Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Balance is Essential...

We get so caught up in our own daily lives that we forget... We forget that we are an insignificant part in the grand scheme of life. 

Think of a cell in your body. One single cell... 

Each of us, individually, impacts our universe less than one single cell impacts our own existence. Yet, we are arrogant (even narcissistic) in our to belief that our individual lives are unique, special even. We go through our days worrying about "stuff" and "things" like it matters. Here is the thing... it does matter... to us... to our well being.

Some people travel through their entire lives without pausing to realize the impressions they make on people. Others spend their lives trying to impact as many people as they touch without thought for themselves.

Balance is essential...

If you take some time to think about your interactions with people....

What would their perceptions be?

     Honest; Hardworking; Compassionate; Charitable; Intelligent 
-- or --
     Selfish; Cheap; Untrustworthy; Unreliable; Abusive; Abrasive

What impact will you make? 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Life's Interactions...

Most people pass through our lives without a second thought on our part. We smile at the barista as she makes our coffee... We thank a grocery clerk whom we stop to ask what isle and item is located... We say "Good Morning" to a co-worker as we pass them in the hallway...

You may enjoy a casual conversation with them however once you have advanced into a new part of your day, they quickly become a faint memory. There are those who will hold our attention long enough to gather a good, bad, or humorous story. Some will even find a permanent place in our life.

We make choices every day. Based on those choices, our life alters... daily.

Imagine one day you wake up and decide to make a different choice. 

Could the people in your life adjust roles?   Yes... 
Could others take their place?   Yes... 

How would your life adjust? Would it be better or worse?

Think on that a moment...

  • What do they bring to your life? 
  • Are you happy with the role they have assumed?
  • Are they important to you?

Reverse it...

  • What do you offer them? 
  • Are they happy with the role you have taken in their life?
  • Are you important to them?
Are you sure???

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Pivotal Moment...

There are pivotal moments in all our lives. This is one of mine…

In this day and age, we are over run with social media and information overload. Cell phones, tablets, computers, gaming systems… the amount of data we intake on a daily basis is immeasurable.

If you will allow, I am about to add to it.

I have witnessed or been a part of countless events which have positively or negatively impacted people’s lives. From these encounters, I have learned a great deal worth sharing. 

My wish is to bring years of insights and conversation starters to as many people as I can touch. If I can help ONE person by sharing my life or knowledge, I will consider this journey into the unknown a win. Writing about one’s life experiences and amassed knowledge is very personal and quite overwhelming. Until I sat down to write this, I don’t believe even I understood what it takes. The fear of exposing yourself to the world is intimidating. As a reader, you need to trust that I am worthy of your time and energy. As the writer, I have to expect the unexpected. I do believe that a basic understanding of who I am is necessary.

I believe:
  • There IS a higher power (Who or what that is, I will not presume to put a label on.)
  • We are here to learn and help others (Period…)
  • Everything happens for a reason (Even though you may not understand it.)
  • Life is what YOU make it (If you have not had to work for it, it probably isn’t worth having.)
  • Treat people as you want to be treated (I know it is clichĂ© but that does not make it any less true.)
  • Everyone has the opportunity to impact others’ lives (For better or worse…)
  • One person CAN change the world (But two is always better!)
  • Everyone makes mistakes (Weed out what is a mistake and what is a pattern.)
  • Forgiveness isn’t for “them”, it is for YOU (Anger and pain will ruin your life.)
  • You are only a victim if you CHOOSE to be (There is always help out there if you go looking for it, don’t let bad times or evil people beat you.)
In this first post, I have shared a little bit about who I am and why I have chosen to do this… In the next post, I will begin to delve into new territory. 

In the upcoming months and years, I will share my achievements and mistakes, observations I have made, research I have conducted and things I haven’t even thought of yet! I am excited for this new venture and thank you for taking the time to read what I have to share.

Any comments or stories from your life would be greatly appreciated!