I remember sitting in a grade one classroom being given a math assignment. I remember looking down at a piece of paper that was a collection of dots and feeling horribly confused. I honesty had no idea what I was supposed to do. So, I had walked up to the teacher for some help. To this day I could give you her full name, physical description including her extremely long pointed red fingernails. I told her I didn’t know what to do. She continually tapped her long red nail to my temple and said “You need to think , think, think.” All I was thinking was …think about what? Was she implying I don’t think?? For years I was plagued with the inability to do math. I was programmed to believe I couldn’t think, which to me equaled I could never do math. I wasn’t till my mid 20’s taking a stats course I promised myself to learn this thing come hell or high water. I surrounded myself with people who had a better understanding and learned from them. Through the process; as difficult as it was, I nailed this course. It taught me some very important lessons. Don’t allow what someone says to you or about you; make a permanent decision about who and what you are. Words have power Psalms 52:2 “Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.” Never allow someone’s words to label who or what you are. There is a lot of wisdom in that saying think before you speak. The next time someone comes to you for help ensure to the best of your capabilities that they walk away with a better understanding. Encouragement is the antidote to discouragement, and condemnation never works, if your not sure take a look at world you living in today. I think we can do better. Who knows where Mrs. C. Slater is today; all I know for sure is that she wasn’t right at all….so thank you for challenging me.