I really believe that at different times in my life, things have lined up in a certain way to teach me something. I spoke about that a bit in yesterday's video.
When I was putting together that video and filming the intro and outro, I did not have a plan to tell the story that I did, but it just came pouring out of me.
What I didn't tell you about the woman I met at the stamping event who made a difference for ME is what happened before I met her. 3 weeks before, we lost a 20 year old family member in an automobile accident. This smart, strong woman was making a difference in the world at 20.
That is what spurred on the conversation between Randall and I about making a difference.
During that time in my life, I was working very hard on my business and was not participating much in my local community. That is where the feelings of “not making a difference” came from. I felt like I wasn't making a difference in my community.
In the video, I said that I was “ok” with that.
I wasn't really ok with that, but at that stage in my life…building a business, nurturing my marriage, raising three girls, and TRYING to maintain friendships…I did not see one single way that I could possible fit anything more in that MIGHT make a difference, so I was ok with it at the moment.
I truly had no idea that I was making a difference for anyone, and when I realized that the difference I was making was so much bigger than I could have imagined or planned, well…I just can't tell you how much that has enriched my life and kept me moving in the direction in which I'm going now.
I thought about that this morning when I saw this about Positive Post-it Day.
The Mayor of Airdrie said “Positive begets Positive” and that is one mantra that Randall and I live by. We find that it is one thing that makes our marriage successful.
I can apply this to my business as well.
I am overwhelmed, humbled, and completely overjoyed every day by those of you that take a moment of your day to stop in to my blog, youtube channel, facebook page to say hello and offer me words of encouragement.
If it weren't for you, I don't think I'd be doing this any longer. Occasionally, I talk about the negative emails and occasional comments I get and when I tell someone about it, it's shocking to them.
I'm a gal with a camera and some stamps and I'm having fun sharing this hobby and yep, I get rude emails from time to time. It would shock you some of the things that have been said to me. Luckily, those emails are few and far between- it's not like they come in every day….but they come and every one of them makes my breath catch in my throat for a second.
So when you come here and leave me a positive comment, it enriches my life and encourages me to make more videos, which in turns makes other people happy. So you are a part of this whole danged thing! Isn't that amazing!??
THANK YOU for being here, for supporting me and showing up.
YOU make a difference for ME. I bound out of bed every morning to get to work because I absolutely LOVE what I do. And if it weren't for YOU – yes, YOU!!!!! I wouldn't be doing what I love. YOU absolutely make a difference in my life and the life of my family.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching me so that I can touch others.
I am encouraged and inspired to make a difference. One person, one card, one video at a time. How about you?
And be sure to check out this heart warming story and share it with those that are important to you.