There was a saying that I heard when I was younger that stated the higher they climb, the further they fall; the bigger they are, the harder they fall. As powerful as that statement may be, it created an inner struggle for me to become greater. I became complacent with the middle of the road and I did it well. I was raising my son, developing business professionals in my career, and moving along without making a big fuss with my employer for a promotion. Why would I want a promotion again? It created more stress, and more opportunities for me to make an error. As the years progressed, I began to notice that I began training managers to perform and manage me! There was soon a new inner conflict, "why am I ok with being less?" Growing up in the south, I was raised by two hard working parents that had children young and made it their priority to provide, train, pour into and introduce us to God. One thing that I did not realize effected my evaluation of my self worth was early on in my childhood, we did not have much. I listened to the conversations of those who moved into our small town, talk down on the 'little country town and the regressive school system". I believed the lies that country folks were not as intelligent as those who are introduced to other countries, cultures and buildings, lots of buildings.
While being a servant leader in my move from corporations to corporations, I met a lot of people from close to far. I have worked with professionals young and old, single and married, different faiths and atheist. The one consistent thing that I picked up on is it does not matter where you come from, it matters what you do with the information and lessons that you learned on your journey of life.
After experiencing some major life events; a bad car accident, my third knee surgery, and a pandemic, I cried out to God to give me his eyes to see, give me his ears to hear what I am missing while operating in my self imposed limitations of lack and complacency. Yeshua provided me a year to be still, remember who I am and why I am. During this time of rest, I was able to relive and document many memories, lessons and hard times that I was fortunate to live in and live through. He showed me that He was there and He allows me to be here today to share that it does not matter what it looks like in the flesh, there is always wisdom there for you to retain if you keep moving forward. There is beauty in life's hard times and good times, but you have to be willing to embrace your journey and allow Yeshua to shape and build on you. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the selected memories and transferrable lessons that I chose to share of my journey from a country girl to a corporate world.