This post is to encourage me as much as I hope to encourage you! I shared a sample of it yesterday on LinkedIn.
This weekend I was a vendor at a festival that , in the past, has been wildly successful. The temp had dropped about 20 degrees and all day there was a persistent, steady rain. It was quite gloomy.
For the first 2 hours I only had one customer. I know for certain God sent me that customer, because He wanted to reveal something to me in the way of perspectives. His name was Logan and he was an amazing 5th grade young man, who wanted to buy a migraine inhaler for his mother (so thoughtful!). He said, “she would love your business!!”, because she ran a yoga studio and likes to use Aromatherapy with yoga. He then asked me if I would like her name and number!! (Natural Net Worker!)
He told me how his dad was called in last minute to make hamburgers for this particular event, (good example of a positive attitude, dad!). He told me how his dad played football in college, how his grandpa was pro football until he was injured and how he instead chose wrestling and loves it! (Confident, non-conformer!) He told me he decided to check out the vendors while his dad was busy. (Showing flexibility in his own morning plans being changed.)
Through the things Logan said with his mouth and said with his body language, he completely inspired me to be my best despite the circumstances! His confidence and positivity was a stark contrast to the dismal, complaining vendors who surrounded me. This interaction with Logan encouraged me to continue to stand up, smile and bring some sunshine to the attendees through out the day, and finish strong when others were closing up shop early.
Guess what? I didn’t do so bad! My sales were down from previous years but they were definitely worth the effort of participating. I also engaged in mutually helpful conversations and made some great contacts…including Logan’s mom! I noticed that the vendors who were hunkered down in their seats who were just trying to stay warm, had little or no traffic. Passers by would look over at their booth, but there was no warm invite to proceed in for a closer look!
Through this interaction, I realized that all of the things I have been learning the last several years: the mind renewal, the Autism education, family dynamic counseling, therapies, the set backs, the messiness… has all just really served to make me a stronger, more positive person! I tend to look through situations now and ask God what He is doing in them! I most likely would not have had such a long conversation with such a wonderful young man (who by the way, could be a better employee at age 11, than most!) if it had been a sun-shiny, busy festival day. I definitely give thanks for that opportunity! It was my absolute joy and pleasure.
The moral is: Stay Positive despite your circumstances- there is always something to learn and some way to grow through it. There is also another moral: I can tell Logan is well loved and cared for- parenting is a tough job and it is never too late to start over with your kids! No one holds more influence over them than you! #makeadifference #there’sonlyoneyou
I am right here with you walking this path of wholeness and I would love to hear from you today!