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After the Emmy Awards aired a couple of weeks ago, naturally there was a lot of buzz about Viola Davis’ historic win and truth-telling speech, along with chatter about the awards that were picked up by Uzo Aduba, Regina King and Queen Latifah’s “Bessie.” Though she did not win an award that evening, actress Taraji P. Henson became a trending topic just by being who she is – a loving and supportive friend.

In a world in which Twitter beefs, reality TV scuffles, cyberbullying and video-taped girl fights have become all too common, it was refreshing to watch Ms. Henson’s sheer excitement for her comrades. (It was also beautiful to hear Ms. Davis mention the names of her peers in her acceptance speech as a show of sisterly solidarity.) The media does an excellent job of showing the world their images of how African-American women relate to one another, so I was happy to see true sisterhood represented in a positive (and unscripted) light.
Today, I am grateful for my circle of sisterfriends/cheerleaders who show me love and support on a daily basis, outside of the limelight. Through their encouragement, prayers, information-sharing and laughter, I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself, which is the greatest reward that I could ever ask for. My prayer is to be able to do the same for each and every one of them.

Between my 49th and 50th birthdays, I am embarking on a daily journey of gratefulness as there is always something, great or small, to express gratitude for. I have dubbed this journey The Grateful 49 Project, as I will endeavor to share my thoughts in approximately 49 words or less (on most days).

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