“There are things we can control and things we can’t. Why not start with what we can?”
Before I share my own story which began a long time ago, I will take you back to when my son was only three-years-old and my mother suffered a devastating ventricular aneurysm. It was during this time that I realised…
“There are things we can control and things we can’t, so why not start with what we can?”
As a single parent, this particular period in my life was extremely challenging.
However, it helped to shift my focus on what was really important in life. It’s daunting to realise how easily one’s life can change in an instant. Thankfully, my mother miraculously survived her ordeal even though the odds were against her. This life-changing turn and her recovery journey reinforced within me the overwhelming importance of giving back and helping others.
A few years later, another undiscovered milestone occurred. This time, it was happening directly to me: I was being downsized or maybe resized: you may know the size that I am talking about. To put it plainly, I was given a hand shake, thanked for my services, and offered a somewhat decent package to leave my place of employment along with a few other now-former employees.
This for me was a very welcomed change because working at this particular company was becoming detrimental to my health. I desperately wanted to leave, but just did not have the guts to leave a well-paid job. You see, although, I had a dream of wanting to help others, but the desire was not strong enough to allow me to see that it is not always about money.
With an abundance of time now on my hands…
I decided that being an employee was not for me and that I was going to be my own boss. I had a business in mind but no concrete plan on how to execute and market a business successfully. Suffice to say, that if this venture did not work, I had to return to the corporate world. Had I surrounded myself with like-minded people who could mentor, encourage and coach me, the end result of my entrepreneurial attempt would have been different.
Fast-forward to returning to the corporate world for another five years which brings us to 2017, I found myself in a position where my skills were not being fully utilized. This position eventually became redundant where one of my options was to stay with the company in another role where my skills would again have been even more under-utilized. It was at that time I remembered Dawna Markova and her insight about an unlived life. Her quote says:
“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as a seed goes to the next as a blossom and that which came to me as a blossom, goes on as fruit.”
At this particular juncture of my life, there was no way that I was going to let anyone determine my worth. I know who I am and what I want to accomplish.
On that note, I am proactively surrounding myself with like-minded people who encourage and inspire each other on a daily basis. Enjoying what you do should be part of living and I plan to enjoy every aspect of my author journey. Not only do I want to enjoy my journey, but to also make a difference in the lives of the people I meet along the way through helping them achieve optimum health with the use of natural health alternatives. To this end, I have decided to walk away from the corporate world and step fully and completely into my future and see where the road leads.
I am certainly looking forward to the rest of my life were I can be a change-maker. Now each morning, I wake up and say to myself, “Welcome to the rest of your life!”
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