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Ready for Change
I love, love, love what I do! It’s hard to explain but sometimes I feel as though I was born to do just what I’m doing here at IMARA Woman Magazine. I meet the most interesting people, regular folks like you and me who do extraordinary things. Seeing the impact of what we do here at IMARA always inspires me to push through the rough and changing times.
Take, for example, what happened to me a few weeks ago. There I was in one of the places I dread going to the most—the grocery store—and I hear this soft voice asking, ‘Mrs. Brawley, is that you?’ Even with me sporting my old school afro hair style, (I’ll tell you about that in a minute), Tiffany Stevenson still recognized me and stopped in the dairy section to say hello. She told me how much she enjoys the publication and the TV Show and then asked if I thought a particular item she was considering buying was a good bargain and would be something children would eat. You see it seems that one of Tiffany’s girlfriends had fell on hard times and she was in the store buying grocery for her and her children for the week. To fully appreciate the kindness of Tiffany’s actions you should know that she and her friend were not always as “close” as these “changing times” have made them now. But still, there she was, lending a hand and helping a friend in need, because as she put it, ‘Girl, you know I’m not rich, but I can do what I can to help out.’ Her friend had small children and needed help although she didn’t ask. ‘I don’t mind helping because you never know, I might need some help one day,’ Tiffany said, as she put more items into her shopping cart. I snapped this picture of her as we finished our conversation and told her I was going to share her story. This is why I love publishing IMARA, sharing stories just like Tiffany’s. I admire the Tiffanys of the world and I truly believe that she will be blessed because she is a blessing to someone else.
This edition of IMARA is all about change. Most of us don’t like it but we can’t escape it. I changed my hair style over the summer and started wearing a natural style after having a perm for 30 years! It’s so much easier to maintain and I’m actually starting to like it as much as I did when I wore it natural back in high school. That’s how change is—different, maybe even a little scary at first—then, it becomes second nature. What changes are you adjusting to? Are you letting them get the best of you, or are you embracing the new? Change is seldom easy but is often necessary. So know that whatever changes are heading your way, there are people just like Tiffany, who care about you and will help you make it through.