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Choices

All of my life I have been faced with decision after decision and making choices one way or the other.  I am sure, Dear Bloggites, that you have all been in this situation, it is called LIFE.  Throughout my life, every active choice I made had a specific reaction to it.  As my boys were growing up (and now my GrandKiddos), I always said this phrase, “For every action you make, there is a reaction, be it good or bad.” to remind them that their choices in life affect many things and not just one thing they are deciding on.

I have made plenty of bad choices in my lifetime but not all the bad choices had bad outcomes.  Both my boys were from choices I made when I was younger, and I do not regret those decisions in the least bit.  My life has been so enriched by my sons and will continue to be enriched for as long as I live.  I thank God every day for my boys and how well they turned out in spite of who raised them (me).

I have also made plenty of good choices in my lifetime and I continue to reap the benefits from those daily.  One of the greatest choices I made in my lifetime was to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.  He has always seen me through, even when I had not accepted Him, and He continues to see me through daily.  Now, I still struggle with my timing verses His timing, but in the end, what is meant to happen, happens according to His plan for my life.

I am faced with some choices right now.  I do not know the current outcome because I have not made any decisions, but knowing the result of some of the decisions, I have put contingency plans into place.  That is something I recommend everyone doing, always have a contingency plan.  While one of my favorite phrases is the “For every action there is a reaction, be it good or bad” my ultimate phrase that I say and do is, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

choicesHoping for the best is a no brainer, everyone has hope the best, ultimate outcome will happen, unfortunately, the ‘best’ outcome is usually some form of happy ending in their life, but that is not always the case.  Sometimes the ‘best’ outcome is having to say good-bye to someone or something you love because you know it is for the best.  The best-case scenario I had to face was when my Dad was dying of Cancer.  I did not want to see him pass away, but I KNEW he would be better off if he did die.  This may sound heartless to some of you, but he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and I knew if my Dad died here on Earth, he would be in heaven celebrating a new body that will never give out on him.

Preparing for the worst is the hard part on my ultimate phrase of “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” because no one wants to face or deal with the worst-case scenario.  The death of a loved one, to many, is the worst-case scenario.  But preparing for the worst-case scenario forces you to think of all the possible outcomes of a situation and decide on which choice would be best to take if faced with the worst-case situation.  I am at that point right now.

I have many choices to make in the next couple of months.  These choices have good and bad outcomes, but I still have to make them.  In order for me to move forward in life for myself, my Autistic son, and my dog, I have to decide which choice to do so when and if I am faced with the worst case scenario, I will have my contingency plan in place and make that decision when the time comes.

I challenge you, Dear Bloggites, think about the choices you have made in your past and all the different possible outcomes that could have happened if the current one you are in did not take place.  Then, think about your life and what you want in the future.  Make some choices and plan the contingency plans to follow and then run with the results.  You only have one life to live, make it the best life you deserve and want!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Back Into The Swing Of Things

This year has started off at a run.  After being sick and suffering from anxiety and chronic pain, I am finally finding my way again, Dear Bloggites.  I still have many, many things to start doing again, but today, I was able to check off one of those items I have missed – Writers Anonymous Monthly Meetings.

Today was our first one for the year and, having the days changed to the second week like it used to be, we had a good size group show up today.  It could be the new year, resolutions and all that, but I hope it is because people are realizing their worth and that the story they have inside them needs to get out and they need to share it with the world.

pencil with ideasI am still struggling with the daily writing thing (obviously), but I am still writing on a more consistent basis than I did last year.  And that is something!  I have not started back on my novel that I have shelved for a couple of years.  I started it the year my Dad died, and I am still working through the psychological issues of remembering his struggle at the end each time I sit to write this novel.

I will get through it.  I feel the spark that has been missing when I think of writing.  I feel the tingling in my mind that is my story getting my attention and I feel the joy of watching the words appear on the blank page in front of me.  This is a good feeling and I am going to hang on to it because like the visitors to the meeting tonight, I too have a story that is inside and needs to be shared with the world. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

What is the Meaning of Life?

