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Thankful Tuesday: The ability to climb

"Life is a mountainous road. Highs, lows and curves come our way. But, I'm not worried. I'm a Southern girl ready to navigate that road."

Yep, I own that quote. At a young age I learned that in the blink of an eye, life can change... and does change. Those we love become ill, friendships fade, pain and fear attack, people disappoint us and the plans we make change. It's not fun to admit, but no one is exempt from the lows and curves that life hold. But, there's always something to be thankful for... God leads and gives us the ability to climb out of the lows back to the top, to see all clearer and the paths that lay in front of us and behind us.

A few years ago I was in a slump... I wasn't feeling well, had little energy, had gained weight and just couldn't seem to find the way out of the valley. I was still a happy-go-lucky girl but knew I wasn't fully myself. I knew I needed help so I turned to a fitness trainer. I didn't know it then but that was the first step to finding my way back to the peak. Then, just a year later, pain and weakness overcame me. I fell back into the slump. This time, I had the knowledge and ability to get back to the top on my own (with God's help, of course). Yes, it took longer, but there's no greater feeling than knowing I have the ability to climb.

Tomorrow may be the start of another slump. It's natural. But, I serve a mighty God who gives me the ability to find answers, find the will, and climb to the top. I have learned from each low, each curve that's come my way. I will always take lessons form those moments; otherwise, I can't grow. I am who I am from all those experiences and am thankful that I not only know how to navigate but want to navigate.

This picture speaks volumes. It was taken just days after I received positive medical news. I was eager to climb and to add to my story. Mostly, I once again took the lesson from my valley and looked forward. Curiosity overwhelmed me.

It may seem that I am downplaying or encouraging the sad times and pain I and others experience. No. But, I do thank God for giving me time with people, for helping me learn and giving me the ability to find my way. Find your ability to climb and navigate your life. Take the time to look backward and forward and to the sides. You will not regret it.

(Thank you to Megan Rhea Photography for capturing me rising from the low)

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