I will admit it - I am mega sore this morning! Chalene did mention as we were doing some sort of backflip with a twist last night that we DO have muscles in our back. Huh. Well, that would explain it. Anyway, as I was driving home last night feeling that Turbo High I got an email that Les Mills Pump has shipped and I should get it any day.
While Bestie and I were driving home last night we were talking about how we want to live life - on purpose. This isn't anything too new for me because I have been building up an awareness of who I am and what I can create over the past couple of years, but, this was a different conversation. We talked about how this life is not for enduring and drudgery and that it is our responsibility to get ourselves up, get going, and get happy. Now, in general I am a happy person anyway, but it comes with work. I have had my shares of hits in my now almost 40 years of life on this earth. However, I have learned that looking back never gets you anywhere. So now I try to just mentally say, "CHECK - done!" or "CHECK - won't be doing that again!" And then move on. In a nutshell - I can't control the things that happen in my life, but I can control how I react to them. It's that simple.
Over the past five years my Bestie has been hit HARD. It seemed like one thing after another - jobs, house, unplanned kid - everything in life that can throw you for a loop. I've been through similar stuff, but not all at once and consecutively the way so many of my friends have. So I have helped out where I could and I have watched and observed. Universally, the friends who chose daily to just be happy in the little things in spite of the big things have been able to come through the trials with peace. And with greater patience. The friends who let it consume them have lost who they are and are in the process of rebuilding themselves. Either way - trials are designed to refine us and teach us and help us to get on the path that we are supposed to be on.
In the past couple of months my life has been turned upside down with choosing to withdraw as a partner from the company that I put blood, sweat and tears into to build. It is hard to admit that as a partner, I failed. What I learned about myself is that I am either good at managing a business, or good at recruiting. I lose momentum when I do both. It was a fantastic thing to learn about myself because how would I have ever learned it otherwise? Two years of my life. I'm grateful that I can say it made me more aware of what I am supposed to be doing versus what I thought my life should look like. And during that whole process I forgot about the people I was trying to serve - those who were looking for jobs.
When I got home last night Chalene had posted this on her facebook page. It was like she had been listening in on the conversation:
Instead of living a life where NOTHING matters, live a life where EVERYTHING matters! Fall in-love with the idea of a big life. Live a life where stuff happens, where you see an opportunity and you seize it. Be brave enough to live boldly.
I think I will do just that.