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Humble

Many moons ago, I worked for Walmart. I worked for Walmart for several years and I really enjoyed it. I met many people and formed long-lasting friendships. I remember after my first semester of college after taking a several year long gap year, I was determined to work for the world’s largest retailer. The company had such a wonderful reputation at the time and when I started working there I was able to see the values and principles that Sam Walton built the company were practiced at store level.

Recently, my cousin, who also worked for Walmart (at the same store) asked me why isn’t Sam Walton mentioned in the same breath as Elon Musk and Bill Gates? My reply was “Genuinely good people aren’t as celebrated”. Now of course I don’t know any of these men personally, but my cousin had the opportunity to meet Sam Walton and he always speaks of how humble he was. That there was no hint of how rich he was in his demeanor or how he spoke to others.

This lead us to another discussion: Why is it that humble people aren’t as interesting? Is it that they don’t seek the spotlight? Or is it that generally people want to look up to people who have over-the-top personalities? Why is that the humble are somewhat not as popular even if they achieve the same amount of success? Or is being humble not attractive?

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Write on Wednesday #66

Today’s Writer’s Prompt: Your Dream Home

My husband and I recently purchased a home, and we love it!

There are so many elements of our home that I have always wanted. It is truly a sanctuary for me. It is even difficult for me to find vacations as satisfying as being at home.

For today’s writing prompt, write the listing for your dream home. Pretend you are searching for your dream home and you are writing the listing that will sell you on it. Go into detail. Describe the landscaping, the architecture, and all the features you have dreamed of.

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Harvest

I have renewed many new hobbies and started a few new one. The new one that I find most pleasurable is gardening. I have a ton of houseplants, but I wanted to try my hand at growing actual food.

I haven’t committed to a full-fledged garden, but I convinced my husband to build me a small raised-bed container garden. In it, I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, banana pepper, and jalapeños. I was so surprised that I was able to grow so much. I was so proud of myself. I had more than I could eat. I guess my next hobby will be canning.

Along with being absolutely overjoyed to actually producing food, I was also able to draw a connection to my life journey. I am beginning to reap the benefits of what I have sown.

Years ago, I made the tough decision to go back to college almost immediately after losing my grandmother, miscarrying for the second time, and coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was over. Going back to school was something that I always wanted to do, and at that time I felt I owed it to myself to continue my education. I didn’t want to pursue the path I had previously chosen. I wanted to pursue something that interested me, and I did. I had no career plans in mind for my chosen field of study, I chose with my heart and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

As a result of that decision I was able to gain a position at my university, and that position has evolved into something I really love. With a job, I was able to support myself and my son. I was able to move out and live on my own. This was my first time doing so. Surprisingly, it was very exciting and not scary at all. I had never lived on my own, but I was never afraid of it.

I loved my new independence. My son and I loved our quiet home in the country. I loved my job and everything was great.

Shortly after divorce papers were filed and I was beginning to think about what my life would be like as a single mother. I had two and a half years of practice as that was how long it took my divorce to be final, yet I was technically still married until the divorce papers were signed (thanks to the laws in my state).

During this time I was able to really see what kind of person I could be on my own. I was trying new things, enjoying impromptu ice cream runs in the middle of the night, and for the first time in a very long time, I was no longer worrying about what may happen next. I was living in the moment. I still had responsibilities, but I was teaching myself to take one day at a time. I was appreciating every small good thing that happened in my life and I devoted my energy and focus on that.

The shift in my life was extraordinary! All of the things you hear from the abundance and manifestation gurus were happening to me. Synchronicities, miracles, pleasant surprises, all became, and still are a part of my everyday life. Unexpected sums of money, gifts, and all types of wonderful things have become common in my life.

I had to change my mindset from the constant fear of the unknown to the appreciation of the present and the hope of the future. Now I am enjoying the fruits of my harvest.