Do you have a plan?

by Judy Davis on August 17, 2014

Time to Plan 300x300 stress relief planning organization Do you have a plan, or do you just going with the flow?

Yes, I will confess, I am a more “go with the flow” kind of person, and that works for me…well for the most part.

I love the energy of shifting gears, multi-tasking and doing what comes next, right up to the part that I am overwhelmed because there is so much on my plate and I don’t know what I am “supposed” to do. Do you ever feel that way?

Maybe it’s the time of year with all the hustle and bustle of PCS season or maybe it’s just that I have so many AMAZING new things “cooking” for release in 2015, but a few days ago it hit both myself and my business partner right between the eyes. We were in a twirl, spin, spazziness or whatever you want to call it, but we didn’t know which way was up anymore.

The last few months we have been “going with the flow” and let me tell you some amazing connections, ideas and shifting has taken place…all which was good until we realized that we didn’t have a clear picture of the where to go from here. We were all over the place.

It was like an AHA moment when I realized that going with the flow is perfect SOME OF THE TIME, but in order to actually get something done, you have to execute some type of plan…and SHOCKER…you have to have a plan so you have something to execute.

So, with me kicking and screaming, we had a “Plan 2015″ meeting, and guess what….The spin, twirl and even spizziness disappeared!

I was able to find my focus again, establish some new priorities and pet projects, and came out of it with a solid “do-able” action plan that will move us forward at lightning speed. No more putting out fires and stressing that something isn’t getting done!

I am reminded that there is a healthy balance that comes with having a plan and leaving room to go with the flow.

So I ask you….do you have a plan?

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Story Moment: Inspiration for living!

by Judy Davis on August 15, 2014

imagesCAREN73Q story inspiration happiness I received this story this morning, and had to share it. It made me stop and take inventory of my life and ask myself if I believe in myself, and am I willing to believe in others even when I don’t know why…Enjoy

“At the prodding of my friends, I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Hondorf. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines , Iowa . I’ve always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons-something I’ve done for over 30 years. Over the years I found that children have many levels of musical ability..

I’ve never had the pleasure of having a prodigy though I have taught some talented students. However I’ve also had my share of what I call ‘musically challenged’ pupils. One such student was Robby. Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single Mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys!) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano. So I took him as a student. Well, Robby began with his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel but he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary pieces that I require all my students to learn.

Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he’d always say, ‘My mom’s going to hear me play someday..’ But it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled but never stopped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming to our lessons. I thought about calling him but assumed because of his lack of ability, that he had decided to pursue something else. I also was glad that he stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed to the student’s homes a flyer on the upcoming recital.. To my surprise Robby (who received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and because he had dropped out he really did not qualify. He said that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons but he was still practicing ‘Miss Hondorf, I’ve just got to play!’ he insisted.

I don ‘t know what led me to allow him to play in the recital. Maybe it was his persistence or maybe it was something inside of me saying that it would be all right. The night for the recital came . The high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. I put Robby up last in the program before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my ‘curtain closer.’

Well, the recital went off without a hitch. The students had been practicing and it showed, then Robby came up on stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked like he’d run an eggbeater through it. ‘Why didn’t he dress up like the other students?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’

Robby pulled out the piano bench and he began. I was surprised when he announced that he
had chosen Mozart’s Concerto #21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo. From allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by people his age. After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause.

Overcome and in tears I ran up on stage and put my arms around Rob by in joy. ‘I’ve never heard you play like that Robby! How’d you do it? ‘ Through the microphone Robby explained: ‘Well, Miss Hondorf, Remember I told you my Mom was sick? Well, actually she had cancer and passed away this morning and well. .. She was born deaf so tonight was the first time she ever heard me play. I wanted to make it special.’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy and I thought to myself how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I’ve never had a prodigy but that night I became a prodigy .. .. Of Robby’s. He was the teacher and I was the pupil for it is he that taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself and maybe even taking a chance in someone and you don’t know why.”

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