This week, I challenge you to consider the lessons your life is offering you right now. I say, “offering” because God offers lessons, but it is up to us to learn from them. If we don’t learn, the same lessons are offered again and again. Through both frustrations and exciting times, there is something for you to learn that will prepare you for greater opportunities on your horizon.
This week, I’d like to share five of the greatest lessons I have learned on my journey thus far. Perhaps you’ve learned these along your journey as well. Sometimes, in the hectic pace of life, we need a reminder and that is what I am here to offer you today:
1. NOTHING IS PERMANENT.
I first learned this lesson at six years old, which was the first time my family moved. We left my birthplace of Florida and moved to Germany. I moved eight more times by the age of 21 — to cities in Colorado, South Carolina, California, back to Florida, and Texas. Growing up in an Air Force family, I quickly learned to adapt to new circumstances, new people, and sometimes even a new country. Nothing in life is permanent – a fact that should encourage us to revel in the joy your life brings and minimize your frustration when you encounter circumstances you don’t like. There is something in your life right now that is not permanent. If it is something you love, in what ways could you embrace and enjoy it more? If it’s something you dread, just hold on a little longer. This too shall pass.
2. YOU ARE EITHER LIVING ON PURPOSE OR LIVING BY ACCIDENT.
Too many people wander through life haphazardly – latching on to people, jobs and things just because they crossed their path. Then they wake up one day wondering, “How on earth did I get here?” I call it “living by accident.” In order to create a fulfilling life, you have to be purposeful in your decisions. Don’t make your decisions without reflecting on how your decision will impact you long-term. Pursue the things that empower you to express your values and talents. Choose to be around people you feel good being around – inspiring, supportive people who are moving in the same direction as you. Know your purpose and live it in every day in your work, relationships, health, finances and spiritual life. In what way do you need to begin living more on purpose?
– Valorie Burton, http://www.valorieburton.com/
Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com