As you may have read, I’ve ignored and dismissed my energy and intuition for years. I’ve been in therapy for over a decade and heard but did not always listen. Many times I was in denial. The one thing that has helped me most is others sharing their personal stories. I’ve listened, read, watched so many through the years. It’s when strangers said something that resonated with me that I couldn’t deny and identify with it.
I believe it’s now my turn to share my stories with friends and strangers to pay it forward. Paying it forward is not always about paying for the Starbucks behind you in line. Paying it forward has to do with good deeds, planting a good seed because you’ve been blessed and you want others to be blessed. In the words of Denzel Washington…from the New York Times.
He said that before his 97-year-old mother died a few months ago, he promised her that he would “attempt to honor her and God by living the rest of my days in a way that would make her proud. So that’s what I’m trying to do.” “I’m more interested in directing because I’m more interested in helping others,” he said. “What I do, what I make, what I made — all of that — is that going to help me on the last day of my life? It’s about, Who have you lifted up? Who have we made better? “This is spiritual warfare. So, I’m not looking at it from an earthly perspective. If you don’t have a spiritual anchor you’ll be easily blown by the wind and you’ll be led to depression.” Sounding like his father, a Pentecostal minister who died in 1991.
I know not everyone can share their personal stories, whether good or bad. Believe me I know it is extremely challenging to open up to the world and spill your words but anytime you can share with a group, a few friends, or post it publicly, you never know who you are helping. Has anyone ever said anything to help you? I’ve said it before we are not here to work, pay bills and buy things or just enjoy trips. We are here to lift each other, to build tribes, take care of others, pay it forward and help others any way we are capable. Hope you find one thing to pay forward this holiday season and make it a goal, priority, resolution for 2022.