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Wednesday Wisdom: Accept The Blessings

December 23, 2020

Wednesday Wisdom, Holiday Message, Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Businesses

One Christmas season when I was growing up, the front part of our house which contained an old beautiful brick fireplace, bountiful carpeting, big floor to ceiling windows, with a small kitchen attached to the living room was gifted to a woman in our community who had escaped an abusive husband. She had nothing to her name really and needed a place to stay safely. Since the apartment was open, my mother offered the space to this woman. I didn’t see or speak with her due to her circumstances but I knew she was there.

Just before Christmas, my mother gave her some food and a few small gifts knowing she had nothing. To our surprise, on Christmas morning the woman was gone without a note or clue to where she went. We didn’t think her abusive partner found her but maybe the warmth from the toasty abode she was safely tucked into gave her strength to move forward.

I often think of that woman when I think of this time of year. Where did she go? Did she end up with a better life? Did the small amount of kindness from our family help? Did she consider paying the kindness forward? I’ll never know the answers to the questions; I can only assume the best and hope she set forth on a better path touched by the generosity of my family. Sometimes small exchanges in the darkest nights shine forth a beacon of light to follow.

To this day, I remain someone who would rather give, than receive. The past two years I have been overwhelmed with the love, support, and financial donations to the Alopecia Areata Foundation fundraisers my family and friends have hosted. Today of all days I want to prove to you that your love, kind thoughts, contributions, and warm sentiments made a positive impact in my life. I have turned from a totally bald woman to one with a crown of silver, fuzzy hair about ½ – 1 inch long on top my head. I wonder if it is a Christmas Miracle like the one we gave to the woman so long ago.

This Wednesday Wisdom, the last one before Christmas and a New Year, is meant to inspire you to look inside your own snow globe of 2020 and find the bright, joyful, special moments that lit you up from inside even among the pain, suffering, and anxiety for our health, businesses, others, and the globe. Because within every dark place, light and hope blend and spark new strength, resolve, and anticipation for a better tomorrow – whatever our better tomorrow means to us personally.

Sometimes the miracle is waiting to happen to you, and other times you are the miracle waiting to happen to someone else. As my priest always says, “Be blessed and be a blessing.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to you!  
Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham

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