The Bruise of Thankfulness: My Cup Runs Over

The year of 2022 has been quite a wonderful year! It has been a year of both holding on and letting go. I have realized that holding on gives life; while letting go, gives light!

We have to be mindful of the things we hold on to because sometimes, what we hold on to, does not reach its true potential in our lives until it is let go of. The let go, is where we find the pearl that helps to straighten our paths. Everyone is not meant to finish the journey with us, but it is always important to know that those you let go of, were meant to be a part of your path.

I am thankful for all who have been a part of my journey, no matter if they have continued in community with me or not. I hold on to the memories, the lessons and I remember them with a heart of love and gratitude. Specifically, I thank Ashley for the journey we walked together. Our journey’s crossed by divine appointment and ended based on destiny. Thank you for the irreplaceable lessons learned and what I am still learning. The growth that I have experienced due to our relationship is unmeasurable! You are both loved and treasured by me and my family and this will never change even as our road together has ended. Goodbye friend, Be Blessed Always and Forever!

I am also thankful for the privilege hold on to the foundation that has shaped me. I am thankful for my parents. My father passed away in 2013. He shaped love and fierceness in my spirit which allows him to always be with me. My mother is the most loving person I have ever met in my entire life. She is gentle, sacrificial and even when so drives me crazy, she is an absolute Godsent and irreplaceable. My sister, my first friend. A fighter and protector, who loves deeply and fights with the strength that God has given her. My brother, we do not always meet eye to eye, but I know God is forging a path for you that is unshakable. My nephew, whose sweet spirit feels a room and whose love endures any hardship that he faces. Vanessa, Shondra, Karen and Deidre are solid rocks in my life, who love hard, trust in God fiercely and who have supported and prayed for me greatly and I thank them! Kathryn, you are a friend who is always there, and I appreciate you for being a listening ear!

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of those who I hold on to, we would be here for the next year for me to recognize them all. I say all of this because I am only as good as the God who strengthens me and the community that surrounds me. You do not find out who your family truly is until you have to walk down an uncomfortable road which reveals that true nature of a person.

For me, thankfulness is not a choice, but a command through love to remember that there is nothing that crosses our paths that was not supposed to be there. What defines anyone is the measure in which they love, especially in hardship. To my family, friends and colleagues, I love you! To my enemies, I love you even more.

Hate shows your Character, while Love shows your Nature.

…And the Greatest of These is Love

Be Blessed

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