Monday, November 28, 2022

My Gratitude

I've said it before and I'll say it again - EVERYTHING in life happens for a reason. We may not be able to see it or make sense of it at the time, but there's a purpose behind how the cards get dealt. 

🎶 You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have The Facts of Life. 🎶

😆 Flashback. 

In all seriousness, I just wanted to post something a little personal today because I've been missing from my social accounts for over a week and things… well things have been insane to say the least. 

One minute I'm busy rebuilding my website and creating content while balancing a few branding deals, following plans full-force and full-hearted and then the next thing I know my world is turned upside down and all sense I've had or feeling of security, of home comes into question. 

I'll spare the details for now, but there will be good news ahead. Today, for the first time in quite awhile I've found a respite from the turmoil. I've had a feeling of being present and from that place of centeredness has come a very welcome calm within the storm. 

I just wanted to voice my gratitude to the world at large, to my friends and family, my clients and followers, to the strangers on the streets that may be idly scrolling through their feed and may somehow see this or even not notice and pass it by. I'm grateful for all of it. 

Sometimes it's good to be scared shitless. No matter how twisted or sadistic we think the powers that be may enjoy spinning our story and tempting the fates, the truth is for most of us it takes a moment of unease, of discomfort or downright upheaval to be able to appreciate the things we've had all along. 

This isn't to be preachy. It's just a fact. Life gets so busy and the Earth spins so fast that sometimes all we can ask for is the energy to keep our focus forward and continue to put one foot in front of the other. Trust me when I say if you don't know what I'm talking about here, you will. 

But then things fall into place, not easily, but still they fall. It's never simple and never easy, always requiring of us the sacrifice, dedication, work and sometimes the last shining star of hope we have to take a leap of faith into the hands of the unknown and "live and let God."

I'm grateful for it. I'm stronger for it. I'm smarter and I'm happier for it. Every sleepless night or spiraling thought scribbled away in my journal. It led me to this point now and it's not the first time I've come to this little epiphany, but it's always a welcome reminder. 

Because for maybe the first time in my life I've opened my eyes, looked around and realized that I have everything that I've ever wanted. I have everything that I've ever asked for. Everything I've worked for, dreamed about or prayed manifest. I've earned and been given what I've asked for. And sure, it's not perfect, never will be and there's always room to grow and improve, but beyond the basics, I have taken all the hurt, pain and obstacles in my life and I've survived them. I've used them to fuel the fire inside me that keeps me going and striving for more. 

There's nothing wrong with ambition, but at some point you do have to stop along the way and appreciate the things you've accomplished and enjoy the steps along the way. 

I could go on - you know how long winded I can get. Instead, I'll close this post with a simple but heartfelt Thank You. Even if we've never met, somehow and in some way we're all accountable in the end and have a bigger impact on those around us than we realize. 

Most of all, I want to say Thank You to my husband Jeremy. I'm not going to say that I couldn't be here without you, because it's corny and honestly I probably could be. But, I don't want to ever know what that feels like and I'm thankful every day that I get to share my life with you. Our hard work is really starting to pay off and sooner than we know, we'll have a bigger reason to celebrate. I love you. 

And to everyone else out there I'm sending these vibes your way too. When good things come you have to pay them forward and share with others. I'm sending my blessings your way and hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season…and a fruitful Cyber Monday 😉

As always, more to come and… This had been

A Jonathan Black Observation
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