I started this blog primarily to document my journey through an incredibly challenging situation I suddenly found myself in. It is meant to encourage and inspire others. I also write on topics of interest, like business and sports, and although I am a political junkie, I decided against writing about politics as it tends to be divisive. This time it’s different…and it’s not about politics. It’s about the devastating effects Donald Trump’s decision to effectively dismantle key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on me and others like me. I didn’t choose to be in this situation, but here is how I got there.
In the age of globalization, employees in multinational firms will sometimes be required to relocate to foreign countries. It is not only critical that these employees understand the culture of the country within which they operate, but the corporation must understand that culture plays a critical role in determining success in that marketplace.
Much of what is reported on the news about globalization has been the negative aspects. What we are seeing today, particularly with manufacturing jobs being moved overseas, has its foundation in the trade theories espoused by economists several years ago.
Your actions determine your future. When you have lofty goals and aspirations, without an action plan and subsequent actions to accomplish them, they are merely dreams. Each step you take in the present determines what will happen in the future. Think of your goals like a bank account. Each action, regardless how small, is a deposit into that account. An accumulation of these ‘deposits’ takes you closer to your goal. At the end of each day, make an honest assessment about your accomplishments, and determine whether the actions take you closer to accomplishing your goals. If they do, great! If not, don’t be discouraged. It is important to persevere...just keep trying.
Onwards and Upwards!
We sometimes hear ministers espouse a “name it and claim it” philosophy. What does this mean really? And how does it work? In the simplest of terms this philosophy stems from the fact that God has made promises to us and all we have to do is claim it to receive it. These promises are those relating to health, wealth, good relationships, etcetera. So if we ask God for good health, wealth and so forth, He will grant it to us.
When it comes to investing, we must never let our emotions get in the way of making sound decisions. Don’t fall in love with the house so much that you fail to do due diligence or that you assess the deal through rose colored lenses. When this happens we end up learning the hard way. Emotions sometimes affect our choice in people with whom to have relationships, the products we purchase at a grocery store, an automobile purchase and more. Too often emotional decisions result in the wrong choice being made.
By the time I was diagnosed, I was completely dependent and had to rely on my husband for my care. I continued to teach since all my classes were online and I was able to work from home. This privilege was short lived, however, when I was informed that my contract would not be renewed. This meant I would no longer have health insurance and, since my husband could not work because he had to care for me, no source of family income. To put it mildly, this news was devastating.
I find that I have been getting distracted too often. Each day I have a list of things to do and at the end of the day find that I have only completed 30% of the tasks. It is no wonder I have accomplished far less than I am capable of doing. I find myself being distracted…spending significantly more time than necessary on social media. How many times do I hit the refresh button only to realize not much has changed in the past 5 minutes?! I do the same on the news and sports websites.
As I got weaker I became increasingly concerned. I visited another orthopedist, and within minutes of examining me stated “you have a neurological problem. I can’t help you with this”. Really?! I thought, “what was the other orthopedic doctor looking at?” “Did I lose three months treating the wrong problem when the actual problem is getting worse?” Now that the problem has been identified as being neurological, I felt better that at least we were getting closer to figuring out the source so the issue can be resolved
Life is not a bed of roses and we will all face challenges at some point. It is during times of adversity that we truly discover who we are. We get to learn if our faith is as strong as we thought it to be, and we discover if we really are difference makers, capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. When the going gets tough, do we give up or do we step up our efforts and take the fight to a different level?