Today as I reflect on the state of my life, I still accept that I am blessed. There are areas of my life where there are voids and empty spaces. Yet, there are many places filled with love, peace and comfort. This past year I have come to really KNOW and LOVE ME more than ever! I know that I have lost some things and some people, but I have also gained some things and some people. I have witnessed first hand the expression of true love and genuineness from people I have not even known before. I have experienced unchanging love and support from people who have known me for many years and they have walked with me through this process.
Living examples of love surround me. From the daily hugs and kisses from my youngest grandchildren to the “check up on ya” phone calls to and from my elderly neighbor across the street. From the provision of a roof over my head and food to eat to the belly laughs provided by those with whom I reside. From the frequent phone calls and emails from friends and family to the “glad to meet you” call from the church I recently visited for the first time.
I encourage you to take a moment today and just reflect on the blessings that are apart of your daily life. Most of us probably need a breakthrough in one area or another, but in the meantime, let’s be truly grateful for what we already have. Let’s make sure that our “attitude of gratitude” doesn’t get thrown out with the last piece of aluminum foil that covered a “Thanksgiving Day” dinner dish.
Do me a favor (and yourself) and stop whatever you’re doing. Look around the room and take notice of at least one thing that you can say “thank you” for. The fact that you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel those things is a blessing. I look at my list of goals for 2012 and I am happy to say that in spite of it all, I HAVE accomplished somethings. I refuse to become depressed about what I did NOT accomplish but rather choose to rejoice about what I have.
Yes, I am aware that the holiday season is not something that everyone gets excited about. Trust me, I KNOW that. However, even those of us who have lost loved ones and lost possessions, we still have OURSELVES. I wasn’t always in a place where I had ME. For many years I was lost, even to myself. I was breathing but not living. But TODAY, no matter my financial or living situation, I’M STILL HERE and I LOVE MYSELF!
Peace and Blessings to YOU ~ Jamesina Greene
At the beginning of 2012 I was in a place of “nothingness” most of the time. I often felt nothing; heard nothing; saw nothing and did nothing. Still walking through the grieving process, I just couldn’t see my NEXT standing or lying where I was. Since then I have found my legs and my voice again! Earlier in the year I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish for THIS year and I find that I have completed several of them and I am actively pursuing others.
Some of my greatest inspirations have come from my “roots” and my “future”, meaning my parents and my children and grandchildren. Other inspirations have come from the powerful “divine connections” I have made this year. Individuals who have crossed my path and imparted additional strength to me for My Journey. At moments when I felt like just sitting down and quitting, many “genuine” friends have said to me, “I will carry you until you can walk again.” I have been blessed to connect with those who do not judge and criticize me, but uphold and guide me. Even when I get off track, they “gently” nudge me back onto the right path through their love and support.
I see and hear a lot of people asking others, “what are you thankful for this year?” My initial response was, I don’t even want to go there. From childhood until their deaths, my parents ALWAYS insisted that we “as a family” be together on these Holidays and pray for healing of any differences which occurred over the past year and move forward. Then we had to, one by one, name one thing for which we were thankful. NOBODY was exempt (smile). I still haven’t accepted that they are no longer going to be sitting at the table and reminding us of just how blessed we are. I still haven’t accepted that we won’t be running around at the last minute buying gifts for them and for every person in leadership at the church they founded and pastored for over 40 years. At times like this, things just seem off, because the routine has been altered.
With all of this said, I want to say “THANK YOU” to each and everyone of you who have come, stayed or walked away from my life this year. EACH of you has played a role in my progress and I truly thank you. If you just entered my life, you serve to provide a fresh wind. If you have remained, you serve to provide a reminder of how far I have traveled and how much I have overcome. If you walked away, you serve to provide the release of some unnecessary baggage and weight. Thereby allowing me to be “Free to Be Me.”
To those of you who are dealing with pain and loss at this time, I pray for you. I pray that you too have people in your life who will carry you, when you cannot walk. People who will be your voice when you cannot talk. People who will fill your voids when you feel so empty. Stand strong my friends. It’s not as bad as it has been and it WILL get better.
Loving You to LIFE! ~ THE LEGACY CONTINUES
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The Journey is continual. It is about constant movement that propels you forward and manifest in your growth and development. Each of us travel at different speeds, but we must all travel with a distinct purpose. I have learned that in those moments when I lose sight of my purpose, my Journey stalls. When the “static” of my surroundings forces me to become distraught and discombobulated, then my Journey becomes stressful and overwhelming.
In my previous post, I expressed to you my emotional struggle this time of year mainly due to the deaths of my loved ones. In addition, I am concerned about and for my children and grandchildren and the life that I desire for them to have. Yet, even in my most distressing moments, I find that the inner strength that I possess, will not allow me to give up. My Journey has a predestined end and knowing this keeps me going even when I don’t feel like it.
To add to my personal losses, one of my nieces transitioned within the last week. She was a young woman whose faith and belief in God and His Word was truly amazing. This week, I have seen and heard so much from so many about her life and how she so greatly impacted them. I hear about how she refused to give up or give in to any negativity around her. So I say to those who knew and loved Joy Lynne Mifflin, that the best way you can honor her is to practice what she preached, just as she did. Let your actions line up with your words and your purpose with your proclamations. Remembering this, your life will speak for you even after YOU no longer can.
Be encouraged and strengthened my friends and family. For as long as you have breath, you have hope and your have purpose. Every word you speak and every step you take on your Journey, impacts someone else. And that’s a fact we cannot negate. We still have some days left in this year so let’s FINISH STRONG. The race (prize) isn’t rewarded to the swift (fastest) but it will be given to the one that endures (finishes). Let’s Go!