Archive | September 2013

Peaks and Valleys

PeaksValleys A few days ago I came across the following post on Facebook:

The main reason why I wanted to repost her comment (with her permission, of course) is because of the message that it conveys — that although someone may be going through a difficult time, it doesn’t mean that it will forever be that way.

We all go through tough times, and during some of those times it may feel as if things will always remain the same. Sadly, some people choose to give up. In a future chapter of my autobiography, I will go in-depth about the worst year of my life – 1991.  However, more recently, I went through another “bad” time.

After losing my job and running out of unemployment in 2008, it was a very desperate time. No money for bills, no money for food and I actually lived for a month in my apartment with NO electricity. I prayed a lot and put my things in storage. After being unable to pay the storage bill, I lost EVERYTHING – all of my possessions – furniture, electronics, mementos, etc., many of which I had for thirty plus years. All I had was the clothes on my back and a few clothes I had in a carry-on bag. Before moving out of the state, I was even working a part-time telemarketing job, making approximately $75 a week. I couldn’t believe the position I was in, but I didn’t give up. After reminding myself of  “1991”, I knew that this wasn’t the worst and things weren’t going to remain the same. I slowly started crawling my way back towards the end of that year.

I briefly skimmed over that year, but, I just wanted to share the story, because that time in my life and many others was the impetus for starting this blog. I try to post uplifting quotes and stories from a place of having been where so many people have been – or still are. I’ve learned so much from my experiences and I just want to share as much as possible, so those who choose to read my blog, and can relate, will realize that they are going through what many before them have gone through. You are not alone. Thank you to Mia and God Bless anyone who may be going through a tough time. Hang in there and remember….

*** Coincidentally, I JUST read the following on Facebook. (It’s a few hours after I posted the above entry). I think it goes hand in hand with my blog entry above:  

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

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