I’ve been strong for a long time and sometimes I feel tired. That’s right. Tired – physically, mentally and emotionally. This is why my theme for March is a command – March Forward. I won’t pretend to be so together that I’m unaffected by the obstacles in my journey.
But surviving and thriving have become my life. It’s almost as if I have no other option. I love the Thrill of the Thrive – that moment when you refuse to allow circumstances to dictate your present, future, hopes, dreams or character. That moment when you have a good cry, dry your tears and make up your mind to keep on keepin’ on no matter what. Moments when you feel all alone and there’s no support in sight; yet you choose to move forward. That’s the place we all want to be. That’s the place I live. It doesn’t stop me from feeling doubt and fear or grieving my losses and unfulfilled desires. It definitely hasn’t materialized millions of dollars and followers or a family of my own. It does, however, stop me from throwing pity parties, entertaining depression and settling out of desperation. The Thrill of the Thrive keeps me alive.
I’m so inspired. I’m so excited. In the midst of my frailties, I’ve found strength and hope. God’s showered me with courage to do the hard things and enough support in my most weak times. I have everything that I need. I’m not as focused on whether or not the glass is half full or half empty. There is a glass! That’s all that matters. I’m alive. I’m loved. I have God on my side. I’m healed; and I get to get up every day and do what I love – minister. I get to pour into people all that has been poured into me. I’m so full! So, I march forward. I face my fatigue and nsufficiency in strides, knowing that I have a choice. I choose to do 3 things.
1. Stay Focused. I know where I’m going and why. I constantly rehearse this, especially when the path is difficult and my next step is unclear.
2. Stay Thankful. Complaining folk don’t deserve more than what they have. I ain’t gonna be one! There is so much I have that many people long for every day. There are so many reasons to be grateful.
3. Dream about Dreams. I fantasize about how life will be when I get to where I’m going. I have great expectations. It’s not always easy to visualize what’s ahead; but I refuse to lose hope that it exists. I celebrate my blessings ahead of time. I can be excited because I live intentionally and in purpose. My life is not a mistake but a miracle.
The same is true for you. You are not here on accident. I want you to march forward this month and throughout the rest of the year. Go forward into a healthy lifestyle. Walk away from abuse. Reach goals and believe in yourself. Repair broken relationships. Develop a closer relationship with God. Reach out for the help you need. Be brave, humble yet strong. Be your own hero. Move forward in peace, health and happiness. What’s to come is better than what’s been. Don’t get stuck in the difficulty. Move. Press forward. I believe in you and am rooting for you.
P.S. Well, I’m off on a much-needed vacation and social media rest. It will be short but I’m going to enjoy it. ✌
If you need help learning how to survive and thrive, I’d love to help you when I return.