As I was sitting here debating how to title what I was grateful for today, these lyrics popped into my head and seemed quite fitting.
Apparently I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately because now I’m throwing a little Kelly Clarkson into the mix…
As for what this means, it’s really about being grateful for my story. So for Day 4 I am choosing to be grateful for my story. It’s mine, and I’m the only one who gets to own it and tell it.
We all have them…our stories…how we got to where we are. Some of us are very open about everything in our lives, whereas some of us are more protective over which parts we share with others.
No matter what your story is, it’s yours. You have the power to make it as positive or negative as you want. And most importantly, you also have the power to change it if you don’t like how the storyline is going.
“Above all we must realize that each of us makes a difference with our life. Each of us impacts the world around us every single day. We have a choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place – or not to bother.”
Is your story simple? Mine is definitely not. My life has been full of ups and downs, love and heartbreak, and all the other great stuff that goes into trying to find balance as a parent and as a human being. And then there’s the trying to find fulfillment and balance at the same time…while still remaining present and keeping things together.
I don’t think any of us finds life too easy. We all have our own difficulties, whether it’s with a relationship, our children, our finances, or just finding happiness.
BUT life is a grand experience, a beautiful journey, and a wild ride for sure!
“Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow.” -Terri Guillemets
Are you grateful for your story?
Do you have regrets?
A powerful feeling that there is more to life than where you are right now?
This seemed to be the pattern of my story. I would think I’d have it (whatever I thought “it” was), and then all of a sudden it would seem like the rug was pulled out from underneath me. I never could seem to get all my ducks in a row. If I could get one area to balance another one would fall out of balance.
Life as a parent is challenging in so many ways. It reminds me of the part in the book, The Cat in the Hat, where he balances all of the household items on his head. So many things…so much pressure, and it only takes a tiny something to lose the balance and drop what feels like everything.
Balance is the goal, keeping everything and everyone afloat.
BUT what about you? This is a question I felt guilty for asking for a long time. “What about me? I’m having a hard time staying afloat.”
*Be sure to check out my About Me page to get caught up on more of the story.
There are no regrets in my story. I’ve learned valuable lessons from every single event in my life. I wouldn’t change my story for anything because I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. And for that I’m grateful! I haven’t always had that perspective on life. It wasn’t until I was able to truly take ownership of my life and take responsibility for it that I was able to change the storyline I disliked so much. I had to come to terms with the fact that no one else but me got to decide if I was happy or not. I was the one who got to make that decision. And then I started taking steps towards figuring out what that was. What did make me happy?
My story isn’t over yet and neither is yours. I am so grateful for the ability to change my storyline, and for the amazing story that has begun to unfold.
“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” Socrates
Go create the next chapter of your story!
You got this!
P.S. The picture above is from one of my favorite places in the world, The City Museum in St. Louis. I chose to change my storyline this day, and it will forever be embedded in my mind. As someone who does not like heights, I rode this Ferris wheel which sits on top of a 14-story building! It changed my story…literally…from 14+ stories in the air!
Scared to take the risk? I was too. I’m so glad I did though! That’s why I started coaching, because I know how much of an impact those life changes can have. I’ve been there. I’m here to help if you need me. I won’t force you to get on a Ferris wheel, but I will help you brainstorm and create your new storyline. In fact, I would be honored to do so 🙂