Once there was a woman.
She was prettier than some, smarter than others and more courageous than most however she was still on the breadline.
No matter how hard she worked, no matter how hard she hoped, every week she’d be rummaging around for the loose change necessary to get through another week of paying the bills.
One day she saw an old school friend, it was one of those cower, hope you won’t be seen moments.
Unfortunately, she was seen.
“How ‘are’ you?!" her old friend gushed, looking impeccable.
“I’m okay” she replied, feeling cagey.
“Shall we meet for a coffee? Catch-up properly?” Her friend asked.
She wondered what on earth she would wear.
“Sure” she replied.
As it turned out, life was as peachy for her friend as she’d initially assumed. She had a wildly successful marriage, healthy, happy children and a flourishing business.
When pressed how her friend had gone from ’that’ girl. The one down the back of the rugby field smoking cigarettes, her friend replied heartadly:
"I know! I used to ask myself that same question! How can I turn my life around? At the time I was recently divorced, completely broke with three children to feed. I’d wonder, late into the night, how some women succeed and other, equally as fabulous women, do not.”
“So, what did you come up with?” She asked, leaning forward slightly in her chair.
“I started to interview women and ask them the same question. The results were unanimous. The women who succeeded, really succeeded, had one thing in common:
They had created a life the brought them joy.
They had a career that enabled them to share joy
They had a lover who brought them joy
They had homes steeped in joy
Basically, they’d learned the truly miraculous habit of never letting life wear them down.
They had taken control of their destiny through expecting, no, demanding, that their life was a good one. They had learned to smile through the rain. They had learned to bounce like a ball when the going-got-tough and to become the mistress of her own destiny. I vowed to learn how to become like that too. I had learned the secret to success. It took just 3 letters:
“So if joy is the key then where did you start when you were rebuilding your life?" she asked, starting to hope….
“I started at the beginning” her friend replied with a smile. “Are you ready…?”