We all ask this question at some point in life.  Even the ones who seem to have it all together have asked the question of “What is the meaning of life?”.  We, as people, desire to know what our purpose is in this journey we are on.  We work and work and ask and ask but most of us tend to find silence on the other end when it comes to this question.

How about I rephrase god's creations are perfectthe question: “What is the meaning you hope for out of life?”

Think about that one.  What do you hope for on a daily basis?  Acceptance, compassion, love, understanding?  Everyone works for something on a daily basis, even if that something is just embracing the fact that they woke up to another day.  I rarely ask myself the “meaning of life” question but I do find myself asking what I hope for out of the one life I am given.

I consider myself a renaissance woman. I am always learning new things and finding a revival or rebirth of other things I have previously done and loved doing.  Many would call this a life-long learner, and I like that, too.  In my life, I strive to always be a little better than I was the day before.  No matter how small or simple the action, I want to ensure it builds me as a person.

Finding the ‘Meaning of Life’ is a big search for a single person, however, finding the meaning you HOPE for out of life is easily worked towards on a daily basis by a single person.  We all have a purpose in life, God doesn’t make mistakes when He creates people.  Our fallen nature botches up His creation, but no matter how botched we may be, we still serve a purpose.  I know not everyone believes in God, but even those who do not believe, do believe their life serves a purpose.

One of the blogs I follow is Regie’s Blog and he posted a blog yesterday called REBIRTH… and he does a wonderful job breaking down why we embrace special days or special things like holidays and childbirth because we are always looking for a new “rebirth” or revival (my term) of our life.  If you want a great blog to follow, check out Regie’s Blog, he does a great job of voicing thoughts that most think.

Back to the Meaning of Life question.  I challenge you today to reword that question each time it pops into your head and instead of thinking, “What is the meaning of life?” think “What is the meaning I hope for out of life?”  I think when you change up the way the question is worded, you will be able to refocus your actions and intents on achieving what you feel should be or what you want your life to be in easier doses on a daily basis.

You just might finally be able to answer that question once you find what YOU want YOUR Meaning of Life to be, Dear Bloggites! 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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365 Opportunities

A few days ago, I noticed a comic posting on my Aunt’s Facebook page.  It made me pause and think.  I have started my blog posts each year with words or plans on how I want my year to be.  Each year, I have met some goals but also have failed in many others.  Especially in my writing life.

When I saw this post, it spoke to me on a very deep level.  I know, Dear Bloggites, you are thinking “comics affecting you on a deep level…uh huh…” but that is what it did!  This simple two frame comic gave me my word and my focus and my hope!

365 Opportunities
Be Happy Facebook Page-Creator Unknown

I am all about building others up and viewing life, no, not life, viewing A DAY as an opportunity to build someone up, no matter how small; I realized I would not only enrich my life but the life of others around me, even for just a moment when helping others build their life up.  But having that positive outlook for others when it comes to encouragement of actions in life, I realize I do not share that mindset for myself in my writing life.

No matter what I do, I seem to allow my writing goals fall to the wayside.  I hear people say all the time that if you really want something, it will be important, and you will make a point to get/do it as much as you can.  I agree with this, but I also disagree with this statement.  I love to write and can fall into the world I am creating and exist there for many hours when I am writing, but I realize that it is the sitting down and starting that is holding me back.

I freeze up just at the thought of writing something.  All the negative mental talk starts screaming in my head and it screams so loud that it drowns out the thought of writing and forces me to do something else.  I hate this!  I have self-love with my abilities and actions, but when it comes to writing, that self-love is so stifled that I question why I even bother to try to write anything.

