This week Senator John McCain and Aretha Franklin (also known as the Queen of Soul) were honored. It is amazing how much they both touched so many lives. People from all of the country and parts of the world came together to celebrate these two individuals. What stands out the most to me is that both used their god given talents to serve the world. Their service to others will long be remembered, Senator McCain served our country in the military and was an prisoner of war. He was a politician who stood up for what he believed and worked across party lines. Aretha Franklin was an actress and a songstress who used her gift to sing to people all over the United States and many places throughout the world. She contributed to the civil rights movement and never forgot where she came from, in fact she would go back to her community to give back by providing free concerts and so much more.
The gifts that Senator McCain and Aretha Franklin shared with us will live on in our hearts and their legacy will last forever. I am reminded of a song that I learned as a child the lyrics are,”This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Both John McCain and Aretha Franklin let their light shine and we have been blessed because they did, may their souls rest in peace.
The question is, what will others say about you after you are long gone? Remember, only what you do for God will last.
The world around us seems to be crazy and chaotic at times. The news of suicides, murders, mental health issues and ruthless activities seem to rob us of our joy and peace. But don’t let it (John 14:27)! I encourage you to give Love. Inspiration. Faith. and Encouragement to the world around you. Together we can be a light in this dark world and together we can make each day brighter for someone else.
Self-care–mind, body and spirit is very important. Very often we do so much for others that taking care of ourselves is not in our list of priorities; but we must change that thought process. Bryant McGill states that “taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” The is an ongoing life lesson for me. So I challenge each of you to take the following pledge:
- To ask for what you want in life.
- To remember that you cannot control other people’s actions. Just your reactions.
- To define what happiness means and looks like to you.
- To be more grateful for who’s in your life, instead of who’s not in your life.
- To celebrate each victory, no matter how small.
- To make time for the little things that bring you joy.
Taking time for self-care will empower and strengthen you to take care of others.
Make the pledge today!
Celebrating You Ministries hosted its inaugural women’s empowerment event on Saturday, May 5 in Dearborn, MI. The room was filled with love and support for one another. Comedian Dani Thomas had us laughing from the core and Nicole Thomas inspired us all with a message entitled, “You have the Capacity,” The event also included self-awareness and self-development exercises that helped us focus on our goals and dreams.
Celebrating You! Mind, Body, and Spirit was created to inspire women to celebrate ourselves. We play so many roles in life; Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Friend, Aunt, Grandmother, Employee/Employer and Caregiver. Sometimes we lose the person (woman) that we are, while fulfilling our obligations. The Celebrating You! blog and women’s empowerment events are created to encourage, empower, motivate, and inspire you to value not only who you, are but whose you are! The scripture says that you are a masterpiece that has been wonderfully and fearfully made in His likeness. You are worth celebrating your wins, everything that you have gone through has made you stronger. Now It’s time to celebrate you!
Urban dictionary states that a tribe is a group of friends who have been together for a decade or a day, but are loyal, loving, honest and fun-loving. I would like to add people who you can be transparent with, without judgement. In this life, you need God and a good support system to help you navigate through its’ journey. Both will provide directions when you are lost and will help get you back on course. I am very grateful to have my tribe, it’s like iron sharpening iron when we connect. Do you have a tribe, if so how do you find it helpful?
No matter what, don’t stop following your dreams, and seeking the best version of yourself. Continue to learn, grow and evolve as a person. Don’t just live a life of mere existence filled with depression, sadness or fear. When these emotions knock on your door of life, be still and allow your faith in God and the promises of His Word– answer.
But Don’t Give Up!
As we travel on life’s journey, we will make some wrong turns, u-turns and we will get lost along the way. And that’s okay! We should count them all as lessons and experiences to make us better and to help us learn more about ourselves and life. Everything that happens in our life is there to teach us. Are you listening and watching the signs in your life? Each of us should listen to the small, stilled voice that gives us directions, ideas and provide answers to questions that we are seeking within. Then we should take the next best step toward our goals and our dreams. When you don’t know what to, I submit to you to consider meditating on Proverbs 3:4-6 and trust the process.