Written by NiCole Hill of The Group Real Estate
“People who are masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their information and their recreation, their love and their religion… They simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.” -Lawrence Pearsall Jacks-
Let us all live like our own Master’s! I believe I am a Master in my life. I have my own vision and implement it in my daily life. I strive to find the good in every moment even the challenging ones.
I pursue a balance of work and play. I work hard and know how to play harder. Love life and it will love YOU back.
Life has definitely thrown a fair share of curve balls my way. I have learned that it’s not about swinging and missing the ball, but understanding where it came from and what stance to take for the next pitch. I want to say I have mastered each challenge the best way I knew how I could in that moment. It wasn’t always perfect, but at the time it was the best I could do going in unprepared. I would never change any struggle or challenge I have been blessed with.
I know I don’t want to be or would ever let myself be a victim with the challenges that were presented. I stood strong and knew that at this very moment I had to make a decision to be a target in life or to target life.
Since I was born I have had a strong will to fight and survive. At birth I was abandoned on church steps in a foreign country. I was taken in and transferred over to an orphanage for 5 months of my life. I lived off of rice water and weighed in at 8lbs when I got the opportunity to be adopted. The people who adopted me had sent blankets and clothes over for me in the meantime while paperwork was finishing up. The orphanage would put me in the clothing and take pictures and sent them to my soon to be parents. Then they would take them and give them away since I was going to the United States. I had a full head of hair, but they shaved my head and sent me over in just a diaper and a bunt. I flew 40 hours on a giant yellow plane to SLC where my soon to be mom and dad anxiously waited for my arrival. I had severe malnutrition and was very sick. Not having bonded with anyone while I was in the orphanage it was hard to accept the love from my parents. I did better laying down alone then being held. It was hard for my mom to know that I didn’t like being held.
Did I really not like being held or was Inclosed minded to say this is all I ever knew or as I got older say I want to know more. It would be an adjustment over time, but open your mind and want it for yourself. Don’t put limits in your life. We miss out on opportunities when we set limits on our selves.
I believe we each come to this earth with a mile long list of challenges and I chose and still a choose to be a Player in life and not a victim.
My inner survival instincts are always there and ready to fight for what I want and to survive the obstacles and turn them into stepping stones of victory. Our mind is very powerful, more than we know at times. Being challenged daily is part of my”fight and survival” mode.
How bad do you want it, how bad do you want to lose that last 10lbs, run a race or inspire others through your fight to success.
We all have the tools to become what we set out to be, but how bad do you want it?
Being a single mom for 8 years strengthened my survival and fight instincts. It became the norm in my life. I knew I was strong and I could take on the world. I was in fight mode to make sure my girls would survive and at times they were the strong ones and taught me to first be strong for myself so so then we could be stronger together.
Being a statistic was not in my plan, working in banking and waiting tables would not be my forever. It was my “right now moments” that prepared me to be ready for the next adventure. We had a plan and the plan was to buy a home. I have a lot of “right now moments” that I love and make the best out of them because I know they are not my forevers.
Live each day in the moments and know that they aren’t your forevers unless you want to be a victim and hold yourself captive in your mind to move backwards and not forwards.
We are in control of our life; we have so much power if we channel it in the right direction of reactions. Yes, all the power lies within. The power to react to every opportunity, look upon each experience as a new opportunity not a “why me, ” but more of a “lucky me.”
Life is hard and yes it can suck at times, but it is not your forever moments, or is it? How bad do you want it?
“Life is not a race – but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day. Got to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental – search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself – plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.” ~Living Life by Bonnie L. Mohr