JUNCTURES

OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD TODAY IS JUNCTURES.  LIFE IS FULL OF CHANGE.  SOMETIMES CHANGES HAPPEN SLOWLY.  WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT.  MOST OF US DON’T LIKE BIG CHANGES THAT HAPPEN AS PART OF LIFE. HOW WE COPE WITH CHANGE TELLS MUCH ABOUT OUR CHARACTER.  ULTIMATELY, WHEN WE LOOK BACK AT CHANGES, WE USUALLY CAN AT THE VERY LEAST REFLECT ON A LESSON THIS  CHANGE TAUGHT  US. 

JUNCTURES ARE CHANGES THAT WE ARE AWARE OF AND THEY ARE USUALLY THE BIG CHANGES.  JUNCTURES BRING US TO A ROAD DEAD ENDING AND THEY ARE A PART OF OUR LIFE.  WE EITHER TURN LEFT OR RIGHT.  GOING STRAIGHT IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.  WHEN I THINK OF WALKING, ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER, I PICTURE THIS AS LIFE AND HABIT.   JUNCTURES FORCE US TO TURN, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. 

I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND IT DIFFICULT WHEN I REACH A JUNCTURE .  THE PROBLEM OR CHANGE I AM FACING HAS CONSEQUENCES NOT JUST FOR MYSELF, BUT FOR LOVED ONES.  I CALL THIS THE “RIPPLING EFFECT”.  WE MAKE A DECISION AND WHEN WE DO, OTHERS ARE AFFECTED BY IT INDIRECTLY.  THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN WE ARE AT A JUNCTURE IN OUR LIFE.  WE CAN’T THINK ONLY OF OURSELVES AND THERE ARE PROS AND CONS THAT TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT OR OUTCOMES THAT AFFECT US AND THOSE WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. 

THIS IS WHEN I PERSONALLY  FEEL THE MOST PRESSURE.  EITHER CHOICE WILL BRING CHANGE, AND MAKING THE CORRECT DECISION WHEN FACED WITH AN OBSTACLE CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT.  LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEANING OF JUNCTURES IN OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY THAT APPLIES TO THIS POST AND THE DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION. 

WEBSTER DEFINITION OF JUNCTURES-1.  A PARTICULAR POINT IN EVENTS OR TIME. 2,  A PLACE WHERE THINGS JOIN. 

DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION-THOSE POINTS IN TIME AND SPACE WHERE WE SEE AND DEAL WITH BIG CHANGES. 

WE COULD JUST STAND AT THE JUNCTURE AND DO NOTHING.  IN FACT, SOME OF US DO.  HOWEVER IN OUR HEART, WE KNOW IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE AND NOT MAKING A DECISION AT ALL CAN STUNT INTERNAL GROWTH AND WE FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT EVENTUALLY, WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO GO LEFT OR RIGHT.  I THINK WHEN WE REACH THESE INTERSECTIONS IN LIFE WE DON’T MAKE OUR LEFT OR RIGHT TURN WITHOUT THINKING IT THROUGH CAREFULLY.  PERHAPS, YOU’VE BEEN OFFERED TWO JOBS. 

THIS HAPPENED TO ME ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO.  I HAD INTERVIEWED WITH MANY BUILDERS AND DIDN’T HAVE ONE RESPONSE FOR TWO MONTHS.  I WOKE UP TO A DAY HOWEVER, WHERE I WAS OFFERED TWO JOBS ON THE SAME DAY WHICH IN ITSELF IS ODD.  ONE COMPANY WAS A VERY LARGE BUILDER AND ONE COMPANY A SMALL BUILDER WHO ONLY BUILT LOCALLY.  I FELT SO CONFUSED.  I KNEW THE BIGGER BUILDER WOULD PROBABLY GIVE MORE OPPORTUNITY THAN THE SMALLER ONE.  HOWEVER, I WOULD BE DEALING WITH CORPORATE STRATEGIES, AND CORPORATE RULES.  THE INTERVIEW CONVEYED THIS.  I REALLY DID SOME FAST SOUL SEARCHING FACING THIS JUNCTURE.  MORE MONEY AND MORE RULES, OR A BUILDER WITH LESS MONITORING AND ROOM FOR ME TO BE MYSELF.  I HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE SELLING NEW CONSTRUCTION AS A COMMUNITY MANAGER.  EITHER JOB WAS GOOD.  I DID KNOW HOWEVER,  MY WORK SKILLS WERE NOT THE BEST.  I KNEW BECAUSE THE SMALLER BUILDER DID NOT ADVERTISE, AND THE BIG BUILDER DID, I WOULD HAVE O WORK FOR EVERY SALE.  I KNEW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS WHAT MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES WERE.  I WOULD EVENTUALLY EVEN WITH ADDITIONAL MONEY BE MISERABLE AND UNHAPPY.  I KNEW I COULD USE MY SALES SKILLS AND PROVIDED HOMES WERE SOLD, THIS BUILDER WOULD NOT BABYSIT ME.  I TOOK THE JOB FOR LESS MONEY AND LESS MANAGEMENT. 

