I listened to an amazing conference call this evening. One of them gems from Paul Gravette was "You meet people for a reason. They are a blessing... or a lesson." This really struck me. He encouraged us to think about the people around us. Seriously, think about who we are spending our precious limited time on earth with. I couldn't help but think about how I was showing up in the world too. How am I showing up to my friends and family? Am I pouring into them with a grateful heart or draining them by sharing whining tales of woe? It's important to think about your impact on the world around you and also how much you let other people impact you! Gandhi clearly had it right when he said, "Be the change you want to see!" I am here to spread positive energy, love and light so if you think you see something else from me, take a second and hold a mirror up and make sure its not a reflection of yourself you are seeing. Be joy. Spread joy. Be the blessing, not the lesson!
Hmm do you? Do you have every excuse there is for why you are broke, fat, tired, not sleeping, unhappy, single... or whatever? Who is it that is in charge of YOU? Are you the decision maker in your life? Are you just rolling through life being complacent, comfortable...BORING? Like attracts like my friends- Broke friends, you are broke... friends who eat terrible...you will too. If you want more from your life- DO more, BE more GIVE more- and you'll GET more! Life really is a bit like a boomerang- whatever you send out comes back to you BIGGER! Its why I recommend going to sleep with the last conscious thoughts in your mind of where you are headed, positive things you will accomplish and claiming your own abundance via I AM statements. Your brain will work on accomplishing those things you last think on while you get restorative sleep. You ever heard the phrase-put your foot down? I am going to openly suggest you put your foot down and claim your abundance you were destined for and be open to every avenue for success even if you don't think its the obvious one or the one you think is right at first! Opportunities are never lost- someone takes the ones you miss... (drops mic)
I find this to be a common phenomenon. It happens so much in life that I could write for days BUT today I am going to refer to people we perhaps wish we had known better yesterday than we do today. I spent the day with someone I graduated with(and ironically two others classmates who married-their daughter.). And although it has been 34 years since graduation, the stranger thing is we didn't know each other that well in high school. We attended a large high school and had completely different friends. With over 400 classmates- we knew each other- just not well. With age and wisdom and lines and wrinkles, you find out that who you might pick to spend time around today, is vastly different that so many years ago. Or maybe we become more open and realize the little things don't matter and perhaps our thoughts about who were our close friends, isn't as accurate today as it was 35 years ago... It could be simply that our needs in our friendships change over time also. As I look across my Facebook friends, I do realize something. I didn't know what I didn't know until I thought WOW- I didn't know how much I would like that person!!! Well crap-I sure missed out on having that person in my life more so many years ago. I can name 3 or 4 people like that and I think wow- I was rolling through my life and I could have enjoyed the company of these funny, kind, caring people so much sooner and MORE!! Not one to spend time regretting, I will simply make more of a point to make sure I stay connected! I invite you to look back over the years and think of some people you might have liked to have known better and reach out- Facebook is such an easy way to do this...Don't let your opportunities pass you by- we aren't getting any younger! Don't miss out on the people who will still bless you and you can bless in return! Thanks for a super fun time Annette! <3
Well the past few days have brought a bit of clarity in a couple areas. Have you ever thought about how hard it is to cut through BS to figure out if someone is actually anything like who they portray they are? Point being- what comes out of ones mouth is often not quite the reality of what and who they are. Discernment-So the process often becomes a sift and sort of the rhetoric. It's kind of a painful process and quite tests the trust you place in others. Or perhaps it all falls back onto surrounding yourself with people who have integrity, keep their word and walk the walk and talk the talk- one who lifts others. Trampoline jumping off another persons shoulders to get ahead yourself speaks volumes about ones character. Especially if you lifted the person to your shoulders to begin with. I do suggest you work with a spiritual discernment which allows God to guide you in the grind of the sift and sort. It will never be an easy task but always a necessary one as you choose which people to allow into your personal inner circle and onto your shoulders. I have one piece of advice- if someone is always seeking to see their good deeds in the light and publicly acknowledged- leave them outside your circle. You will find yourself on the outside anyway at some point discarded and useless at some point anyway. Be strong and confident in who you are and what your gifts are!
Wake up. Work. Watch TV. Sleep....repeat. This is many people's daily routine. Ask yourself a question. "Am I living my dream life? Am I creating the Life I deserve?" We really only have two things in life we can control. Our thoughts and our actions are it! Are you taking care of those two things? Are you a dang tumbleweed rolling through your own life in reaction mode? COME ON! Dream bigger- fight to live the life you deserve! Grab whatever opportunity speaks to you, some crazy big goal or whatever and RUN HARD after it! How do I know this is possible? I DO IT- EVERY day! And why do I? Because I love every minute of my life because I am creating it. Can I control others, or my parents who are aging and over 80 or when my friends find out they have cancer? NO. But God gave me ONE life to manage and take care of while he allows me to grace this earth in the flesh form. I WILL do whatever I can to live a life of purpose, encourage and lift others up, be a great friend and daughter, be the best parent possible and smash every goal I set for myself in my business. Why? Because I CAN!!! I AM ABLE! And so are you- go after your dreams, smash those goals and be on purpose!
Friends... we all have them.. and they mean different things to us on different days and in different situations. You know if your boyfriend breaks up with you, there is someone you call but it may not be the same person you call if you got a huge promotion at work. Of course, you have those friends who you must include when the party is ON! Whether it's loss, happiness, celebration or grief or an exercise partner... we have all kinds of different friends- and we NEED this! YOU need them ALL! They each serve you differently and some are a short term friendship but leave a lasting impression. Some you have known your whole life and they are like your favorite pair of slippers.. comfortable and reassuring. Embrace the fact that all the people you meet will not be lifetime friends but friends for a reason or a season.. enjoy the process, learn from it, cherish your memories and lessons. Move forward in life smarter and enjoy the ability to offer more of yourself in your own capacity as a friend! Go send a text, a written note, or call a friend who has been there for you for a reason, a season or a lifetime and tell them you appreciate them!