On this Thanksgiving I sit in a state of gratitude for finding my way to a space in my life where I am devoting myself to giving back to community. A while ago I wrote a post entitled “Purpose” and spoke about how I had lost sight of that large part of me that was so inspired and driven to change the world. I had gotten caught up in life and not made serving others a priority. I would think and talk a great deal about it, but would somehow find excuses as to why I didn’t have time and would get to it later. As I recommitted to making a difference and giving back, I rediscovered a piece of myself that I had greatly missed. A large part of who I am awakened, and I have continued to follow that path ever since.
What I want to share with you today is the feeling that results from giving ourselves to others. The elation that occurs within ones heart when we are able to help a fellow being is unmistakable and undeniable. It is like all moments of connectivity in which we are able to feel that sense of peace and oneness, that indescribable sense of beingness that simply feels right in our hearts. Like watching a sunset or staring into a baby’s eyes, these are moments of truth and contentment that we may not be able to deconstruct in our brains, yet we know without a doubt in our hearts. It is in these moments that we are reminded at the deepest level, that we are part of a whole, a very essential piece to an intricate puzzle.
There is an African saying that has inspired me throughout my life, “I am because we are.” It is only through the existence of each and every one of us; every being, creature, and piece of nature that we are able to exist. Although at times it may seem like we are all so separate from each other and that maybe we are even in this world on our own, we are not. We exist because of one another and therefore, reaching out and connecting is what makes us thrive. On this day of gratitude and giving thanks, find ways to reach out and connect into the vastness of all that you are. Lend a helping hand to those in need, offer out intentions of love and peace, or simply make an effort to put forth kindness as you journey throughout your day. It is through giving back and connecting that we can find peace, contentment, and truth in our hearts.
Happy Thanksgiving…. I am because you are and I am grateful for you.