This month the word is anticipation. It means that you are expecting that something will happen, or someone will arrive. This month I am anticipating good things. I don’t know about you, but there are many people in my life who anticipate the bad. I am not for that. This marvelous Juneteenth Month I am watching and waiting for the good.
As this month draws to a close, I have created a notebook to keep information in. I have learned a lot from the different things I have investigated. I want to make sure that i apply what I know.
In searching out new things and investigating them, I have found doors open to me that were not available before. It was in doing the research I found more possibilities.
I tried some new things. I sat and listened. I watched and asked questions. Because of the point of view I am approaching this, I am taking notes. I am learning from the process.
This month the word is investigative. I am going to examine and explore the things that I do to see what kind of impact I am having.
Being accountable has made me focus on my mission and core values. This month I was able to align my tasks with what I believe. That was very cool.
It also gave me moments to think about why I believe something and what it really looks like for me.
As a result, I have tried to create processes that incorporate being accountable into my life. It seems very doable.
In order to maintain accountability, have a partner that will help you make goals and keep them. Have a person in your life who agrees with your ideas and will hold you accountable.
According to Inc Magazine, here are some things to do to be more accountable.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Don’t make excuses.
Be on time.
Own your feelings.
Collaborate with others.
This is a process, and we are not all at the same level. Be patient with yourself as you learn and grow.
The magic word for the month is accountable.
Required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.
Art of the Quarter
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was born into slavery in Natchez, Mississippi somewhere between 1817 and 1826, to Anna Greenfield and a man whose name may have been Taylor. According to an 1854 article in The Tri-Weekly Commercial, “her mother was of Indian descent, her father an African.”
In the early 1820s, Greenfield’s mistress, Elizabeth H. Greenfield, a former plantation owner who moved to Philadelphia after divorcing her second husband and emancipated her slaves. E.H. Greenfield worked with the American Emancipation Society to send 18 formerly enslaved residents of the Greenfield plantation, including Anna Greenfield and two of her daughters, to Liberia on August 2, 1831, aboard the brig Criterion.
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield remained in Philadelphia. She studied music as a child.
In about 1851, Greenfield began to sing at private parties, debuting at the Buffalo Musical Association. From 1851 to 1853 she toured as managed by Colonel J. H. Wood, a supporter of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, who would not allow black patrons into her concerts.
In 1853, Greenfield debuted at Metropolitan Hall in New York City, which held an audience of 4,000—white patrons only. After the concert, Greenfield apologized to her own people for their exclusion from the performance and gave a concert to benefit the Home of Aged Colored Persons and the Colored Orphan Asylum.
She performed in concert halls around the world.