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In a world where all the odds seem to be against you, every obstacle seems to find you, and no matter how optimistic you attempt to be, there is something that inevitably tests your will, it is great to know that those things have not and will not break you… as long as you do not allow them to. I am so THANKFUL for the failures, the setbacks, those that have gone out of their way to try to destroy my mind, body, and soul. Thank you for showing me what I am capable of, forcing me to dig deeper, and pushing me to realize that not only am I strong, but greater is He that is within me than that which is in this world!
Over the past few days, we witnessed unified strength as the African-American student athletes, backed by the student body and staff, stood for righteousness sake and united to right a wrong. I am THANKFUL that they had the courage to band together, willingness to face the repercussions and ridicule, and the conviction to peacefully protest and make a difference. Some will still question their motives and timing, but no one can deny the impact! As other universities and institutions join them in this crusade, we should all be THANKFUL seeing our future generation put a stamp on the annuls of history. It is still amazing and moving to see those with a purpose and passion for the right causes fortify and use their platforms to become catalyst of change. I applaud those that led the charge at Missouri, as well as those that supported them and did not try to dissuade them from pursuing justice. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for your beliefs knowing all you have worked for could be swiftly taken away.
In the same vain and on the heels of Veteran’s Day, we have to salute our men and women in the armed services who valiantly fight for our freedom and risks their lives routinely to assure we maintain our civil liberties. I am especially THANKFUL for these courageous souls who stand at the forefront protecting from us all from enemies far and close. Salute to all you for your service and dedication
Face fear head on knowing that every challenge is just another test, another path along the journey, and another building block to boost your resume. Be THANKFUL for the hardships knowing that the most precious pearl had to be put extreme pressure before its beauty could be revealed. No matter how hard it may seem, how difficult it may get, how insurmountable the terrain may appear, remember three key things. 1.) Every thing we go through is working together for our good and no matter the circumstances or the situation, there is a lesson to be learned and growth to accomplish. 2.) No matter the test or the challenge, if you were not capable of handling it, you would never be presented with it. Each stepping stone is just that, an opportunity to elevate your mind and spirit and come to new realizations about who you are and what you are capable of. 3.) You are not the first person to travel this road. Many have gone before you and have weathered to storm and are the better for it. Do not let the unknown create fear or doubt, but know that you too can claim the victory as long as you continue to push forward and never give up.
Today I am extremely THANKFUL because I refused to let fear dictate my life, I fought to fulfill my purpose, and I even when I thought about giving up on my hopes and dreams, I allowed myself enough space to welcome new opportunities. I am THANKFUL because even when all looked lost, I did not stay in the abyss of despair, but instead chose to seek greatness, chase hope, and fight for a better outcome. I am THANKFUL because I know now that hardships only last for a moment, but the tools and traits we gain from them last a lifetime.
Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
Life is a constant test that will pull you in directions you never intended to go, that will challenge you beyond anything you ever thought you were capable of enduring, and will break you down and build you up all at the same time. Life is the ultimate test, a test full of irony and enigmas. It is the only test in which you don’t know the answers until after you have taken the test.
The beauty of life though is that it provides a testimony from the test, an experience to draw back upon and recall for posterity. The lessons learned through daily living are irreplaceable and often times, inspiring. The trials we face may seem insurmountable, but as Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying, “Difficulties break some men, but make others.” How we handle life’s difficulties will ultimately determine the path we travel.
Hardships are never pleasant, but they can be building blocks. Take the time to understand that life will happen and not everything can be controlled, but the one thing we all have control over is ourselves. Work toward solutions and not dwelling in sorrow. Mandela also said, “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny,” and while in prison he recited daily William Ernest Henley’s poem, Invictus.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Do not let the trials of life stop you from becoming the person you are destined to become or achieving all that has been purposed for your life. Inspiration and motivation abounds around us, as well as the tools necessary to persevere and reach new plateaus. Today is your day to turn your test into a testimony!
It’s Thankful Thursday! Remember, life is all about what you make of it. Don’t let your situation dictate your destination. Similar to school, we are tested to achieve greater knowledge, better understanding, and to gain the tools needed to tackle life. If you are being tested, be THANKFUL, because it’s only preparation for your future!