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When God Winks at You

Faith.

Aptly defined, it means a confidence or trust in a person or thing.

It is belief that is not based on proof.

It is a belief in something that you may not see or hear, but something that you feel.

It is also what fills my heart and soul, gives me courage, and guides me in my every days and every nights. I have talked about how important my faith to me is before, how that unyielding and never-wavering belief in the big man upstairs and His infinitive love has gotten me through some of the most difficult times in my life. I may not understand all of His motives, His decisions or plans. I may get frustrated and even upset at times. But it is that very faith that lets me know my life is in the best hands possible. That all of ours is.

I recently read an amazing book called When God Winks at You.

The author of this wonderful page-turner Squire Rushnell says that there are silent little miracles called ‘godwinks’ – messages of assurance that no matter what is happening in your life or how uncertain things may seem at the moment, God is with you and will help you move toward certainty.

I like that. 🙂

When God Winks at You is an amazing array of real-life stories that really help you (And you. And yes…even you.) begin to recognize the godwinks in your own life and attain an unshakable confidence that you are never alone…and never have been. Written as a compilation of real-life stories submitted from people just like you and me, it sheds light on moments in life, personal experiences or occurrences that held a special meaning, a deep impact or a pivotal turning point in these people’s lives.

I have been fortunate enough to have had many similar experiences and moments in my life compared to those found in this inspiring book.

One of these key moments was getting fired from my first ‘big-girl’ post-college and what had seemed to me, my ‘ultimate dream job’. At the time, I was absolutely crushed and devastated. My world had come to a screeching stop, sending me into a whirlwind. I felt like a failure. That I simply wasn’t good enough. Having been always on the top of my game, always liked by all, and never really even having had the words “FIRE”, TERMINATE”, and/or “LET GO” in my vocab before then, my self-worth and esteem seemed to go down the drain. I didn’t know who I was anymore. What I was. In a lot of ways, I felt lost and confused. Like someone had totally reprogrammed my GPS and left me willy-nilly to fend for myself.

In the midst of this confusion, this heartache and loss, God winked at me. He took off that blindfold that was preventing me from seeing what was really in front of me, what even greater opportunities laid before me and gave me the kick in the bum I needed to go after what I really wanted. He knew that I wasn’t destined to stay at the company, in that position. That sneaky little wink of his made me realize how strong I really was, that I could get back up after a fall and come back even better than I was. He made me see that I cannot be defined by my work, by my need to be perfect all the time. He opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.

A Godwink.

Another example of a wink I received was when I made the big move to Colorado just a little over a year ago (it’s been a year already?! Craziness!) I decided to take one giant leap of faith, so to speak, got into my little VW bug, traveled clear across the country and began a crazy but pretty amazing adventure. I didn’t have a job, a place to live or really any idea what was waiting for me when I got there, but something just felt…right. At the time, all I could do was pray that the decision I made was a good one and hope for a sign, for a wink, that everything would work out. I think every once in a while we all need a good kick in the ass to do things, to take a chance and be fearless. This wink did just that! Moving to Colorado has been the best decision I’ve made in my life thus far and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the next year brings.

Touché, God. Touché.

I think each one of us experience subtle “winks” all the time, it’s just that we aren’t paying attention. Or maybe we pas them off as a coincidence or luck. I have been prone to this thinking myself, however I’m beginning to realize that maybe there are no coincidences, that we make out own luck.

Whether you believe in God or not, I think that faith is a universal feeling, a feeling that gives you something to believe in, something to hope for.

Be open to the winks that occur in your life.

You never know what they might bring! 😉

Question of the day: Do you have any stories of “god winking at you”. If you think really hard I know you do 🙂

MASTER of the Universe

Hey guys!

Happy Tuesday 🙂

Soooooo….

There’s a very good chance I lost some of my sanity along the way–not that I had much to begin with–along with the addition of a few gray hairs…

….but I am so very proud and excited to say that I AM OFFICIALLY A MASTERS OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE GRADUATE!!!! Being a full-time student AND going to work full-time WHILE trying to maintain some sense of a social life and not go completely bonkers was definitely a challenge but friends, I did it. Not only did I do it (and I will admit, I learned so much and had a great time along the way), but I kicked its booty! I was ended up getting an overall GPA of 4.0, graduating with honors at the top of my class. Mark that in the “Things I am Uber Proud Of” column for surely!

When I decided to go back to school, I was a little nervous. I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t really all that happy career-wise. I was thankful that I had a full-time job that paid well, but I woke up every day just dreading to go into work. I just felt that there was something I was meant to do, and working in the cut-throat world of advertising and marketing wasn’t it. It took some time and self-reflection to figure out what it was that really made me smile, what it was that I loved, what it was that I was good at and enjoyed doing.

I love books.

I love people.

I love inspiring the people I love to love books just as much as I do.

All that led me to this simple conclusion: I was born to be a librarian. I was born to ignite the imagination of others, to help them discover worlds of information, to be surrounded by possibility and knowledge.

Even though I knew what I had to do, taking this leap of faith and going back to school was scary. I was leaving something that was a for-sure thing, something that was stable.

Life is all about taking chances, chasing your dreams, and not leaving anything for regret. If you are lucky enough to find something that ignites a fire in you, a passion, a reason to wake up smiling every day, take my advice (I am in the information business after all; I know what I’m talking about…most of the time anyway) AND GO AFTER IT! Don’t let anyone or anything prevent you from making your dream a reality.

As the noted author Mark Twain famously once said, ““The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

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