Monday, January 11, 2016

Find Your Tribe

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Who said this? It's everywhere now. It's valuable advice I've been given and followed...and it's changed my life.   
What does tribe mean? In biology terms, it's above genus and just below family. It also means, a distinctive, close-knit group. YES! These people who make up my tribe are as close to family as I can get and they are certainly distinctive.
A tribe protects and guards.
A tribe loves and supports.
A tribe nudges and encourages.
A tribe is there...always there.
I love my tribe. I'm grateful for my tribe. I'm not sure if they (many of you are reading this) truly understand how much you mean to me and how you've changed my life. You've given me courage to be myself. You've nudged me to do better. You've told me thing I didn't want to hear, but I needed to hear...and I'm better because of that. That's what it tribe makes me better. They love me as I am, but inspire me to be the best Michelle I can be.
Today my post is to my tribe. Thank you! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Thank you for the notes and emails. Thank you for listening to me through my tears and frustration. Thank you for your laughter and your time.   
YOU have shown me the love that the world has to offer. YOU have encouraged me to get out there and take a YOU have been the voice in my head, when I don't know what to believe. YOU have changed me. My tribe.    
Everyone needs a tribe.
Find yours.
Love them.
Listen to them.
Lean on them.
They will guide you when the road isn't clear.
They will give you a SELAH when you need it.
They will nudge you to move on and be your best.
They will love you no matter what.
[I wasn't sure what I was going to write about today and I thought about this topic. I looked back on my blog to see if I'd written about this and I have...once...two years ago...this exact week. I love life's surprises like that.]

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