Am I a Fixer?
By Alberta Lampkins
By Alberta Lampkins
I do enjoy putting into action my problem-solving skills and helping others to see the value of their lives. Maybe it’s a gift or a calling – whichever one it is, it has been of enormous help to my life. I have a built-in aspiration to be better and I like to inspire, encourage and support others to enjoy their journey in life and follow their dreams. I tend to live in the moment and be grateful for the splendor of each episode. Each new day gives us an opportunity to learn something new or do something different, why not invite others to share your faith and confidence that what God has done for one, he may do even better for you. No one can greatly drive you but you. However, enthusiasm is transmittable and I thrive on energizing people around me. My faith allows me to walk in the steps of optimism and see the world through a glass that is half full and not half empty.
I tend to believe that those we encounter in our day-to-day lives were meant to be there for some reason or another. Our lives are connected for a purpose and if it is not to uplift each other, then maybe it’s for us to learn a lesson and move on. Supporting other’s budding ambition leads right into guiding me towards my own personal discovery. I’m not cramped by societal standards and I tend to overlook flaws and look for the beauty in each person I meet. They may be the reflection of God he wants me to see. I’m grateful for a forgiving heart and a loving soul toward human kind.
My earliest mentors were my parents. I remember dancing and singing in front of the mirror as a girl and my father smiled. He said I sang and danced well, though I’m not so sure I was really in tune or in rhythm. But his smile and his words of encouragement made me feel like I could dance or sing. A brown girl from an urban neighborhood in Buffalo, New York could be whatever she wanted to be because, not only did her father tell her that, but her mother did as well. I never became a dancer or a singer; however, I’ve pursued my dreams and continue to live a life knowing that I can do whatever I will with faith, hard work and dedication. I believe anyone can achieve their goals in life and sometimes it just takes someone to encourage them along the way.
A grade school teacher paid the remaining balance of my field trip to New York City after my father passed and never asked for a penny of it back. She believed I had potential and wanted to give me the opportunity to experience culture. A supervisor wrote me a note thanking me for joining her staff – she believed I would make a good social worker one day. I met a stranger, who after a brief introduction, shared her story of struggle with depression and I listened and I told her what I saw in her – she said she believed we met for a reason and she felt better that day.
Am I a Fixer? The definition of a fixer is a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events. Not sure if that directly fits me, however I do like to find solutions to obstacles holding people from moving towards success in life. If I have said a word of encouragement that sparked an action and helped someone foster their goal or to see things in a bigger and brighter light, then I count it as paying it forward.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alberta Lampkins, is a proud Army wife and has been married to her husband Command Sergeant Major Al Lampkins for over twenty-five years. She has two adult children, Alexis and Ahmad and one very handsome grandson, Elijah. Alberta is an advocate for adults and children and has worked in Adult Services and Child Protective Services. She served on the strategic planning team for Cumberland County Department of Social Services, as well as, a commissioner for the Fayetteville Human Relations Council. She currently works in Family Life Services for the Department of the Army. Alberta obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Fayetteville State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Alberta is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology. Alberta is also an honorary member of the Sister Circle Book Club of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Alberta founded A.L. Savvy Publications in April 2014, an independent publishing company, after realizing how much she enjoyed listening and reading stories about everyday people. She wanted to create a platform for others to share their stories in print. Alberta is the Project Coordinator for the book Messages to Our Children and the author of her debut novel, Teach Me How to Fly.
Alberta is a native of Buffalo, New York, however, currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and their son.
Visit Alberta at: Facebook.com/A.L.SavvyPublications. Twitter.com/ALSavvyPub or on the web http://alsavvypublications.com.