Thursday, November 8, 2012

Is Once Enough...?

The company I work for is growing rapidly... and we see more growth ahead. Such an amazing thing and super exciting because there is a lot of good stuff on the horizon. With all this growth we, as a company, are doing small things to reach out and be a little more personal to all of our employees. One thing we did was create an 'intranet'. So far I think there has been a great response from our employees and I have to tip my hat to our I.T dept on a job well done! Part of the intranet has a little management and administrator directory... a small place that the employees can go and see who we are, what we do, our contact info, and see a little 'blurb' and get to know us a bit.
When writing my blurb I of course noted that I am married to the man of my dreams, I am a lucky mommy to two of the best littles in the whole world, and I included the big stuff.... I love Disney movies and the Saints football team (my hubby will be so proud). Then I decided to end with a little quote. I am one of those believers that other people have a perfect way of saying exactly what I am feeling in less words than I could and in a more smooth and airy way than I. The quote I chose for my blurb was...
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

As I was reading and checking and debating and rechecking, I truly thought about this. What did West mean? Was this suppose to be a subtle reminder that we are all lucky to have today and tomorrow is not guaranteed  Or was this more of a life is amazing and you are your own visionary? I love this quote so much but am I living it?

I know that I try to make sure that I am letting the people I love know how much I love them... but I am human. I go weeks with out speaking to my grandparents sometimes... I text my dad more than I call him... One of my best friends in Arkansas is my Facebook buddy and yet we both have Skype accounts. I can tell you a hundred things that have become less and less with some of the people I love the most. None of this on purpose, just life and busy and family and work and busy and hectic and the list could go on and on. But I honestly think that West has spoken to me in my office at Gold Mountain Communications on a Monday. Since Monday I have constantly thought about this quote. And since Monday I have come to the conclusion that once is enough for me.

I am ok with the idea that tomorrow may not happen. Don't get me wrong... I want to live a long life... I want to be old, but I also know that my plan is not always my God's plan and God's plan trumps mine every time. I am ok with everything I am doing day to day.

I wake up and start my day by freshing myself and my body... I think while I get ready and feed my mind and soul with the things that I love the most. My husband greets me in the morning with a kiss just like he told me good night hours before. My children wake up in their home and eat their breakfast and start their day with their dad and I get lots of love and cuddles before going to work. I am blessed to have a wonderful job that I go to five days a week and that provides security, shelter, and food for the three people I love the most. I get to enjoy my workday with people that I have come to call friends. I am lucky that I have a lot of links and access to people I love but do not see daily... my phone, Facebook  email... I stay in contact with the people I love and wholeheartedly believe that each and everyone of them know what they mean to me. When I am off work I am able to come home and enjoy my family and my life. I am able to be spontaneous  ambitious, hilarious, sad, vulnerable, loud, and quiet. I can honestly say that I feel that this one life I have been given is more than enough... it is more than I could have ever dreamed of.

As you read this ask yourself... Is your once enough? If you aren't sure or you can't answer that question, then I challenge you to make the necessary changes to say with pride, "I will only live once, and this one life is enough because I have lived, and lived right... and for that I am thankful."



  1. Great post Janell! Just last night I was watching something on TV about the plane crash on the Hudson river. Those people cheated death twice. Once was surviving a plane crash for goodness sake! And the other was freezing in the frigid temps of the Hudson river waiting for help. Both times they had time to sit there and think, "I'm about to die." They interviewed some of those people and they all said how they want to make more of their life. It got me thinking, if I were in that moment what would I wish that I would have done differently? We should never take any moment for granted. It's good to be reminded of that stuff from time to time.
    So, speaking of which... let's hang out soon! Also, I've decided you guys need to come move by us! I know of 2 places for rent (one is 2 doors down the other is a couple streets over). Come on you know that'd be fun. Do it!

  2. Haha! I agree Stevie... I am trying hard to make everyday enough!
    And yes we need to see you soon... Lets eat and discuss this house situation! lol :) We love you Turner family!

  3. Beautiful post Janell. I said a prayer for your Momma! :)