Step into my world for a moment. I know I appear to have it all put together, but most days I’m stumbling through life and laughing at myself.

Most of my coaching clients are scattered throughout the country, but tonight I was excited to meet a customer in person, someone local. I left early so I could swing by the library and get gas.

Things often don’t go as planned.

Several months earlier, I canceled my $5.99 Netflix subscription to save a couple of dollars, and I figured I could get movies at the library. I checked two movies out but forgot to return them before vacation. I returned them tonight, and the librarian said, “Um, do you know these are quite overdue?” I responded, “Yes, I’ve been on vacation. I know they are around a week overdue.”

Well, my fee was $14.00!!! I about fell over. Here I was trying to save a couple of bucks, and I ended up spending three times more for two movies in one week. All I could do was chuckle and think, well I just gave a donation to the library.

After checking out Living Forward (a book I’ve wanted to read), I exited the library and pulled into the gas station, exited my vehicle and pumped gas. When I heard the click, I hopped out, and as I removed the handle, gas sprayed everywhere. My shoes and jeans covered in gas. Great!!! I texted my client I was going to be late as I could hardly stand the smell of gas permeating off my clothes into the air. I scurried home, changed and sped out to meet my client. I was glad I had shown her grace two weeks earlier when she needed to cancel last minute. My actions reciprocated.

We had a great session, and I’m glad she didn’t bail on me. Even though at times I’m scattered, scrambling and fumbling…I’m a darn good coach and help others based on my experiences.

I remembered a couple of things today.

1. Laugh at yourself

2. Show grace to others, as you may need it shown to you

3. Even when things aren’t going your way, they can always turn around.

Have you laughed at yourself lately? Have you shown grace to someone in a time of need? I hope you are traveling through life knowing that when things aren’t going your way that all you have to do is wait, and your low will turn into a high.


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Stephanie Jones and her husband, Mike, live in Northwest, IN and enjoy lake life and travel. Stephanie is a writer, speaker, life coach, daily giver and the author of The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life. She challenges people to live their dreams, discover their gifts, and do amazing things.

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