Phew…what a crazy week!
I just got back home from Christmas shopping and….boy…let…me…tell you! It was cray-cray at the mall, y’all. The mall was packed and the lines were just unbelievable. I am thankful I got a few things though.
(Between…I will make it rain socks on christmas day lol. But…)
For me, its not about the gifts. The best gift is the experience that created around the gift and the funkiness that stains the recipient of set gift. For our loved ones, our helpers, our encouragers, friends…taking time to craft a a whole scene around a simple gift is worth it.
So, I wish to share some of the gifts I received this year and then share some thoughts that these gifts remind me of. So, here we go.
Louis and I grew up and went to school in Africa where we became classmates. Then in high school, we were bench mates, but we were never close. Fast forward 8 years later when we reconnected in Minnesota.
Over time, we have become close friends. Turns out we share similar values, passions, thoughts. And not long after our Minnesota meeting, Louis created a groundbreaking program – Threelly – that has the potential to literally transform how we watch videos and interact with ideas. I have had the opportunity to partner and work with him on this. Needless to say we have seen God open up doors we could not have dreamed of.
The opportunity is all good. The adventures and miracles have been wonderful. But, I think I figured it out. It was Louis! Louis was the gift – God’s gift to me. A friend who empowers, encourages, cherishes, celebrates, and challenges me. And this gift keeps on giving. I see it now.
My grandma is over a century old now. She sent me off to the West with this blessing –
Love all people. Respect all people. And be each other’s keeper…
When you pray for help, miracles, etc…, God will send people. People are the best miracles. But, if you don’t love them, they will leave you without releasing or before realizing they were to supposed to release what you prayed for.
That’s why grandma in hindsight emphasized – Love all people my son. Respect all people. And I see Louis and so many others as a gift that results from me walking in granny’s counsel. Thank you Louis – for everything!
Now! Meet mi familia.
These are my people, my tribe, my friends, my pride, my joy….my jewel. You know you are moving to the next level of your destiny when God brings folks like these into your life (See the post – A New Measure).
Gauge every new level of success by the quality and quantity of your relationships each time you graduate a one destiny class and move on to the next.
Time would fail me to tell you how we met (just over 3 months ago) and the miracles that have happened since. We have traversed California, hiking, praying, dancing to salsa, eating, innovating, working, planning…and doing great things. We have shared stories, struggles, concerns…and become very close. They are a huge blessing to me. I hope I am to them.
See folks! I believe in miracles. Miracles happen. Ask Miracle Yello – BBB. But, what I have discovered is this –
Yes, Miracles happen. However, a lot more miracles tend to happen when you are in community.
Thank you God for these gifts that just cannot stop giving. Baruch Hashem!
There is YOU!
Yes – YOU – reading this post right now. You are THE MAIN ATTRACTION.
Its not by chance. Its not a coincidence that you either followed, read, or liked something I wrote. And its not a coincidence that it led me to you and what you wrote. You too have blessed and inspired me.
Thank you for reading, liking, and even commenting on my blog. Its a big deal to me. I am not sure if what I share with you is helpful. I am just glad to be able to do it and have the opportunity to connect with you creative geniuses who have been touched and inspired by the the Spirit of the Almighty.
I would like to have tea/coffee with you all whenever if that’s possible. Meeting and connecting with folks like you is my passion. I hope you would indulge me.
Thank you BBB for your blog – beautybeyondbones. You truly are a Miracle Yello. You empower many of us to be real. And I find so much joy in reading your blog. Thank you my friend.
Also, thanks to –
Transit Address, Lovemessage27, Complianc4All, Simply Ula, Amphibioussoul, Inked Shrink, Maurice, Red Letters, The Godly Chic Dairies, Wildsound Review, Healthy Lifestyle, Empowered Everyday blog, K.C., Zachary, Good Vibes Nation, Crazy Aunty Cyn, Tatiana Ketchum, James Edgar Skye, Leo, Your Notebook Driver, Laurabon, Ccaliz, Extracting Value, Belike Water Production, Revinfotech, Selvia Fei, Philip Ruskins, Yuri, Damon Ashworth, and my lil bro – Alain. Thanks for following and reading.
Et a vous – La Paradie de Noemie! Merci pour suivre et lire mon blog.
You all encourage me to keep on going.
In this Cyber-verse, I find that the following counsel still translates to the WordPress Universe –
The adventure and experience of any place or thing is IN THE PEOPLE in any place you want to visit. They are the MAIN attraction. Visit other attractions – Yes! But make sure to spend some good time with the main attractions – the people.
That’s all I have to share with you today. Thanks again for reading. If what I write blesses you in anyway, let me know. Don’t be shy (lol). Also –
WATCH OUT!!! for one more post – A Christmas Special – coming this weekend
That said –
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Advance as we celebrate THE FIRST GIFT that keeps on giving – JESUS!
One Love, One Spirit