This year brought unexpected blessings and people into my life while also exposing new areas of uncertainty and frustration. Like many, I’ve watched the stories of injustice, heartache and terror unfold across the globe and here in my own beloved city and wondered what more I can and should be doing to be an agent of change. I realize there is no simple fix to the complex institutional and structural issues that abound, but I know I must be part of the solution, even if the path forward is elusive.
In spite of my frustration and uncertainty, during this season my heart is full of gratitude for my journey and for all of the things I haven’t yet realized or accomplished. It’s easy to be thankful in times of “harvest”, but I believe it’s even more critical to express gratitude when things on the horizon are still unclear.
A song that I’ve been playing on heavy repeat for well over a year now has started to resonate with me in a much more profound way given my uncertainty about how to impact change in the midst of current events which convey a spirit of greater intolerance, injustice and inequity. There’s a verse in the song that states, “Not here by mistake; No luck – only grace; I’m on my way to who I AM.” Just let that sink in for a minute. It is so powerful to consider that we are all exactly where we are intended to be…but even of greater importance is that the current place is simply a step toward our ultimate destination of living the life that is fully intended for us, and helping others to do the same.
When reflecting on this, I can’t help but express extreme joy and gratitude for all of the people who have helped and continue to help me navigate the difficulties and complexities, while also celebrating the breakthroughs and successes. My life is full of an abundance of joy and hope for our collective future!
My wish for everyone this season is to truly feel how cherished, appreciated and loved you are. Know that you’re exactly where YOU are supposed to be…no matter how difficult or daunting current situations may appear. And I implore you to take every opportunity you can to convey that same message to others – through your words and – more importantly – your actions.