When faced with a potential life altering decision, digging down deep for the answer may not be enough.
Armed with professional opinions and advice, many rely on safe decisions. What if the best decision is the path less traveled? For me, I knew the safe decision was not the right decision. I had the courage to make that decision, but found I did not have the tools to effectively cope.
Late in 2010, I decided to focus on my physical health. I joined a gym and had a routine check-up. The doctors discovered I have a Bicuspid Aortic Valve, a congenital heart condition that should be monitored and treated early in life, and an aneurysm. For me, treatment was over 40 years overdue. I was told I was facing an aorta replacement and looking at less than 2 years to live. A lifestyle change could improve my longevity. Knowing my Dad died of this when I was a kid, fear became a factor.
The lifestyle change was easy, but I wanted to intellectually and emotionally be wise. I did my research and learned that stem-cell procedures were being developed in South Africa and Europe. In the US, that was currently not an option. Yet, that option spoke to me. I wanted more information and self-empowering tools.
Two years after my diagnosis, my consulting gig was ending. I began looking for a new path. That search led me to aligning with my passions and focusing on my personal development. Call it the “law of attraction,” but my current alignment was having me look at me in a way I've never done before. It was not enough to make decisions; more so, how to effectively place them into action and have continuous, effective growth with my decisions.
Today, I monitor my progress with regular checkups, moderate exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Through BFE, I am gaining more insight and confidence. I am recognizing that my actions can lead to potential breakthroughs, resulting in a higher quality of life for me and others. This validates and enriches my journey.
We know that teachers have one of the hardest and one of the most inspiring jobs today. With media such a force in today's world, we turn to media to find a few Twisted Truths About Teaching!
As The World Turns, teachers teach The Young and The Restless. Some days are like the Wheel of Fortune, and others, Survivor. The curriculum serves as The Guiding Light, but often in need of an Extreme Makeover. For many, the Fear Factor are those Desperate Housewives who want All My Children in special programs. Today's teachers are The Voice and often asked to do the work of Two and a Half Men. And, around The Office discipline is frequently disguised as Law & Order or Deal or No Deal. The Big Bang Theory is our Modern Family is The New Normal. Parks and Recreation is how we must Go On. Dealing with Criminal Minds, a Person of Interest, and Breaking Bad is How I Met Your Mother. For teachers, there is no Deception; these are the Days of Our Lives. From the moment they say, "Good Morning, America," we know they are the real American Idol!
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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