BrotherWord - Thankful

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