Change and Choices

I love the holiday season. I find it a great time to reflect upon the previous year; consider the upcoming year; and most importantly be thankful for the opportunities that I have been afforded as well as the people who I share my journey with. Even as much as I enjoy the holiday season, I must admit it can be stressful. As I prepare for the upcoming week, I felt the need for some additional motivation today. I don’t know about you, but I feel there has been a lot of change and I need to better prepare myself to embrace change. I hope my thoughts are a motivator for you this week…

Each day both in our personal and professional lives we are faced with change. Each of us has the opportunity to choose how we meet the change and how we make choices given the change that is presented to us. My mom is a role model to me in how I face change. She will be 90 on January 15 (she and Matin Luther King Jr we’re born on the same day, same year) and has lived with us the past year. She has seen many things in those 90 years. Born during the Great Depression, she learned at an early age about struggle and choices. She learned to work for everything you have in life. She worried a lot….something she got from her mom. But she has enjoyed life to its fullest and until about two years ago would never admit she was getting older!

I credit this great outlook to her great health and enjoyment of life When I get frustrated I love talking with her. Even when a situation seems hard, she reminds me that we must accept what is given to us. We need to be thankful for each day that is afforded to us. And probably the most important….we must find the best in each situation we are confronted with.

My family jokes that if you don’t want to hear my mom’s opinion don’t ask. She doesn’t hesitate to share it with you and you may not like what she has to say. She is a realist and she doesn’t believe is wallowing in self-pity. She is the first to tell you that you need to face change and decisions head on and do what is best for you and your family.

As we enter the last two weeks of the year and prepare to ring in 2019, I hope you will join me in living by Grandma’s (what everyone in Missouri calls my mom) wisdom….Be thankful for every day that is afforded to us….Choose a positive attitude or choose to do what makes you happy….And most importantly know that you have family, friends and colleagues surrounding you to face each day.

Until next time…

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