I remember the times gone by when presented and occasionally miscellaneous items come up for review. I reminisce, ponder or have a tear or two as they parade by. I am able to say at this time that the statement: brevity of life is no myth. It just flies by the by until I go bye & bye?
THE MANY HATS OF LIFE
I remember being a rape counselor for about two years in the city I was doing business in at the time. What made me gravitate toward this, who can say for sure. The ache, pain & learning curve from this was a stern taskmaster. That hat was earned, and I left all those I came in contact with better for it I like to believe.
This one was satisfying & motivating for me and my children. They were given what I missed growing up. I remember their innocence, devotion and carefree life which I wanted them to have. I used to think this was an 18-year hat raising kids. NOT SO as they call upon me still & I still answer.
I knew this hat was a lifetime commitment however what it takes during this time I had no idea. I learned so much & am still enrolled too. Marriage made me look at myself in ways I normally would not. Totally amazing to live & know another intimately, care for them like yourself, and want their happiness too. See my choice below...
MYSTERIOUS HAT (wife)
Of course, having a wife to work all things out with makes for interesting, fascinating & meaningful experience. I am grateful to have found a person to go through life with. A decent, talented well-balanced woman who brings perspective where needed. This hat do I ever wear within in my heart.
The call to write visited with me with subjects having to do with life, love, intimacy & purpose. Six books came roaring out of me into print for the benefit of those that may need a leg-up, some perspective, perhaps nurturing or counseling or validation. Successful upon the launching, then sought out a more personal venue as I discovered many in need of some good feedback & coaching. So far, so good
Worked for many places from low teens to mid-forties before I went self-employed. I always wanted to be someone who does what is told, does it well & respected plus have a steady paycheck keep coming in. When you have a family, this helps an awful lot. I was fortunate to work for a man who gave me growth, so much in fact, that it helped me enter into entrepreneurship easier.
It has been shown to me that to have a good friend one must be a good friend & so I launched into self-improvement mode & various people from all walks of life became friendly some more close that others. I was surprised when two people in my family, & even a neighbor said to me: I was their best friend. I considered it a sacred, honor & a sort of fiduciary duty. It made me a better person. My pal in the pic? He loves everyone and teaches many unconditional CPR unceasingly.
This hat applied to other people & how I treated them as well as treating myself. When wearing this hat, you are reminded of all your like kind people and how we are all going through life together. Loving thy neighbor is no myth & satisfies all. Whatever you invest in people, gives a great return in the now and the future. I am starting to believe it goes on after we leave this place too! It travels as character.
REAL ESTATE HAT
Most fascinating to engage people who are risking their life savings and want me involved? Of course, I make a living as I help them secure their moves (pun). My clients helped me to be the best I could be while practicing Real Estate. Picture above is proof. One must look good, know their trade, and love helping others. BTW...Got used to living from close of escrow to escrow (with money in bank) and the feeling of starting something monumental & finishing it for all involved is deeply satisfying. Not for everyone though. Sad, but today's agents need to commit deeply to this profession for everyone's sake & well-being.
Ongoing this hat is... as I find so many interesting things to explore in every direction turned. It also involves one of my favorites i.e., people watching too as I go about my discoveries, adventures & general "mild" mischiefs. Think: little rascals always playing on the edge, where all the fun is
DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAT
This hat educates, challenges, engages & rewards. Learning to navigate through the different personalities is one heck of a learning curve all good. The ones that give you a hard time, being difficult & high maintenance teach the most & the best. Disagree? It is subjective to be sure. The pressure applied to coal makes diamonds is my last word on this subject.
This is a hat of reflection that included the macrocosm & microcosm of my life given by the Creator & His purposes. Was I receptive to those, still, small & gentle prompts that come from within THE SELF that direct your life & pathways? Did I doubt or hesitate, or did I obey what I knew was right in my heart? Getting really good at this.
How delightful to visit with my inner child, engage & be at liberty PLUS carefree as I go through my days, events or learning curves. I find myself a good source for a deep laugh more often than not. I marvel of the simplicity, less efforts as this hat frees me from all cares, concern & thinking processes. Naturally fun, simple & easy.
The day is coming when I turn all hats in, where there no requirement for a hat at all. It's time for the heart & soul, who guided me, along with my soul that enriched me to have THEIR way & I gladly surrender to these fine sources as they now get their full & everlasting turn. May it be so.