Word of the Day: Strange

Has anyone else noticed how strange life can be sometimes?

One minute you’re drowning in painful and confused emotions, then the next you’re on top of the world looking down at something beautiful.

It happens to me all of the time and I’ve come to realize we may never understand this life thing.

Oh, and in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re coming up on Thanksgiving.

One of my favorite holidays.

There’s delicious food, family time, and so many opportunities to reflect on what we have to be thankful for.

With all that’s happened recently in my life, I understand that sometimes it’s hard to look at our lives and find even one thing to be grateful for.

There are days when it seems like everything is wrong and we wish we could exchange our current life for a newer, better model.

I was there a few weeks ago, a few days ago, maybe even a few hours ago. However, I’d also argue that everything in our lives is something to be grateful for, even the tough stuff.

I’m grateful that I’m breathing and living another second on this earth.

I’m grateful for my family, as dysfunctional as it may be.

I’m grateful for my granddad’s peace in heaven and my stressful life on earth.

I’m grateful, oh so grateful, to own a business with my mom, write for Inspire a Fire, and get to do what I’m passionate about every single day.

I’m grateful for the good days, the strange days, the bad days, and every day in between.

On the good days, I’m reminded how amazing life is and how awesome our God is. He created each of us for a distinct purpose and I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue mine.

On the strange days, I’m nudged toward the Lord in order to seek guidance. He’ll help me navigate any maze I face.

On the bad days, I scream and cry and complain. But I’m also forced to look in the mirror and realize I can’t do this on my own. It’s God’s chance to swoop in and save the day, as

He often does for me.

On every day I’m learning to be grateful and thankful not because of opportunities or accomplishments, but just because it’s a day in which I’m present.

I’m living.

I’m breathing.

I am and it’s great to be.

That last sentence was strange, but it’s something I’ve been repeating to myself over and over again recently… I am and it’s great to be. A reminder that I am here for a reason and that reason is great, sometimes I just need a little help remembering that.

So here’s your reminder… stop focusing on the strangeness of life. Stop overanalyzing every situation. Just be and be thankful for being.


Jenni Beaver

Jenni is a twenty-something storyteller from the Sunshine State. When she's not writing a novel or screenplay, she's editing a video or film for the business she co-owns with her mom. She loves animals and has SIX pets! Everyday she tries to stay positive, inspired, and caffeinated.

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