Selected Life Lesson
It’s not what you say about yourself that defines your character. It’s what others say about you.
-Gary A’s Life Lesson from Leavenworth, Kansas
In thinking about Gary’s lesson, I am taken back two weeks to when President George W. Bush dedicated his library. There was a lot of news coverage, and not all of it good. Many writers and reporters took the time to remind the public why they despised the man, five years since he left office.
But then there were others that surprised me. One was Donna Brazile’s column for CNN: Bush came through on Katrina. She writes how the President made her a promise and came through in more ways than one. That is character.
What will others say about you? Whether you are the president or who you are today, your actions matter, but the history is up to others. Make what others say a virtual guarantee.
How is it May already? It seems just like yesterday I was sledding down the hill in the snow in my hometown on Christmas afternoon!
“Time flies like an arrow, fruit like like a banana.” -G. Marx
I have always loved that quote, because not only is it funny, but it is true. Time just seems to slice through the air and we don’t even notice until one day, the arrow blasts through our consciousness and says, “You gotta get moving!”
So, I’m starting to move.
Selected Life Lesson
Believe and have faith.
-Leanne K’s Life Lesson from Conrad, Iowa
Last week was an anniversary of sorts for me. You see, last year on May 2, I was fired from a job. If you have ever been let go in a quick blaze of fire, a sudden meeting, and completely shocked, you know what that feeling is like. For those of you who don’t, it is not fun.
When I walked home that day, I was shocked, stunned, and saddened. The day itself was a day I had been looking forward to for weeks. I had tickets to see a Broadway show that evening. Of course I still went, but not after some tears and fear. And I also called my dad. He reminded me of his own professional struggles and how we as a family got through them 15 years prior.
He reminded me to have faith in myself and when you’re at a terribly low moment, that is a priceless piece of advice. Remember something: No matter how tough it is right now, keep your strength and keep the faith in yourself alive and well. You will make it through.