I have a few mottos I live by. I’ll share a few with you. Two I learned while attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe working on a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The first is “Always be Prepared”. You see, one of my instructors at the time was my sister. That was hard because I grew up with her and I knew the sister side of her. One day she came in with a “Pop Quiz”. I was not ready and neither were my classmates. My classmates gave me a really hard time about that one saying things like “She’s your sister can’t you get her to drop that grade?”. I never got caught again not knowing information I should know. Funny how after that I never dreaded tests anymore either. It is amazing how being confident in your knowledge gives you peace and rest.
My second motto “Embrace Change” has taken a few more years to get a grip on and there’s still times I don’t. I am learning however. It doesn’t mean accepting change for change’s sake but adapting to changes that are inevitable or good without complaining.
Another is “Struggle Well”. This attitude means in life we will have struggles. It means that they ARE going to happen so learn to struggle well instead of complaining about them.
“Choose Joy” is my favorite. Joy is a choice. It means no matter what’s going on around you choose to be joyful. Have a good attitude. Don’t be an “Eeyore”. Your cup should be half full instead of half empty!
Tough mottos and I fail many times but just keep on plugging away with these in mind.
Take Artisan 5. It was stressful when it first came out and my first reaction came close to being why did so many things have to change? I can honestly say I’ve prepared myself and learned a pretty good bit about this software. We all know that process never ends and I’ll still keep learning more about the fun things it can do. I’ve embraced the changes and have a tough time going back to Artisan 4 (a couple unfinished projects I thought I’d get done). I’m already adapted and love many of the new features in Artisan 5. I’ve struggled well through the process of learning and tried not to get frustrated and I’m certainly grateful for the new features now.
Life is always hectic and busy and surprising around my home. My husband is fond of saying Life is not normal here and that’s good because normal is boring! The past 2 years have had many unexpected happenings in my household. I’ve had to count on my faith, friends and those mottos to keep me smiling. So when life happens, whether it’s as fun as learning a new software or as frustrating as health issues or any circumstance in between, you can “Always be Prepared”, look ahead and gets things done that are in your control (and not everything is), Embrace Change as it arrives, Struggle Well and be an example to others, and Choose Joy thru it all!
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