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!
Happy Valentine's Day! On February 14th, people all over the world will celebrate LOVE. Yes, this is the day set aside for sweethearts,but it can be celebrated by everyone. It doesn't really matter if you have that special love interest, there is someone who would appreciate a kind gesture of love from you.
I was speaking with a co-worker today and she mentioned getting a phone call from a former boss, wishing her a "Happy Valentine's Day. " Apparently he had watched something on television reminding him that Valentine's day may not be very special for those who have recently experienced a relationship loss, through a break-up, divorce, or even death. Because she had gone through a divorce in the last year, he wanted to remind her that he was thinking of her and that God loves her. I thought to myself, what a wonderful way to celebrate the Love Day!
Hallmark and flowershops nationwide will be extremely busy and make a lot of money. It's amazing that the world tells us when and how to celebrate the ones we love. This year, find a new way to celebrate your love, to be remembered for years to come. Back in 2010, my husband and I agreed that we would not purchase Valentine's day cards for one another. Instead, we wrote valentine letters. Now, this is our tradition, and I get so excited by the fact he has taken the time to express his love in his own words. I have read those letters over and over again. In fact, I better get finished writing this blog so I can finish my letter.
Above all else remember John 3:16, For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoseverr believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Share your love with somebody today.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach