By Kenneth Justice
In 24 hours I board a plane to Boston so I wasn’t too thrilled to find out the hot water tank at my house is no longer working.
~ Its been one of those weeks; a broken hot water tank, a gas leak at one in the morning, the timing belt blew on one of my favorite cars and the auto mechanic said it’s time to send it to the graveyard, two days ago I found out that the furnace needs to be replaced, and those are just a few of the things that have gone on in my life this week.
But I’m not complaining. In the midst of everything falling apart around me I feel very much at peace. I keep thinking of the colloquialism “The best is yet to come”.
Usually when bad things happen stress levels tend to go up. Whether you’re going through a breakup, a close friend died, or you’ve lost your job; it can feel overwhelming when things happen to you that seem out of your control. Yet ultimately the age old wisdom is true, “This too shall pass”.
In the past year I’ve met with hundreds of fellow bloggers, readers, and strangers who have sat at my coffee tables around the country. I’ve heard many stories of excitement and wonder, and I’ve also heard more than a few stories of sadness and despair.
One of the first people I met at the beginning of the tour told me about her experience as a child and being molested by her step-father. You would think that such a tragedy occurring at a young age could ruin a person for life; but this woman’s story was everything but tragic. She’s now extremely successful, with multiple degrees, and has a beautiful family of her own. Every time I think of her I realize how fortunate I am to know her and to have had the opportunity to actually meet in her in person. People like this woman are inspiring. In the face of tragedy they rise to great heights.
The best is yet to come
When I started my blog in early 2013 I had no idea what to expect. All these months later, I now find myself getting ready to board a plane to Boston in order to visit coffee shops and experience life outside of my own backyard. It’s pretty wild when I think about it, and I can’t even imagine what the next year holds.
Yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of a podcast which will be posted this coming Monday (more news and information will follow in the coming days). A regular weekly audio program in which myself and a fellow blogger will be featuring bloggers from around the world each week. If you’ve come to enjoy the conversations and dialogue I share via my blog about the people I meet at coffee, then you may also enjoy listening to the back and forth dialogue between us on our podcast.
My co-host for the podcast, Kylie, is a music major and accomplished composer. I don’t know the first thing about podcasts and all the technical information related to putting them together. But thanks to the blogging world I was connected to Kylie who put together a fantastic show. Late last night I heard the final product of our first episode and realized how thankful I am for all the people I’ve met through the blogging world this year.
The best is yet to come
So right now I’m thankful. Sure, it seems like everything started to fall apart in my life this past week, but I have to cling to the hope that ‘this too shall pass’. Tomorrow I board a plane for Boston with no reservations and no idea where I’ll be sleeping or who I’ll be hanging out with; the adventure continues in 24 hours and all I can think is how thankful I am for every single reader to my blog who has blessed me with their comments, encouragement, and support throughout this past year.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
—– Would you like to be a guest on our podcast? Are you a blogger, reader, or someone who would like to share your thoughts on life, culture, love, or anything in particular? We’re currently setting up guest spots so contact me here or send me an email and I’ll get you the necessary information.
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