It was one of those mornings.  I dropped an egg on the kitchen floor and it splattered everywhere.  If you’ve ever had to clean up egg from the floor, you know how disgusting and difficult it is.  The slime just slimes all over the place and requires tons of paper towels and then a major mopping of the floor.  This was not what I wanted so early in the morning and I thought the day was going to be “one of those days” because of it.

I had been up since 4:30 – thinking.  Thinking about the work to be done.  Thinking about the stalling on two projects that had started off with a bang and now were just sitting there.  Waiting.  Waiting for information.  Waiting for further research.  Waiting for others to do something.   And for those who know me, you know that “waiting” is not a part of my DNA.

And then yesterday the surprise phone call letting me know there might be a “snake in the grass” and someone was now showing questionable behaviors.  Could this person be trusted?  Were we getting the truth or was the surprise caller misled about the truth?  How do you know what is truth and what isn’t?  Who do you believe?  Ugh.

Eggs on the floor.  Stalled projects on my desk.  Wondering about Truth.

As I threw the last of the egg-filled, slimly paper towels in the trash, I looked up at God and said, “What’s the matter with me, Lord?  Why is it so difficult for us to focus on the “splatters, stalled, surprises of life” instead of the blessings that surround us?”

There was no booming voice from heaven.  No thought in my head.  No nothing.  Just silence.

And I let the silence do the heavy lifting.

I sat on my favorite spot of the couch and closed my eyes.  I just sat there listening to nothing.

And then I reflected about my life.  Other than these issues, life was pretty good.  I wasn’t affected by Hurricane Michael who landed a few hours away from me in my home state.  I was healthy.  I was busy working on some very cool projects.  And a few of them might change the lives of many.  I was enjoying the crisp fall air that had arrived and sent the humidity away for a few days.  I was living in a high-rise condo overlooking the city and beautiful sunsets were mine most every day.  I was traveling and seeing new sights.  I had made new friends and I had a sweetheart with a big heart and integrity written all over him.  My kids were doing well and my Grands are just grand!

I have it pretty stinking good!

Then I realized what I needed to do to get my attitude adjusted:

  • Eggs will fall to the floor and they will not affect my life.  All these little irritations in life are just that.  Don’t let them spoil your day and laugh instead of cuss or fume.  Plus – while cleaning up the eggs, I cleaned the floor and now it sparkles.
  • Stalling is for a reason.  Maybe you are heading in the wrong direction and God wants you to slow down.  Maybe there is danger ahead and He’s trying to direct you to another place.  Getting upset is not the answer.  Stopping, slowing down and looking for the right path to success is the key.  It may not be in your DNA but maybe it’s time to learn how to change your DNA a little.  It could save the deal.  It could save your life.  Be thankful for the stalls!
  • Surprise information can be one of two things:  1)  A great piece of information bringing wisdom or 2) A gossip or liar hoping to keep you from moving forward.  Your job:  Don’t believe everything you hear – research it yourself – don’t rush to conclusions – ask the One who made you for Wisdom and Discernment.  If the surprise is inaccurate information, you haven’t hurt someone who didn’t do anything.  If the surprise is correct, deal with it immediately and move that person out of your life or business.  Liars and deceivers have no place in your world.

I looked up to heaven, smiled and shrugged at God.  Okay, you win!  I’ll just hang out here doing life and trusting You for everything.  You haven’t failed me yet.  Every season of my life has been pretty good – even with the eggs, stalling and surprises.

Fall is in the air and a new season is coming.  I’m going to enjoy it.

I hope you will take time to slow down, hang out, put aside all the irritating stuff and look up to Him who made the air crisp, the leaves change and the sun rise every day.  If you have a lot of drama in your life — get rid of it as soon as you can.  Even if it means tough love — you must do it.  Life is meant to be joyful and those who want to zap your joy need to zap out of your life until they get it together.  There is a new season in town and it’s cool and comfortable.

Smile, relax, have fun.  Visit a pumpkin patch, take a hayride, build a bonfire, drive to see the leaves change, and just breathe.

Peace, Love, Out,

Billie

 

 

 

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Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

 

 

 

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