Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I know I said I would not address news because I wanted to keep my blog "light"...but this time I have to. You don't have to be a parent to have shed tears over the tragedy in Connecticut. We have all said the same thing, "I don't understand how someone could have done this" or "I don't understand how this could have happened." I've decided I'm not going to try and understand how or why this happened. A link to this story was sent to my email. Soon after I read it, I was sitting at my niece's Christmas program. I watched my niece, dressed in her Christmas red, walk confidently to her spot on the bleachers. She stood there smiling and carefree, waiting for her cue from the "music teacher" to begin singing. I looked at all of the faces of the other children: innocent, some wearing reindeer antlers, some dressed as elves, some waiving to their family members, some talking to each other instead of singing, some standing still and poised, some who couldn't stand still. I thought about those families who babies were taken from them. The day probably started out as a normal school day. No one even imagining their day would end like it did. Those children will never sing in a Christmas program. They will never get to open their Christmas presents they were anticipating. All over the world, people have created memorials for the victims. I saw children who released yellow balloons to honor the slain. I heard one of the children say, "I believe something good can come out of this." This statement reinforces the innocence of children. I admire that child's belief in the "something good." Right now I question the good that can come from this. Where is it??
Sunday, December 2, 2012
We need sources of income..legal sources of income, just in case a few of you were confused. We need money to take care of ourselves. We need money to live. I will ruffle some feathers with this one, so I welcome your disagreeable comments when I say that having money makes life more enjoyable!! Show me a broke person who is walking around proclaiming, “I’m broke, but I couldn’t be happier”….hmmmm…no thanks! There is a source of pride that goes along with going to work to be able to take care of ourselves and to handle our obligations. However, I do believe that we become so anxious to make more money that it pulls us away from doing what we love. We forget what we love. Do not push that which you love to do to the wayside. Who said you have to settle for working an unfulfilling job or jobs for the rest of your life just to get a check. Take it from someone who, at one point, worked three jobs. So, I get the notion that “you have to do what you have to do.” I get it! Just consider that doing what you love CAN be a source of income. It can be your main source if that is what you choose to pursue. Why not start out doing what you love as a part time gig? Maybe that is the start you need to have a more fulfilling career. You love what you love for a reason. Give it a chance. Give yourself a chance.