Meme – Inspirational Quote on Being Successful





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Soldier Who Lost All Limbs Still Finds Purpose


How often do we wait for the right timing or the perfect situation to attempt something that could be amazing—not only in our own lives, but perhaps in the lives of others?

How many times have we made excuses?

But what if we didn’t? What if we were willing to face the challenges in front of us and push through? Or go over them? Or around them? 

What could we accomplish then?

If you need a little encouragement to tackle what might feel like the impossible, like me, you may find this young soldier’s story both humbling and inspiring . . .

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills was only twenty-five when he lost his arms and legs due to an explosion in Afghanistan. He woke up in a hospital on his birthday to discover that he was without limbs. A husband and father, he told his wife to take their daughter and leave him. But she hung in there, and along with family support, he recovered.

His story doesn’t end there. Not even close. Travis started a foundation to help other soldiers with severe war injuries. Through the foundation, they and their families are brought to a retreat in Maine where they can continue to heal.

This brave soldier could have wallowed in self-pity, but instead, he’s used his tragedy for good. That’s finding purpose in the midst of even devastating circumstances.

Listen to his story via the YouTube video below. For those of you reading this post through subscribed e-mail, you may have to click on the link to view through your web browser. You can also click on the title of this article, and you’ll be directed to the blog.

In what ways do stories like this encourage you to not give up on your own goals? How have people have inspired you?

Dawn




Meme – Inspirational Quote on Improving the World





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Early Dreams, Middle Dreams, and Retirement Dreams


Some dreams are consistent throughout our lives—good health, enough income to live comfortably, and plenty of love.

But others change . . .

When we’re young, we may focus on getting a higher education, building a career, and making lots of money. One thing I’ve noticed is that many young people out of college have high expectations. Prestigious jobs with numerous perks, exotic vacations, and homes that are far more than what we could have even dreamed of at that age. As a fan of HGTV, I’m often blown away by what twenty-somethings are looking for in a home, and how even just one room’s paint color can turn them off to seeing what the rest of house has to offer. Ahhh … note to them … paint color can be easily changed.

When we’re in our twenties, life may seem easy . . .  But as we move into our thirties, forties, and then fifties, our perspectives may shift because of responsibilities and experiences: marriage, children, health concerns, job loss, grandchildren, aging parents, etc. Life becomes more complicated, and dreams can sometimes feel elusive. By the time we reach our sixties, what seemed possible in our twenties can look impossible, and we may wonder . . . how did we get here?

It’s kind of humorous that when we’re younger, we fantasize about big, beautiful homes, but after we become empty nesters, we begin to think about how nice it would be to have a small, lovely house that requires very little maintenance or yard work.

Regardless of your age, how do you view retirement? Getting up in the morning with little to do but drink coffee and watch The Price is Right? Of do you envision world travel in your future? Are there hobbies you want to explore? Classes you want to take?

What about volunteering in your community or even other countries?


We can’t live forever, but what we do can change lives forever. ~ Michael Josephson

But, here’s the kicker. We can’t just quit our jobs one day because we’re “done,” and we want to pursue those dreams that were shelved. Oh, if only it were that easy. Trust me, it’s not.

My husband, Sonny, and I have been planning financially for retirement for many years, but we’re cautiously looking at the day that it can become reality. Why? Even with investments, life insurance, and a pension in place, we have to look at the rising cost of living, health care, etc. There are also decisions to make, like . . . should we sell the house or live in it until we’re no longer able to move up and down stairs and maintain the place? There are so many things to consider. But we’re never going to stop dreaming!


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream~ C.S. Lewis

No matter your age—retired or not—I encourage you to dream. Fulfill whatever purpose God has for you in each season of life.



Check out my earlier blog post  “You’re Never Too  Old to Pursue a Dream” for more inspiration and examples of women who accomplished great things during their later years.


How have your dreams changed over the years? If you’re thinking about what you want your life to look like after retirement, what are you doing now to prepare and make that a reality?


Dawn



Meme – Inspirational Quote on One's Capabilities





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