Category Archives: Rewarded

What makes us happy?

If I were rich, I would be happy, correct? If I had a rewarding career, I would be satisfied, maybe? If I had a newer vehicle, I would never need another, right? And the list goes on and on – what defines happiness? Have you thought about what makes you happy? The other day as I was out for my morning run along the trail I was focused on the view. It was serene as the sunlight filtered through the trees and danced along the ground. The only sound was the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my shoes; it was hypnotic. With each breath, crisp, fresh air tickled my nose. It was peaceful, just Mother Nature and me.

I began to think about my life, my family and how good I feel about myself. Without hesitation, I thanked God for His many blessings and realized how happy I am with what He provides and how He answers my prayers even when it’s not what I expected.

Psalms 37:3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.

What awaits around the corner???

Each day we awake to new opportunities, a chance to be there for someone – making a difference! So many years ago, too many to count, I believed my work made a difference each day. I found myself determined to work my way through all of the politics and setbacks of being a woman in a Fortune 500 company. By far it was a boys club, one that no female would be welcomed; however, we were needed for the daily tasks our male counterparts felt beneath them.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved what I did, I was good at my work and found myself being sought out for high profile projects. I thrived on challenges, no project too daunting, and was genuinely overloaded, but always willing to work the hours needed for success. I always believed in the success of the company I worked for and knew I made a difference each day. After all, my work would be noticed, someone higher up would commend me with a kind word, possibly a raise, maybe a bonus, or even a promotion.

Oh, how naive I was. While I was busy with my work and lost in my thoughts of successful projects and accolades to come, another female coworker was pleading her case as to why she deserved a promotion. It was quite a surprise the day it was announced how she would be my new supervisor.

Without hesitation, I questioned why I had been passed over for this promotion. I was shocked at the senior vice president’s response; a slap in my face. A calmness came over me, I could only say, “well, this is it…” and walked away without any regrets.

What’s interesting is I knew it was a BLESSING in disguise. The hours I spent at work kept me away from my family – I was missing so much of their lives, and for what? To be passed over for a meaningless promotion? To continue being part of an organization that had shut the door on me?

PROVERBS 23:18: There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.