About three years ago, I met Kathryn Kemp and she not only became my manager at NextJob, she became my friend. Over the first year of our relationship she taught me a lot of things and one of the most important was about looking at "the gift" in every circumstance. Sometimes it's hard to see it. You have to look really hard, and sometimes you only discover it after time has passed.
Then two years ago something happened that made life very difficult for my husband and I. (The problem wasn't between us, it was caused by someone else.) I won't go into the details however I will say that these changes immediately affected our day-to-day lives. It required me to go to levels with managing my time that I never thought possible. I honestly felt that no human being could endure nor conquer what was required of me. And, yet here I am two years later still slaying this dragon and doing a mighty fine job of it if I do say so myself.
For a while I didn't understand what "the gift"in my situation could possibly be. I was angry. I railed out against the circumstances privately. I had to go through a process to move past my anger, get rid of bitterness and move through the forgiveness process. I did all that. To be completely honest, I sometimes need a booster to stay on track since I am still living with the ramifications of the change and have not been released from some of the extra responsibilities that were placed upon me as a result of what happened.
Recently, I found the gift.
I've always been good at time management. I have excelled at this my entire adult life and proven myself in every role I've ever held. Others have noticed this gift and invited me to teach occasional workshops and write various articles for publication. But after looking at what I've gone through for two years, which has basically been the need for time management on steroids beyond what most human beings ever endure, I woke up one day and said, "Wait a minute...this IS the gift. I can reaaaaalllly teach people to do this." Whether they are juggling extra things by choice or by circumstances not of their choosing, I have been given a gift to help them. I can bring relief and a sense of peace and order to their lives."
My posts have been super short the past few days. For those of you who come here to get your daily bread
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Don't underestimate the gift in every circumstance of your life. That's right, every circumstance. The thing you are crying about today will have you slaying dragons tomorrow.
Look for the gift!