Life is What You Make It!

16 Jul

If you’ve missed hearing from Joyce (her last post was “It’s All About Attitude“), today’s a good day to read our blog because she’s decided to write for us again 🙂

While we certainly don’t want to be the ones mulling over the negative stuff, sometimes, you gotta face the unpleasant things in life head-on. As you know, retail sale and stock numbers haven’t been too cheery as of late; there just seems to be an overall s l u g g i s h feeling this summer. Maybe it’s the heat? Maybe customers are thrifty? Maybe shoppers just want to tan at the beach? Why? What’s the deal? Unfortunately, we don’t hold the magic solution – if we did, we’d tell you.

But, in the midst of all this, we bring you some hopeful food for thought from Joyce:

I recently read Peter Buffett’s Life Is What You Make It. Yes, the son of one of the most famous and wealthiest people, Warren Buffett. I started the book without any expectations because I just randomly picked it up. I didn’t even read any reviews. But once I started, I couldn’t put the book down. It touches on topics that I think we can all relate to on some level. It was particularly relevant to where I am in my life – as an individual and as a Rinadon employee.

We know that many of you are going through a rather tough time because of this long, drawn out, sluggish economy. This recession is tiresome! However, my hope for all of us is that we can somehow use this time to re-evaluate where we are and where we want to go next. We could blame ourselves for things like not better preparing for this slow-paced economic recovery, but really, who knew we’d all be in this spot? Re-evaluate. Maybe this means we search for our true calling, which Buffett defines as “the tug we feel toward the life that is right for us, the life that is truly our own. That life might be centered around work or a particular career; but it doesn’t have to be… it can reside in any aspect of a chosen path.” Or, maybe this means to finally diving into philanthropic work that you didn’t have the chance to explore.

My favorite quote Buffett refers to is…

“Not all who wander are lost.”

Maybe you’re wandering now, trying out different things to find your true calling. Or, maybe you’re starting to have second thoughts about what you’ve chosen. Regardless of where you are in your life, I hope you find encouragement and peace because by wandering, you’re on the way there. There: where you want to be and who you want to be. Though I still wander, I find peace and hope in knowing I’m not totally lost. If you’re a wanderer today, I commend  you for trying to live the life you are meant to live and having the courage to wander with a positive attitude to boot!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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