Last week I purchased a new laptop computer as a reward for completing a manuscript. I set it up in the store and then left the shopping mall, with my family, on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We put the computer, my purse, my computer bag containing my other devices, and cosmetic purchases into the trunk and drove a few miles to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant. Despite leaving the trunk closed, thieves knew what it contained because we had been targeted and followed from the store. These were professionals who carried out the crime of stealing these items less than twenty yards from an outdoor patio where people were enjoying their lunches.
The intention of this piece is not to cause fear or add to worry, but rather to share one of the valuable lessons I have learned in this week without my phone, kindle and new laptop. I believe life happens for us, rather than to us, so there is always a reason for gratitude and room for growth.
Here it is, an apparently shallow message, but one that has deeply impacted my life. I miss my Kindle. I had been using my Kindle in the morning, car trips and quiet moments to listen to inspirational audiobooks. By listening to inspiring books, a few minutes at a time, my Kindle helped me feel energized and excited about the day. This enthusiasm for life, is not something found in droning emails, text messages or news stories that are commonly displayed on other devices. I realized that rather than draining energy, my audiobooks help to give me more energy and share love with those in my orbit.
After all it was an audiobook on Kindle, by Marianne Williamson, that has been the mantra I have used to help me focus on moving forward after the theft rather than allowing bitterness, anger or fear to take root. The audiobook outlines how Marianne lost around ten thousand dollars on a event early in her career. She felt devastated and overwhelmed by her apparent failure. However, she shifted her focus to a blessing repeating, “I can absorb this loss.” I could have felt frustration with the lack of insurance coverage, despite having good policies. I could have been upset with missteps that have occurred in the process of attempting to replace licenses, bank accounts, personal items and the like. But, during this ordeal I have not felt these negative, energy-sucking emotions, thanks to my Kindle. I seek joy in knowing “I can absorb this loss” and from other audiobooks know that adversity is merely an indicator of greater things to come.
The overreaching lesson is this. We all have the same amount of hours with infinite ways to spend that time. How are we using it? Do we fill our hearts with depressing, anger filled stories on the news? Or, do we take time each day to access some of the millions of uplifting resources to encourage us, enlighten us, and enrich us. The choice is ours.
Bio: Dr. Jennifer Hanes is a nationally recognized, board certified emergency physician in Austin, Texas. She has lost seventy pounds, and outlines those secrets in her book, The Princess Plan. You can connect with her at www.DrHanes.com
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