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Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Could Be Worse

For every bad there might be a worse; and when one breaks his leg, let him be thankful it was not his neck.

~ Joseph Hall

As I rolled down the highway earlier this week, probably going faster than I should have trying to make a meeting, suddenly out of nowhere, my rear tire blew!  Anyone who has ever experienced this knows how terribly wrong this could have gone, but THANK God for grace and mercy.  With little traffic on the highway, I was able to decelerate and as I was near an exit, able to coast off the highway and conveniently roll into a nearby parking lot.  No further incident and minimal damage, and more importantly, both my passenger and I were safe.  So THANKFUL that is was not worse.

As we waited for assistance and began to reflect on what just transpired, both of us almost simultaneously uttered the same phrase, “It could have been so much worse.”  Just like life, sometimes our hopes and dreams are blown and shredded suddenly, but if we only take a step back, survey the situation, and reflect on what could have been, we realize what seems so bad, could have been a lot worse.  At that speed, on a blown tire, we could have easily been flipping down the highway or loss control and slammed into other drivers, but because no one panicked and acted decisively, no harm occurred.  What if when life begins flipping out of control, when others impede our progress or attempt to cause us harm, instead of panicking or acting out, we move decisively to make the best out of a terrible situation.  I am not only THANKFUL we came out of the situation unscathed, but very THANKFUL for the tangible lesson learned.

Before you began to think woe is me and how unnerving the current conundrum may be, think about how incredibly worse it really could have been.  One analogy reads, “If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.  If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.  If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.  If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.  If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”  If that is not something to be THANKFUL for, I do not know what is.  

Today, I am THANKFUL that I am still here to tell my story, still have full capabilities of all my faculties, and so THANKFUL that the only damage caused was to a tire.  Remember, life may not always seem fair and may deal you a terrible hand, but even when it does, someone else’s hand is a lot worse.  Be THANKFUL for the good and equally for the bad because we learn lessons, grow stronger, and find a new appreciation for this thing called life.

“And just when you think nothing could go worse, there are other people wishing they could have your life.”

~ Gabriela Barnard

Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

With so much going on in the world, it is hard to find things to be THANKFUL for or show gratitude towards.  The world, if you let it, will beat you down and tear you apart and test you at every turn and if you succumb to the doom and gloom, it will literally destroy you from the inside out.

Today, I am THANKFUL for the doom and gloom because after the clouds clear away, the sun shines and the rainbows appear.  It is said, “Everyone wants happiness, but no one wants the pain.  But you cannot have a rainbow, without a little rain.”  No matter what is happening in your life it boils to a mindset of it is not what you go through, but how you go through it.  So THANKFUL that the years have taught me to smile during the storm, praise through the pain, and rejoice in the eye of rejection.  The sooner you accept that what is done is done and start working toward a resolution, the sooner the darkness will be lifted.

THANKFUL that pain is a reminder that I am still living and if I am still living that means I have a fighter’s chance to overcome and still prevail.  So THANKFUL that I was taught at an early age that in order to win in life, you have to work.  Everyone cannot win, but everyone can learn an invaluable lesson.  You will not always be victorious in every endeavor in life, but you can still win the battle if you are willing to bravely face any enemy that arises.

And do not fret over mistakes and failures; they are character builders.  There will come a time when being strong is the only thing you have left.  I am THANKFUL for the times I have fallen because it taught me how to pick myself up, how to dust myself off, and how to carry on.  Your best teacher is your last mistake!

Today, I am THANKFUL that anything that did not kill me, made me stronger and whatever has not broken me, has molded me.  THANKFUL that until my last breath, I have another chance to better my life and so do you.  THANKFUL is an intentional mindset and if you realize that life is about tests and just like the seasons, the climate will change and the sun will rise again.

“When I look back on my life, I see pain, mistakes, and heartache.  When I look in the mirror, I see strength, learned lessons, and pride in myself.” ~ Anonymous

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Another Chance

I am so THANKFUL for another chance!  Can you imagine where you would be if you only had one chance to get it right, if the only opportunity you have is based on the first choice you made?  How THANKFUL and grateful I am to have another chance to get it right.

We won’t always make the best decisions and sometimes even the best decisions will not have the greatest results,   but how splendid is it to have another chance to learn the lesson and take another crack at fulfilling our destiny.  For that, I am truly THANKFUL.  So THANKFUL that with the rising of the sun and each new day, I have another chance to right the wrongs and pursue my purpose.

THANKFUL that each breath I take is a breath of fresh air to revitalize and replenish and provide another chance to breathe new life into my situations.  I am THANKFUL that the mistakes I made didn’t condemn my future, but instead provided invaluable lessons.  I am THANKFUL that I am better prepared for the future and better equipped for what may arise.

Every day is a second chance, another chance, a blessing, a do-over, a mulligan, a reset, a reprieve, a fresh start to rewrite our history and pursue our dreams.  I am THANKFUL for another chance to make my dreams come true.  I am THANKFUL that God saw fit to give me another chance and not end my story where I failed.  

How have you grown from another chance?  How has another chance shaped your life?  How THANKFUL are you for another chance?  Share your “another chance” stories with BrotherWord as they will no doubt encourage and bless others to know that just because we make mistakes and fall short, that does not mean that is where our story has to end.

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays!

I am so THANKFUL that in 3 days many of us will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As a Christian, Resurrection Sunday symbolizes not only hope, but that there is life even in death.  When Christ rose from the grave, He dispelled every notion that mankind was doomed and paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore humanity. (more…)

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays!

