Here's the deal: I'm finally learning to accept the cards I'm dealt, go with the flow (as much as possible) & express my gratitude. Therefore, LIFE IS GOOD!
This semester was a challenge. I was entirely overcommitted and constantly exhausted. But, I had support from my wonderful family and friends- they constantly helped me to push myself harder. And even though I didn't get to spend much time with them, they supported me the entire way. Throughout it all, I accepted the cards I was dealt and those which I chose to play.
Although I normally strive for straight As, I just knew I wouldn't get a top grade in my Reporting Public Affairs class. No matter how hard I tried, I felt as though I was constantly falling short. There's much more to this story, but for brevity.... I GOT AN A! But here's the deal. I had finally come to terms with getting a B in this class. It was extremely challenging- there were many sleepless nights and tears. Even though I was awarded an A for my hard work, the journey taught me something. Although we like to think we can, there is no way for us to control EVERYTHING in life. One of my favorite quotes from the book Epictetus says, "There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power." Sometimes we just need a little reminder that we are only human.
Oh yes, and I am learning to go with the flow. Ash (I came up with his pseudonym) and I did not get to spend the entire day together yesterday, as I'd planned. It was an extreme case of miscommunication... but that's okay. We did get to see Breaking Dawn and grab dinner. No, I didn't get my Christmas shopping done- I only purchased one present. But, I did learn a lesson last night: Don't go shopping with Ash again, or at least when I plan to be at the mall for more than 1 hour! Ha! I guess it just gives me an excuse to shop more before Christmas day!
And then there's gratitude. I think I've always been good at saying thank you. Since I can remember, my parents have always made sure that my brothers and I wrote and sent thank you cards before we used a gift. And to this day, I always thank anyone for driving me somewhere- even if it's my brothers or parents. But the art of taking the time to share your heart those in your life is crucial. Whether it's a quick thank you, or a long talk on a coffee date, make sure to share your appreciation with those in your life. I hope my friends, family, acquaintances and strangers accept my words of gratitude, even for the smallest things.
(Have I lost you yet?!)
Well that's my jumble of words for the day. I hope you have a blessed day! I am thankful for each you who inspire me on a daily basis.