So, do you want to know the real secret to success?
If you’re like me, you’ve read a lot of self-help books. You may have even studied successful people to see if you can glean some secret to success from their lives. Or perhaps, you listen to podcasts as you drive down the road.
I’ve done – and still do – all of these things.
But I found the real secret to success somewhere else.
Have you ever had dead battery on your car?
Well, we’ve had a little experience with that lately. My husband has a truck that we don’t drive very often. It’s not as fuel efficient as our cars, so we primarily drive those to work.
Over the past several months, we’ve had some trouble with a dead battery and the truck not starting. So, we jump it off or charge the battery, and it’s fine for a while. We actually had the battery replaced a year or so ago because it got so dead it wouldn’t work at all. (I feel that way sometimes.)
So, what was the problem?
I love watching hummingbirds feed right outside our kitchen window.
A few years ago, my husband and I bought a couple of feeders and attached a hangar to our back porch railing. So, now we have a very clear view of both feeders when we look through the window.
Seeing those little things with their wings flapping a hundred miles-per-hour really brings a smile to my face. (It’s actually 53 beats per second. I couldn’t help but look it up.) And, I also kind of enjoy watching them dive-bomb each other to get the best spot.
But, I learned something about hummingbirds.
Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t quite turn out how you thought it should?
Last week, my husband and I went away for a long weekend. We rented this super cute, tiny cabin on a beautifully clear lake in the mountains of Tennessee (aka “God’s country”).
It was perfect . . . almost.
Today is my 13th wedding anniversary!
As I thought about the commitment of marriage and all that that means, I started to consider other things we say we are committed to.
Every year, thousands of high school athletes commit to attend a specific university. They sit at a table in front of a big banner with their school of choice’s logo and sign on the dotted line saying THAT is the school they will attend.
People commit to lose weight, get out of debt, be nicer to their spouse, or spend more time with their children.
But, what does all that mean?
A few weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity.
One morning I found myself with a few free hours of nothing on my schedule. I had no dishes to wash, clothes to launder, lawn to mow, or floors to vacuum. I had some time to relax!
Sounds awesome, right? Well, it was a pretty odd situation for me. That sort of free time isn’t something I typically have a lot of.
But, I learned a valuable lesson that morning.