Last night as we were painting projects for an upcoming craft fair, Brenda and I were reflecting on all the changes we have experienced in our lives this year.
This year has been one of those years that when you look back on it, you realize that you LITERALLY are NOT the same person you were at this same time a year ago.
We have changed in every way two human beings can change.
Our business is growing so fast, and we feel so blessed because of that.
We have finally reached the point where people recognize the name HUMPTY DUMPTY MURAL MAGIC, and know that when they hire us, they are hiring professionals that will create their vision in their homes in a way that they will treasure for a long time.
We have made connections with some of the most amazing people this year that have enhanced our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Their friendship is a treasure that we thank the Lord for daily.
But I think the biggest lesson that Brenda and I have learned this year is this…
No matter what life scenarios or predicaments you’re in, just think of two words… adventure, adventure.
We’ve heard the song, “Que será será, whatever will be, will be.”
Yet whatever is going to be, doesn’t always have to become what is expected.
Fate, destiny, karma, miracles, chi (qi), the Force… they’re all intangibles in the invisible energies of the world/universe, yet their narratives, stories and conclusions are as visible as the ways they’ve been written and lived.
We can’t stop the next day from happening, yet if you’re willing to work hard, you can prepare for the days ahead knowing that we can influence fate and destiny.
If something truly exists (ghosts, reincarnation, life energy, chi (qi), etc.), it exists whether you believe in it or not.
Clichés like, “Live every day like it’s your last,”
“Life is too short to stay angry,”
and “Appreciate life while you have it,”
are reminders about life, living and love that are easy to ignore because many get wrapped up in making a living, looking for love, and not enjoying life.
Take time to reflect on what is truly important in life.
Thus, if being on your cell phone/online, catching the big game, or going out with your friends are often more important than speaking or being with your spouse/kids/soul mate, then maybe you don’t value the people you love as much as you should.
There’s always another game, call/text or friend, but not always another love.
This year has taught us this lesson very powerfully.
Earlier this year I experienced a betrayal by a man I had agreed to spend my life with. He stole a large sum of money from me and then lied to try to explain the theft.
In the past, I would have been devastated. But my reaction to this event showed me just how far I had really come this year. I looked him in the eye and told him to leave and never speak to me again. I explained that I deserve to be treated with respect and dignity…something that up till that time I had NEVER demanded before. I had always allowed people to take advantage of me because I was afraid that if I stood up for myself, they would be angry with me and leave me…
Now, my feelings are different. I now respect and honor myself enough to not only stand up for myself, but to actually tell them to leave my life if they cannot do the same.
By learning to honor and respect ourselves, Brenda and I have created an environment where we are literally surrounded by people who are doing everything in their power to help us succeed.
People who value our talents, and see the benefit in helping us succeed.
Brenda and I have both taken some of the principles that experts advise on having a good marriage and have integrated them into our working relationship.
Principals such as:
When tough times invade your working relationship, remember why you joined forces in the first place and draw from that power of unity, happiness, devotion and love to get through.
Your business partner is the most important person in your business. Never say anything about them or do something with another person that you wouldn’t say or do if your business partner was standing next to you.
Consider that successful business partnership is not always about looking at each other but looking in the same direction.
Deeds speak louder than words and at the end of the day the greatest gift we have is helping others.
Figure out what you need in life as compared to what you want in life. The quicker you find a life’s purpose the faster you’ll enjoy both.
Things you think are excuses for failure can be reasons for success just as your perceived weaknesses can turn out to be your strengths.
Longevity is not the key, but living long and healthy.
Also, regardless of your health situation, providing you don’t wait too long, there’s always something that can be done to improve it. (We have both worked together to regain our health, and have both successfully lost over 30 lbs ea. this year.)
Each end is a new beginning and good always follows bad.
Finally, to me, a true martial artist is one who learns not to fight and learns to heal rather than hurt.
We have also taken these principles and used them to enrich our relationships with our families, friends, and co-workers.
The other thing that I honestly believe that we have learned that has allowed our company to flourish is the fact that the CEO of HUMPTY DUMPTY MURAL MAGIC is the Lord, Jesus Christ.
He is the head of our lives, our business, and most importantly our hearts. Every job we do, every person we meet, we behave as if he were right there beside us… Because he IS!
We would just like to thank everyone who has believed in us, and helped us grow.
Here’s to the Future!