Whether in a product, an aspiration, or a life in general, quality does not happen by accident. It does not happen on a whim. Quality takes careful preparation, practiced patience, and dogged determination.
At just 28 years of age, Leyla Tinibu* has done a lot in her young life. After moving to Los Angeles 5 years ago, she just recently quit her job so she could pursue her passion of becoming a professional singer / songwriter.
As I was writing about the importance of thanksgiving, I realized that a lot of those same principles could also be applied to forgiveness.
Like thankfulness, we all know that forgiveness is important, but don’t practice it at much as we should. Like thankfulness, forgiveness is sometimes incredibly hard to put into practice. And just like thankfulness, forgiveness is also critically important for our own personal well-being.
Thanksgiving day is quickly approaching! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the subject of thankfulness. Thankfulness is something that almost everyone would agree is important, and yet at the same time almost everyone neglects to actually establish the habit of giving thanks. Why is that?
About a year ago, I got one of the nastiest messages of my life.
I’d actually never met this woman before – let’s call her Courtney. She was, however, good friends with a mutual acquaintance of mine with whom I’d had an incredibly rocky relationship. Apparently Courtney had heard a lot of one-sided angry comments against me, and had already made up her mind about my character.
I went to visit some friends the other day. While we sat and chatted, their 2-year old daughter kept coming over to the table, begging for attention. As adorable as she was, it was becoming quite difficult to have an adult conversation with her constantly asking us to come play with her.
Trying to distract her, her mother asked if she wanted to go play with Legos. “No!” yelled the child. Her mom tried again. “OK, well do you want to show off your Legos to Ms. Lauren?” Without hesitation, the little girl said yes and happily ran off to play with her Legos.