Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving by far may be one of, if not my favorite of al the holidays. It’s the beginning of a period of time each year where things slow down a bit as family, friends, tradition, and reflection each year.

This year, like with so many other parts of 2020 is going to be different. The way we celebrate, who we celebrate with, even what we celebrate with are all going to be different than in years past. For some families they will be missing their loved ones who have left them over the last 12 months, while others are going to be sharing these moments for the first time with those new to their fold.

For me personally, I am dumbfounded when reflecting over the last 12 months of my life. Where I was a year ago, to where I am now is almost unrecognizable. I’ve faced fears, anxiety, panic, stress, loss, COVID-19, other health related issues, as well as similar events with my children, family, and friends. While those dark moments are hard to replay, I can see now after gaining some perspective how they helped prepare me for the joys I would also get to experience this last year.

“But without the dark we wouldn’t know the warmth of light.”

Through so many of these hard and trying times, I had opportunity to learn more about myself, what I wanted, as more importantly what I needed in my life. With prayer, thoughtfulness, hard work, and some luck I have been able to turn quite a few pages as I have begun several new chapters in mine and my families life.

I write these things as I think about those moments with a full heart and the deepest of thanks and gratitude for a loving God and people in my life that make my life so rich. It’s humbling to take stock and count your blessings.

I am thankful for my incredible children who inspire and motivate me daily.

I am thankful for my family, the blessing of having my Mom and brother with us, and the closeness we have with my other siblings, their families, aunt, in laws, and cousins.

I am thankful for my best friend, partner in crime, and my brother JoBu; we are doing it my man, we are living the dream in all aspects of our lives. No one but us will ever understand the journey that has been and the road we still have yet to travel, I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else brother.

I am thankful for my closest friends and confidants, my work family old and new, and the numerous other friends who show their love and support regularly; my life is richer and fuller because of you.

I am thankful for smiling more and feeling joy unlike I have in a very longtime. To awaken emotions I had feared gone and accepted I would never experience again has been as life altering as it’s been incredible. The hope that love gives is as inspiring and it is sustaining. For the first time in a long time if ever, I find myself as thankful for the present as I am for the unknown possibilities of the future. As I count the blessings in my life and over the last year , you and finding each other sets high atop of that list.

To all of those I hold dear, and those of you reading this whose paths have not yet crossed with mine ; I wish all of you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings. May you remain safe, healthy, and enjoy the blessings in your life.

Always remember what you are thankful for, and never forget that you are what someone else is thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

⁃ AJ

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