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June 24, 2013: ordinary-people-doing-extraordinary-things
I admire extraordinary people. Let me clarify. I admire
ordinary people who have accomplished above-ordinary feats. Extraordinary.
Many types of admirable qualities fall within this class of
people: Showing perseverance in
conquering a fear or quest, accomplishing great things with the blessing of a
second chance, or overcoming obstacles with courage. All of these qualities exemplify the best in class.
I do have dreams of writing a book one day. I want to write
a collection of stories on extraordinary people. True stories about real people
who fit my vision of extraordinary. I make mental notes of special people I
have met along the way in this fun journey of life. Some are chance encounters and others, lifelong friendships. Their life stories are
those I want to share.
A friend who grew up with nothing, but accomplished great
things; both in her professional life and in her long lasting marriage. I tell
her story often as a comparison to those born with a silver spoon; access to
everything, want for nothing, and no self-motivation. My friend forged forward
over every hurdle put in front of her. Dedication. Drive. Love.
A homeless man who became victim to alcohol. Given a second chance, he gained sobriety and
later became director of the homeless shelter. He paid it forward for years; working
to ensure shelter, food, and second chances for those living in his past
demise. Inspiration. Guts. Faith.
My mom sent me a CD she burned with her favorite songs. One
of the songs was Susan Boyle’s coming out song on 2009 Britains have Talent. This frumpy lady took the stage that year to quiet giggles and cynical looks. Then
she belted out a song with the most incredible vocals; an exceptional rendition to “I
Dreamed a Dream”.
After listening to the forgotten solo, I pulled the You-Tube video to watch it again. This video never gets old. And then I cried. I felt immense joy for this seemingly
ordinary woman. The mocking smiles of the crowd were gone; replaced with a
roaring standing ovation. Success. Talent. Courage.
I love a happy ending. I'm always rooting for the underdog. And I'm a believer in second chances. I can't wait to write the book.
In Dr. Seuss' language, my thoughts on the day would go something like this...
"You have a brain in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Unless someone truly cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Well, I will just sum it up by saying that today certainly wasn't an ordinary day, but I will accept that. Life is full of changes, good and bad.
Sometimes the toughest part is figuring out if life shake-ups are truly a good or a bad thing. Personally, I have found my biggest life challenges have turned into opportunities. Doors opened to new people and adventures. A new chapter in life.
I am bullish in my view that this will be the case once again.
When the unexpected creeps into the door of normalcy, the best response is not one of self-doubt, anger, or fear. The best response is gaining perspective and self-awareness.
Time flies when you're having fun.
And when you're a little busy.
This morning Garrett asked me when I last wrote a blog.
"It's been a while" was my answer. Upon further review, it's almost been over a month.
I've had no reason for the delay, other than the combination of being busy and knowing the content of which I wanted to write warranted more time and thought than my more typical whimsical stories told. Although I have had an arsenal of stories that I have wanted to write about over the last month, I knew that this one needed to top my list.
A common question asked of me is in regards to my work life is "Sandy, what exactly are you doing these days?"
This is a valid question since I have been very open in sharing my work journey over the years through my blog. And I've had a career that has gone from very conventional to unconventional. It's much easier to say "I work for XYZ Company and my job title is Chief Do-Something-Spec…
A picture is worth a thousand words. But let's start with six...
"And they lived happily ever after..."
I bought this little sign more than seven years ago. It caught my eye at Target while shopping for milk and kitty litter on a weekday school night. The boys were in varying grades in school and I was single-handedly running my daily household.
Recently divorced, I was also dating a man from Denver. Garrett. Our relationship felt like forever, but the 550 miles between our homes was a stark reminder that our long-distance relationship was more like a fairytale than reality. We were reminded of this frequently by the people who knew us best.
"Guard your heart. Long distance relationships rarely work out."
"You are both good people, so be realistic in where this is going."
But the funny thing about love is that no matter how practical-minded or mature your mindset, your heart guides you to places that are scary to others, but quite comfortable for you…