Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Did You Thank GOD Today? (Que Sera, Sera)

“In life, God grants you opportunities, you either embrace them or you don’t.

It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s what you do that defines you.”

– My daddy

“Did you thank God today that you’re pretty?” said my friend Michelle.

I beg your pardon, what?

“You heard me,” she said. “Did you thank God today that you’re pretty?”

Umm, no.

“Listen, I may not be skinny, I may be looking for a job and I may have hit a rough patch in my life, but damn it – I’m pretty. You are too — so thank God that he’s given you that.”

This wasn’t the first time Michelle told me this. It was actually the millionth time. I had been having a bad day — or a bad season — as I’ve come to now label it and it was one of the many things my girlfriends told me to get through it.

“Don’t ask ‘why,’ never ‘why,'” said my friend Priscilla. “Ask ‘what for?'”

A change in perception is all you need to make your day and your life a little better and a little easier. The hope is, that ‘little’ will eventually blossom in to a lot.

It’s actually, as I’ve come to learn and was advised, a very difficult way of thinking because it requires you to step outside of whatever situation you are facing and become a spectator as well as a participant.

But if you can do this, and do it well, the inner peace within you, waiting to bloom will blossom.

There is this little French saying that I used to hear all the time when I was a little girl and I randomly remembered it for the first time in years about two months ago.

Like all your memories archived in your brain waiting to rear themselves upon the right moment, this was one of them.

The saying is, “Que sera, sera.” It translates to, “What will be, will be.”

You cannot control people, events or things – you can only control yourself.

Accepting and understanding that is the first step (and the most important step) to self-love, self-acceptance and the release of fear.

It’s like Paul McCartney says,

“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.”

My mummy always said that when God closes one door, he opens another. He will never give you something he doesn’t believe you cannot handle and if you trust him, if you trust yourself and just have faith — let it be — if it is meant for you, it will happen.

While, I do believe that tears are the silent words the heart expresses, I also believe that happiness doesn’t mean everything is perfect. ‘

In fact, it just means that you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections.

Don’t ask ‘why,’ ask ‘what for?’

So do yourself a favor, and let me facilitate it for you, did you thank God today that you’re pretty?

“I believe in manicures.

I believe in overdressing.

I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.

I believe in PINK.

I believe that loving is the best calorie burner.

I believe in french kissing.

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.

I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

– Audrey Hepburn

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and don’t forget to wish the world well — inhale courage to exhale fear…

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Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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  1. It is really comforting and heart warming that you remember what I told you. You made me proud of you again.

  2. Ha! I do listen to you dad! 🙂

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