You’d think it would be a piece of cake to write about who inspires me for this week’s Coffee for Your Heart. I spent many joy-filled, touching moments in the last few days remembering the people who have made a difference in my life. Strong, courageous, loving family members, friends, and even people I’ve never met. I could name them all for you, or tell a story or two. But what I really wanted to say was something that would speak meaning for you. Something you could relate to so those who have influenced me would strike a chord in you. So I’m sharing this composite thank you letter that encompasses how all those ‘inspirationeers’ blueprinted the specs my life is built on.
I thank God you were there when I was growing up. Your words were few but your smile said it all. You knew pain, sacrifice, and loss yet you were always filled with joy. Your health was weak but your heart stayed strong and generous. No one ever heard you say an unkind word or complain. I loved how you made me laugh and lifted me up with your steady faith. I wonder if you realized how much I wanted to be like you. I hope so. Being like you is my dream come true.
You were my hero the way you courageously battled against the vicious disease that marked your days with pain and suffering. Sleeplessness and weakness never left your side. But you carried it all with grace filled with love. Your body began to shut down but your heart continued to beat powerfully, always thinking about taking care of others. Thank you for holding my hand, bringing joy to my life, and the inspiration I will carry on because of you.
Your life has been riddled in tragedy, loss, challenges. Who could blame you if were cynical, hardened or miserable? Instead, you turned every drop of adversity into a continuous stream of overflowing compassion. Though there were dark clouds hovering over your circumstances, you always spotted the bright side and were a guiding light to others. Your faith, courage, strength and love have uplifted and inspired everyone in your circle. Your friendship stood as solid rock during shaky times. Thank you that we could always count on you being there.
Thanks for touching my life and inspiring me with your love and generosity, your dedication to your family, for not giving up, for every kind and encouraging word, for wisdom, for your selflessness; for courageously blazing past set-backs and pushing beyond the boundaries of what’s possible. Because of who you are, I have become a better me. Thank you with all my heart!
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Thank you Holley Gerth
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