Today I’ve made the commitment to see the greatness within myself.
Sure there’s a lot that I can choose to complain about. Sallie Mae is
knocking at my door each month. I’m 25, not married, no kids or even in a
committed relationship. I’m still battling back fat. My dreams of
owning a condo and that hybrid coupe are a little further in the
distance than I would like but hey, that’s life.
Truth is, I could have a million things a day to complain about.
Believe me, my list is long. But why spend time being ticked off about
what I don’t have, where I haven’t made it to and compromise the
miracle, truth and teachings of being in the moment? How dare I try to
speed up this process that God clearly has designated for me.
Others can easily identify the light in us when we don’t see it ourselves. Let’s stop being our own Dr. Killjoy’s.
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I am slowly trying to put these words into practice and remind myself that feeling good about oneself starts from within.
I recently celebrated my 35th birthday and I must say I couldn't be happier. I don't fear getting older…I celebrate it with happiness and utter joy every year. Praise God that he gave me another year! I decided a while ago to not worry about what I don't have but to acknowledge what I do have.. me. I have me, I know me and I love me. That is the best gift a woman can every give herself.
Gaye, I'm so sorry for your loss. That is heavy but you don't have to bear it alone. I'll be praying for you, my sista. This was a wonderful article. I'm 45 yrs, single (never married), no children (always wanted my babies), and currently not dating. (The older one gets, the smaller the eligible male pool seems to get). However, I finally got off the "pot" and decided to enhance areas of my life that I'm unhappy with. My ATTITUDE about my life is first on the list. I can genuinely say that I actively practice an "attitude of gratitude" now and I'm already off to a better start.
Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)
i couldn't agree more its not where you are in life but where you see yourself going..you just gotta speak it into existence and make it happen for you.
Gaye ~ condolences to you for the loss of your parents. Also sorry to hear you lost your job after 22 years, wow just when you think your safe! I think it was wonderful preparing a resume helped you see what others do, which is in a more positive light with lots to offer.
I'm certain there is……..
What's great about me?
**My ability to 'keep it movin' and not give up just because something did not go as planned.
**I was blessed with an amazing husband and daughter who 'complete' me.
**I recognize I have the ability to affect others w/ my words & behavior and CHOOSE to 'do the right thing'
**I have developed the ability to STOP and thank the Lord for TEN things that are GOOD in my life compared to the ONE thing that is going wrong at the moment.
Thanks for sharing this article!
nothings great about me … ill try to find something
@ Gaye sorry for the lost. God will help you he sees the good in you call on him when you need him because he is always there. I know that sometimes we do not see the good in us but others do, it is great to have a friend when you are in need of help and at this tragic time.
I don't know you…but you could possibly be my twin. Lol! I agree 100000% with this post. We are meant to serve each other, to fulfill our purpose, and to live life to the fullest. I just turned 25 this month and I am so thankful! 24 was full of (unhappy) experiences and I am just glad God helped me stay positive.When you are full of something (Life, Love, Peace, etc), it seeps into everything and everyone you encounter. :~)
I am thankful I am still alive God giving me another day to live waking me up in the morning because I could of died in my sleep. I am thankful that I still have my family and health to go and explore the world. Those are the things that keep me going not just feeling sad because I do not have material things. Never would made it without God.
Thank you so much for this article Sherrell! i def need to see myself in a better light! I am blessed!
Dear Gaye – I am sorry for the loss of your parents. Know that you will always be loved. It's amazing how others see us – I hope you accept the wonderful things your friends see in you!
It's so easy to be our own dr.Killjoys as you say but it's so important to keep a positive attitude 'cause it really can take you a long way. What's great about me? How much time do you have? lol. I'm a good daughter, sister, friend, and cousin. I'm intelligent, determined, beautiful, creative, and generous. Being able to love yourself and see your light is really important, especially in tough times. Loved this article
Thank you for that!! I was needed!! Been spending a lot of time thinking about what i don't have instead of appreciating what I've been blessed with. Going to make it a point to stop rushing through life, but be thank for every moment that i've been preseneted with.
I believe that we can chose to be miserable & complain or chose to be happy. It takes the same amount of effort. I'm learning to see the light in myself. I practice gratitude because there is always someone who has it worse than I do. Thanks for the article. What's great about me? The fact that I'm here for a reason & blessed to see another day.
God never gave up on me when I gave up & I'm still be blessed to this day. Great post sometimes you just need to be reminded of what's important & not to get hung up on the petty little things. Just trying to live life to the fullest.
AMEN to this!! Everyone has bad days but don't wallow in it. Get up, dust ya self off and try again. If you woke up this morning you are already ahead of the game. Stay prayed up,keep your eyes on GOD and his plan and he will work it out. I am a witness to this!! *Y'all gonna have me shouting up in here*
OMGee I needed to read this. The last few month my life has been a nightmare. Both my parents passed within 6 weeks of one another..without warning. Then I get 30 notice from a company I have been with for 22 years. So when I was getting help with my resume ( a former employee helped me) When I read what she wrote I said…"who is that?" I have never seen my light..ever, but it's a new day!
What's great about me? Oooh, a frew things:
1. His strength is manifested in my weakness
2. I'm blessed and highly favored
3. God don't make junk
4. Young, gifted and Black
Glad I found this today. Despite all the things I can complain about (unemployment being at the top of the list) there are many positive things and I am working on not letting the negative dim my light. Thanks for this!