Once we are born, there are two things we all are going to experience no matter how hard we try to avoid them, no matter how much money or fame we have. One of those things is death. The Bible is very clear that all of us will experience a single permanent death, no one gets out alive. The second thing is problems. A problem is any matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. Problems can be personal or unique, but there are problems most of us will encounter in some…


Is it More Important to be Successful or Significant?

Most of us grew up being taught the importance of being successful. I also encouraged my children that they needed the right attitude, aptitude, abilities, and capabilities in order to be a success in anything they wanted to pursue. We are a country that is enamored and impressed with success and those who are successful. The yardstick of success is measured differently for each individual but universally most people associate success with power, prestige, possessions, and money. My husband says to gain intellectual weight you have to have the right food…


On September 14, 2021, Californians are going to have a special election to vote if Governor Gavin Newsom should be recalled. A recall is a way the public can attempt to remove an elected public official from office before the end of their term of office. California is one of 20 states that allow voters to recall their governor. It is very important for us to understand the magnitude of this situation. Many of us hear about the recall and we do not take it seriously or feel it is just politics once again rearing its ugly head. …


Death is tragic, but when it is someone you know it is even more devastating. I along with many others are still in shock after hearing about the senseless murder of Michelle Avan. This shining light and a rising star was murdered. The man who has been charged with this ruthless and hideous act of violence was someone she knew. The news of her death has made me angry, intensely sad, and overwhelmed with the realization that Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man and nine in ten Black female victims…


Have you ever had a family member or a friend who asks some deep thought-provoking questions and sometimes they are random or out of the clear blue? On occasion, the question may make you remember something, but more times than not it is a question about something you just want to forget. Well, my husband is one of those people who ask exactly both types of questions. He says he asks questions to find answers, to see how I think, and to find what mechanisms I use to make decisions. …


In both good and bad times one of my saving graces has always been to read scripture. Reading the bible gives me peace and comfort. When we pray, we talk to God, when we read the bible God talks to us. One of my favorite verses is Mark 8:36 which says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” I have interpreted this to mean if you spend your life chasing after pleasure, position, possessions, prestige, personal wealth, or power it is meaningless. Even if you secure these earthly…


Something has happened in society that I have noticed over the last few years and that is many people believe work is hard and they do not want to do it. I am proud to say that I have always had a good work ethic. My grandmother instilled in me at an early age that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. She used to always say, “the early bird gets the worm.” She would tell me that someone may have more talent than me, but no one should ever outwork me. I heard my husband…


Have you ever known anyone who measured their self-worth by the size of their bank account or by their physical appearance? Too many people in this materialistic world we live in do not know the difference between their net worth and their self-worth. The yardstick we measure our worth as a person is a major contributing factor in the decisions we make, the friends we choose, the thoughts we have about love and life, and the way we feel about others and ourselves. …


One of the things that I have realized in my life is that the choices I made yesterday defined who I am today. I will be the first to admit that some of the choices I have made were not always best for me. However, many of the choices I made impacted my life positively. One of those choices was accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age. I believe it was the best choice I ever made. It has blessed me in numerous ways as well as allowed me to be a blessing to others…


For the past 15 years, I have had the privilege and pleasure of writing for the Los Angeles Sentinel, and it is always rewarding when someone shares with me how much they enjoyed or learned from one of my articles. My intention for every column is to inform, educate and make people think. Often, I reveal much about myself and some of the ups and downs I have experienced on this wonderful journey we call life. I believe both writers and speakers have an opportunity to change people’s lives by changing how people think. …

Wendy Gladney

Coach, Consultant, Speaker & Author. Graduate of UCLA (Political Science). Ambassador of Forgiveness, Global Citizen. WendyGladney.com & Seasonofgreatness.com

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