Finding Strength in the “Unknown”

 “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas . . . “

Waiting deep in thought at a stoplight on Metcalf earlier this evening, I became aware of myself humming along as Bing Crosby crooned his familiar Christmas Classic. Then I chuckled. The irony hit me. I was preoccupied precisely because of the icy, blizzardy forecast for Kansas City—just in time for Christmas 2009!  Hmmph. White Christmas indeed. Nothing dreamy about slick streets and power outages. I was strategically plotting Plan B in case conditions became too treacherous for the 30-plus guests who were invited to share the holiday ham and turkey I’d just waited in line for.

Ah, to know the future . . . what a gift, right?

During my senior year at O’Hara High School, one of my teachers gave us the first few minutes of each class to jot down a few sentences that captured our thoughts of the moment. Periodically, Mr. B would review the journals. In one of my entries, I declared how wonderful it would be if we could predict the future . . . how much easier decisions would be, etc., etc. I’ll never forget Mr. B’s simple comment for that journal entry: “Why would you get up each morning?”

At first his remark puzzled me. Then the realization dawned. If we could know everything that is going to unfold before us, there would be no hope, no expectation, no challenge, and no victory.

I often ask entrepreneurs who are guests on my radio show: “With all the challenges that business ownership presents, what keeps you getting out of bed each day?” To a person, they say that each day is different, that each day holds a new challenge, a new blessing. The not knowing is what keeps them charged, energized and enthused.

The real “gift” of life is the journey . . . what we learn along the way, the people we meet and the situations that help us discover strengths we never knew we had.

Will we have a White Christmas? Looks like it. Will our holiday plans change because of it? I don’t know right now. But I do know that it will be a wonderful, memorable day in some way—even if it means lots of holiday ham leftovers.

Here’s to the New Year—whatever it holds!


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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