I’m a DIY kind of girl. Not when it comes to actual, physical things. One thing I am definitely not is crafty. But when it comes to business, taking care of my kids, internal healing…I like to go at it on my own.
Since the day I realized I was very good at being independent, I decided to wear that label as a badge of honor. I can do it myself, thank you very much. Honestly, it was a great attitude to have for many years because it helped me accomplish all the things I did, plus build my confidence. Thinking I can do everything on my own, was a great belief to have for a while.
But sometimes the beliefs that really helped us at some point in our life can turn and be the thing that is actually holding us back. Cheese is great and yummy for a few weeks, but at some point it spoils. Should we keep eating it just because it was great a few days ago? No thank you.
Lately, my I-can-do-this-on-my-own attitude has spoiled. The worst part? I had no idea it did. I just kept becoming frustrated when I couldn’t grow (emotionally and in my business) at the rate I used to. I constantly thought I was doing wrong. I would blame myself for being inconsistent and disorganized, when really all I needed was help and support.
You know, God always brings the right people into your life at the right time. And for me, this person started as a student of mine who eventually became a close friend and the first person to teach me the importance of coming together in order to grow and thrive.
So, I wasn’t surprised when Natalie Leon of Wine With Nat wanted to plan a Friendsgiving event. Because that’s what she does: Brings good souls together to share and grow. The delicious wine and food is, of course, the bonus!
I was asked to say the prayer at this stunning event, which happened in October at the West Elm Dadeland. In true Natalie form, every detail was perfection. And while this was orchestrated by Nat it became a reality because of all the talented women who came together to make something great. Yes, we can do a lot on our own, but when we come together for a common cause is when we experience real magic.
As for my prayer, I decided to go with Mother Teresa’s “Do It Anyway.” As we approach Thanksgiving, there is a lot of talk about gratitude. And many times, gratitude is seen as this super easy thing to do, but it’s not always. It’s easy to be thankful for the good stuff, but I think the true spiritual lesson is to be thankful for the stuff that is less desirable, too.
To me, “Do It Anyway” reminds us that life can still be disappointing even when we try our best to be loving, spiritual being. That doesn’t guarantee us anything. Challenges will still come at us. And when we can be grateful for them, I think we can begin to accept the beauty of being human.
Happy gratitude everything month. Below is the very powerful “Do It Anyway” prayer. You can also download it.