This weekend I took a trip to Gatlinburg to get away for a couple of days, stay in a Cabin in the mountains, and try to teach myself to Snowboard! Yeah right!!! 🙂 Well the drive up was beautiful, lots of snow in the Smokies, checked into the cabin, started a nice wood-burning fire, and prepared myself for the next day of Snowboarding…I woke up the next day, ate a Huge breakfast at Flap-Jacks in Gatlinburg, jumped on the Aerial Tram to Ober Gatlinburg, and I’m on my way! I get to Ober Gatlinburg, and the line for the Snowboard Rentals was HUGE, but I finally got my boots, and headed to Bunny Slope to hone my skill!! Haha…BIG Time! First I had to learn to put my boots in…Check! When you are down the practice slope, you have to take your back foot out…wouldn’t come out! I got a bad pair of boots so I had to take them back. When I did, they gave me the wrong kind!! So back I went to get a good pair of the right boots! I’m frustrated as can be at this point…but now I’m ready to roll…sorta…
I went up the lift, and after listening to a few people with a few tips, I made my way down the hill…starting with the lift…and I fell! I crawled out of the way of oncoming skiiers, and got up, and I fell! I got up went a few feet, and I fell! I did that all the way down the slope until I made it to the lift again…and I went back up. This time I made it a few more feet, stayed controlled, and kept getting better. I worked on my technique, and before you know it I was snowboarding more than I was falling!! By the third time up, I felt confident enough to go down the slope, turn side to side, and I really enjoyed it! I hadn’t mastered it yet, but I enjoyed the journey down the hill!
It reminded me that life is a journey, full of surprises, turns and twists, and sometimes we fall down. Just like snowboarding, we have to pick ourselves back up, and keep moving forward. It hurts sometimes, and I’m sore as can be today, but in life, we go through some painful times too and we wonder if we will ever get through them. I went through a divorce years ago, and thought I would never get past that terrible moment in my life. I didn’t get to see my kids everyday, my income was reduced, my bills were greater, and I literally wondered how I would ever make it through the day sometimes.
Through prayer and life altering decisions I finally turned the corner on the hard times, started working on myself, changed my network of friends, and started working in a new career that was more positive minded than what I was doing. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Just like snowboarding and falling down, if I don’t change my situation, my technique, or my approach to life, I will continue to “fall down” in my personal and professional life as well. I started working out again, reading positive books again, going to Church again, and I literally saw my life change in a few months.
It’s been over 3 years since my divorce, and I can honestly say I couldn’t imagine my life would change so much! I feel better than I have in a long time and it feels great! My relationship with my kids is healthy, I have new friends that are wonderful, I’ve renewed my relationships with my family members, I LOVE my Church, and I’m definitely in a “good place”. If you find yourself in a bad place currently, or even if your situation is good right now, continue to do the little things (daily personal development, a fitness plan, daily goals that our part of long term goals, etc) and you will most assuredly will find yourself transforming your personal and professional lives too! Here’s to a great 2011…Mine has started out with a BANG…or an occasional fall! 🙂 It sure is fun!!