Long, warm days of spring are slipping into ‘winter’ this year! I am not really complaining, you understand, just noticing–and enjoying it! (Grin)
My personal life also has been seeing some changes, good ones, since my book was published last November. New opportunities, friendships, and adventures are now a pleasant and common occurrence.
Today I met and spent time with interesting and kind people, a husband and wife who run a beautiful bookstore at Thomas More Church at Quebec and County Line. They run a fine gift and book business and have exciting plans for a book fair this summer.
They are carrying 24 copies of my book. They had called me last week, saying that people were asking for it. I didn’t waste any time and also enjoyed meeting these new friends.
You are not a pawn in the chess game of life, you are the mover of the pieces.
Life By Your Design
Has life taken some turns and made some unwanted changes for you? Have you lost a loved one? Have you wondered what to do with yourself or what comes next?
Have you pictured in your mind what life might soon be like for you? Into what new adventures has your mind journeyed? Maybe you have even wondered whether your present life and talents will be able to accommodate or support any new plans.
Imagine all the possibilities. What makes you most happy? Think “outside the box.” Imagine that you have all the money, resources, and time you need to do whatever you want. Nothing limits you. With that premise, what would you most like to be doing? What makes you smile? What would be the components of your ideal life?
Keeping a journal is a great tool for keeping track of your ideas and random thoughts. In your journal, describe and sketch the details of your ideas. Describe all the facets that appeal to you. Begin making a comprehensive plan. Investigate and research many possibilities. Talk to people. Discover what you love most.
When your ideas excite you, write them out on a single sheet of paper, then post that list of ideas where you will see it several times each day. This will enable you to easily adjust your ideas as they change.
Have you just recently developed a knowledge or skill? Any talent could become a passion in your life, if you dedicate yourself to it and if it makes your heart sing!
My daughter, Kath, has such a passion for hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains that she now has climbed 18 of the ‘”fourteeners,” those mountains over 14,000 feet high, and plans to conquer all 52 of them! Along the way, she has developed many good friends who enjoy hiking with her. Incidentally, she has become incredibly healthy and fit because of her new passion.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them!
~George Bernard Shaw
[Excerpt from Chapter Seven of I'm a Widow, What Now? Embracing Life after Loss]