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"And then it clicked, we had WON a CAR!!! Oh my God, it was unbelievable!! There had been a huge hospital lottery happening with hundreds of prizes and we had been practicing the ‘law of attraction’, we had cut out pictures of the prizes, we had been visualizing and now here it was, we had won a car!" 

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This series of articles will provide insights and strategies for better living as well as skills for life enrichment. Topics to be covered in this series include: how to enhance the relationships in your life, how to improve your communication skills, how to develop empowering ideas and to act on those thoughts, and how to inject humour, fun, excitement into your life. ... Read More About  Your Life, Unlimited 
 
 
  
 
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Stephanie Staples is a member of Rockford Kingsley's Advisory Board and is a proud Canadian coach and speaker who helps audiences around North America shift their perspective and kick up the quality of their life! Visit www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca for your complimentary Quality of Life Assessment.  
 

 

 

 

  

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I Won The Lottery!

 
 
“This is constable Morrow from the Winnipeg Police Department. May I speak with Randy Staples.” 
 
Hmmm, confusion and a slight amount of worry set in as I took this call. Why is the police department calling for my husband? The officer was so happy and so pleasant sounding, that I was particularly panicky, it mustn’t be bad news or he wouldn’t be sounding so happy.
 
He was inquiring if Randy had a Pontiac Grand Am, which he didn’t. He didn’t seem satisfied with this answer and continued to pepper me with questions; “He doesn’t have a Pontiac Grand Am?” “Are you sure?” “How well do you know Randy?” and finally he said, “Mam, I am telling you Randy owns a Pontiac Grand Am.” He sounded so happy!
 
And then it clicked, we had WON a CAR!!! Oh my God, it was unbelievable!! There had been a huge hospital lottery happening with hundreds of prizes and we had been practicing the ‘law of attraction’, we had cut out pictures of the prizes, we had been visualizing and now here it was, we had won a car!
 
“Mam, mam- this is the Winnipeg  Police Department, we don’t give away cars.”  said the kind officer, trying to calm me down.  He reminded me that that car had been insured under Randy's name, that was why they were calling him.
 
Ohhhh, my party was pooped- no lottery, no prize, no car, it had all been a silly misunderstanding.  I was sooo disappointed; I really thought we had won!
 
Many times in life, we get disappointed, by people, by events, by circumstances even by ourselves. We have expectations, hopes, dreams, desires and sometimes our party gets ‘pooped!’ Our emotions are on a roller coaster as we come to terms with possibility, expectations, success or disappointment and finally, acceptance. Can you recall feeling like this?
 
I don’t know if you buy lottery tickets or not, but if you do, consider this, You have already won the lottery! By the shear fact that you are reading this, I know – even if I don’t know you personally, you have won the lottery of life.  Let me guess a few things about you to verify my statement:
 
 
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You have so many clothes in your closet; you often don’t know which to wear.
You have so much food in your fridge & cupboard you often don’t know what to choose to eat.
You could go out to pretty much any restaurant tonight if you so choose.
You have a job that pays you fairly.
You have family and/or friends who love you.
 
 
Yep, Grand Am or no Grand Am, we have all won the lottery of life. Congratulations! Now, what can we do to show our appreciation for winning the lottery of life? Here are some ideas:
 
 
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Stop by your closest community police station and pick up some graffiti wipes. They are like smelly ‘Wet Ones’ that easily take graffiti off of buildings, fences, mail boxes, etc.
Take some extra bags on your next walk and instead of complaining about the litter, pick it up.
Spend a few hours at you local Harvest, Agape Table and lend your able body to help others.
Join in a charity event to support a cause you believe in- you will be active and raise money and awareness.
Visit a shut in, offer to shop, take them out for ice cream, a donut, a treat.
 
 
The list is endless, that rewards are great; we have won the lottery, now we need to share.
 
Funny how little snippets of incidents from years gone by can stick in your head forever. I remember driving for our car pool and one little girl commented with a heavy sigh about my daughter’s new raincoat… she wished she could get a new raincoat too. 
 
When asked her why she couldn’t, I thought maybe she would say they couldn’t afford it, but what she said stuck with me to this day.   She said, ‘My Mommy doesn’t have time to take me to the store.’
 
Her response stopped me in my tracks and right there I decided I never wanted my kids, or anyone I loved for that matter, to think I didn’t have time for them.
 
I believe we have time for our highest valued activities, all of them. We just need to figure out what those are and start living our lives accordingly. Yes, time goes by fast, yes, there is ‘too much to do,’ and ‘yes’ you can take control over the time monster. Each moment we are given holds the capacity to deliver a feeling of stress or peace.
 
 
 
 

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