Monday night, I took advantage of my small-town library. (I’m all about the free events, y’all.) After my mile-long walk of shame at lunchtime, there was no way I was going to jack this up. I checked the library’s webpage, went back and pulled the newspaper article, confirmed that I’d written the correct information in my planner, and arrived five minutes early (and also? Making me the first to arrive).
Jackie Stanley, the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) was at the Kernersville Library with her new book, Jackie Stanley’s Dictionary of Encouragement. She was engaging, articulate, and my favorite kind of motivational: blunt, intense, and to the point.
She spoke a bit about how she went from Family Law to CEO, and then began her main message: You are so much more than what happens to you. You’re not the breakup – the breakup is happening to you. It sucks, it’s difficult, but it is NOT YOU.
It’s becoming easier for me to take “global” messages like her presentation and wrap them around my situation – specifically to take more of an outside view of My Sainted Mama’s moments. They’re painful, but they’re honestly and sincerely not about me. I just happen to be her designated target.