Welcome to The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012! Some of the most popular posts here at The Shellshank Redemption are the Motivational Mondays. So, after consulting the tortoises, we decided to make April our Motivational Month! Please join us for this (almost!) daily dose of alphabetical inspiration. We hope you enjoy it!
* YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITIES ARE AND HAVE THE COURAGE - PLEASANTLY, SMILINGLY, NON-APOLOGETICALLY - TO SAY ‘NO’ TO OTHER THINGS. AND THE WAY YOU DO THAT IS BY HAVING A BIGGER ‘YES’ BURNING INSIDE… (Stephen Covey) *
I know that to some people I - and my husband - have made some odd or, at least different, choices. We moved to a place where we didn’t know anyone. We don’t have children. My husband created his own business. I don’t have a higher degree or a “regular” job or a “real” career. We have tortoises instead of a dog or a cat.
And even though I was doing the right thing for me, I often felt guilty, like I had to half-apologize to people because I wasn’t doing things the “normal” way, the way most of the people I knew did things. And, from what I could tell, my thoughts and my feelings were also “off” from the norm. I kept coming back to the idea that maybe it was me, that I was wrong, or that there was something wrong with me.
But then a wise and witty friend of mine told me, “Normal? Who wants to be normal? Normal means average, and who wants to be average?”
How about you?