February is an awesome collection of 28 days so for the next 20 or so days, I say let’s celebrate in a significant way! We have at least a million excuses—it’s Heart Health and Black History Month, there’s Valentine’s Day (14th), Random Act of Kindness Day (17th), Make a Friend Day (11th)—heck, pick one, any one, and kick up your heels, shout, giggle, buy and send some flowers—whatever makes you happy, feel alive and special, do it this month! Here are four things to get this party started in here:
- Celebrate and appreciate where you are and the hard work that brought you here. Don’t make light of the sacrifices, the prayers and the roads you’ve traveled, the small and big gains you’ve been able to make –many because you simply refused to quit and give up and give in. Bishop Paul S. Morton puts it this way: “You ain’t seen your best days yet!” Remember, God has big plans for you—plans to prosper you and give you a future with hope…how exciting! Meanwhile back at the ranch, make a little history yourself and start your business, write your memoir, travel to Alaska, make and empty that bucket list, run for office—you know, conquer that dream! One of my favorite quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said “nothing is worth more than this day.” Know it for a fact!
- Identify some new heroes and sheroes. Especially during Black History Month, we usually mention the same few names without realizing that there are heroes all around us. Realize that your parents, grandparents, neighbors and others did some pretty amazing things and will never be mentioned in the history books but their sacrifices and feats helped make you who you are. Lift them up, tell their stories and be proud, not just this month but every month. Tell them today that their lives have been beautiful and important.
- Choose to evolve. In Benard Ighner’s haunting ballad, “Everything must change,” he gently reminds us that every day brings challenges and change and while there are some sure things, don’t be afraid to venture outside your comfort zone, try new things and embrace the unknown. Start small—go to 12 new restaurants this year, (do two this month to make up for January and then one each for March-December) make four new recipes, volunteer at the neighborhood school, take the scenic route home, eat healthier—you get the picture.
Work for justice, peace and equity in every place and live triumphantly. Just imagine what would happen if every day, in some small way, we all worked to make ourselves and the world better. It might be advocating for affordable housing—trust me, nobody wants to sleep under the bridge or go from place to place when it’s too cold or hot outside. We could make those random acts of kindness deliberate. We, could speak up for those who can’t, or walk a mile in the moccasins before we condemn. We could mentor and encourage and make THE difference. And in honor of Heart Month, let’s work harder at being heart healthy—let’s walk, drink more water, drop those last few pounds and love our hearts like God does. P.S. Don’t miss an opportunity to tell your loved ones what they mean to you…be blessed and keep shining!
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