Hi there beautiful, it’s me again. Your soul. I know the weather has been making this week harder than it already is because let’s be honest, there really are no such things as easy weeks. There is always something hanging over your head. Always a thought that never goes away. Always a feeling that lingers around for too long. And when weeks like this hit, the dreary, dark, long ones, it is hard to remember just who you are and why you are here. So I want you to create a little sunshine this week and take a few moments for you. Answer the email later, let the dishes sit there, match the socks later, let the kids watch five more minutes, whatever it is, let it be. Be here, with me, and be present. You owe it to yourself to feel the warmth of the sun radiate from within and bring some love and peace into your life in this very moment. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Count to ten. And then continue. 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10.
A few weeks ago, I was sent a text. It was an image of a expert of a book. Little did I know that this one line I read would not only lead me to read the book, but would have such an impact on my life. Such an eye-opening realization. Such an “exhale” as I like to call them. Because sometimes a few words, in the right order, can make some of the most puzzling dynamics in our lives become crystal clear. That's what this one sentence did for me. It read, “You are surrounded by miracles.” Simple. Short. But the value in which that sentence holds, for me, it was everything. How many of you have found yourself closing your eyes, looking up, talking to whoever you believe is up there and asking, praying, whatever it may be, for a miracle. The answer is all of us. You know the moment all too well. The tears are forming. Your breathing is unsteady. You can’t help but feel all the emotions and you need a Hail Mary play. You’re all out of hope. And you just pray that something happens and makes it all go away. It’s hard to understand why we get to these places in the first place. How could life be so unfair? Why did this card have to be dealt to me? How is this going to get better? All those thoughts. All the feelings. All rushing through you’re body at once. And you start to wonder if miracles are real. Could something really happen to make this all go away? And my answer. Yes, miracles do exist. But to me, they aren’t lottery tickets or contest winners. Those are chances, dreams come true, and honestly, sheer luck. Miracles, my dear tribe, those are something special. Miracles are all of you. And let me tell you why.
Every single day we are surrounded by miracles. The doctors who know how to save us. Miracles. The babies who fight in the NICU. Miracles. The love of a friend. Another miracle. The innocence in a child. Miracle. YOU. A god damn miracle. Because all of you are the ones who fight, who keep going, who take the sourest lemons this life has to offer and turn them into lemonade. I have seen glimpses of this in every single one of you. This tribe is made up of seriously some of the strongest people I have ever met. I am fortunate to know so many of you on a personal level that I feel I have the knowledge to accurately state that what this tribe has been through alone is proof that we are ALL walking miracles. But the reality is this goes beyond our tribe. We talk a lot about our safe place and our community. But we are only a fraction of the world we live in. And the true reality is that everyone in this world has something. Whether it is a sick parent, a kid who is bullied, the cheaters in this world, the girls who get taken advantage of, the ones who feel they need to change to be accepted.Whatever it may be. If you can withstand the struggle you are walking proof that miracles can happen. Because I know a lot of you think that miracles are the solution, but it’s time to realize that they are the journey. Because the reality is, that when you're in the thick of it, you can’t see it that way. You just want something to come into your life and make it better. You want it to go away. You want that long traveled prayer that is said over and over again to be answered. But the answer to that prayer my love is simple. It’s beautiful. It’s strong. And it’s staring you right in the face. It’s you. I will say it over and over again until you believe me. You are the miracle of your story. I know you don't believe me, and that is okay. But one day you will. Because when the storm passes and the sun is shining, you will find yourself looking back and saying these words “it’s a miracle I survived that”. In that exact moment, there were no lucky numbers drawn, no genie in a bottle, no nothing. The only thing that happened at the final destination point was you realizing the miracle that you asked for. And like I said it is simple. It is beautiful. It is you. You were the answer to every prayer, every hope, and every desire. Deep down you are capable of turning your life around. Nothing is given to you that you can’t handle. It is simply a matter of how long you will withstand. How long you will fight. How hard you will work. But most importantly, how much you believe in yourself to transform your life into the most beautiful image of you. Because even the flowers can not grow without some rain.
So my love, believe in yourself. Believe that this will pass. Believe that all you need is truly within you. And believe you are a miracle. Keep your head up, and your heart strong. Fuel it with all things good and keep your eyes on the horizon. Create your own sunshine and when the storm passes you will realize that the end of the rainbow is you. Sending love and good thoughts to all of you as always. You're a miracle, my love, it’s time you start believing it!