This week I took the kids and flew to Anchorage (that’s the “big city” for us Alaskans) where we celebrated my Grandmother’s 80th birthday with her. She’s had a very long life and it was wonderful to spend some time together with so much of my extended family in one place.
Then I got the news yesterday that a wonderful lady I knew online had passed away. I’d known Denise Willms for years – she ghostwrote articles for me, helped me with press releases, and I did website design and hosting for her. She was a wonderful person, full of kindness and she always inspired me. I can hardly believe she’s gone.
It’s been one of those weeks where I realized that life is so unpredictable. We never know whether it’ll be 80 we make it to… or whether we’ll leave the world much sooner than seems fair.
I’m thankful that I can work from home and have time to spend with my family and this has reminded me that I need to keep things in perspective and never put off things that matter, or that can help others in a bigger way. I sat and played Guess Who? with my 5 year old daughter last night for more games that I usually would. And today I’m looking at the projects I want to complete for my business that really matter. Like the book I’ve been putting off because the selfish part of me doesn’t know if I’m ready to share so much of my life. Denise Willms ghost wrote parts of it for me about Managing the Chaos of working from home. It’s time I quit letting little things stop me from getting it out there to help others. I plan to be around a long time, but nothing’s promised to me, and if I want to make a difference then I’d better get the things done that can.
I had this video and a bit of thoughts below saved to post on the weekend, as I wanted to start offering an inspirational video each week on the blog, but this seems like a good time to share it as a reminder that whatever your goals are, however you want to make a difference, whoever you want to help, no matter how big or how small, you’ve got to just go after it.
I’m not much of a true story, pull-at-the-heartstrings type of movie fan. I like action movies, conspiracy theories… but the story of Chris Gardner is an amazing and powerful example of how the human spirit can overcome whatever life throws it’s way. I can’t get through the movie without tears and the clip below is one of my favorite moments. I hope you find it inspirational, too.