Friday, June 22, 2012

Moments of Accomplishment by Amanda Elder Silvers

There are many moments in life which pop easily into the forefront of one's mind.  A birth, a death, a wedding, a graduation- all are things which seem to automatically embed themselves deep inside us and are available for us to draw upon and reminisce about whenever the time calls. In keeping with this week's topic of our proudest life accomplishments I've had to break them into a few categories.

1. On a superficial tip: Some fun life events I'm proud of, but which don't really amount to a hill of beans, would be that in high school I had the pleasure of serving on the homecoming court, the student council, the yearbook staff, the National Honor Society, and the cheerleading squad.  I went to a small, private Christian school so it's not really a testament to my overall "fabulosity", but more so that the odds (being in a graduating class of 21) were simply stacked in my favor.  :)

Getting involved, taking risks, and learning to participate in groups were key elements in shaping me into who I am today.

2. On a grown up tip: I have been fortunate in that I've been able to put my college degree into action during most of my career years. I've always desired to work in a job which served people.  My theory is that we are all here for a purpose and I wanted my purpose to count.  I served several years as a psychiatric technician at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Johnson City, TN, working with adolescents.  This job was then followed by working for the State of TN in Chattanooga on the Crisis Intervention Team.  We served as case workers who worked exclusively with families of adolescents going through the juvenile court systems. I loved, LOVED these jobs.  Neither a high-paying position, but both came with rewards beyond any dollar amount.

Knowing what your spiritual gift is and utilizing that during your time on this planet is key to happiness, peace, and fulfillment.

3. On a spiritual tip:  As a believer in Christ I feel we all have a responsibility to live up to our obligations.  We are here to worship our Lord and to bring others to Christ.  I'm most proud, on a spiritual and eternal level, of the people in my life I've been blessed with the honor of sharing the Word of God and praying with them for salvation.  My first experience with this came somewhere around the age of 8 and my last around the age of 30.  My "numbers" aren't nearly as high as they need to be.  The beauty of writing with an amazing team of bloggers such as this group is that I'm being kept in check (even though they may not realize) and I'm going to up my game in this arena.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

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