2017 proved to be one roller coaster of a year. The year was filled with lots of travel, a wild fire that ravaged the Panhandle, a new business venture, many new adventures, and a sickness that helped me realize what was important. Through all of these happenings I did have 10 life lessons I’d like to share with you…
10.) No matter what people say, or promise, their actions will prove how they truly feel… A very big lesson for me in 2017. I’ve always been one to believe in the greater good of others, without taking into consideration their own agendas. I guess I just assumed a mutual respect among each person, however, I’ve now realized there is no such thing. We now live in a world full of selfishness, and I, for one, am disappointed by that fact. My goal in 2018 is to show others how easy it is to treat each other with respect, to love with no exceptions, and to smile without end, because that’s what truly matters.
9.) Accomplish something you thought was impossible… I believe this was one of the biggerthings that happened this year, and it wasn’t just one goal. I was able to stabilize my life, and go out on my own in the photography world. Booking my own shows, and events. I was able to give back to my community, and assist young individuals with their Livestock Projects. I’d say living life to the max, even though it was a tad stressful at times, was worth every bit.
8.) Don’t be stupid… Dad, this one is for you… You are always reminding me of this, telling me to use my head, to think before I act, and to remember what y’all raised me to be. I may still struggle a bit with using my head 24/7, but hey, I’m getting there. I did learn however that by thinking before I act, and taking every piece of every story, for what it is, I will make better choices. So don’t be stupid, use your head, and think for yourself. Following societies “Standard” isn’t worth it.
7.) Prepare for rain, for what you do not sow, you will not harvest… Preparation for the coming seasons in your life, is so very important. I truly believe our faith in God shows when we prepare for the things in which we ask him to help us with. Whether that be planting a field in a drought, or prepping for an upcoming business opportunity, that you aren’t sure you will even have. I learned that preparation is key, in anything you want to accomplish.
6.) Fight for what you want… There aren’t many things in life that are handed to you on a silver platter. Fighting for what you want, is one of the most important things a person can learn, the second is how to fight for what you want. I’m not saying to throw a punch in a business proposition, but to instead pursue with fierce intention, with a goal, and a purpose to accomplish and achieve goals, steps, dreams, or anything you may want.
5.) Family is a blessing, enjoy it… I come from a tight knit family, one who is loving and supporting in all of our dreams, but who also holds us to a higher standard. They want to push us to our limits, to accomplish all of the goals we have set before us. Through all of our health issues, life changes, and hard times in the past, and present, one thing has stuck out. We rally together in not only our times of need, but in everyday life. Many people tell me how blessed I am to have such a strong, loving, and supportive family, I never truly realized that until the last few weeks of 2017. I truly enjoy the laughter that fills our homes as we all gather together, the smiles on our faces as we enjoy each others company, and of course the rich atmosphere filled with pure love. Love for each and every one of us, so much so that it radiates.. I only wish I would have realized it much, much sooner.
4.) All the little things add up… We often think that little things are not important, what we miss is that those little things add up to be large things. I always thought small actions lead to small happenings. I was wrong. Small things grow, they fester, and can quickly become very large problems and issues. I often sweep things under a rug, and move on, what I wasn’t noticing is that by sweeping those “things” under the rug, I was creating a bigger mess in my life, collecting dust, and a great big pile of rubble that didn’t belong. Don’t get caught up letting the little things grow into larger more problematic things, just because you don’t want to cause a ripple in the waters. Cause a wave, figure out what the issue is, and resolve it. It will be more worthwhile in the end.
3.) Take in the good, rise from the bad… In the spring a massive wildfire ripped through the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, and Kansas, effecting many friends of ours. I was away, in Houston, for HLSR. After hearing about the extensive damage, and seeing a few photos through the month while I was away, I finally returned home… As I drove through Hemphill and Lipscomb county, I was in awe… It was raining, the ground was barren, just dirt was left from the high heat of the flames. In that moment, I knew how important it was to take in the good, and rise from the bad. So many families had to over come, cattle ranchers had to rebuild, and as communities we had to keep up the positivity. Though the flames ravaged our counties, the rain would fall, and we would rise, out of the ashes. Seeing the sprouting green in a matter of days after the rain, was all the proof we needed..
2.) Life really is like a box of chocolates… “Life is like a box of choco-lates, you never know what you’re gunna get.” Forrest hit the nail on the head with that one. I learned this year that things can change in a matter of moments. One day you can be on top of the world, the next you can be bed ridden because of sickness. Even though I learned the most about myself in that month of basic bed rest, I also constantly questioned why. Why me? Why now? Why? Why? Why? I then learned it’s not our duty to question Gods plan, even though its easy to point fingers, its just as hard to take into account what he put this obstacle in your life for. Maybe its for self development, or for you to realize how important your health is. Whatever it may be, take a bite out of that chocolate and savor it, I promise there is a flavor in there that may just take you by surprise.
1.) Miracles do happen… The greatest thing I learned just two days before the new year, is that miracles do happen. Jeremiah 32:27 says “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind, is anything too hard for me?” After the happenings late in the night Friday, and Saturday, I’d say God proved his point. After a few frightening phone calls waking up the majority of our church family, the near future was looking grim for a loved one. Many prayed, prayed for healing, for peace, and for understanding. Mid morning we all received news that the “Impossible” had happened, and that a miracle took place. Tests, and scans would later prove that the “Impossible” was actually possible with our Lord and Savior, and that the scans that had taken place a couple hours apart seemed to show two different people, yet, they were done on the same exact loved one. There is no doubt God had a hand in the healing of our Sister in Christ, and that it was not her time after all.
2017 proved to be a wild year, as I stated earlier, however, 2017 was a year of life, love, lessons, and miracles. Bring on 2018, a year I believe will be filled with hope, laughter, accomplishments, love, and of course, many more memories. I cannot wait to see where we are a year from today.