Last night I swear I was visited by my friend Mary, she kept me up most of the night but helped me work through some very tough and touchy issues that have been brought up in my life. I keep coming back to her this morning as I sit here listening to Gospel music and thinking about my night. I am reminded that I am not my illness, I am not my sexual preference, I am human, and I have a face and a name. I want to remind each of us that we are all important, we each have a voice and a story to tell. I encourage you to tell your story to anyone who will listen to you. Because, you never know what the person next to you is going through. The pain that you have felt will be conveyed in your story through the power of your voice, and you don't know how much that pain you have experienced will help the next person. I have told you so many times before that you never know where a casual conversation is going to take you.
I encourage each and everyone of you to reach out a hand of help and support to a stranger today, tell at least one person what you are going through and how you have overcome the past. See, the courage and strength that you have displayed in your journey may give that person the hope they need to see their way clear of whatever it is that they have going on. I want you to look at the person you are riding the train next too, the person you past by on the street and see the as a person with a name, problems of their very own, smile at them tell the it is going to be okay. Because everything passes, nothing last forever and that pain that has you in it's grip right now will soon fade away and a new adventure is awaiting.
Too many times society labels us, puts us in categories, pushes into a box, whether we fit in it or not. It is societies attempt to understand you and classify you. But I was reminded just recently that the boxes that society puts us in easily turn into coffins and before we know it we are buried in stereotype and labels. You are an individual, you are a person, you have a face and a name. You are someone that makes a difference in this world and nothing is going to hold you down and keep you prisoner. Take back that power that has been robbed from you by those you once held esteem for, because you are much more than that label that has been placed upon you.
Get yourself together, it isn't as hard as you think. Start with the person you see staring back at you in the mirror. It is with them that your are going to walk with for the first part of your journey. They can explain to you your past, help you to come to terms with where you are at and give you some insights into how you came to be in the state that you are in. Once your road and questions have come to be fulfilled you are going to have to take another journey. You are going to have to open yourself up and let the Spirit fill you and guide you from there the journey is going to be beyond your wildest imagining.
I have to tell you that if you want to set yourself up for success each and every day all you have to do is wake up and give thanks for all that you have been carried through and all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. If you do that you are going to feel so good that a positive mental attitude is the only thing that you can have. From there as you dress the final accessory of the morning should be a smile upon your face as you walk out the door. For you are loved, blessed and favored!
As always my hopes and dreams are with you,