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When Missing a Golden Opportunity Becomes the Gold at the End of a Rainbow

Several years ago, I had a great opportunity for a job with a high-tech firm in Virginia.  At that time they had more confidence in me than I did, and I was extremely flattered and very tempted to take it. Ultimately I had to pick between that job and a lesser one four hours away in Northern Virginia.  I chose the latter.

I wanted to be around my sister, who was very sick, and her four children who were very young, the eldest being 5. I knew that I had chosen the better portion, as I never would have had so much time with those four golden-haired beauties if I didn’t take the chance then.

From a career perspective, it seemed the foolish thing to do, but in time I realized that a career or lifelong passion is something that doesn’t just go away. If you tune into it,  you get to work on it all your life. Also, I knew back then that the little ones would grow up very fast, and before you knew it, the oldest one would be completing her first year at University.

Here are a few pointers I learned along the way:

1. If you have a beating heart, you still have time to do what it is you were meant to do.

2. It may take a while to get there. So just take the little steps, one at a time.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and give yourself time to learn all the things you are going to need to know in order to get to the next step.

4. Be kind to yourself, and you will find that you will naturally be kinder to others.

5. Try to do something each day to work on your passion or toward your goal, even if it is as tiny as writing about a little success you had that day or jotting down an idea in a notebook that you can use later.

Just keep going, like the story we read as a child of The Little Engine That Could, because the alternative could mean missing out on the gold at the end of your rainbow. My gold is still those little angels, and  everything after that is an additional blessing for which I am very grateful!

Have a golden week!