Being able to gauge favorable development is rewarding. It may be difficult to see changes on a daily basis, but improving and moving in the right direction little by little every day will surely pay off. A sense of worth is gained when it is earned over time. We reside in a time and place of unrest if results are not immediate. This is an unfortunate twist of events. I’ve learned over time to appreciate the trials because had I not experienced pain I wouldn’t truly know what joy is. Having to have gone without has made me more loveable, understanding and considerate. When we experience pain and struggle we unknowingly become more perceptive and a little less naïve. I’m certainly not where I thought I would be at this point in my life, but I am ready to step out of my comfort zone, become a little more bold and courageous and show the world who I know I am in Christ. I may not be where I’d like to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be.
It reminds me of little Simba in the LION KING where he was workin’ on his ROAR!!!! At first it was weak and frail but as he kept trying it grew LOUD & STRONG. I’m going to ask you all to do a favor and check out a periscope video I posted on my Facebook Fan Page around Christmastime. It’s a humble attempt at making the shift. I was shaking, nervous, insecure and fear had gripped me. I became quiet, withdrawn and anxiety ridden. It came on suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. Things were looking up for me in so many areas, yet I was struggling with all of these foreign emotions. Looking back I think I was, and truth be told still, am really missing my brother. He died unexpectedly, my first quarter ever in college, on finals week; I wanted to just retreat but had to stay strong for my family and especially his little ones.
I wanted to give up just as badly then as I did last winter, but promised both times I’d turn things around and I’m beginning to feel I’m well on my way. You see, after I posted that video people started calling me that I hadn’t talked to in years. Thanking me for sharing my struggle publicly, many of them were struggling with the same hurt and didn’t know how to pick themselves back up either. It’s funny because many of those who reached out to me, I have looked up to and saw them as strong role models. We never know what type of impact we might have on others. I was asked wholeheartedly by all of them to keep doing what I’m doing and speak even if my voice shakes…. It’s good to know I made a difference in even one person’s life.
Stepping out of our comfort zones can be paralyzing. This is a perfect example. Funny thing is…. Once you do it, you will discover that many others are fearful as well, and taking the first step can make a huge impact on those you would never have known struggle with their own insecurities. Be brave and share your story. Your voice can reach numerous people who would never have been comforted or validated any other way. You are strong, You are beautiful, You are worthy and You have a gift within You…. Do yourself a favor and share it with those around you. You’ll be glad you did. Please feel free to share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, loved ones, strangers…. and connect with me on social media… I promise to keep bringing you valuable information to help you grow both in your personal and professional lives…. Let’s make this the Year of Increase in all areas Personal, Professional, Health, Travel, Relational and Spiritual. Anyone with Me?