Good morning one and all! I could hardly believe it when I looked at the calendar and realized that it’s already Friday again. Yikes, right? And the 23rd Friday of the year! That seemed so impossible that I actually went and counted and folks, it’s right. This is really the 23rd Friday. Is anyone else freaking out? 🙂
I decided I needed a refresher on my When Life Hands You Lymes story, so I went back through and read everything I’d written. Goodness, people, I like Madalyn! She’s so bouncy and full of life and ready to go out and do what needs to be done to get what she wants. It feels so sad and like such a shame to put her through Lyme disease. Really, this book isn’t one that’s very easy for me to write… That’s why I committed to posting on here each week this year, to make myself do it.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Welcome, folks to the 23rd segment of my fictional story:
Pulling my quote notebook out of my bed stand, I turned to the last empty page so I could jot down any of the quotes that stuck out to me. I’m forever copying quotes, jokes and riddles. Except I don’t generally get the riddles unless Darrick explains them to me. My mind just doesn’t work that way.
I decided to read Zig Ziglar’s book first. He’s such a funny guy. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at an autobiography as I have at Mr. Ziglar’s. His early life wasn’t easy with his dad dying when he was still really young, but he made the most of his childhood and tells the best stories! Plus, he’s just an all-around amazing guy. Goodness, he even died when he was a baby, right after he was born. He said he just turned blue and stopped breathing, but his grandma took him and walked around the room praying for him and he came back to life. Pretty cool story, right?
He’s such an inspiring man to me. I’m really thankful for all I’ve learned from him. It didn’t take me long to find a couple of quotes I just had to copy.
I chose my purple, sparkly pen to write the first quote: You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. I underlined the words plan, prepare and expect twice each and then sat back with a sigh. I planned on becoming a great musician, I expected to become a great one, but did I prepare enough? I thought so, but I really wasn’t sure. The thought made me want to jump out of bed and spend the rest of the day practicing my music, but I decided reading would be more worthwhile in the long run.
The next quote I wrote down made me think of my dad: Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity. My dad is known all throughout the business world as being filled with honesty and integrity. He’s had his competitors come up to him and tell him that they really admire the way he always makes sure his work is stamped with integrity and that it’s obvious to them that there’s something different in his life. What an amazing testimony to have! I wanna be like my dad.
The next quote was just what I was needing for how I was feeling: Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. I wasn’t sure how being sick would help me become successful, but I guess it was helping me to learn patience and yeah, patience is always a good thing to have mastered.
I only had the energy to write down one more quote before I pushed my books to the side and laid back on my pillows. This one I wrote in a yellow pen. Yellow reminds me of sunshine and sunshine reminds me of joy, and joy makes me happy. You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. Ok, so, despite how I felt, I needed to keep a good attitude. That’s easier said then done.
So, what about you? How do you think the story’s coming along? Does it feel like it’s just really dragging out to you? I’d be delighted to hear your thoughts, good and bad. (As long as you phrase them nicely. 🙂 Of course keep in mind that this is the very rough draft, and that there’s ever so much work that still needs done on it.