That is the crux of writing for me.  I KNOW no one has my voice on subjects and I KNOW that whatever I write is mine and mine alone to share with the world as I see fit; however, the KNOWING is not enough to combat the negativity of “Who do YOU think you are to even believe YOU have anything to say to ANYONE that will IMPACT their life.  GET OVER YOURSELF!”

This negative self-talk is what creates the freeze factor for me at the thought of writing anything.  I am working on this and the comic strip above is going to be my help.  I am going to take it one day at a time and just make sure I write something even for just five minutes and then at the end of 2019, I can honestly say, “I DO have something to say to ANYONE willing to listen and I KNOW it will IMPACT their life, if only for the simple fact that it is something a person can relate to within their life when reading my words.

My word for this year is Opportunity.  I am going to take the 365 Opportunities to enrich as many people as I can, one day at a time AND enrich myself as much as I can with my words being penned to paper.  Happy New Year! Smooches!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in This & That

Did You Miss Me?

May 9, 2018.  That was the last time I posted here Dear Bloggites.  Seven long months of silence.  I am sorry for that.  I was dealing with stuff and things called Life and Life Choices.  It sounds better “stuff and things” because “life and life choices” sounds so beat down and serious!

Let me give you a rundown of what my seven months looked like in a quick eggshell – staring off into the distance 

June 2018 – Business was struggling and I had to make a choice to find a job working for “The Man” again.  Let me tell you it was a rough decision to make because I have had my own business since 2012 and basically did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and had to answer to no one.

July 2018 – “The Man” found me and offered me a job working from home (good), decent pay (also good), and mega bonuses (great!).  I was basically doing the same stuff I did when I worked at Mid-Ohio Field Services as a Reginal Manage but in this job I was just an Account Manager and worked the new client for Radius Property Services.  This client was growing like weeds and the company found a need for someone to just manage that account, enter Peggy (Me).

August 2018 – Still worked for “The Man” but I found myself very miserable.  I loved the work, the contractors, and the client, but the people I answered to for my job were in a tug of war over handling me.  The one boss/owner who hired me loved me to death and I could do no wrong.  This was great except his brought-on partner felt threatened.  So anytime she heard praise from him about me, she went out of her way to try and make me look bad, thus causing him to question my ability to do the job.

September 2018 – Still the pawn in the sick tug of war between owners.  I was able to add my sister, 4 of 7 (need clarity on this name read A Daughter’s Journey with Her Dad: The Twist), as a part-time processor because we were so busy with the client I managed.  The micro-managing started with the owners and the work I was doing.  Yeah, if you know me, I do not do micro-managing – I don’t do it and I don’t tolerate it being done to me.

October 2018 – The fast-growing company I managed announced that they were closing their doors.  Not uncommon in the industry of Property Preservation (which is why I hate the industry), so this left my boss at a quandary.  You know how I was able to hire 4 of 7? Yeah, had to let her go and I told her that unless the company I worked for was picked up as a contractor by the new company that bought out my current account, my time was limited as well.

November 2018 – My statement to 4 of 7 came true and I was laid off in the middle of October by “The Man”.  There was not enough work within the company to blend me in plus they were paying a good chunk of money for me AND the threatened boss took the opportunity to get rid of me.  It was all for the good, I was miserable and hated the job.  While I needed to go look for another job, I had money squirreled away to give me a cushion and take my time to find a job.  This decision to take it easy was apparently my body’s queue to make me sick – ALL MONTH LONG!

December 2018 – Hidey-Ho, we are now back to the future – returning from staring off into the distance – I am no longer sick, Thank GOD!  I started a new part-time job yesterday, December 13, 2018.  I will be working as a caregiver for home bound clients trying to stay in their homes during their twilight years.

As many of you know, there are three things near and dear to my heart: the homeless, the elderly, and the ability to build up others on a daily basis.  So, this job will allow me to care for the elderly while still having time to work on my writing, blogging (EGADS – I SAID IT! or wrote it…) and building out my YouTube Channel into something that will allow me to work on the other two things: the homeless and building up others on a daily basis.

