Are you living your dream? Do you remember what your dream is? My husband and I were sitting in a restaurant in Oklahoma the other night trying to find something on the menu that worked for our fast, when we were approached by a nice lady. The restaurant was featuring a local jazz singer and our table visitor wanted to hear the singer from our side of the room. We engaged in a conversation with her and shared that we live in the Kansas City area, but I was borned a raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She was excited to hear that I had graduated from "world famous" Booker T. Washington High School and informed me that the singer had attended the same high school, but was about five years younger than me. She left our table and mentioned to the performer our commonalities. She waved and we waved back. Later on during a break, the singer came over to introduce herself indicating her brother grraduated in my class. I immediately knew the family and inquired how the brother was doing. Then I remembered that their mother had been my favorite literary/english teacher.
My mind went back to high school where Mrs. Ungerman had read my first short story entitled "My Fishing Trip", later retitled "Falling in the Water," and strongly encouraged me to think about writing someday. Now I remember, she was the first one to plant the seed in me to become a writer someday. This dream has remained tucked deep in my heart since she first inspired me. I then wanted to share the news with Mrs. Ungerman that I had published my first book, only to learn that she passed away several years ago. I was saddened that I could not thank her personally for inspiring me.
Who has planted the seeds for your dream? Whether or not you have achieved your dream, take the time to thank those who have encouraged and inspired you to be the best you can be. It may be a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a minister, church member, a classmate, a friend or a step-parent. Whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to share with your dream planters how they have made a difference in your life. Do it today!
The topic of conversation at work today centered around the winter storm that is headed our way later this week. This blistery storm is supposed to be so rough that it even has a name. Who every heard of a winter storm having a name? Can't say that I have. I thought only hurricanes had a name attached to them. Q, as it is called is supposed to wreak havoc all across the nation as it starts on the west coast and heads east. Predictions are changing by the hour, but I have heard we could get 6-12 inches of snow and some sleet and freezing rain.
Truth is the storm arrived at our house on saturday, when our children lost their grandmother to cancer. The storm continued as a friend lost her son and dear friend and church member lost his father. The eye of the storm hit when we had to take our son to the hospital for a three day stay. It's been a tough week, but God is able. Somehow, we knew a storm was going to brew because we were on top of the mountain last week and God was doing marvelous things in our lives and the lives of those who are dear to us.
Going thru storms causes us to remember and be thankful for the calm that was present prior to the winds and the rain. The blessing is that eventually peace will be restored. Some permanent damage may result, but the temptest will end. Psalm 107:29 says, "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Because of our great challenges this week we are looking for the storm to do what it has to do and then be on its way. In the meantime, we will keep thanking God for his divine protection during the downpour.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach