• R. Rene' Woodard

Keep your head up!

Greetings Peeps!!

I Hope each of you had a safe and fun filled holiday!

All summer 16 has ended and I am on the focused train are you ? If not yet, join me ...I'm waiting on you! #finishstrong16

Sometimes you really don’t know how GOOD you have it until you encounter someone in a situation far worse than yours. Amidst the hustle and bustle of life whenever I find myself complaining or irritated by temporary discomforts I always remind myself “It could be worse”. I think someone needs to know today that " IT"could really be worse than what it is right now for you. Your situation is still more ideal than others currently but most of all it is likely temporary.

For the past few weeks I have found myself encountering people who simply need a little LOVE (help). The most recent was a young lady in her mid-20’s who is currently living in a shelter with a 4- month old baby. The craziest thing about our encounter is that we share a mutual friend and when our mutual friend discovered this young ladies story he immediately called me. Me being me I asked many questions as to why he called me considering he knows my plate was already full. To be frank I use to always equate help with finance and all I could see at first was how much does she need, what does the baby need financially but before that thought could even resonate or taint my abilities to help this young lady he replied, “she just needs someone like you to TALK to “and before I knew it I had agreed to meet up with her. We spoke for a while, I suggested a few books for her to read and I simply stated “If you need me give me a call “. The amount of gratitude she received from my words was almost overwhelming. She expressed her appreciation over and over again and stated you don’t meet many people that are willing to just listen to you and recommend helpful resources to people they don’t know. Her eyes filled with tears and she just said THANK YOU again.

Once I left this short talk I found myself in tears because some people really just get dealt bad hands from time to time. Some issues and things stem from choices while others stem from generational curses, mental illness and believe it or not disappointment. I don’t know about you but I know I can recall a time or two where I experienced loss or disappointment over and over again and I thought I was personally going to break. The way she spoke of being resilient and believing that her daughter would still gain the same level of resilience and persistence she carried was amazing. Here it is this young lady is what many would refer to as LOSING but all she could think about is what life is going to be like when she WINS. Many of us now are sitting in a corner on the brink of breaking, crying or full of anxiety because we are solely focused on the break. This small encounter reminded me that no matter what I encounter there is always someone much worse off than me and that I have much to be thankful for. She reminded me that even in Darkness if you simply keep your eyes and mind focused on the return of LIGHT things start to look a lot brighter in your life! That light sends strangers and unsolicited blessings your way all because you believed when you could NOT see. I encourage you all to simply remember the LIGHT at the end of the tunnel during your dark moments , remember the joy that comes with morning and remember that new days bring new decisions and new opportunities that can change your life forever despite the hand you feel you were dealt!

Go forth knowing this, LOVE and HELP is not always financial and FAITH does NOT always seem FAIR but it is!! No matter what you are going through your story, your listening ear, your testimony alone can and will help someone when you least expect it. While I have never been homeless I know what it’s like to have no one to call, while I’ve never been in a shelter I know what it felt like when I needed SHELTER. As you focus this fall leave a little room to bless others on your journey!

Love ya,

R. Rene’

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