaming my sharpness and my uprightness. Wherever you see greener grass, bear in mind the water bill is higher. My success doesn’t come in overnight shipments. I sweat and strive!!!

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When was the last time you read a book?  Or, when was the last time you invest some quality time in becoming a quality person?  When was the last time you removed your mask?  When was the last time you got busy getting and pursuing a dream?!

Use your energy to develop yourself instead of trying to break someone you wish you could be. Spare me your toxic presence and words.  Bury your cowardness and dare be YOU. Challenge the darkness lying in you.  Your bitter venom is not going to stop me from being ME.  Stop letting your tongue blur your brain.

While you are hating, I am going forward….

#haterfreezone

Yours truly,
Resilient & Ingenious Ant.

Month of September – Cheers to Positivity!!!

I was getting somehow too negative.  I was stopping to stand for myself.  I was giving too much room to darkness into my everyday.  I was missing the happy and colorful butterfly I was.  I wanted my elf self back so I made plans to get it back.

For the month of September, I am choosing to see just the positive things.  I am choosing to see the rainbow through the rain, I am choosing to focus on the half filled glass of water.  

I am living a stressful and busy life but I am no more allowing that to drain my crazy and happy self.

I am grateful for everything: the privilege of living, of knowing God, of being surrounded with true and great people, of having a sense of IAMness.  I am even thankful for my haters and antagonists, I transform their negative vibes into positive energy in motion.  To repeat my dear husband, willingly receive EVERYTHING you are given whether it’s sweet or sour, it will be useful to you ANYWAY ^_^

It is all a mind work.  I started to feel fabulous the very moment I decided my journey would be the one of a caterpillar working to become a butterfly while enjoying each step of the transformation.  

I am wondering if I am still the Lost Emerald, I am becoming more a caterpillar in a mission to transform herself into a dazzling butterfly :) 

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Life is beautiful, the air is precious, no worries, all happiness.  

Cheers to positivity :) 

Ms. Happy Caterpilie ♥

Stil Pou Mwa Septanm – Kwochè ak Alonj Freetress Water Wave

Originally posted on Afro Alice:

Gen yon mwa de sa, mwen te anvi mete alonj kwochè sou fom yon koup pou m te pase anvi mwen genyen pou m koupe pwop cheve m nan, mwen te al fe mete l pou mwen men mwen pat renmen cheve yo te itilize a e mwen te retire l.  Yon zanmi m nan travay mwen te vin pote de pakè Freetress Water Wave ki mezire 22″ pou mwen nan koulè 1B apre ke m te di l mwen renmen jan l te penyen avel la.

 Sa te pran  twazèdtan pou tèt mwen fin penyen men m te leve plizye fwa al fè lot bagay.  Tet mwen te pran de pakè cheve a totalman e pou m te ka plis vèsatil ak cheve a, sa vle di gen posibilite pou m fe chou avel si m vle oswa lot penyen, mwen te kite pati kouwon cheve m ni devan, ni…

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