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The Heart of the Matter

12 Mar

I used to think I was an optimist, but as I’ve gotten older the dial seems to be inching closer and closer to a more realistic place. My grand plans always seemed to work themselves out in my dreams. I wouldn’t imagine any obstacles, no trouble. That’s great for a childhood imagination but not so great for a practical adult.

I’ve never been one to pay much attention to “the journey” either.  Granted, I have gotten a bit better but I do like to get where I’m going- and quickly. .  My recent stint without work has showed me more than ever that things have a way of working themselves out and in it’s own time for that matter. It’s practically become my unemployment  battle cry, but I’m determined to believe it. I’m ready for bigger and better things. With cautious optimism, I say bring it on.

 

 

 

The Best Advice

18 Nov

As we come into the home stretch of 2011, I started to think about this year. It’s certainly had it’s ups and downs- lost weight, gained the weight back. Got a job, lost the job. 2011 will not be one for the record books, but it should be celebrated for what it was, an overall challenge.

I like change. Actually, probably a little too much. It’s been rare that I get so deeply involved in something that I refuse to bail. This year has taught me the power of persistence. For what reason I have yet to figure out, I am firmly planted in South Florida. Job prospects are few and far between here at the moment and I guess I’m starting to see that as a blessing. Someone is trying to send a message and I think I’m finally ready to listen. Other things need my attention now.

I guess I have Katie Couric to thank for my new revelation.

My wonderful mother has been trying to get me to chill out for a while now, to no avail. (We never listen to our mothers, do we?) But in her genius she gave me a book, Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got.

Sometimes we just need to hear things from a different voice. There are only so many times you can hear the same encouraging tone before it starts to sound like a staged PBS special. But this book covers it all. It is divided into chapters on courage,  perseverance, passion, ethics, rejection, encouragement, risks, and finding your joy. Each with short tidbits of real life experiences from well known celebrities. You could sit and read it all the way through, or read a section depending on your mood that day.

Today I’m reading the chapter on rejection. But I’m hanging on to optimism,  you just never know. So for now I’m just gonna chill and read on.

But it has got me thinking about advice. I love to give advice, but usually only when solicited for it. Oh, I’ve learned my lesson on that one… But I can say these are my best bits of advice.

  • Try not to lie. It will always come back to bite you in the ass
  • “It will all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”
  • Never pass up a bathroom

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Any advice you like to give others?