Life Changing Moments

I have a great job! I cannot adequately describe the pure pleasure it gives me to receive a card or email from someone telling me that something I have done, either on a course, when coaching, or written in the newsletter, has changed their life for the better. What a privilege to be able do that for a living!

Life Changing

Recently I had a life changing experience of my own. I’ll spare you the details but suffice it to say my doctor thought I might have a life threatening illness and sent me on a succession of emergency tests. To my relief it turns out that I do not have a life threatening illness but something manageable.

I had discussed this with a good friend who said, ‘whatever the outcome, this will change your life’. And he’s right. Facing the prospect, however slight, that your life might not be going according to your plan is a salutory experience, a life changing experience.

Life Changes Can be Fun!

But life changing experiences are not always so serious! Often it’s moments of pure joy that change our lives, like births, falling in love, or even attending a course that gives you a new insight and direction in life!

What have been your life changing moments? What events in your life have caused you to re-evaluate and make positive changes in your life? Was it a person, or an event? My Inspirational Women series has many examples of women who have made positive changes in their lives; here are two of them:

Natascha Barrymore was so touched by the devastation of the Asian Tsunami that she gave up her old life totally. Her story is here.

And Susan Denmark was inspired by illness to take herself off to the Northern lights!

Please do share your own life changing moments; I’d love to hear from you – your story will inspire others!

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Posted on August 16th, 2010 by

4 Responses to “Life Changing Moments”

  1. One evening I was sitting in front of the fire when I suddenly wondered what would happen if I was made redundant. Thinking about it prompted the idea of setting up my own business. The idea grew and grew. I was not made redundant, but I still decided to take the plunge into self employment. I was terrified but something drove me on. 16 years later I am still here, and so glad I did. It changed my life for the better in so many ways.

    • Jane says:

      Hi Tessa, what a brilliant example of taking your ‘fears’ and making them work for you. Many thanks for sharing that with us. Jane

  2. Laura says:

    3 years ago I was unhappy in my job and had reached a ‘glass’ ceiling that I could see no way out of. I’d been applying for other jobs in the area but to no avail and with no great enthusiasm. Part of my general discontentment – aswell as the job – was that I was still living at home with my parents and unable to move out due to the ridiculous cost of property prices in the area and also due to the paltry salary I was getting!
    Speaking to my cousin – who lived in Fife – one day on the telephone she said ‘Why don’t you come up here and find a job?’. It seemed like a mad idea at the time but the more I thought about it the more I knew that Scotland, specifically Edinburgh, was where I wanted to be. And so, having saved a couple of months salary to get me by initially I packed all my belongings in a car and headed North!
    It was incredibly hard to leave behind my family and long time friends who’d seen me through thick and thin but I just kept thinking that if I didn’t go for it I would never know!
    So 3 years on I am now on the property ladder, earning almost 10k per annum more than I was back home and, most positive of all, appreciate my parents, brother and grandmother so much more than I did when I saw them every day. I have a wonderful family and miss them dearly every day which makes the time I get to spend with them even more special. Don’t get me wrong, we still argue, what family doesn’t? However I try much harder now not to argue and to spend those precious moments with them appreciating them for the fabby people they are!

    • Jane says:

      That’s a lovely comment, Laura, we miss you every day too! Thanks for sharing your experience publicly. Mum. I mean Jane!

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