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"Your heart will always tell you what’s working and what’s not."

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As 2016 comes to a close, I hope you take the time to reflect on what a year it has been. Artistically, this year sucked, really sucked. We lost Maurice White, Prince, David Bowie, Gwen Ifill and others. You can find a complete list, right here on Black Refer.com http://www.blackrefer.com/obituary.html

I turned 60 this year and had a damn good time. I started celebrating in May and had the great fortune for it to continue until October! Quite a run! Personally, I had a great year, and then I remember the artists the now gone.
Michelle D. Smith


Take some time to actually reflect upon this year and how it affects you personally, professionally, emotionally and spiritually. Are you in a relationship that really works for you? Your heart knows the truth. Listen.

Are you still looking for a relationship? Take your time and do it right. After a certain age, you understand your value, what you have to offer and what gifts, talents and skills you bring to the table.

If you have and are doing your inner work, you know you have plenty to offer. You heart should never be squandered on those who don’t understand, don’t want to be in a relationship or have no clue how to be with another person. Listen to your heart. I hope by now that you know the difference between being alone and being lonely.

One is a state of mind, the other means there is no one else with you in the physical. It is has been my experience that the few times I allow myself to “feel lonely” I get phone calls from friends, some of which I have not spoken with for years. Loneliness is not a feeling I am familiar with, but I can convince myself I feel that way.

I always know God has my back, even when we are not on speaking terms. My hope for you is that you remember you are never, ever alone. Feeling lonely is a choice, usually a willful and self-centered one. If you are really lonely, there are children to be mentored, non-profits that need your skills and many groups struggling to keep people of all ages feed and off the street. All of these groups would welcome your active participation.

Get out of your own self and go help somebody. It works wonders. Again, listen to your heart. This has been a year of blessings and challenges, just as every year I can remember. What you do with those blessings and challenges is up to you. Before this year ends, sit with yourself, light a candle and write a list of every single thing you are grateful for this year. You can also write the things that absolutely sucked on a separate list.

Keep the gratitude list for when you are feeling down, burn the “this sucks” list and allow the smoke to ease your pain just a little. Thank you for taking the time to read my final article for 2016. I hope I can continue to offer inspiration and insight as we move into next year. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Joyous Holiday Season and the Happiest of New Years. May God bless and keep you and yours.


Michelle D. Smith

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Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual warrior seeking to share awareness with many. She uses words as her sword and the love and grace of God as her shield. She has a spiritual blog in which to enlighten and uplift. She is a soon to be published author and a monthly relationship column on Black Refer.com. The different niches for each allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.

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