Here recently, I have been doing a lot of motivational readings and I was challenged to come up with a “word” for the year. Just one single word that is to encourage others and I to make it through tough times that we are faced with. I was supposed to do it before the year began but I couldn’t come up with one until recently.
January was not a good month for me, my car broke down and on top of that, my daughter ran into it with my husband’s truck. I have a back up vehicle and I get it only to realize that the heater was broken and this is the time that Georgia decides to have 20 degree weather so I was freezing my azz off on the way to work. My tv broke and I replaced it only to have the replacement fall off the wall and break. My clothes dryer broke and had to be replaced. I’m constantly spending money for these unexpected instances. So fast forward to the end of the month, a previous co worker that I was very fond of died from a heart attack and on the last day of January, my uncle was found dead in his home, he had some health challenges. A few more things happened at my job that I will not be sharing only because I can’t let you know all my business lol. I’d be remiss not to mention that on top of all that, the Cowboys didn’t win their playoff game 🤨
I’m not much of an emotional person but I was emotionally falling apart. Within the last six months, I have found myself becoming very reclusive from everyone except my husband and kids. I used to confide so much in my closet friends but I stop burdening others with my problems realizing that they have their own issues. Finally I was on my way to work and I found myself becoming very emotional and frustrated to the point that I had to pull over. I was like damn, so what’s going to happen next, what I had claimed was going to be “my year”, was already going to hell in just the first 31 days of the year.
I’m sitting in the truck literally talking to myself and finally I say ” Okay God, you have my attention, what is it that you want from me? What did I do? Why are you putting me through this? Why so much all at one? Can you at least space it out some and give me time to recoup before you do something else. I called my aunt and she prayed for me and reminded me that God wouldn’t put more on me than I could bare and that we can’t fault God for all the bad things that happens in our lives.
It was at this time that my word for the year popped in my head.
My word is “GRIT”
Grit is the ability to get up when you fall and to persevere through whatever life throws your way. Some people have grit and others don’t. It is my assumption that those that possess grit will get further in life than those that don’t.
It was in that moment that I realized that I am one of the strongest people that I know. I have survived far worse. I know that tough times don’t last but tough people do. Here I am focusing on the bad things that happened in January when the good far exceeded all of that. Most importantly, I’m still alive when others have been called to glory.
I have eleven whole months left in this year and I was already allowing the devil to defeat me. It’s okay to get frustrated but you can’t give up, you gotta keep pushing and striving. In my case, I can’t give up, my daughters are watching me. It is my hope that I am making the difference in the life of a child, not just mine but all that I may come in contact with. It is my goal to inspire everyone around me, just know that trouble doesn’t last always, my dad reminded me of this when he spoke the eulogy at his brother’s funeral this past week.
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“Don’t Settle for Safe” – Sarah Jakes Roberts
“Acts of Faith” – Iyanla Vanzant
GRIT: “How to keep going when you want to give up”-Martin Meadows
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