Whitney Houston may not have put on boots and handled a gun to honor our country. However let us not forget how she brought honor to our country in a time of need by singing The National Anthem in such a way that brought us honor. So I applaud the state of NJ for returning the honor by flying the flag at half mast to mark her passing. What a lot of people don’t know, is that the money she made from the singing The National Anthem, Whitney Houston donated every penny to our soldiers.
Have you ever been in a place in your life where you’re not exactly sure where you’re supposed to be? During my teen years I was a high school student. Then in my twenties it was college and after I graduated came marriage and becoming a parent. My roles were clearly defined, that same pattern continued into my 30’s. Now that I’m in my 40’s the roles are beginning to change on me.
My kids are growing up and I find myself having more time to pursue my own dream and goals. Having older kids doesn’t mean they don’t depend on me anymore; now they depend on me differently. When they were smaller it was easy helping them fix a broken toy, bandaging a sore knee and just being there period. Now they have problems to which I have no pat answer for . They get older and suddenly are seeing that mom and dad are pretty limited and human.
I visited a good friend of mine in San Antonio Texas 2 summers ago. He is a musician and I wanted to know how he figured out what direction to go with his career. At that point I was completely clue less regarding which path I wanted to take next. The way he put it was so simple and yet it stuck with me. Luis just said to me, ” I keep an open mind, I hear about events for net working and I just show up.” That was it, I adopted that way of thinking and do you know what it’s done for me? I have become more open minded and willing to try out new paths which before, I would have never even considered.
In order to do that though, you have to be willing to let go and not try to control things so much. Sometimes you have to be willing to lose yourself in order to be found.