Grateful November: Faith & Spirituality
By Elizabeth Barrera
It’s November, and so the happy times begin!
Holiday season instantly becomes the season of gratefulness. It’s the one time that we actually tell those we love that we’re thankful for them. We’re suddenly thankful for being alive, healthy, and loved. However, we’re not as grateful the rest of the year, or at least we don’t take the time to think about it. This used to be the case for me in the past. Throughout the span of time, I’ve noticed that it’s rather difficult to find the good in every bad situation. We’re quick to reproach God for our misfortunes (if you’re a believer), rather than think of the positivity a situation could bring us. This was my situation for quite a while until I went numb and then I realized what it was that I had to do.
The more the misfortunes that have been thrown at me, the more I’ve been leaning on God’s guidance. Many people say that leaning towards religion does nothing more than to provide comfort and hope, but I’d like to say the opposite. I think that being faithful and trusting God’s timeline for me has given me so much more inner peace than I expected. Being faithful has allowed me to be more loving, forgiving, and compassionate. I’d like to say that I’m on the road towards becoming a better woman and I have nobody else to thank but God. He has allowed all tribulations to build me. Whether it be growing into the first professional Latina woman in my family and setting an example for those who look up to me, or even unsuccessful relationships that have taught me about myself. Everything in my life has been guided and set by Him and He has a plan for me that I may not understand now, but will some day.
Leaping into adulthood, for example, has been one of the hardest experiences thus far. It’s one of the most crucial “coming of age” experiences we encounter. Think about it. You find out who you are, what you want to be, where you’d like to be, who you love, what makes you happy, and who or what needs to be removed from your life. Adulthood becomes a test for us. One where we need to be 100% accountable for what we do and make sacrifices that will lead us to a happier life. It’s called adulting for a reason.
My experiences thus far haven’t been the best, but they also haven’t been the worst. I am now able to see the good in every situation, person, and downfall. Life can be extremely overwhelming, but it can also be extremely beautiful if we just have faith and believe in God’s plan for us. So I’d like to dedicate this article to Him. I’m beyond thankful for all my hardships, all my successes, and all my moments of doubt. I’m thankful that through it all, I was still able to remain faithful to Him and be spiritually strong. I am grateful to lean on Him when I’m feeling down and express my gratitude when all is well.
Most of all, I’m thankful for Him allowing me to continue living on this earth and shaping me into the woman I’m becoming.