May 6, 2014
By Mallory Ross
Today was my first day off and it was wonderful. I was able to go to my home church in Woodward and catch up with a lot of people I had not seen in a while. The encouragement I received reminded me of how blessed I am to come from such a supportive community.
I was able to participate in the retirement celebration of my youth pastor. Being able to say thank you to someone that has had such an immense impact on my life and who I am, was a beautiful gift. Not everyone is blessed enough to be told from such a young age, however strange you might be, to be yourself. Our youth group was such a blessing in my life and I was reminded of our special that bond was. Being able to pick up where we left off, even though we have all gone in different directions, is a true testament to our bond.
Take some time today to say thank you to someone that has made an impact in your life. I have been reminded daily that I need to be more grateful for the support I have received.
Things I learned from Day 7:
I should have been more grateful and proud of the community I was raised by.
The rough wind and discouragement of yesterday is often worth the gifts of today.
Though I am not a huge fan of country music, there is a lot of truth to the lyric, “You’re always 17, in your hometown.” A more fitting lyric for my life would be, “You revert to the maturity of an 8-year-old, in your hometown.”