Everyday we meet new people and have new encounters that can all potentially be inspiring for different reasons. But every once in a while we meet a special person(s) that is truly out of the ordinary. Whether they motivate us to break our daily routines, ground us in a way we never thought possible or even help shed some perspective on a certain troubling issue, we walk away from these people with a certain sense of calm; feeling so utterly refreshed that we can stop and take a deep breath, even just for that moment, and let all of our worries dissipate. Sometimes we may never come face to face with this individual again but if we are lucky, that gem will remain in our lives leaving us forever changed. I feel extremely fortunate to have had many of these gem moments/people in my life; permanently or brief encounters, family and friends or complete strangers, in my home city or half way across the world and so I feel the need to express my gratitude. Each time I experience a “gem” I am flooded with an appreciation that fills my heart to levels beyond comprehension. But I also find it a challenge to precisely express just how deep that appreciation goes, because sometimes there are no words just simply feelings of gratitude. It is these feelings that inspire me to try to be a better, stronger person for myself and those I interact with, which in turn makes me think and exude a more positive energy. Of course this light fades sometimes and life has its obstacles, but then you encounter a beautiful gem and are reminded yet again of how amazing people are and once again have that moment to take a deep breath and let all of your worries fade away.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in all of my journeys and who have forever left a footprint in my heart. You challenge me constantly and encourage me to face my fears daily. So much gratitude.