Although we may not be able to see it, there is a part of me that feels like we are all being called to something greater in all of this.
It may be just in the way we think, or the way we love, or the way we appreciate friends and family. Or it may be in the way we serve the world through our gifts and our talents. I don’t know, because it will be different for each one of you.
But every day this month, I want to help. So I’m offering you four gifts: one image, one quote, one idea, and one thing you might want to try.
Here’s your 11:11 message for the day.
The last real job I had, years ago, was one of the best, and one of the worst, I ever had in my career. As a department head in an adolescent treatment center, I had the opportunity to impact lives in a way that changed entire family trees, literally impacting generations. To say that it was powerful, fulfilling work is an understatement.
It was also a job that ate me alive.
That was true not because of the kids. They were great. It was true because of all the other challenges that came with being young, inexperienced, and in management.
That job put me in therapy the first time. And although I was a therapist myself, it was still incredibly hard to take that step. I hate vulnerability every bit as much as you probably do.
It turned out to be one of the best things I could have ever done. It was there that I found the guidance I needed to understand myself and stand up for myself. It was also there that I got the support I needed to navigate major life transitions that were just around the corner.
Including adopting our first child, and starting my first business.
Since then, I’ve often said that my best lessons seem to come during the hardest times. It was during that time that I learned for example, that sometimes there really is something better coming just around the bend, even if I couldn’t possibly imagine what ‘better’ could look like.
These times are no different.
Take a minute to think about other times in your life when you went through something tough.
Weren’t there other times when you didn’t know what to do, couldn’t see a solution? Haven’t there been plenty of times when you weren’t sure how you would ever get back on your feet or back into the game?
How did you make it through back then? What did you learn from that experience? How can you apply those lessons to what you’re going through now?
Figure this out. And know that whatever you had in you then, you have in you now.
And be well,
P.S. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think could use it. (Or have them reach out to me and I’ll add them to my list.) And thank you!