Words written and spoken by: Donyale
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Why? Why the intent of #Making Gratitude Contagious
My life was forever altered without notice, my life’s plans were ripped up in an instant, without notice, without warning. Evil kicked down my door, disrupted my home, threw all that I owned around without concern of what would be broken or what would be destroyed, No Regard, No Concern.
Many of you know my story which is found under Living In My Truth.
For me; While destruction was everywhere and high gust winds from the storm was ripping my life apart, I call it a Tsunami that came ashore and with any storm, the damage is found, is located, when the storm, the dust has settled and the fog starts to dissipate, like anyone who walks through storms, or has or is facing a tragedy, or is battling thoughts, or being challenged in there life or situation, you naturally assess the potential or the actual damage. I could see clearly that my Faith, that God walked me through by His Grace. He carried me.
Then I saw something else, I hadn’t realized it at first, but when I saw it then I knew I had to share it, so that This thing, this Thief, can’t and will not rob you. My life is forever tattooed and while that tragic, horrific evil was a moment in time, it is a life’s journey for me.
I recognized, that I robbed the Thief named Regret because from years prior to my husband being murdered and from other incidents in my life prior to that, I learned early the importance of saying I love you (which has a story of its own), I learned the importance of intentionally not operating in confusion, or being argumentative. It started as fragments, very small pieces, with just the simple words of I love you and as the years continued, filled with other losses, other challenges, it began to grow, operation love became stronger, so much so that it is the Peace, it is the covering I live and operate in Today. It is being able to see what really matters in my life every day.
Why the intent of #Making Gratitude Contagious
I’m sharing this for numerous reasons, I choose to operate with love, this is always a Choice, I don’t wake up every day loving, I have responsibilities, I have distractions that come my way, things that make me angry or offended, I don’t feel great every moment, So the Word Choice is VERY KEY, it’s VERY IMPORTANT to me. Always a choice, has taught me how to Pause, how to consider what has come my way, what to do with it, what to say, if anything. Less can be more in so many ways.
Why? Why the intent of Making Gratitude Contagious
This season, this holiday season is a challenging time for many, some are dealing with weighted hearts, some are burden with regret, some are depressed and can’t find a reason to celebrate, some are on a mountaintop, icing on the cake season and the world is their oyster, truthfully, the last mentioned may be the one who needs to really hear this because no one promised you or I that tomorrow will look the same as today. I’ve experienced it and live being aware of that every single day.
This is not being shared to rob the joy of this season or to take away being on top of a mountain, on top of a hill, those are great seasons and I have many chapters of those days that I cherish also, with the peace of today and the expectation of many more wonderful days. The reminder is in that no matter where you are that it is a Choice, Always a Choice to operate with love, with kindness, with patience and when you don’t feel in that zone, then that is a choice also, you can choose to allow yourself time, to get back in the zone of operating with love and then choosing to be around others spreading the love.
It is vital in this season, in every season, every day, that we Make a Choice, we make a choice in the words we choose to use, in the actions we choose to take, In the role we choose to play being an agitator or not, living offended or not, having no regard for someone whose actions may have hurt you, but you have Chosen to participate in keeping the fire raging. You have chosen not to forgive, which results in living bitter, living angry. Always a Choice.
Living Grateful is more than a hashtag, it is more than a phrase, Grateful, Gratitude, are words that are used by thousands of people, it is a lifestyle because when you embrace the moments taking in the joy of gatherings, being with loved ones, dear friends, meeting new people and taking time to make eye contact, having conversations, sharing laughter, that is celebrating Life, that is choosing to Be Grateful, that is choosing a different language and perspective. You become the words you speak, you begin to see the Beauty that surrounds you, you Plan for tomorrow but you no longer allow the worries of tomorrow, to Rob You of Today. It is a powerful word, Gratitude, that when you operate in it, speak it, it becomes actions, it becomes living inside, surrounded by it, giving it away and then it multiplies and finds ways to visit you.
A beautiful thing that everyone should at least know that they have the option
to operate in. Always a Choice!
Make Gratitude your Language
Make Gratitude the Guide for your Actions
Make Gratitude Contagious
Why? Why the intent of #Making Gratitude Contagious?
Because it allowed me, while I miss my best friend, my husband of almost twenty years and friends for many more, it allowed me To Rob the Thief named regret, I never held back loving words I could say, I never held back the actions I could take to show he was truly loved and he participated in that the same way and not just with each other but with My Why, our sons, we loved on and I continue to love on them, in the same way.
If my sons have learned nothing else they’ve learned, they know that Love lived in their home by two parents and that my love as one parent continues today.
My heart, my hope is that you will operate in the same way; No one promised you or I that tomorrow will look the same as today and if a loss comes, if a tragic moment visits or a life-changing event is a part of your life’s journey, operate in Love, live in Gratitude, live loving on those who surround your life today, so that you too can Rob the Thief named regret.
If you’re saying, Donyale, the thief has robbed me and I’m living with Regret right now, Today. Then allow me to say;
There is always Hope, there is always a way to come out of a dark room, my Faith, my Trust in God, guided me out, but wherever you find yourself, a faith or not, a belief or not, IF NOTHING ELSE, please know that you are not alone and if life has left you with Regret, then use it, share it, help others to find there way. But before you take ONE step, SHARE ONE WORD, make sure that your heart and mind is okay and to get whatever help you need first. Not Tomorrow, Today.
Why? Why the intent of #Making Gratitude Contagious?
If you have life, you have purpose, if nothing else, someone Needs You in there life today and sometimes the greatest gift to others, is letting others know they are not alone. If you are feeling weighted, there is a relief. I’m sure there are a number of places to get help, but I will share where you can go Right Now and that is the National Suicide Hotline.
The national suicide helpline can be googled and the phone number is:
#800-273-8255. Someone is available 24 hours a day.
I don’t want YOU, or Anyone to think they are alone or that it is too late, or you are left in your pain alone, if you are reading this, then you have hope because I want you to know that I Care and this is Why, that is Why, my intent is and will be for the remainder of my Journey. #MakingGratitudeContagious anywhere and everywhere I can.
I want you to know, You are Not Alone.
Thank you for being here.
Thank you for traveling this unfamiliar path with me.