Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being Thankful for YOU

Special Note: this blog post is a day early due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week.

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is a time to be thankful... for the people in your life, the blessings bestowed on you, the things you have, etc. However, sometimes we forget to be thankful for the most important thing in our lives...ourselves. You should be thankful for YOU. As I wrote last week, there is only one you in this world so be proud and inspired to be you.

There are times where, even I feel like I am not reaching anyone, not inspiring anyone or not doing enough to help people in my life. Then I receive a letter like I did this week. I received a message on Facebook from someone I have known for a few years but we're just casual friends and barely speak. Her note said the following:

"I know we don't really talk or hang out. But I wanted to tell you that I always read what you write, whether it's on Facebook, the blog or on Twitter. I may not always comment but I have to say, you inspire me to be a better person. You keep me motivated to keep pushing forward. You remind me that there is light at the end of the tunnel and not to give up. Thank you for that."

Wow! I was stunned when I read this message. That just goes to show you that you never know who you are inspiring in your life. This is why I believe we should all strive to be the best person we can be. We are not perfect but we are imperfectly perfect. Our flaws can also act as our badge of honor if we look at them in a positive way and not loathe them. If we show the world that we can celebrate our flaws and accept ourselves as we are, think of how many people we will inspire by just being ourselves and loving ourselves. We unknowingly set examples for others by how we live our lives. And we will be so much happier if we were living our lives the best way we can.

Listen, none of us signed up to be role models but it happens, even when you are not trying. It happens even when you're in a negative state. People will look at you and tell themselves that they don't want to be like you! You can't escape this unless you lock yourself away and have no interaction with anyone in your life. But that would be boring. As Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." And this was a woman who was deaf and blind since the age of 19 months! And she ended up being the first deaf/blind person to earn a bachelors degree. She also never gave up on learning how to communicate with others, later on learning how to speak and becoming a public speaker among other great accomplishments. So if Ms Keller can overcome such obstacles and still be amazing, why can't you?

Be thankful for who you are and what you bring to this world. Because someone out there looks up to you. Someone out there is inspired by you. Someone out there is looking at life in a different way because of something you said or did. Be thankful for your unique beauty, your wonderful spirit, your beautiful mind, kind heart and great sense of humor. These are qualities that are not limited or determined by a dress size. As Joel Osteen once said "You were made on purpose. Your birth was no accident." You are unique. There is no one on this Earth like you. Like I wrote last week, that is pretty empowering. You have the power to make your life an amazing one. There is no one stopping you but YOU. It's all a state of mind. It's all in your attitude, whether you're a size 4 or a 24.

So this Thanksgiving, I want you to look in the mirror and say:

"Thank you! Thank you for being You. I am awesome. I am amazing. I am ME."

And then enjoy some good food, drinks, and company. It doesn't matter where you are on Thanksgiving - Life is what you make it. Enjoy the moments and be thankful for what you add to this already colorful and interesting world. Someone out there is thankful that you exist and for what you bring into their life.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I am thankful for all of you who read my blog posts and continue to support me. Enjoy and God bless!

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