RICHMOND, Va. -- Author and journalist Stacy Hawkins-Adams delivered this week's Monday Motivation.
Today I declare that you are a gift.
Why so and how so?
Because only you can grace us with that smile, that laugh, that funny story or moving prayer.
Only you can lead that particular tribe or love those specific lost ones or help people in your circle find their joy.
Only you can live the purpose that is tucked inside of you, often straining to be birthed.
No one else sings with your tone, writes with your voice, walks with your style, hugs with your heartiness, or lights up a room in your uniquely perfect way.
Own who you 'used' to be as well as who you are - whether amazing, challenged or in between.
Give thanks for the lessons you've learned and how far you've come.
Embrace your truths with humility, grace, and gratitude.
Don't let anyone make you feel less than or ashamed because you had to go through the growing process.
We all do.
You could have chosen to stay stuck; instead, you pushed through.
You learned more about yourself, and began to understand others.
Your heart expanded.
Your fears shrank.
And now you can stand tall in who you are becoming... still.
The old you helped shape the newer you, so that you can be a better you for the purpose and dreams you'll live out today and tomorrow.
So be grateful for your life's twists and turns, surprises and sorrows, steep tumbles, and soaring successes.
Grow from it all, and love yourself -- and others -- no matter what.
For you are a gift, and your humanity is giving you wings.
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