Make a Living or Make a Life

Well, here I am sitting on the other side of the 60-year mark, contemplating “making a living or making a life.”

This year has been filled with reflection, remembering good times and not so good times. I think about legacy and passing on life lessons to the next generation. Earlier in this calendar year, I was faced with the “Make a Living” decision. I searched; I applied for several positions. I came across a previous employment position I held a couple of years ago. I applied, I interviewed, and I was offered the job. A sigh of relief. . . Job security. Then, reality struck. I had all the qualifications to execute the expected role, but….   it did not bring me satisfaction or joy. Thanks to my loving partner and soul mate, I was supported in my decision to resign from that “Make a Living” job.

Today, my focus is on Making a Life. I lean on the words of Woodrow Wilson –

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”

 

I have my ideas, dreams and plans floating around in my mind. They are all ready to be planted, cultivated, and wait patiently for the harvest.

I will carry on, allowing the Maximizer’s Creed, by Dr. Ron Jensen to provide inspiration and motivation.

Maximizer’s Creed

I will take charge of my life and make a difference

            I will live my life with a sense of dignity

            I will embrace problems as positive opportunities

            I will center my life on universal principles

            I will passionately pursue my mission

            I will keep all areas of my life in balance

            I will put others first and honestly serve them

            I will cultivate my character and spirit

            I will keep adjusting to needs

            I will never, ever, quit.

 

Life is too short to not live my ideal life. Here I come…

 

 

 

 

MY Life

Spring is on the horizon. The days are getting longer.

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The daffodils are going to bloom any day. And me? I am finally finding my “self” – and I like ME.

I have been on a personal “seeking” journey for some time now, always looking for the answers outside of ME. I have read many self- help books and blogs. I read Scripture daily (most mornings).   Journaling has always been a part of my morning ritual. But, the most insightful part is that I have only been recording daily events, my ups and my downs. Nothing deep and self-reflecting, until recently.

Today, I can say that I am now slowing down with the outside search and looking within. Certainly my 59 years of experiencing relationships, work, travel, world events, and so on …

I should have something to say about what I have learned on the journey and will continue to learn.

What I know for sure: “I must live MY life. I must claim MY life story.”

And so today I am open to the message I am to receive.  LL

 

No Time Like the Present

Blogging has always intrigued me.  I have looked at several blogs, varying in theme, topics of interest, and ‘notable’ Best Blogs by year or by category.

Then there is me.  What do I really have to say?

I am approaching my 60th anniversary marker of my journey here on earth.  It has been a thought provoking milestone….. I have reviewed my memories, my photo albums, and even some of the many journals I have written in over the years.  It is time to claim all of those thoughts and dreams.

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The Lands and People series

I must admit as a young girl, I spent hours browsing through The Lands and Peoples series by Grolier. (By the way Sheri, I am going to take that collection home with me on my next visit). Thus, began my ‘zest’ for traveling the world OR as Joey claims, I would find a drive down to the end of the driveway as an adventure on my planet Earth.

In future posts, I will share past travels and dreams of place yet to see.  I will also share my daily endeavors, trials and triumphs, and Joey and I (our)  journey from the Inside Out.

See you soon-

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Spain 2013