If you really knew me, you would know that every day I wake up, I see it as a huge gift and an adventure. I wake up feeling blessed, alive and with such gratitude in my heart that it can easily bring me to tears. It was not always this way. In fact, as I look at the people that surround and support me, I am blown away by who they are and how they show up in the world. When I look at what I am creating in this world so that others can heal and grow, I often think how amazing it is that I am part of this. One idea has grown into one of the largest projects I have ever taken on and with the ability to continue to grow and grow.
As a child I did not fit in or feel normal. I was smart and different. I was bullied and called “birdbrain”. I spent my lunch hours hiding in the library when I could. I feared getting off the country bus that picked up the kids from the outlying ranches and brought them into the very small town. I knew as I stepped off the bus I would be teased for the mud on my boots, the weird backpack I carried or the healthy food in my lunch box. I knew when the teachers handed out the tests I would be in trouble with my classmates as I usually got the highest score. If I did not, I would be in trouble at home.
We all have stories of areas in our lives where things were hard, did not work out or were just difficult. I know I have a novel full and because of that, every day is a gift. I also noticed that as I began to see each day as a gift and stay in gratitude, I began to see more joy and miracles come into my life. It continues to get better and better. That does not mean that it is all wonderful. No, there are days of struggle or frustration. Without the dark there is no light. When it is difficult, I know I am learning another lesson. I do my best to figure it out so that I can move forward.
If I had stayed in the unhappiness, despair or believed what others told me what it would be like, I would never have seen every day as a gift.
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