I’ve always been accused of being too sensitive and at times, too emotional. I did my best to apologize and change who I am and then one day I realized, I am who I am, and I am good.
There is nothing wrong with me that a little love won’t fix, and there is nothing wrong with you either. Just because some people think you should be different, doesn’t mean you should.
I didn’t plan to write a book, and I am a writer. I write when I see and feel things and that is just about every day. It’s an outlet for me, and I have found that many people enjoy my writing and my thoughts about life. I didn’t write for others. I wrote for myself. It was a way of healing and getting out my feelings that were screaming to be let loose.
Even as a little girl who was raised by a single father, I found solace in writing poetry and short stories. It was my way of escaping to another place—outside the place I grew up. It was my way of expressing thoughts that were not allowed to be expressed—because of me. I held back what I thought and saw because I didn’t want to hurt my daddy. He was doing his best to raise three children and although he could have done better, he did the best he could with the tools he had. As a consultant to CEOs and executives, I have been privileged to observe behaviors in people and teams through the workshops and conferences I facilitated. At the end of those observations, we set out to discuss Lessons Learned and how we could apply them in our business and personal worlds.
It’s become so much a part of me that I spend every day wondering and watching for the lessons learned to show up. And they do every day. Every day!
This book, Lessons Learned on the Ranch, was compiled during my stay on a 10,000 acre, stunningly beautiful mountainous ranch just a few minutes outside Cody, Wyoming. I went there to consult with a rancher and
to find peace after a difficult divorce to the man of my youth for 38 years. This consulting project gave me time to leave the big city of Jacksonville, Florida and venture West to get away, work and learn new lessons.I hope you’ll enjoy the lessons I learned on the ranch. Ranch life is tough. Ranch life is fun. Ranch life is America at its core! We city dwellers could do ourselves a big favor by taking a break once a year and go West to reclaim our spirit and recharge our batteries…and…learn a few lessons about life too.
Enjoy! God bless you, and God bless America.