There are so many things in this world to be THANKFUL for, but on this THANKFUL Thursday, I’m most THANKFUL for the things that didn’t happen.  Sometimes a closed door is a blessing in disguise and a preemptive strike preventing a future disaster.

I’m THANKFUL for life’s mishaps and mistakes.  Because of them, I learned not only who I am, but what I can endure and overcome.  I’m THANKFUL for lost – lost jobs, lost people, and lost love. Losing a job makes you appreciate what you have, but also prepares you.  It forces you to grow beyond your comfort zone and stretch beyond what you thought you were capable of.  It also make you resourceful and innovative; you learn to do more with less.  Losing people makes you cherish those you have.  Life is too valuable to take for granted, too precious not to appreciate, and too valuable to waste.  Losing those closest to you will ensure that you learn to appreciate them while you can.  … and the greatest of these is love.  Despite the emotional and mental, sometimes even physical, pain associated with losing love, I am still THANKFUL.  Losing love taught me what it was to genuinely feel, to love unconditionally, to put others before me, to be vulnerable, and most importantly, that nothing in this world beats giving.  Is it better to love and lose or never love at all?  It is always better to love and lose and to experience all that love is and can be.  I may have lost love, but what I discovered will make it that much greater when it returns.

So THANKFUL that I learned that when I do fall, I also know how to get back up.  THANKFUL that no matter how dire the situation may seem, it’s never as bad as it could have been.  THANKFUL that sometimes in order to succeed, you have to learn what it is to fail; how else would you measure your success or know what it truly felt like.  I’m THANKFUL that can I share my mistakes and my lost with all so that they too can know it is not the end, but the beginning.

What have you learned through lost?  How has failure or setbacks strengthened you and made you better?  Share your triumph and how you overcame here or @BrotherWord with the hashtag #Thankful2Lose.


What Lessons Are You Teaching?

BrotherWord - What Lessons Are You Teaching

Friday night lights is a tradition around the country, but no one takes their high school football more serious than the state of Texas.  Aledo High School is a 4A powerhouse that has been dominating the Fort Worth area this season.  So much so, they beat Western Hills 91-0 last Friday, but the real shocker was what happened after the game.


Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

I saw a sign recently that read, “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”  How àpropos.  The more we think, the more we thank©.  The brighter our spirits become, the more the burdens dissolve and the faster our hearts and souls fill with joy.  Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as one thinks in his heart, so is he.”  The mind is the most powerful tool God gave man and mere thoughts can change a person’s outlook on life and transform the world around them.  Today I am so THANKFUL for peace of mind and a happy heart!  To have calmness despite being in the midst of storms, to know that in every trial there is a lesson to be learned, and realize that despite any setbacks, tomorrow presents an opportunity to improve and grow, is a purposeful choice to choose happiness and gratefulness and not succumb to life’s heartaches and tragedies.  What a blissful and THANKFUL thought!  Let today start the transformation of your thoughts and life.  Life will present you with many moments of despair, but that’s just it, they are ONLY moments.  Choose to minimize the moment and maximize the potential to gain self-actualization and self-improvement.  Think about all the blessings you have, look at how far you’ve come and imagine how far you’ve yet to go, envision happiness and greatness let it be the catalyst of THANKFULNESS.  As cliché as it may be, we truly are what we think.  When you begin to think, began to thank, and watch your world morph and take a paradigm shift turning into a masterpiece of beauty, joy, and unparalleled happiness.  #Think2Thank

 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     ~ Buddha

BrotherWord - Rev. Michael P. Jacques

  ~ Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., a priest and pillar of a community and city, an activist and advocate for Jesus Christ and his fellow man, a father, uncle, brother, and friend, who showed love to whomever crossed his path, who smiled through life’s worst times, taught others how to not only overcome, but to reach new heights, who fought for the downtrodden and less fortunate, who cared for the elderly and indigent, and who lived a life that exemplified  Jesus’ love, grace, mercy, and mission of servitude.  He will be missed by many, but the life he led taught us all what life is truly about and how to make the most out of the lives we’ve been given.  Love you Fr. Mike

Thankful Thursday!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday - Life Lessons

Today I am most THANKFUL for life’s lessons.  Life has a way of bringing out the best, and sometimes the worst, in all of us, but either way, it will challenge your every fiber and force you to grow and expand mentally and emotionally.  Every storm is followed by sunshine, and sometimes a beautiful rainbow.  Although it may be hard to find the silver lining during hardships, know that it exists.  Even when you can’t see it or have doubts, hold onto that belief, fight through, and remember this too shall pass.  No different from school, we are tested to see if we have learned and retained the lesson, and such is life.

We have to go through the fire to be purified and polished.  Gold is dull and lackluster until it is put through extreme heat and a diamond is no more than a lump of coal before it is put through extreme pressure.  From both you are rewarded with a rare and valuable jewel, just like life’s lessons.  The things we go through shape us into the people we are and strive to become.  Be THANKFUL for your life lessons as they are a road map to your future and breadcrumbs from where you’ve come.

Life is the greatest teacher and the lessons it offers will carry you through the best and worst days.  So, take it for all it’s worth and enjoy the ride.  THANK you LIFE for blessing me with opportunity after opportunity to share my lessons with all I can reach and learn  from all that I meet.

What are you most THANKFUL for today?  Share your life lessons and moments of THANKS with #BrotherWord.

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