In spite of the sorrow I’m experiencing over my loss of Bill on October 3rd, I still have much to be thankful for.
One of the things I’m most grateful for is taking the road many years ago that was in our hearts. It was probably the one most unlikely to lead to success. But it was a road that taught us more than we could ever have hoped to learn by walking a normal course. It was a road that was long with failures and/or minor successes, poverty, and a wide range of obstacles to be overcome.
Will You be Bitter or Better?
Things that happen to us in life can make us bitter or make us better. The nice part is – it’s pretty much up to us. We have a choice. We have a major part in our making. We can choose how we’ll be molded. It may not be the easiest thing to do, but still, the choice is ours.
The Path Less Traveled
Bill and I walked the path in life less traveled. A good path to be on but one, if you walk, you should expect some opposition. Being diplomatic and keeping your thoughts to yourself will go a long way towards avoiding a lot of it. But it’s inevitable that criticism will come sooner or later if you’re not walking along with the majority. And sometimes it’ll mean you lose favor with those you don’t really want to lose favor with. And of course, it can mean you lose money as well.
Standing for Something
I never liked it when it came (the opposition). When it did come, it always seemed major. But the way Bill and I figured it was just about like the country song said it, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” We tried to chose our battles wisely, but when we needed to take a stand we did so, no matter what the consequences. Not easy. But in our opinion, something we had to do.
Freedom at a Price
The freedom to do what we want – most especially when it’s not what the majority does – always has a price. We can’t expect someone else to see our dream or share our enthusiasm for what we’re doing.
As I’ve struggled to find my footing and determine a path to take to earn my way and support myself, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the path that Bill and I chose to walk together. I’m so grateful for his being able to fulfill the dreams of his heart and I’m extremely grateful for being a part of making that possible.
Below this post is a Tribute to Bill that appeared in some of our local papers and was funded by a handful of friends and patrons. It’ll give you an idea of what Bill’s life’s work was all about and what it means to our 5 county community.
How does all this apply to you?
I would encourage you to start this week to think about how you’re living and what path you’re on. Is it what you really want in life? We alone can determine what we’re willing to do to recognize our heart’s dreams.
In thinking things over, just remember that life is extremely short. Choose your path carefully.
I wish you every happiness and your heart’s dreams fulfilled!
With much love and gratitude for your friendship and support – Happy Thanksgiving!
To see part of Bill’s legacy visit his website http://billmartz.com.
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