In this life, we are sometimes dealt hands which leave us thirsty for inspiration. Though there are many things that give us that extra boost, there are some things that take us on a road we have never before traveled. About a week ago, I picked up a text and found that; in my 29 years of roaming the earth, my life had never truly begun.
Not too long ago, I was in a very bad place. I felt as if nothing good ever really happened to me and I was never going to accomplish the things I’d always dreamt of accomplishing. I had overlooked how far I’d already come and was, now, feeling sorry for myself. My deteriorating attitude began spilling into every aspect of my life. I was a sad case when dealing with my family, friends and clients. In addition, my work ethic was beginning to sour; because I was embracing that “why me” attitude.
One particular work day, an employee noticed that I wasn’t my usual jovial self and blessed me with a gift card to Barnes & Noble. I had no idea that receiving that simple yet thoughtful gift would lead to my awakening. For weeks, that gift card remained in my wallet. For days on end, I continued in my rut. Then, one day, I was surfing the internet and decided to use my gift. I ordered Joel Osteen’s bestseller Your Best Life Now. Because I was familiar with Joel Osteen’s awesome messages, I was very excited; when my book arrived.
I can tell you that the preface got my mind to turning like never before. I wasn’t a few pages in before I felt my happiness returning to my joy deprived body. I have read many books in my time but have found Osteen’s book to be one of the most life-changing text’s I’ve ever read. I never would have thought that it would have had such an amazing impact on me. I felt life seep into my pores like winters cold embrace. I began viewing my situation in a different light. I realized that not being in the position I wanted to be did not take away from me getting as far as I had. In addition, I became increasingly aware of the fact that my happiness relied on me. I asked myself, why look for others to make you happy; when you aren’t happy with yourself?
No, I am not working in the field I would want. However, I am employed with the top computer corporation in the world (Microsoft). I don’t live in the house of my dreams and, yet, I have a roof over my head. My children don’t attend the best school on the south side and, yet, they are both honor students. I am not rich yet, but I’m making it. I don’t drive the fanciest car but the one I have gets my family and me to and fro. I didn’t go straight to college after graduating high school and, still, I went back and graduated college at the top of my class after having 2 kids. Nothing makes more sense to me right now than to appreciate the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.
Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now allowed me to get the fuzz out of my eyes and view life as I once had. It’s amazing how, although we are aware of the obvious, we often times need to hear those things from another’s perspective. I am eternally grateful to my colleague who may not have known that they gave me a gift that keeps on giving. I am also thankful to have become aware of such a great speaker in Joel Osteen.