THIS BUILDER WAS SMART AND LET ME DO WHAT I FELT WAS BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY.  I SOLD SO MANY CONDOMINIUMS MY SECOND MONTH THERE I BROKE THE SALES RECORD.  YES, THERE WERE MANY AREAS IN MY PAPERWORK FAR FROM PERFECT BUT WITH THE HELP OF THE SALES COORDINATOR WAS WONDERFUL AND HELPED MANAGE MY CONTRACTS.  I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FIVE YEARS WITH THIS BUILDER.

I FELT AWESOME ABOUT MYSELF AND THE COMPANY WAS SO HAPPY WITH MY PERFORMANCE IF I MISSED AN INITIAL, OR FORGOT AN ADDENDUM, THEY HAD ME CORRECT IT WITH THE HOMEOWNER.  I WAS COMFORTABLE THERE.  THEN I DEVELOPED A PAIN DISEASE  AFTER A SPINAL FUSION.  I CONTINUED TO WORK BUT THERE CAME A POINT WHERE I HAD TO FACE ANOTHER JUNCTURE.  STAY AND WORK OR FILE FOR PERMANENT DISABILITY.  THE BUILDER AND CEO WERE WORKING WITH ME AND SYMPATHETIC EVEN SENDING FLOWERS TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER THIS SURGERY.  I WAS EVENTUALLY  FORCED TO FACE THE RIPPLING EFFECT. 

EVERY DAY I WAS DRIVING AND ON SO MUCH MEDICATION.  I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT AND REALIZED I NO LONGER COULD TAKE THE RISK TO OTHERS AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT I HAD.FALLING ASLEEP AND TOTALING MY CAR FROM  IT GOING OVER AN EMBANKMENT NOT INVOLVING ANOTHER CAR.  THIS ERA IN MY LIFE MY EXPERIENCES TOLD MY STORY. 

I MET SO MANY WONDERFUL HOMEOWNERS AND BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO HELP THEM.  I ALSO  LOVED THE BUILDER, CEO AND SALES MANAGER.  I WAS LUCKY AS MY CAR WAS THE ONLY CAR INVOLVED THE DAY OF THIS ACCIDENT AND NO ONE WAS HURT, EXCEPT ME.  SADLY, I KNEW THE SAFETY OTHERS WAS MORE IMPORTANT AND GAVE MY RESIGNATION TO THEM AFTER FIVE YEARS OF BEING THEIR TOP PERFORMER. 

JUNCTURES ARE A PART OF LIFE AND THEY REQUIRE THE DECISIONS THAT ARE NEVER EASY.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING.  I WOULD LOVE YOUR COMMENTS, FEEDBACK BENEATH THIS ARTICLE WHERE YOU SEE, “JOIN THE DISCUSSION”.  I BARED MY SOUL TODAY AND HOPE IT GIVES SOMEONE SOMEWHERE AN ANSWER THEY NEED OR PERHAPS A LESSON LEARNED THE EASY WAY BE READING MY STORY AND LEARNING FROM IT INSTEAD OF EXPERIENCING THE RESULTS OF A DECISION THAT YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK ON.  THANKS SO MUCH, SAMANTHA

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