This weekend I had 9 hours of driving time to Florida and back. I used that time and pulled together my thoughts about all of my workshops this year. I thought about every student and applicant who applied to attend. I thought about their individual accomplishments and challenges shared with me in confidentiality.
When I returned home last night, I also took time to read and re-read emails that have been sent to me from all over the country and the world. I am still at 2500 left to go right now but the reason is because I try to answer all of my non-business emails personally. The emails I read contained stories of love and pain, dreams and regrets, hope and despair, encouragement and disdain. I've even gotten some emails in foreign languages that have taken me hours to translate but I am lucky to have friends that help me.
Why am I telling you all of this?
After praying about what to write this evening an image that I took last week came to mind. During the workshop on Friday I had my students participate in what I call The Quick Fire Challenge (think Top Chef reality show) in a manual elevator shaft. The entire time of watching my students shoot I realized that I personally took only one single image. A shot of the Glass Ceiling of the elevator. Now I know why. Here it is:
Its the 4th quarter and there are 23 days left in 2008. You have been praying and thinking about your next step the entire year. Don't let this time pass without Breaking Through your Glass Ceiling. I've spent the better part of this year posting more to my "thoughts" category than any other. Most of those posts had to do with unlocking your gift, seeing the vision for your life clearly, and releasing your anchor of dead weight (negativity in your life). We all have a purpose to our lives. You may be keeping someone from their breakthrough by waiting to realize your own. When you take a step of faith it can create a domino effect around you. Barriers to your success and to others' success begin to fall. Your act of confidence to achieve your dream can become contagious and catch fire to the people you are closest to. How do I know this? Because it happened to me! I hope that all of you continue to push harder and harder to make your life more meaningful. I pray that you have the strength and courage to take steps of faith toward your calling. I pray that you not only write your vision and make it plain, I want you to implement that vision in your daily life. I pray that your support sytem
continues to grow and becomes stronger. Most of all I pray that your example of obedience to embracing your gifts inspire others to follow. Put on the whole armour so that after you shatter that ceiling the sharp glass (cynical words from others) won't cut you, it will fall by your side and you will look back at it as a testament to your new found glory.