When I was about eight years old, growing up in Jamaica, my grandmother told me a story of a man who was about to give up on life.
One day he found himself with one ripe banana to his name, and decided that it would be his last meal before he took himself out of his misery.
He climbed a tree, put a rope around his neck, peeled the banana, dropped the peel under the tree, ate the banana and got ready to jump.
Another man was passing under tree, saw the banana peel, picked it up, ate it, and delightfully skipped away happy that he got something to eat.
The man looked down from the tree in awe and couldn’t believe what he just saw. He realized instantly that his situation was not as bad as he thought it was.
He took the rope from around his neck and climbed out of the tree with a different perspective on life.
This story created a foundation for my mindset and personal development and solidified three things in me from an early age.
1. Life is about perspective. There’s always another perspective that makes more sense.
2. No matter how bad my situation may be, it’s never the worst.
3. I am bigger than my circumstances. Circumstances will happen, but ultimately I control my attitude towards them.
But enough about me for now, i’m not here because of me, I’m here because of you.