Welcome to Day 7 of the 30 Days of ME! challenge. After some rather sour news earlier, I’m happy to be writing about something much more cheery. Before I go into today’s topic though, I just want to share a couple other bits of good news. First, I have a phone interview on Friday with a place called National Heritage Academy. This is one of the positions I applied for! So, say a prayer and send some positive thoughts that it goes well. I have no idea what it pays or really what the position entails. The other bit of good news is I found out I got a 100% on my Interviewing Strengths reflection paper I did in Unit 2 of my class! I was so excited! Finding out I got such a great grade on this paper really boosted my spirits! For this particular paper, I had to interview or play the part of a counselor and then reflect on it and write about it. My subject was a friend of mine who is currently serving time in prison. I still can’t believe I did so well!! I’m so excited because writing papers is really not my favorite even though I do enjoy writing. Writing on a blog and writing papers are two very different things.
Okay, onto Day 7. Today’s topic is A picture of someone or something that has the biggest impact on you. I’m going with someone or in my case, there are two someone’s. Now, unfortunately, these two are now deceased. However, they still still have a great impact on my life. They have for a very long time.
Let me introduce you to….my mentors and also great-grandparents, Forrest and Dorothy Laug. From the time I was a young teenager, I have always wanted to have a life like theirs. They had the privilege of traveling the world! For as long as I can remember they lived summers in Michigan and winters in Florida or Mexico. Apparently, there is a street in Mexico named after him? Although I did some searching and couldn’t find it so I really don’t know for certain. I would always write them letters to let them know how I was doing in school, etc. He always had such great, positive words of advice for me. He started a business here in Michigan called Michigan Bulb Company. He also owned a golf club called Highlands Country Club. He was an avid golfer. His company did very well and was passed on to his son, Ron when he retired. Unfortunately, my uncle Ron’s son had no interest in taking over the business so the company was sold. I was so sad to see the company leave the family.
I remember when I landed my first job just before I got out of high school, my grandfather was so proud of me. He told me that the Meijer family was a great family to work for. Work hard every day and you will get what you want in life. I took those words to heart. I’ve always had a strong work ethic. My great-grandparents were married until death did they part. So when my marriage dissolved, I was quite sad. I took my vows so seriously and I wanted that life-long marriage like my great-grandparents had. I’ve overcome that now. I’d love to know what my great-grandfather would have to say to me about my divorce. What advice he might have for me at this point in my life. I’m sure he would be proud of my schooling. I miss my great-grandparents so much! I still have some of the letters he wrote to me and I love to look back at them on occasion. I usually cry when reading them, but they’re healing tears. I’m so grateful to God for such amazing great-grandparents and wonderful memories.
Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. These are are the ones who have a great impact on me! Who has a great impact on you? I’d love to know.
Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!