RHG Magazine & TV Guide Spring 2018 - Page 11

A Story of Cherries, Pits, Grace, and Grit

“If life is a bowl of cherries,” my favorite humorist and philosopher Erma Bombeck asks the question, “what am I doing in the pits?”

Do you ever feel that way?

I’d like to suggest a few simple strategies to savor the cherries, receive the wisdom in the lessons of the pits, and all while persevering with grace and grit.

Rewrite your story to reframe your obstacle as an opportunity

At 22, Oprah was told she was “unfit for TV.”

When I decided I was going to go back to school to earn my college degree, my advisor didn’t think I’d be able to handle the curriculum of a reporter. You see, I was a mature 30-year-old married woman and he didn’t have faith that this little housewife could stick it out for the long term. Little did he know that not only would I complete my degree, I’d use my natural curiosity about people and make it my mission to help others discover the stories they are not telling for the next 30-years. I believe your story matters and someone is waiting to hear your story.

Be persistent and open-minded. There's more than one way to achieve your dream.

Emily Dickinson had only seven poems published in her lifetime.

I’m not willing to wait to see my by-line in print and have an impact through my writing. When I graduated, I started work as an Editorial Assistant and received by-line credit. I also have volunteered to write for non-profit organizations. As a result of a guest blog post, I am now a co-author in four anthologies. That’s just me and one of my dreams. You can use writing to have an impact on yourself without sharing it with the world. I’ve been keeping a journal since I was 11-years-old. Start your day writing in a

Barbara Gross is a humorous motivational speaker/comedian. She embraces the unexpected of daily living with a smile using her “inner happy” as she believe you have a choice on how you react to any situation. You can laugh or cry; she chooses to laugh. You can reach Barbara at baaaaahbra@baaaaahbra.com.

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horseback riding episodes, this last one was the scariest!!!

You would think that if I was ever asked to go horseback riding, I would refuse, but no!!! If you first

don’t succeed, keep trying and


Do you have a "get back on the horse" moment?