It has been 5 days since I’ve had any social media activity or blog post and I truly am having withdrawals! Now more than ever, I realized how I truly appreciate my TRUE FRIENDS out there, who continue to support me with comments on my blog and on my Wall…
Please know that while I haven’t had a chance to comment, I sooo appreciate each and everyone of you and I promise I will to get back to all your comments in 2-3 weeks! I am so blown away by your encouraging love and for taking the time to leave your wonderful comments which continue to inspire me!
The reason I have taken a forced “hiatus” from my Blog, Facebook and Twitter and social media presence was because for the past week I have spent my time and will continue:
1) Scouring Craigslist and MLS Searches looking for a new home to move into in 13 days before close of escrow!
2) Researching and scheduling movers for estimates.
3) Purging our 3,100 sq. ft home to fit in a home 1/2 that size.
4) Taking Garrett to his Reading Bootcamp and Math Sessions
5) Contacting friends, old housekeepers and gardeners who might be able to use some of our stuff or share it with those who need them most.
6) Planning and creating spreadsheets numbering the bins, tubs and boxes so movers will know which rooms they will go to in the new house.
7) Calling utility companies, etc. to open and close accounts
8) Change of address requests .
9) Sorting every piece of item in the house – Keep, Store, Donate, Throw Out
10) Last but not least, when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I had to coordinate with our wonderful CPA about the unexpected “love letter” we received from Uncle Sam that they would like to “review our ’07 and ’08 tax returns! How’s that for a cake topper? We’re not concerned at all as we do our best to stay in honor… I’m just wondering about the timing as I have to dig into my files and prepare for it on top of everything else!
Okay, most of you who read my blog and and know me personally understand that that I love writing about positive, uplifting and motivating stuff. However, I do believe that while I am going through a situation that probably most Americans are going through right now, I am hoping that my posts regarding our current plight will somewhat bring a glimmer of hope to many.
I chose to be transparent and share our story because I believe that THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE HURTING OUT THERE – people who are looking for people like them, whose story could empower them and let them know they’re not alone. People who found themselves spiraling and wondering what happened to their dreams and why the rug was pulled off right from underneath them.
I am speaking about people of integrity and pride, who really work hard, are diligent, have dreams and are doing what they can to move towards those dreams. People who are committed to never give up on their dreams –
And yet… they find success highly elusive…
From time to time, I have many questions… why this, why that… how did this happen? Why to us? We’re good people, we give unconditionally, we know our faith is strong and we’re committed to living our lives on purpose with the “Spirit of Excellence”… why did this still happen to us?
Every time I ask that question, I hear this phrase over and over in my head…. It’s a phrase a trusted friend and spiritual advisor told me 3 years ago on what God must be saying to me as I go through trials in my life:
“I love you too much to let you stay that way…. I love you WAAAY TOO MUCH to make you stay that way….”
Then it dawned on me, as a parent, I know how to love and I know how to discipline. There is a fine balance. If I know my child is straying, I know that there is discipline coming.
Looking back through the highs and lows of my life, every event – good or bad – has had a major lesson, a purpose and produced results. For every trial, there always has been a corresponding triumph.
Like my Mentor Joel Bauer says, “Problems = Happiness” – overtime you solve a problem you become happy until the next problem comes along. I am a living proof of that… I used to be afraid of problems but now I realized they are part of what shapes my life!
How is the finest gold purified? Through fire! I believe that God has a way of “purifying” us and removing the dross or the yucky black stuff that makes the gold dull. Some people call it pruning – and like anything else, when something is trimmed out of you, it can hurt.
I compare it to a butterfly coming out of the cocoon… it’s so uncomfortable but the only way for a caterpillar to become a butterfly and be able to fly high is by going through that cocoon…
What about you? What areas in your life are you being asked to change? What areas are you getting disciplined lately?
Perhaps it’s time to listen to what it is that you need to change in your life so you can get different results? What are you holding on so tightly that could potentially be holding you back from success?
Is it fear, clutter, doubt, procrastination, feeling of not being good enough? Or could it be ignorance with money, living beyond your means or what we say in the Philippines,
“Counting your chicks before your eggs are hatched.”
If you relate to what I wrote here, you must be wondering the same thing: “What do I need to change? Where should my focus be? How would I know I am on the right path?
I can’t really answer for you… all I know is that when my priorities shifted from:
And switched to:
I heard this message even louder!
“I love you too much to let you stay that way…”
Just the knowing that I am loved, is enough to strengthen me. On top of that, I also get a huge bonus of knowing that there are plans to prosper me beyond my wildest imaginings waiting for me and that after this is said and done I will come out with stronger faith and character…
And the stronger I become, the more people I can help empower! I know in 3 weeks, I will be back with MORE clarity and MORE of me to give!
Do you believe that there are plans to prosper you too? Are you willing to go through the discipline and do what it takes to see what lies ahead, if you knew that there truly is a big reward around the bend?
I would absolutely love to know….
Cheering You On To Your Success!