Our Thanksgiving tradition is that every year we name something we’re grateful for that year. I don’t remember when we started doing this, but my Dad starts us off while we are reading and we go around the table. This year we didn’t get do our family tradition because we had guest spending the holidays with us. So having extra people and guest changed many of the things that we usually do, but this year I can say that I’m thankful for growth.
This year had been all about growth spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. At the beginning of the year I was honestly a mess because I didn’t know where things we’re going to lead and how I was put my life back together. I had an image of what my life was supposed to look like and to me it seemed that in an instant it was gone and I was left wondering what to do. My vision for 2014 was to try to get that image back so things can be what I imagined. Thank you God for having a better plan for me than I have for myself.
I can say that this year has been better than anything that I could imagine for myself. I was stretched in ways that I didn’t know were possible and was able to step outside of my comfort zone. I did a lot professionally and personally that I never thought of doing and how to be comfortable being by myself. Plus I did what I could only dream was possible, such as go to Oprah’s Life You Want tour as a media correspondent. Finally, I learned what I’m truly capable of and that I have to use this opportunity to experience life.
The growth that I’ve experienced this year has helped me see that greater things lie before me compared to what’s behind me. I no longer have a need to cling to what I thought I deserved because I know what holding on to it keeps me from my future. I never believed that the doors would open up around me once I let go of being angry and depressed. From where I started this year to where I am now I’m nothing but grateful for growth.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie