Be Grateful For the Lessons In Your Life
Even the negative ones….
I recently took a 2000 mile, 12 day road trip to move my parents. I shared the experience with my audience through my newsletter and I got so many responses that I thought it might be great for the blog…so it “lives on” ha ha!
Enjoy and I would love your feedback!
I’m in a small town in Northwest New Mexico this weekend, getting my parents packed up and ready for the movers to come on Monday and relocate them to Phoenix, Arizona.
Warmer weather; near my brother; better amenities and a whole new adventure opening up.
So, we have had a lot of this is “the last times” lately.
For me, this is likely the last time I will grace this small town’s city limits…and for that, I am glad.
As I drove into town, I had a “sneer in my stride” as I silently said – “this is the last time I will EVER be here!” I was filled with negativity and resentment just driving into town. (This is not the town I grew up in; my parents moved here after I graduated.)
It’s the only place I have lived where I was truly unhappy. That’s actually pretty good, to only have ONE place, I realize
And, I know it wasn’t the place, but rather “life circumstances.” Choices I had made, but didn’t want to “own” at the time.
(Can you relate to that at all? Ever had a life situation that you were angry about but wanted to blame everyone else for?)
But, feeling this “sneer”…this negativity…didn’t really feel good about my past.
So, after some serious thought, I made a decision not to look at this “last time” in a negative way. I decided to focus on gratitude around what my time and experience here gave me.
I pulled over to the side of the road and looked at that small town airport, where my airline career began. And, memories started to flood my mind. And, I smiled.
As I drove on, I realized that I wouldn’t have the life I have had I NOT lived here for a short time, and gone through the life circumstances I did.
I wouldn’t be married to the man I share my life with; would not have my children; or any of the past that I DO love and cherish.
Sunday, I will drive to Durango, Colorado, where ”who I became” began and unfolded. We will do lots of this is “the last time” in some sense.
It will be just my family of origin – my parents, my brother and me. We will drive by our old house; our elementary, junior high and high school.
We will eat at a favorite Mexican restaurant and then meet up with extended family for what will surely be a final reunion for some in the family.
Monday, we will pack up an entire life and relocate what remains of it to a new state, new city, new home.
What I have learned along the way is to make
“the last times”
Have you ever walked out of the office of your boss and said -
This is the LAST time, he/she will ever speak to me that way….
Have you ever dropped your child off at day care, kicking and screaming (not you, but your child….or maybe you, too!) and said -
This is THE last time….I’m going to make a change.
And, maybe you have struggled with “last times” in your business…
Struggled making it a success and decided to make THAT the last time…
Throw in the towel…
I urge you not to do this.
Instead, look at the gifts you have learned from each step in the journey….
Just because you don’t have the financial success you want right now does not mean you never will.
Success, really, is just a series of failures along the way….failures we learn from.
Working on out own blueprint can take us a long way to where we want to be,
Here is a podcast I did earlier this year on your M. L. M. Blueprint.
If you are struggling, maybe take some time this weekend to review it and see how things might Improve.
Your M. L. M Blueprint
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