Tis’ The Season… To give thanks. So, here goes:
First, I have to admit, 2011 has been a rough year. It’s been a year of personal trials, tears and a few set backs, but it has also been a year of new discoveries, opened doors and amazing opportunities. My life is this wonderfully complicated mixed bag. And quite honestly, I’m grateful for it all. I’m looking forward to stepping further outside of some comfort zones that I’ve cushioned for far too long. I’m ready.
What I’ve also discovered this year is, as you look to whatever ventures you are planning for next year, check out the best of what happened in your world this year. Have you conquered a fear? Made a new friend? Discovered a new talent? If so, celebrate it! My best this year? In a word: Belief. The belief that anything is possible. I’ve struggled with the belief in myself and all the things I was capable of. It’s crazy that I even admitted that out loud, folks. But there it is. Here I was, walking around in a desert of disbelief in who I was made to be; with the sands of doubt and fear flying all around me. But I now know, it is possible to take that leap of faith and land firmly on both feet. Life is working my bouncing skills; and you know — I’m alright with that! Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. And with that, I want to thank you all (those of my past, present and future) who have challenged me, cheered me on and even those who have run the race with me and allowed me more opportunity to believe in myself and my dreams — I appreciate you for all that you have been, are now and will continue to be.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.