Give Thanks for Those Who Inspire You

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

The last time I blogged on Houston Blog Network was about fresh fruits and vegetables. Since then my life’s circumstances totally put me in shock, made me numb. All of my blogging and writing stopped. My dad went into the hospital and started doing better after a few days. Suddenly, he was sent to ICU. The next day we lost him.

It’s been a difficult month for me, but this past Saturday I somehow snapped back to reality. I’m a blogger. I must get to blogging.

He was 90, yet I still called him Daddy. He was an old-fashioned preacher and was the pastor of a church when I entered this world. He was an amazing person who inspired those around him. It was the reminiscing of words and phrases he liked to say to encourage people that made me determined to get busy blogging.

This is a busy week with people rushing to grocery stores for turkey and all the ingredients for stuffing, casseroles, and pies. Stop to give thanks every day this week. Think of the people you will spend the holiday with and say a special thank you for a specific thoughtful deed or a kind gesture they have done in the past.

Daily this week I’m taking time out to think of the things I am thankful for. The person high on that list is my dad. He had a knack of pushing me to do things I felt uncomfortable doing – like speaking to a church youth group when I was 16 or 17, taking a speech class in college, completing my degree later in life, jogging and walking for exercise (he jogged/walked 5 miles several times a week until he was 85), going on a week’s fast, and so much more. Thank you, Daddy!

Is there a person in your life who has inspired you to step out of the norm? Inspired you to push yourself beyond what you could imagine and reach for higher expectations of yourself?

You can do what you set your mind to do. That was a motto that my grandmother taught my dad. It’s true. One of my dad’s favorite famous quotes was from Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give in.”

Holidays can be a terribly depressing season for people for various reasons. Look around you this week and pay attention to others. Offer a smile, be kind, invite someone over who doesn’t have any family nearby or take the time to listen. Someone will appreciate you greatly for it.

Will you take a moment to share in the comment section of this page? Share memories of inspiration you received from someone in the past that still encourage you today.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Benny McCoy

Daddy & Me

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