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Thank You!

They never say Thank You or truly mean it. I think it may just be a habit at this point. I never realized you could even say Thank You and not mean it until I got grown lol. You’ve worked hard and slaved for someone else’s event or party. Without you, who knows how things would’ve gotten done. Behind closed doors it’s “Thank you, I couldn’t have done this without you.” When the public thank you's go out, your name is nowhere to be found. I’ve stepped in and got my hands dirty numerous times for numerous people. These days I don’t even look for true gratitude anymore. I just use my God given gifts and get out of the way. I’ve literally been working for folks, writing for their blog and neglecting my own, and when they were ready to start paying someone to write, they looked right over me and posted “Now Hiring” posters all over their IG. Crazy right?! Whew chile, the folks I’ve helped. The folks I’ve stuck my neck out for. References. Job exams. Literally all types of stuff. The list could go on forever. Life can be such a thankless job sometimes. And a lot of those times, I’d prefer to just leave folks hanging. Let them figure it out. Let them look stupid. But guess what? It’s a gift. God continuously puts me in the “helping hand” position. A life saver. God has gifted me with the ability to always step in and get stuff done. And even when no one says ‘Thank You’ or extends gratitude, I still find myself extending that helping hand. It’s like it’s in my blood. I can’t help it. And most times I have to clap for myself and cheer myself on. You see, sometimes folks are so caught up in themselves that they don’t even realize what’s going on around them. And not being recognized for helping does not remove the legitimacy of my ability to get ish done.

Sometimes we focus wayyy too much on the notoriety or the acknowledgment. But if God is my source then I’m good. Period. He thanks me for my good work by giving me another day to get it right. He’s always watching. He knows what I’m doing and what I’m capable of. Now that’s not to say just let folks use you up, but if the Thank You doesn’t match the deed, please know that your gift is still greatly appreciated. Share your gifts freely. Give thanks to God for the ability. Thank God for the opportunity to let your light shine. And if you find that your gift is being misused or mistreated, take note and act accordingly. Learn to truly appreciate your gifts and your capacity to use your gifts to spread love. And for those of you that continuously give of yourself and constantly collect empty ‘Thank You’s,’ this is for you: From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I thank God for you and your amazing gift. Your light elevated this space. You helped bring the vision to life. You were there when I needed you. You’re amazing. You’re a blessing. Thank you ain’t enough but THANK YOU!

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