Wow… it’s been a minute since I’ve last blogged here. This post is inspired by a movie that is a constant reminder of how Blessed and Highly Favored I truly am and how GOD is constantly moving in my life.
I typically work from home on Mondays however, this past Wednesday. I wasn’t feeling very well so, I reached out to my leadership team to request to work from home. Usually, at some point throughout my work day I like to switch from listening to music to catching up on my Reality TV shows. But, there was something different about this Wednesday. I found myself watching a movie.
I chose to watch the Pursuit of Happyness featuring…
Will Smith and his son Jaden.
I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it back in 2006. It was so emotional, and inspirational, yet spoke to me on a very personal level. For anyone who hasn’t seen this movie it’s inspired by a true story… The story of Chris Gardner, A homeless man that became a multi-millionaire stockbroker and motivational speaker. Check out his book.. it’s Amazing!
This Rags to Riches story like I said previously was so relatable, I remember being Homeless with Four Babies living in New York’s Homeless Shelter System simply trying to make it. We were shuffled around daily to different Apartments in EVERY Borough, staying in some apartments for just a night and in others for up to a week. Some of the apartments were disgusting, there were Bugs and Rats.. not mice but, fully grown Rats. In order to receive the assistance that we were receiving I had to get a job and take classes through the State’s program. I was able to take classes and graduate with my G.E.D a few months prior to losing our home and moving to NY. Which made me very passionate about taking college courses in NY. I was able to accomplish everything required of me as far as securing employment and completing the classes that they required however, I am most proud of the fact that I was able to squeeze in Business Management College Courses around my already hectic schedule while being homeless. We did eventually get into a permanent Apartment in Brooklyn. I continued to work. My Ex-husband fell ill to the beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis and was unable to work. Things again got very overwhelming however, at this time our marriage was falling apart and we needed to get back home to MI. We came home, his health was improving and were both able to get good jobs. Our children were all school age (no more day care.. thank GOD) and the future began to look bright. However, after a few years our marriage was over.
Life went on.. we co-parented our children who are all grown up now and doing well.
Looking back on my past I am genuinely grateful for the life lessons that I’ve had to overcome in order to become the woman that I am today.
It was a long hard journey to get here. There was a lot of negativity all around me people who wanted to see me fail and I must say because I serve an awesome GOD he has helped me to become a living, breathing, example of how persistence, dedication, and faith can help your overcome ANY obstacle or hardship.
I really just wanted to talk about how Powerful and Inspirational this movie was and how much of an impact it still has in my personal life. There was one scene that breaks me down into like real tears EVERYTIME that I see it. It was him sitting up on a Bathroom Floor in what I think was a Subway Station. He had tissue all over the floor so that he can sit up while his baby slept and someone is beating on the door and he’s crying. Aww man.. it was never that bad for us but, sooooo close.
And then there was the Basketball Scene and OMG.. This quote right here…
I loved this movie soooo much!!!
The Bible guides us to happiness through God’s Word! There are several scriptures but, this one is my personal favorite:
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
So what is the definition of the Pursuit of Happiness?
The pursuit of happiness is defined as a fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy, as long as you don’t do anything illegal or violate the rights of others.
I find myself daily reflecting on my past and having a genuine Attitude of Gratitude for the things that I’ve overcome. As I look back on all of these things they still inspire me to Do More. To Learn More. To Get Out and Be a Blessing To Someone Else. We never know what others are going through and have the potential to be a blessing that we never expected to be. I hope that simply sharing my story and connection to this story can inspire at least 1 person to DREAM BIG and NEVER Give Up on Pursuing a Life of Happiness!