Is it November already? Where has this year gone? I had such high hopes of things I intended to accomplish. I was able to check many of them off my list, but some will have to carry over to 2012. It wasn’t for a lack of desire or determination, but rather a lack of time. Despite my intentions of curbing my involvement in charitable and community causes, I ended up increasing them … again. It’s hard for me to turn down the opportunity to help others. Instead of fighting it, I have come to the realization that it is simply part of who I am. This month I get to celebrate the culmination of one of my projects. As the chair of the Ingham Regional Healthcare Foundation annual gala, I get to see the fruits of the committee’s labor at the Hippest Party in Town on Saturday, Nov. 12. It’s an awesome event for people to come out, get dressed up and support a fabulous cause. What an amazing way to kick the holiday season into high gear. I love a good party and it’s even better when it supports state-of-the-art healthcare in our region. The gala will be the first of many events that I will attend in the name of charity and community involvement this season. Honestly, holiday community events have become such a part of my routine that attending them has become one of the traditions that kicks my holiday spirit into high gear. Participating in the festivities will inspire me to decorate my house, plan annual get-togethers, prepare special meals, bake with the kids and anticipate the arrival of Rudy, our Elf on the Shelf. There is something truly comforting about this time of year — it reminds me to appreciate the splendor and simplicity of life. Like you, I have so much to be thankful for and I’m glad there is a designated reminder on my calendar each November. As much as I try to show my appreciation for life each day, I love sitting around the table with my children on Thanksgiving and asking them what they are thankful for in their lives. Their answers evolve with age and experience, but I adore seeing the world through their eyes for a moment. Not jaded by the complexities of the world in which we live, they are so sincere about the little things that bring them joy. This season and beyond I am trying to embrace the world the way my children do. Full of hope and anticipation for what is to come. I want to look at every opportunity as the chance to experience something amazing. I want to believe that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. When I fall down or if my feelings get hurt, I want to trust that there will be someone who loves me near by to help me feel better. I want to talk too loud, laugh uncontrollably and look forward to the chance to have fun with my friends. I want to have the tenacity to get back up and try again and again until I get it right. As you head into this season of merriment, celebration and stress, I hope you will take time to see the world through younger eyes. No matter where you are at, how much time or money you have, there must be something splendid to reflect on — even if it’s your vision of what your future holds. Start a new tradition, set a few goals and take time to enjoy the wonderment of where you are and what lies ahead. Attend an event for a charitable cause to support someone or something that is in dire need of your help. Choose to see the beauty of simply waking up for a chance to seize another day and make a positive mark on the world.
Shelley Davis Mielock
Shelley Davis Mielock is a certified business image coach and the founder of Mieshel Image Consulting, a Lansing-based firm that specializes in image development for individuals and businesses. She is also a co-host of In Her Shoes, a a weekly women’s talk radio show. To ask Shelley an image question, please e-mail her.