Today at work we put up the Angel Tree. It is filled with requests from individuals and families seeking items for Christmas. When one picks up a tag, it is a tangible reminder of how much one has and how little someone else does. It is a reminder to be thankful for our blessings….our jobs..our health when there are so many who don’t have what we do.
I picked a male and female that I will shop for tonight. I am looking forward to it because it will allow me to think of someone else, to put my needs second and someone who is less fortunate first. It is a good way to end a week full of regrets, full of poor decisions…a great way to look ahead and embrace the opportunity to make a difference.
Let the season of giving begin….
One of my favorite Celine Dion songs is ‘If That’s What It Takes.’ It talks about doing absolutely anything and everything for someone. While I can relate to caring so much about a person, that I would do anything for them, I want to go a different direction for now. When I hear that, step back and think about doing whatever it takes to achieve a dream or even an ordinary task. Some of the lines include, “I will stand like a rock. I will bend til I break…until there’s no more to give, if that’s what it takes. I will risk everything. I will fight, I will bleed. I will lay down my life, if that’s what you need.” To me, it doesn’t have to be about a person…it’s about taking on a challenge. How far are you willing to go to reach your full potential? What will you do to improve your surroundings, both personal and professional? I see it as a challenge….and I’m ready to do ‘whatever it takes.’
I encountered a setback with my current journey. I’m dissapointed in myself that I wasn’t stronger in preventing it. I have been down this road before, hit rock bottom and bounced back again. I’m confident that I’ll bounce back again this time. God never shuts the door, so I don’t plan on doing that to myself.
It’s not always easy to keep at something….to not give up. It’s what we have to do though…to keep going and making ourselves better.
Two weeks from today, I head home for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait…haven’t seen my family in a few months. I’m still on a mission to push myself hard these next few weeks. I know I can leave for home feeling confident and proud of myself and I intend on doing just that. I didn’t always like challenges….liked taking the easy way out, whatever would get me by. Not anymore….in recent years, I’ve pushed myself to be a better person and like the results. The challenge stares me in the face everyday and instead of cowering and giving in, I say ‘bring it on.’
Lately I’ve been transported back in time…back to grammar school and I’m being corrected from saying, “Can I go to the bathroom,” to “May I go to the bathroom?” It’s so funny how phrases can take you back. I was corrected many times by my 3rd grade teacher when I used to ask the aforementioned question. I’d begin with, “Can I…” and she’d just look and wait for you to correct the wording of the question. Sometimes instead of a look she’d say, “I don’t know, can you?” It still makes me laugh when I think about it…
So Laurie Haggerty, if you’re out there….I didn’t appreciate the lesson then, but I get it now. So, thanks…
I absolutely love the look of the Fall season. As I was driving back from lunch today, I appreciated once again the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. I love seeing them fall and sweep across the streets onto people’s lawns. Last Sunday, while it was still light out, I grabbed both my digital and 35mm camera and just snapped away. I hope some of the ones I took come out good….they sure looked that way through the lens.
I love that Oklahoma has four seasons…I love seeing the colors change. I love opening the door to be greeted by those cool, crisp mornings. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year because of this…and because it is followed by the holiday season.
So to those who are surrounded by the changing colors…enjoy them!
I’m on a personal mission and calling it ‘three weeks.’ In three weeks, I want to have accomplished something that means a lot to me. It won’t mean anything to anyone else so there’s no point in being specific to anyone but me. Have you ever given yourself a goal like this? It helps you stay focused and creates a competition with yourself, a challenge where you constantly are asking yourself, “are you ready? will you do this? will you fight? do you have what it takes?” I like when I push myself…it makes me a better person. I won’t get too far ahead and will enjoy each moment of success…then, the journey of my ‘three weeks’ will mean even more.