Well, that is it for now.  I have another blog post coming out about one of my favorite group of Monkeys in my Tribal Circus right after this one.  Hope you are ready to hear from me more regularly, heck, I hope I am finally ready to communicate more regularly. 🙂 Smooches!!!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Encouragement, Writer Musings

Forgiveness vs Reconciliation

A couple of weeks ago I was driving in my car and the program I was listening to was discussing forgiveness and reconciliation.  Listening to this program made me really begin to analyze the difference between the two and the impact each has on a person’s life.

According to dictionary.com, the definition of forgiveness means: 1. act of forgiving or being forgiven and 2. disposition or willingness to forgive.  The definition of reconciliation, according to dictionary.com, means: 1. act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce, 2. the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired, and 3. the process of making consistent or compatible.

Reconciliation requires two or more people to find a common ground when a situation occurs that causes issues between them.  A person may say that they have “reconciled” themselves to something that happened to them, but the reality is, unless that person has found the restoration or harmony with another, they have not truly been able to finalize the whole situation to put it to rest in their life.  Two or more people must want the reconciliation of a situation for that situation to find a resolution.

Forgiveness, which can occur between two or more people, is really a singular act for each person.  A person who refuses to find forgiveness for someone or something that has caused them pain or wrongdoing, allows the other party to live rent free in their head.  I say this because, when you refuse to let go of the pain, hurt, and damage done against you, you force yourself to live in that moment every day of your life and allow it to control you and all your decisions you make.

“I’m sorry” is a hard statement to make and many times even harder to accept.  Hearing this statement does not take the pain, wrongdoing, and damage away.  Even if you cannot reconcile yourself with the person that caused the hurt, you can choose to forgive that person.  It is only with the forgiving that you can truly begin to heal.

The state of forgiveness is where you find the freedom to move past the pain, wrongdoing, and damage that is causing you to suffer.  Forgiveness takes away the “live here rent free” sign in your head.  Learning to forgive any pain, damage, or wrongdoing done against you will allow your body and mind to begin to heal.

You may never forget the pain, damage, or wrongdoing done against you and you may never be able to reconcile the situation with the person that caused the harm, but when you allow yourself to forgive, that pain will become less; that damage will begin to mend; and that wrongdoing will begin to fade as each day goes by.  You will begin to feel the sensation of the freedom you are allowing yourself when you choose to forgive.  After all, you deserve to be free mind, body, and soul. 🙂

Do you struggle with one or both of these things in your life, Dear Bloggite?  How have you handled situations or people in the past who caused you to hurt?  Share your thoughts and experiences, and together, we will work through it.

~4-Ever, P

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Slow And Steady…

Hello, Dear Bloggites. 🙂  I am happy to let you know that change is happening, slowly and surely, the change is going to happen.  This change is leading toward reaching some more goals that I set back in 2017 and renewed in 2018.

Change 3 Update: My current business is surviving this lull in the industry and seems to finally have bounced back…continue to find ways to build income from this business – I am glad and sad to say my coworker has found another job due to the reduction in work orders.  I am glad for him and his new journey, but sad, because he has helped me build my business and we have worked together for the past few years.  I know he will have great success in his new journey. 🙂

Change 3 Update: I will find myself on my own again with my son, the dog, and the guinea pig with no roommate for the first time in, geez, years – Because of the new job status for my coworker, it puts me one step closer to being on my own again.  With the drive he has to make each day, and with the steady increase in income, it will allow him to find his own place in a few months. 🙂

As you can see, I just wanted to check in with y’all and let you know what is going on.  It has been a couple of days since I blogged last, but this one puts me back on schedule.  I am excited about the new changes taking place and I hope you will continue with me on this awesome journey! 🙂

What exciting changes are happening in your life?  Share in the comments below.  Look forward to chatting with you. 🙂

~4-Ever, P