As this day, the day before Thanksgiving comes to a close, I cannot help but sit and reflect. I know this is not the typical end of the year, New Years Eve time for mulling over all things past and things yet to come. Nevertheless, I have been trying to think of the words all day to write this message, my message of gratitude and in doing so, the past few months come pouring back to me.
What I see are the faces of those who have touched my life deeply. These are the faces of friends, old and new and those who I have been graced with the ability to walk with them on their journey, even for a moment.
This work I do is not for the faint of heart. Trying to do something no one has ever done before, with no roadmap is a treacherous road. There have been many bumps and many charlatans I have encountered along the way. Some have left me speechless and Ive had to click my mind from trusting what I believe to be the truest and most honorable spirit in everyone, to guarding, protecting and doubting, which was not in my nature before. I have literally bet the farm that by trusting and having faith and belief in this work for the greater good, everything else will take care of itself.
All of that aside, what I see tonight is the faces of those who have given me so much. I see all of those who have joined our family of hope and as I look at their faces, their stories come reeling through my mind. I see those who are thriving and it leaves a deep sense of accomplishment. I also see the faces of those who have left this earth and the loved ones left behind and know tonight as well as this entire holiday season is going to be very, very difficult for them. I see the faces of those I have personally lost this year and feel a deep hole in my heart. I sit with the fact that those I know and love are currently experiencing their own I-dont-know-if-I-will-live-or-die-moment and it brings me to my knees, I have been there and it is a powerless feeling.
Concurrently, I see the shining faces of love. I see those friends and strangers alike who have been touched by my mission and like angels, appeared out of nowhere (you know who you are). They have shown up at the very right time in the very right place with a helping hand or just a phone call to say how are you, and I am here if you need me, if your mission needs meand that is miraculous.
So yes, I am grateful for you all. I am grateful for your belief that there is a better way, that together we can create a better world and a belief that the love and community of others who are intent on changing the world is a gift like no other and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.