10-MINUTE MANAGER: Deborah grant
Deborah Grant is master chatter of Chattel House Audio Tours Inc.
Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
I would have to honestly say no, as I am at a place now that I never envisioned for my life and it is exciting. It is as though my life is beginning again and that is so amazing.
What is your biggest professional challenge?
Managing all the expectations I have placed on me. I have a “vision” as to how everything should be done and when that “vision” is not realised, it is difficult for me to accept. Therefore, I would appreciate an additional 24 hours each day so I can accomplish my “visions” and in so doing help me overcome this challenge!
What is your biggest life challenge?
I have many passions that do not relate to each other except through me. Managing these passions is very difficult. To let go or put on pause any of them is even more difficult.
When you look to the future, what do you see?
Wow, for me, I see joy and peace as I accept what God has planned for me (it is awesome). For the children of the world, I see unlimited opportunities for them to be fully who they are created to be without being limited by “old minds”.
What is your favourite pastime?
I can get lost in a good book (Jeffery Archer preferably) with a live band playing in the background at one of our open spaces on a lovely day. In the absence of that, in the company of children and youth helping them to see how great they are.
What is your favourite meal?
Cou cou and okra slosh. It is being rivalled by roast breadfruit with red herring and bul jol. But I think it is still safe at number one.
On Saturday nights, where are you likely to be?
At home trying hard to stay awake after 7 p.m. Can’t say watching television as I believe that watches me more than I watch it.
What upsets you the most?
Being placed in a “box” that tells me or children that we can’t. Also, any kind of abuse to children and the elderly, especially boys and elderly men.
What is your guiding philosophy?
“There is more than one way to skin a cat.” I don’t know where I got it from and I am not a violent person. But it reminds me that when faced with a situation there is always a way out. Spiritually, it reminds me that God’s got this and He will show me a way.
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
I would pass legislation that makes it mandatory that the syllabus at all levels of education would include topics to let children know all aspects of their history and programmes to build their confidence to pursue their passions. (SC)