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Ayanna Najuma: The best is right now: It's a celebration

Ayanna Najuma celebrates her gifts at Christmastime.
BY AYANNA NAJUMA, For The Oklahoman Published: December 23, 2013

As Kool and the Gang sang, “Celebrate good times, come on!”

Now is truly the best time in my life.

There are numerous things that make up who I am.

Today as the calendar nears Christmas, I celebrate gifts I have received.

The gift of self-confidence

Having a family that taught me the importance of knowing that I could be what I wanted to be and do anything I wanted to do — that I was just as good as anyone; however, not better than anyone.

That what I thought and spoke would be what I created.

As some would say in the church, I claimed it and it is mine.

To claim anything is to know that your faith in God and the process is manifesting right now.

The gift of self-reflection

I heard my calling and made a conscious effort to accept it.

Years have passed, and I was reminded of a “spiritual message” through Jill Scott's lyrics “Livin' my life like it's golden, golden. It really matters to me.”

As a Boomer, I realized the importance of preparing for my life as I got older.

I have accepted the fact that this is the best time in my life.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

The gift of service

I have always been a true believer that we come into this life to learn lessons and from those lessons we learn to make a contribution to the world.

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