From Negativity to Destiny

Serving at the feastOne thing I appreciate about UPS is they give everyone a chance if they can work hard and focus in the midst of stress.  For an entry-level part-time job, they give good benefits and reimburse college courses so we can get an education in.

Many have worked there for years either moving up in management or staying with teamsters.  So often it seems like family, just regular people trying to make their way through life.  Being in management I often hear the brokenness of people who can barely manage the stress, but are so thankful for the life and the rewards.

They promote mostly from within, because the UPS life is so integral to training.  Recently got promoted to a part-time PDS (package dispatch supervisor).  I assist the full-time PDS with his duties which would sound like another language, so I’ll just say it’s lot of technical logistics management on the computer.  There are a lot of difficult tasks to learn, but at least it’s a challenge.

I also just finished interning for a non-profit event called Feast for Southeast, doing website maintenance and social media.  It’s a group which gives a Thanksgiving meal for the community of Southeast Portland, not just the less fortunate, but everyone so we can have community.  It’s a big event and it was exciting to be able to work with them.

It’s like a second life for me. The old is gone, the new has come.  The business classes I’m taking right now I enjoy so much, I want to switch my major to business.  It’s more versatile for everything I’m doing, I enjoy it, and it can help make a living whether entrepreneurial, corporate, or freelancing and can also impact the world.

People say I take on too much.  It’s hard to explain, but I feel more fulfilled.  When the world is in such turmoil as it is these days, I can’t sit back and play video games or spend all day playing my guitar in church.  I know business and philanthropy can make a difference and so I fight to get up to speed as soon as possible.


Moving Past Negativity

I’ve heard it said, what would you tell your past self if you could go back in time five or ten years?  As for me, what I learned took time and process, plus a few books, mentors, etc.  But I would tell young people, men in particular, if you’re bored, that’s a problem.  Life is too full to be bored.  If I wasn’t so busy pursuing goals, I’d be doing something awesome like travelling or finding something creative to learn with my time.

If there were negative words spoken over you, you have to somehow get past them.  It’s not true.  God has such an incredible plan for you, better than you dreamed possible, but you’ll have to follow His path to get there.

In the famous TED Talk, How Schools Kill Creativity, Sir Ken Robinson tells the story of Gillian Lynne.  In school she felt hopeless, because she couldn’t concentrate, always fidgeting.  Eventually the school told her mother she had a learning disability, so she went to see a specialist.  The doctor noticed the way she moved to the beat of the radio, and told her mother, she’s not sick, she’s a dancer.  She has to move to concentrate.  Take her to dance school.  Gillian Lynne succeeded in dance and eventually became the choreographer for famous musicals like Cats and Phantom of the Opera.

Seth Goden is one of the most popular writers on marketing and is one of the foremost voices on how businesses should approach the climate of today’s economy.  He has a degree in computer science, philosophy AND an MBA from Stanford.  He’s written 17 books and is well known in the world of book-publishing.  Did you know that once a teacher told him he’d never amount to anything?  He dedicated one of his books to her.

I was extremely slow at schoolwork back in the day and could barely figure out simple chores if someone didn’t show me.  In one of my first jobs, I had a boss ask me if I had a learning disability.  I eventually figured out later, there wasn’t something wrong with me, this was just my thought process.  I think things through in a very logical method, which can slow me down at times.   Once I learned to focus and break things down to smaller learnable steps, I learned better, and eventually figured out how to create unique efficiencies in a process.  I eventually learned to figure out what bosses needed before they asked.  Following this method has led to success in many areas of life.

Learning a new skill is frustrating enough for a student without a teacher losing patience. If they’re not learning, I blame myself as a teacher. How can I teach a method better?  And just because they don’t pick up music right away doesn’t mean they’re not smart in other ways.  And if teaching these methods helps their life disciplines in other ways and I’ve lifted them up somehow, then I’ve done my job.

I knew it wasn’t true, but what if I’d believed I had a learning disability?  Unfortunately many people can’t shake off statements said to them when they were young like, “You’re stupid.”  Adults sometimes have no idea how much this impacts people later on.

I love that scene in Voyage of the Dawn Treader where Eustace is turned into a dragon and Reepicheep comforts him, and says, “All is not as lost as it seems…You know, extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it’s a sign that’s you’ve got an extraordinary destiny.  Something greater than you could have imagined.”

How do you get past negative words?  Well, in the natural you can do the basic things to improve your self-esteem like exercising, eating right, and hanging out with the right people.  But spiritually you can speak Scriptures which tell who you are in Christ.

  • I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,11)

There’s more here, so check it out, because you have an extraordinary destiny greater than you could have imagined:

Our Identity in Christ According to the Scriptures

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