On this day I reflect on my strength. Keep in mind that strength comes in all different shapes and sizes! My strength comes from within, who I am. I've learned to embrace the mountains I climb, the tasks that fail and the doors that close. This has helped to build just who I am. I believe there is always a lesson to be learned in our struggles, although I didn't always feel this way. Years ago I was in a book group of authors who met up at a local book store once a month to discuss their projects. At that time, I was just starting out writing books and was sending out quite a few submissions in hopes that a publisher would take me under their wing. As one rejection after another would arrive in the mail which brought me such disappointment. Then, at one of our meetings a seasoned publisher shared with the group that we were looking at our rejections all wrong. Instead of feeling such disappointment and hanging your head low, embrace the fact that a publishing house read your manuscript or viewed your art work! And quite honestly, I began viewing things in my life a little bit differently that day. I found my strength on the journey of being an author. I didn't hide behind disappointment, I was stronger than that!
As life takes on our own personal journey, I encourage you to find your strength. The above picture is one of our characters, Healthy Hippo from Characters of Character. This character helps teach and reinforce healthy habits in our children. Not an easy task to tackle, but, once a child feels strong, they will build strength and confidence and from there, the sky is the limit!
This is from my archives and a true story. While I was on the Reading Team at a public school, I published my first book through a Publishing House called Place in the Woods and the book is called, "Will You Be My Friend, we really are no different" and I remember the night very clear. My daughter and I went to a concert and saw Tim McGraw at a venue, when we came home my husband said to us, "you better sit down" and naturally we thought tragedy. However, he told us that the publisher had called an loved the book and would like to publish it! I have the contract framed in my office with the first dollar bill from my purchase! The school was so excited for me and asked if I wanted to visit the classrooms and discuss the process of becoming an author and share the book, naturally, I said Yes! While sitting on a desk top in a 4th grade classroom, a young student was sitting really close to me. I looked at him and asked if everything was alright and he turned to me and said, "I never met a real
author before"! Be still my heart..........So, I am grateful for my strength. As of this day, we have published over 30 books! When I say we, I speak of my supportive and very amazing family who has had their hand in Characters of Character creations from day one. They are what I am most grateful for without a doubt, however, today, I am grateful for my strength from within to learn and to grow, daily.
So, back to being grateful during the month of November, I encourage you to write down one thing every day that you are grateful for. This will refresh your memory, this will give you a positive mindset, this will build healthy habits and remind you that there is so much to be grateful for.
P.S. I sincerely hope that you take time to write down at least one thing that you are grateful for each day this month, and, that you notice the impact it has on your mindset. Stay tuned for future posts as I will share some ways to involve your children in these simple tasks, too!
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Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.