This Week’s Lesson
Everything does happen for a reason!
-Jody D’s life lesson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
It’s an old saying, but I believe it’s true. One of my favorite television shows (that of course got canceled) was Studio 60. A line from that show has always stuck with me: “I don’t ask God ‘why’ when the good things happen to me, so I’m not going to ask now.” I try and take that same approach to my life.
I believe everything does happen for a reason. I struggled through writing my book because I needed to learn to be a better writer. I get sick because I’m not taking care of myself. I am now able to run five miles (in a row!) because I’ve worked hard to get that endurance.
Why have things been happening to you? Are you sleeping too much or not spending enough time on your hobbies? And here’s another question: are they happening to you or because of you? Don’t leave anything to chance! Everything does happen for a reason … so make it a good one!
This Week’s Lesson
Don’t say you can’t do something until you’ve tried.
-Linda A’s life lesson from Kansas City, Mo.
Whether you’re a fan of the band Journey or not, I’m sure you’ve heard the song: “Don’t Stop Believing.” It’s a great motivator when you’re down and need a musical pick-me-up. It’s always tough doing something you’re nervous and unsure about. It’s especially tough when you’re 24 years old and trying something for the first time.
In March of 2008 I was giving a workshop at the Beyond Rubies Women’s Conference at Kirkwood Community College and I had a picture of a flower as the background on one of my slides. Then I spoke about how I’d recently started painting. If you’ve heard me speak, you know part of my message is focused around helping you believe that with your passions, anything is possible! Well, as luck would have it, a woman spoke up and said, “You should paint that.” Sadly, I laughed at her and said I couldn’t.
On my drive home I realized what I’d done and made a vow that the next time I presented at Kirkwood I would have a paiting of that flower to prove I could do it! Not only did I do it, but this weekend I am showing some of my photography and paintings in a local art show here in Kansas City! And one of the paintings I am showing is this flower. I just wanted to share that story with you to help you focus your energy on your passions to not only help you believe anything is possible, but also, remind you that if you want to do something – you can! Don’t stop yourself and don’t stop believing!
This Week’s Lesson
Change is going to happen whether I embrace it or fear it. It’s a lot easier to embrace it.
-Sue P’s life lesson from Cedar Falls, Iowa
If you’re reading this Thursday morning, I’m under the knife undergoing some changes. If you’re reading this later in the day, the change is complete, but I’m probably not coherent enough to talk about it… or talk at all! (just an fyi, I’m having my wisdom teeth taken out!) But it was time for change and so for some unknown reason, I chose to get four teeth taken out.
I will be better for it and so will you! No no no… I’m not suggesting you schedule to have yours out! I do ask for you to look at something in your life you’ve been wanting and maybe even pining to change but you constantly stop yourself and make excuses as to why you’re not making the needed changes. It’s time you start to embrace change!
Last week I mentioned I had reached the two year mark for my company and while I still have a lot of goals I haven’t achieved with this venture, I continue to change how I’m going to get there. (I bet you didn’t know the name for my first year was Winglight Productions?) I loved it, but I needed to make the change to make business easier. Each of us has simple changes we can make to help us achieve our goals or eliminate stress. What change can you embrace today? Who knows… you may even find new happiness, or joys, or love or just a relaxing evening! Good luck!