Being Thankful while going through Progression and Experiencing Life Lessons
I am thankful for the progress and blessings in my life. I remember some years ago I was driving a car that would stall on me in the middle of nowhere. Well, that is how it seemed. One evening it was cold and the children were with me, and of course the car decided it would stop movement, since it was growing older and more tired. I was frustrated and crying, because the children and I were stranded for a few moments on a dark and semi-secluded road. Thousands of dollars had been spent over the years to keep the car up to par. At that moment, I could hear a few of my friends in the back of my mind telling me from previous pep talks it was time for me to step out on faith and invest in another car. Though I only had $500, and less than stellar credit without a trade-in, I went to the dealer and was able to get my new car. After having that car for almost two years, someone ran into the back of it leaving it totaled. I was blessed to get another car which was better than the previous car. Most importantly, I walked away without a scratch.
On today, take a moment to be thankful for the little things. Be Thankful for the progression you have shown even with the tears, obstacles, limited resources, fear, frustration, and confusion you have faced. There are times when you may have just a few dollars and a dream, but if you have the heart to fulfill it, you must go forth with making that vision transpire.
Currently, I am approaching a third year with fulfilling the mission of A Heart Full of Conversations: A Detroit Blog. I envisioned the level of growth to be at a faster pace. I wanted to have a line of products to sale with part of the proceeds going back to the community. I thought I would have a vast amount of people reading the blog, and multiple documentaries uploaded on the You Tube Channel at this time. However, I had to remind myself don’t rush the journey. This walk towards progression, and success isn’t a speed race. It reminded me of when I was frustrated about that car. I felt stranded, and my movement was stalled. However, I know with faith, pep talks from the people I love, determination and patience something greater than what I expect is in my future for myself, and the blog!
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am allowing myself to reflect upon my accomplishments big or small. I am taking it easy. I am thanking my personal Savior for all the trials, and the blessings. I am thankful for the gifts He has bestowed upon my life and allowing them to manifest through trial and error. I am thankful for the times when I only had a few dollars in my pocket, and how I made it through those moments. I am thankful for my mom and aunt who loves me beyond every fault, consistently support every venture I decide to embark upon, and always being there when I need them most. I am thankful for every single friend who doesn’t judge or belittle me and offer ongoing encouragement when I try to allow doubt to creep in my life. I am thankful for my home, everyone who resides in this household, and their patience for dealing with me. I want them to know I always want the best for them. I am thankful for the days filled with hope, because it helps me realize that the darkness will NOT permanently consume my personal space. I am thankful for Every situation that tests me when I don’t have all the answers. Those moments become testimonies after the challenge.
So, this Thanksgiving besides acknowledging the mac and cheese, red velvet cake I will have for breakfast, turkey, dressing, yams, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pies and all the other stuff that you and I may Gobble, I want you to contemplate on gratefulness and be thankful for what you have. Don’t let this society make you feel bad if you can’t go shopping on Black Friday. Don’t let the pressures of this world tell you how you should celebrate the holiday which may cause you to become depressed. If you have a moment of feeling discouraged then yell, scream, talk it out, but like I always state don’t stay in that negative place. Practice thankfulness not because it’s designated on a calendar. Show thankfulness while experiencing life lessons, because it will bring you peace and allow you to see the progress you made no matter the scale of it. This is your chance to live your life to the fullest every day, and I encourage you to be thankful!
-Let your heart be full of new ventures that will lead you to the possibilities of limitless conversations!