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This month:

I will be both the lead presenter and a panel member at an annual state-wide conference in my field (animal welfare). Both presentations are about community: reaching different groups, engaging them, working together in creative ways. A quote of mine, related to compassion fatigue, was printed in a nation trade magazine too. Through an apprenticeship, I am striving to both stretch my skills and get back to the roots of what brought me into this career in the first place, companion animal behavior/training and the human-animal bond. This is mostly in self-defense but also as a way to seek future relevance and service.

A windfall project came into my household late last year that generated some much needed cash. We live month to month, check to check, and as renters with pets...seemingly always in fear about our housing. Not a week after the payment came in for this project, our car threw a rod and took out its engine. At first I was all about, "Every blinking time we get a little extra, something (car, health crisis, etc) slams us, empties what might have passed as a bit of safety savings, and leaves us running on empty again". I got over myself. While yes, this does seem to be a rather shockingly predicable pattern over the past 12 or 15 years, if you flip it over it turns into, "Just before a serious financial hit comes, some unexpected money is earned to cover it" the world is suddenly a better place.

Find the right perspective; it is world changing.

Flipping it over ...

Date: 2017-03-03 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I LOVE this! "Just before a serious financial hit comes, some unexpected money is earned to cover it." Right in this moment you are my favourite person in the whole world!

Re: Flipping it over ...

Date: 2017-03-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corva.livejournal.com
This is showing as posted by Anonymous, so I have no idea who I am replying to and am a bit confused why that sentence would make me your favorite person (even more than Mr/ Rogers or Jane Goodall?!?) but Thank You!

I'm just making my way the only way I know how.

Perhaps I am luckier than I thought

Date: 2017-03-04 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kareina.livejournal.com
I have always told people that I lead a charmed life; that things always work out. One of my earliest examples of this phenomenon was when I was 18 and living in Arizona. Money was tight for [livejournal.com profile] imdonnan and I on our student bugets, and one month, as I was trying to decide which bill I would pay late because we couldn't manage all by their deadlines, we received an unexpected check in the mail from the electric company returning our deposit for having made all of our payments on time, so I happily paid all of our bills on time that month and decided that I clearly lead a charmed life and that anything that I need will be provided when I need it. Ever since I have been provided with countless examples of things "just working out" when I needed them to.

Before reading your words today it had never occured to me that instead of understanding that my life is charmed I could have instead been annoyed that I didn't get to keep that bonus check and spent my years looking for examples of life taking away any little good thing.

I love my past self for having fallen into the interpretation that helped keep my life joyful and lower in stress than it might have been, and hope your post helps others find a similar outlook.

Date: 2017-03-06 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mamagotcha.livejournal.com
It's the difference between paranoia and pronoia. I'm not always successful at reframing challenges as blessings, but when I do make the effort, it certainly is a lot less stressful on me and everyone in my immediate vicinity!

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