Lately, I’ve been asked by a few people close to me if I would consider telling more personal stories on my blogs. Like many people, I definitely have a story to tell. And like most resilient black women, I don’t look like what I’ve been through. If you read through some of my earlier posts I do get rather personal, personal for me at least.
One day and little by little I do plan to tell more of my story. I will tell you that I’ve been through a lot, I’ve seen a lot, and I continue to survive. Because of that, I have a whole heap of things to be grateful for, and that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Hopefully, you’ll learn a little more about me and it will push you to reflect on the things you’re grateful for.
Things I’m Grateful For
- I woke up this morning. That is a luxury that was not afforded to everyone. Not only did I wake up, I woke up in my right mind, another task that isn’t always easy, especially being a black woman in America (that’s a whole other topic right there!)
- I have a loving husband and son. I’ve been married for almost seven years and we have a wonderful six-year-old son. I call them My Dannys and although they can get on my nerve like no other, they are the lights of my life and remind me to have fun and to not be too serious all of the time.
- Although it has been challenging, I have been a teacher with Baltimore City Public Schools for ten years. As you can imagine this comes with a ton of stories! Some things you probably couldn’t even imagine, but the love and things I have learned and gained from my students over the years have far outweighed some of the foolishness, politics, and misappropriating of funds that go along with public education.
- I have discovered my talents and I believe in me. It took a while to walk in it, but I’ve learned and accepted what my talents and gifts are and am actively working to share them with the world. A lot of people, for a plethora of reason, haven’t come to terms with what they were meant to do. I hope and pray that you find the courage to do so in your time.
- I’ve learned the power of forgiveness. This took many years and many lessons, but I have truly mastered the power and peace that comes with forgiveness. Particularly, how to forgive me and learning and understanding how to accept an apology that was never forgiven. (More about my stance on forgiveness.)
While this is a very short list of my blessings, I hope you’ve gained just a little more insight about me. As time goes on, I will become more and more transparent and you’ll understand more about my mindset.