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  • Writer's pictureShaketta Johnson

The Plague

Updated: Jul 3, 2023



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Thoughts are scrambled and inconsistent.

Thoughts run over you and tell you what's needed.

Thoughts are bullies that beat you down.

Thoughts are with you when no one else is around.


Thoughts are fleeting but also deafening.

Thoughts are overwhelming and experienced rapidly.

Thoughts last a lifetime but occur in the blink of an eye.

Thoughts tell us where to go or where to hide.


Our thoughts dictate our every emotion.

Our thoughts keep us tangled, weaved in commotion.

Our thoughts can make us sick or very well.

Our thoughts keep us bound in a deep Hell.


My thoughts have their own mind and take me for granted.

They can be intrusive, bossy, and occasionally blatant.

I try to put them in submission and under my thumb.

They rebel like a child running away from home.


Suicidal thoughts say you're all alone.

Healthy thoughts allow room for growth.

Obsessive thoughts are the ones you can't get rid of.

Rational thoughts are the ones that make sense.


Thoughts are activating.

They are well sought after.

Thoughts shape our response and our reality.

Thoughts are storage spaces that build up over time.

Thoughts need to be flushed out and given a rewind.


Thoughts are your worst enemy but can be your best friend.

They're what we tell ourselves to get through to the end.

If you think positively, you will get positive results.

If you think negatively, you will receive what you've sown.


My thoughts are deep-rooted, coming from a long line of struggles.

They are defense mechanisms beseech when in trouble.

Some think thoughts are taught, and there's room for nurture.

Others believe they stem from a subculture.


Thoughts, by definition, are an idea constructed.

The same way created can be unspoken.

They come with mental, physical, and emotional instructions.

They come with baggage, damage, and audible divulgence.


It's hard to silence our thoughts because they are a part of who we are.

We better keep them in check, or they could be our downfall.

The thoughts in our heads tell us if we are good enough or not worth a dime.

Sometimes they are factual and do fall in line.


Thoughts are just that, in your mind.

You can tell them when to rise or when to shine.

Your thoughts are tangible; you're in control.

You can offer them to sit down or leave the front door.


There's a war raging all the time.

Don't wait or make haste; you can arise.

Thoughts don't have to take the best of you.

You're determined, a warrior, and know what to do!


"It's okay not to be okay but not okay to stay that way."


 


Shaketta Johnson


Shaketta is originally from a small town in south Alabama, Wicksburg (Newton), AL but has resided in Florence, AL for the past 19 years. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, Minor in Sociology. She went back to UNA in 2009 to pursue her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Criminology and resigned from Best Buy in 2013 to be a stay at home wife.


After a year of raising her newborn son, Shaketta felt God tugging at her heart to return to work and started applying to various agencies that specialized in underprivileged/underserved youth. She later obtained a position for the Department of Human Resources as a Social Services Caseworker. After two years of service there, Shaketta found her dream job working with at-risk youth as a Counselor for the Lauderdale County S.P.A.N. Program (juvenile court referred divergent program).


In 2008, Shaketta accepted her call to the ministry and became a licensed minister. She is heavily involved in her local church at New Remnant Worship Center under the direction of Pastor, Dr. Marcus Motton. She released her first book in October 2020 entitled, Release It: Accept Change and Overcome which is a self-help book inspiring others to let go of that which has them bound. Shaketta is the doting wife to her husband, Maurice for 11 years, and is busy juggling extracurricular activities with her son, Mason, who is now 7 years old.







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