‘’Just finished my modeling gig. I was standing in the rain. It was a Tuesday. Saw my reflection in the muddy ponds of filthy Boston streets. I wasn’t pretty enough. But I swallowed it, bought a coffee and took the train home.’’ – Kate, 1997
‘’I was finishing a project in my firm one late night. I was so proud of it. It looked like nothing I had ever done before. My hands were shaking from all the coffee. I haven’t showered in days. It was worth it. I thought that summer night was worth it. Two days have passed. New guy came in with a better project. I lost. Mine wasn’t good enough. I ended up quitting.’’ – Sam, 2006
‘’He left. Our pictures were still hanging on our hallway walls. Well, ‘my’ walls now. His clothes. Still in that closet we purchased together after the wedding. His half eaten sandwich. Still on the counter. I remember I told him not to leave it out the night before. Hi left. Fell in love with another woman. She’s better than me. I wasn’t good enough for him. I sold the house after that.’’ – Monica, 2017
Kate, Sam and Monica had experienced this in three different time periods. But you know what? The moved on. They are better now. They invested in themselves after that. Kate didn’t invest in her modeling company, Sam didn’t invest in his firm and Monica didn’t invest in her marriage. Once you find the right place for yourself, that is where you’ll place your investment. We all feel like this from time to time. We all lose. But what we do after the loss is what shapes us into who we are today.
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