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Today I sent out a group text, as I always do, to my team of entrepreneurs. I have taken them in my heart, and the words I speak to them- I am speaking INTO them; they don’t always take it in. I have been through so much in life myself that I feel like I can relate to people on almost any level. It was crazy and painful as I went through, but I am thankful that I did. One thing, if nothing else I learned about myself is that I am stronger than I give myself credit for, mostly because I cry at the drop of a dime. I often times would shy away from trying something new in life for the fear of pain or rejection, but I find myself thick skinned as some would call it. I attribute that to my trials and tribulations, but what is it all for in the end? Why go through so much devastation in life?
There was a man in my life. A complicated man who would drink his sorrows away. He had a bad mouth and an even worse temper. He took me in and embraced me as his own for 12 years. He watched over me and protected me from harm. He made sure I had all of my necessities and many of my wants. He loved me the best he knew how. I called him dad. He passed away.
I have a daughter who was probably the most beautiful child I’d ever seen to date. Long curly locks, fat kissable cheeks and a scowl that just made you smile. She passed away at two months and 27 days young.
Shortly after, I became pregnant again. I had a horrible miscarriage the day after my birthday.
I was in a very abusive relationship to where my face was no longer recognizable. I was in a relationship where I was constantly being broken hearted by lies and infidelities.
I used to live on the streets so I stripped for money.
I smoked cigars and cigarettes. I drank like a fish and cursed like a sailor. I had my experiments with drugs. I was molested, and raped, and kidnapped, and held hostage. I have spent time behind bars. I was a liar.
I found God. I lost him. And I found him again going back and forth with the whys and how could yous.
In the end, I found myself. I found through all of that and so much more that we are all here for a purpose. In my walk of life, I have found that I can meet just about anyone who is going through struggle and I can relate. There is no better feeling than to know that you are not going through alone. It sets your mind at ease to know that you can talk to someone that can relate to you on the same level. It sets your heart at ease and allows you to remember that there is a way out, a better way, or a smile at the end of the journey. I am glad to know that I now know I can hug with my heart and love with my soul, because I know what real pain is. I know what true struggle is, and I can tell you that it will pass.
When you find yourself complaining about your path or feeling like you are all alone you can smile in knowing that someone someday will cross your path, and you will be able to encourage them. If you see someone smiling and sense they are hurting, don’t miss that moment to put joy into their heart.
Life is all about passing it on, paying it forward, and uplifting one another. I assure you, you will feel a greater sense of purpose in life. You will take a deep breath and realize it is all worth it in the end. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to help someone today.
Smile. Then pass it on