SURVIVAL                                    Dec 31st 2016

The word survival has several meanings.  It’s human nature to breath, to exist and to survive.

I am a infant swim teacher.  During the Spring & Summer months I teach infants, babies, & toddlers how to survive.  It is not an easy task, however; I love doing it.  It brings me safety, peace and a confidence knowing that I am helping teach a young person to be safe in the water.

I on the other hand , don’t always understand what it is to survive.   Sometimes I expect too much out of people and sometimes I don’t always understand how hard it is for them to just take the next breath.  Each life has meaning and purpose.  Each person on the earth is a Child Of God with infinite possibilities.

My challenge is to love myself enough that life becomes more meaningful, more joyous and more complete because I loved myself enough to make a difference in the world.

Some of us are meant to lead, some of us are meant to follow,  and I think some of us are meant to stand still and wait for the place that they fit in.  I don’t really want to lead, but I also don’t want to follow.  I want to be in control of me and believe that I am a good enough person to just trust God.  Leaders make mistakes and followers seem to lack courage.  I just want to believe that together with God by my side I can make a difference.

I do believe that the power of a good leader is not always striving to be first.   But there are those who are first to strive and give there all for the success of the team.  True leaders are first to see the need.  They have a plan, and empower a team for action.  By the strength of the leader’s commitment.  The power of the team is unleashed.

My goal for 2017  is to live more vibrantly.  I want to make enough difference in the world that if I were to leave a room, my presence would be missed.

Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed…  Every morning a lion wakes up.  It knows it must out run the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death.  However, I want to be the magical elephant who can teach the Lion to somehow survive without having to eat the gazelle and to teach the gazelle to feel safe around the lion and that it can get it’s food source from somewhere else.  Maybe it’s up to the gazelle to help another gazelle to teach him to run faster and to find a healthy food source.  It’s not always about who becomes first, but it is sometimes about who finishes the race with more dignity.

We’re all animals in this jungle of life trying to survive, however; if we live a higher law,  we can help someone else live more completely, by making it easier for them to survive.

We can sit on the sidelines and watch life pass us by or we can get on the court and make a difference in the outcome of the team.  If it is to be, it is truly up to me.  Sometimes the team that we choose may only be yourself and God.  However, with God, nothing is impossible😇.

Author: lisahogge

I am mother of five, a grandmother of 5. a wife, a swim teacher, yoga teacher, Sales Lead at Chico's Boutique in Orem, Utah and a friend to all. I love warm baths, hot yoga, mountain runs and I pretty much exist on diet coke. I love to be around people, travel and eat at fancy restaurants. However, my favorite thing to do is to just be with my family( especially my significant other❤️)

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