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Today’s Short and Sweet from Facebook

Good morning,

Some of my bestest friends/associates are in my life as a result of my leaving my comfort zone. Seminars, conferences, networking events and even part-time jobs have produced more quality relationships than anything I had to sacrifice at the time.

Short story:
In my early 20’s, I remember being disappointed with my raise. I was working at Equifax and, based on my performance, accolades and awards, I just knew my raise was going to be ginormous. I’d already thought out my acceptance speech. I was a single mom, still living at home and I needed to make more money.

Well, when my manager saw my disappointment in making an additional 5% of nothing, she leaned in and said “It’s not always what you put in your pocket.” Then, she proceeded to explain benefits, stock options and other things that I didn’t fully understand. She wasn’t the first manager that had to correct my vision early in my career…I’ve had several.

Looking back on all the days of not making a lot of money, I realize what I gained in experience, work ethic and wisdom from more seasoned professionals far outweigh the ideal salary I had in my head.

Today, my life is filled with people that I met through events I attended and choices I make just so I could be a better person.

Was I always thrilled with my initial results? No. The stress leading up to making the decision to take on a 2nd job after working 40 hours somewhere else or to attend another seminar a budget running on fumes can be enough to make you doubt that you have any common sense left.

Did I set out to meet people that could benefit me? No. I went because I wanted more knowledge. I simply wanted to improve me.

But like my manager said, it’s not always what you get right then and there that matters. Consider the areas in your life where you think you didn’t get all you’d bargained for and, with new/more experienced eyes, tally up everything you gained. You’ll be surprised how much you truly have.

Have an expectant day!

Today’s Short and Sweet from Facebook

Good morning,

Go ahead, admit it! The future God has shown you is so bright, sometimes, you have to squint to see. Squinting, however, only allows you to take in a little at a time. That’s fine, I’m sure He designed it that way.

If you could take it all in, you’d be overwhelmed. The little bit you can see already has you so excited you run into walls. And so sure of yourself that you get bent all out of shape at the tiniest inclination that you won’t get what you want…what you’re “entitled” to. I’m sure that’s by design as well.

If you can barely see enough to be sure of your next move, how far down the road would you guess others can see? Note, they can’t stand in your shoes and to view your path from anywhere else will always be a slightly different view.

Only a few are being spoken to on your behalf. Only a few. Everyone else is simply sharing what they’ve seen thus far. All with good intentions, I’m sure, but as far as the future goes…they’re squinting as well. So, don’t even waste your time comparing the apples to zucchini because it doesn’t matter. Rest assured, they’ve won some that you’ve lost and vice versa.

Now, would it be helpful to know that there’s a boulder two feet in front of you? Yea. But don’t be surprised if, for you, that boulder is only a mole hill or even a mountain. Take it in but don’t let all the ‘extra’ hinder your steps, scare you or make you doubt your qualifications. Staying positive, hopeful and forgiving is hard enough without the woulda, shoulda, couldas. Whether you feel you’ve walked, limped or been carried up to this point matters none. Your future still looks bright.

Have an expectant day!

Today’s Short and Sweet from Facebook

Good morning,

Have you ever had a feeling of gratitude come over you? Where you’re thankful for both the good and the bad of your journey? Where even though circumstances aren’t peaceful, you’re at peace? Where you have no clue what tomorrow will bring but you know, somehow, you’re ready for it when it shows up?

Have you ever felt so much love that you freely extend it to others without a need… to know if they are extending it in return? Where the sting of everything that anyone has ever done evaporates? Where you can’t really remember why you were mad or even why you even cared so much?

Have you ever forgiven your elders, both living and deceased, and the choices they made? Have you ever considered that their decisions in no way equalled their love for you? Have you ever decided that it really doesn’t matter what happened or why?

Have you ever, for a brief moment, saw clearly what God sees in you, your situation and your future? Have you ever seriously grasped what could be without the need to be validated?

Have you realized that the past is not a clear plastic coat you’re being forced to wear through the summer (making your uncomfortably warm) or through the winter (providing no protection only a false sense of security)? Have you realized, even if you have to take it off every morning and several times throughout the day, that you can remove that coat?

Today you can be a victim or victorious. You can stand at the water’s edge and wag your finger at the universe for not filling your cup or you can bend down and collect what you can in preparation for the overflow. You can loosen the weights that threaten to drag you pass what you  want towards more of what you don’t want. You can continue to gather pages for the next Woe As Me edition or you can make it your business to have something positive to say even it you’re the only one.

Well, that’s where I am today. I think it’s called being present when you realize that, where you are – right now – is safe. The past can’t reach from its crypt and pull you into darkness and the future, with all its taunting, can’t harm you.

I pray that you not only experience it but welcome it.

Have an expectant day!

Today’s Short and Sweet from Facebook

Good morning,

Every situation includes peace but you have to stop splashing around (being dramatic, blaming the world and making things worse) to experience it.

Have an expectant day!

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