Happy Thanksgiving! I woke up this morning full of gratitude for grace, growth, and greatness. I’d like to thank all of you for your prayers and support. This has been an amazing year and I wouldn’t be at this point on my journey if it wasn’t for your support.
Also, as I pause this morning, I reflect on where I am today, remember from where I came, and I rejoice in the possibilities of where I’m going. After you start where you are, you will realize it’s easy to do the next step. What’s the next step Myra? I’m glad you asked. It’s quite simple! Just USE what you have and GROW.
I know you want to know why you should use what you have. The answer is so simple. Use what you have because genius or not, you can’t use what you don’t have.
Think about it, have you ever tried to use what you didn’t have? Go ahead and try and you will find, it’s way too hard. My nail represents keeping it all together with whatever your gift or talent is despite the lot that’s dealt you. A young woman by the name of Wilma Rudolph was born 20th of 22 children, born prematurely weighing only 4.5 lbs, born to very poor parents, and born during racial segregation. While very young, she had every childhood disease imaginable but because of the lot she was born into, she was not permitted to be cared for at a local hospital. When her left leg and foot were becoming weak and deformed, she had to go to the doctor. Her mother was told that she had polio, a crippling disease that had no cure and that she’d never walk. With hard work and determination, when she became twelve years she could walk normally without crutches, brace, or corrective shoes and she decided to become an athlete. Some of you may know the story. She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in the Olympics. How did she do it? She started where she was and used what she had—one good leg to train the deformed leg and the rest is history. What do you have? I encourage you to start using it! Because if you start using what you have it will grow and so will you.
So go ahead and start where you are, start engaging with your community, start collarborating with others, even those who don’t look like you. Grow your network, polish your gifts and talents and then you can… Oops, I’ll have to save that one for next time.
Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving Day and always. Remember to Start Where You Are!