To: You and Your Loved Ones!
From: Michael & family
I was asked to write a blog to my younger self about the changes I would make in regards to my career, personal relationships, family, love life, and the things that I am thankful for this holiday season.
My advice is whatever you think you’d tell your younger self, say it to yourself now: There’s a lot you still can do.
I’m grateful for many things and I wanted to send a note to share some of the many things I am thankful for this year. I’m thankful for my power in the present, my unwritten future, and a past that’s forever behind me. I am grateful for the people who are in my life.
Some people come into your life to teach you a valuable lesson, and others are a blessing from God. A few individuals that I was dealing with taught me some valuable lessons this year.
Don’t forget to tell people you care for that they are special. That affirmation could be the difference between the sunshine and a rainstorm. Don’t be afraid to be transparent with the individuals who have your best interest at heart. But remember, it’s perfectly fine to guard your heart against the people who are not concerned about you.
The thing about experiences is once you learn them, you don’t have to revisit them again. Through my experiences, I am constantly encouraging myself to live boldly and love hard because it’s an amazing experience. Residing in the here and now is ultimately the best thing we can do.
Errors make you human, and you don’t always have to be strong to be strong. Sometimes our strength is expressed in being vulnerable. Give everything and have no regrets. Everything happens for a reason. Don’t stress the could haves. If it had, it would have.
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. It is recognition that makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Now we have one month left to finish the book of 2016. Make the last chapter a good one.
This holiday, if you are thinking about what’s missing or it feels overwhelming, try to find what’s present. As always and especially during this Thanksgiving holiday, remember your blessings and thank God for them all.
Michael D. Gatson