Thinking Too Small

I’ve mentioned before that I have a passion for seeing people progress into their destiny.  For seeing their potential and hopefully I can encourage them to get there.

I am not a professional in that area.  Heck, I don’t even know what to call it.  It’s something that I can do.

Let me tie the title of this post and the paragraphs above, together.  Bear with me on my thoughts here.

Today, I went to a function in our lovely town.  It was a Christmas event where people dressed as characters from Dicken’s era.  Some set up in shop windows weaving a basket or drinking tea, etc.  Some were on the streets strolling around town.  Some were singing Christmas Carols and some were carrying instruments to local businesses.  There was a cart pulled by two horses that you could ride in around the town.  There is to be a tree decoration and lighting in about an hour.

All great ideas but poorly attended.  The very dreary weather and penetrating dampness could have been a factor.  We went into the old courthouse building, mostly to get warm, but some students/faculty from University of Missouri encouraged us to go inside for a hot drink and cookies.  We did, apprehensively.  You see, our town is a University town.  But not for University of Missouri.  We have UCMUniversity of Central Missouri.  We went in and I asked the people if they knew they were in Mules territory.  We all laughed.  I was secretly trying to scare them.  No where did we see recruiting for our beloved UCM.  Just a banner on the courthouse lawn. 🙂

Now, I know I’m new to town and I am still new to the way of thinking of the Mid-West.  I admit that. But I just couldn’t help it, as I walked around I saw potential.  I saw potential in the community, the locals, the ones not even connected to the University.  I realize that towns in the midwest are likely not to be connected geographically – there are a lot of farms out there – like a vast ocean between towns.  But The Burg is the county seat.  I could see building up this type of event to the point where more people will want to come.

So now, where I’m really going with this.  It got me thinking about my own life and potential.  I think too small.  I get ideas of things I can do or see others with their ideas and then I get discouraged.  I actually talk myself out of those dreams and desires and ideas.  They look too gigantic and just down-right impossible.  But are they?

I do not see the whole picture.  I do not see the hows and the whens.  I give up way too easy.  I think most of us do.

I also have a firm belief that my dreams and desires do not start with me.  They start with the God that I put trust and faith and anchor my hoper in.  But do I really believe that?  I confess right now, that when I doubt and talk myself out of pursuing my desires and dreams, that I do not believe that they can happen.  That’s not good.  I’m my own worst enemy.

What makes me doubt?  The delays mostly.  I read an encouraging post today from a fellow blogger here:

This part shined right out at me: “For the longer payment is withheld, the better for you. Compound interest is this law’s greatest benefit. While you wait consider it an investment in your character.”

Payment being what I dream and desire……my character is being greatly invested in.…. if I let that happen.  We really need to stop looking at delays and discouragement as failures.  Failures should be the very instrument that makes us succeed.  We need to get a new perspective on our life.  Many great people will tell you of their failings and how they were necessary.  We do not see the whole picture of our life – we just don’t.  But we can gain a new perspective.  A higher view, so to speak.  A God’s – eye – view.

I can do this.  I can dream and I can slow down and gain new perspective.  I can also encourage others that I see doubting and floundering around, on the verge of giving up.  Let’s help ourselves to rise up to new heights and let’s help those around us.  Every human being has potential to be great.

I’ll leave with this thought.  From the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, the main character, PL Travers, handed her driver (Ralph) a piece of paper for his daughter (who was disabled).  The paper had a list of names on one side:

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Even with their deficiencies, these people succeeded to greatness.

Now Let’s go!

cate b

Mid West Journey

Here I am, just entering the second week of my new journey in The Burg.  The house is settling in and becoming quite the treasure.  I’m not one to run from a challenge.….. but I almost ran from this house.  If we didn’t have a perfect peace about renting this one, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be living in it.

It’s an older house who really would love to have a make-over.  But instead, she has had to settle for being a temporary home to university students, etc.  Therefore, the owners, who own many houses and such, only put in the bare minimum of improvement.  Until now.

I do believe we came across a treasure.  Her simple all white outside and old hardwood floors and floor plan are just the surface.  But if you look with eyes of potential and hope you can see what lies beneath…….

I can do that.  It is one of my passions to see what lies under the surface of people.  Their potential in life.  And when their eyes begin to brighten with the revelation of destiny and dreams – I get really happy.

The same with homes and businesses.  So this little house on the prairie – sort of – has potential.  So, after many hours of scrubbing and tears and the desire to run away, it is becoming a home.

Now, I will say that they painted the walls……… somebody did anyway.  But after handing them a list and them hesitating and dragging their feet…..

Ta Da!  We had progress.  I was going to settle for the very old kitchen sink and faucet and the even older counter tops.  The rent is low – it’s OK.  But here we are waiting for new counter tops and sink – the owner’s idea.  Other things came along like that also.  Surprises to me and I am happy with that.

So, I no longer want to run away.  I am excited for what the good Lord has for us here in this leg of our journey.  So far, as I said above, a treasure.  This house is a treasure and this town is a treasure.  

We went exploring a few times this last week.  We found fresh raw milk just down the road and fresh brown eggs for sale.  Delicious.  And we found beautiful rolling roads and skies surrounding us.

Here are some pics of our exploring.  And yes, I did hang out the car window many times to take these.  Please enjoy them and join the journey with me.

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cate b

My Simple Advice on Marketing Skills

I was recently contacted ( and asked, as a blogger, what I believe to be my most marketable skills.  I would like to be humble and say things like, “Oh, I don’t care if anyone reads my blog, I just want to write“.   I would be lying.  I want people to read my blog.  I want to have followers and I really want my words to impact somebody.  I believe I have something to say.

So, about marketable skills.  These terms are somewhat new to me and I am not of the generation that has grown up with a computer in front of me.  But, I love to learn and find this whole world of the internet to be fascinating.  I am not afraid of it, just slow.

The term SEO has come to my attention over the last couple of years or so.  It did frighten me a little.  Acronyms terrify me.  But when a young friend sat me down in a local coffee shop and went over it in simple terms – a small light bulb came on!  This meant work – work that I do not fully understand, but was encouraged to take it slow, one step at a time.

A year later, I doubled the followers of my blog.  That may not sound like much to some of you, but to this grandma – it’s huge.  I highly encourage you to look into SEO (search engine optimization) and go for it.  I have since started two websites and Facebook pages that I enjoy maintaining.

I’m ready to learn more.  I find that having a friend or two who understand these skills more than I do really can help me the most.  I have a daughter that is an editor and has giving me a wealth of information.

Also, I found my self in a position, several years ago now, where I ended up being solely in charge of all law enforcement records of a local police department.  It was a great job.  But I did not get it based on my excellent knowledge of Word and Excel.  It was a once – in – a – lifetime, handed to me job, that rarely comes into our hands.  So, being the ever-learner I like to be, I learned and I read and I googled.  I succeeded.

I recommend to those entering the workplace to have these skills already in place – – this is one online site for learning. Do your research.  Be prepared.

My second, and most important to me personally on what I write about and put out there for the world to see, is to remain consistent to what I want to say.  To remain consistent to my mission statement.  We all should have a mission statement for our life, for our business.  And in this world that is full of achievement and competition and striving to get some where, it is easy to lose who we are.  Remain true to yourself.  True to your mission in life and your morals.  If you do not know what they are or who you are – I recommend you stop now and find the answers.  It could save you years on your journey to success.

Here is my mission statement – I want to bring Hope and Encouragement to people.  When I see the potential in others I have a passion to help them see and achieve their goals and live out their potential to the fullest.

I wish you all well in life and may you find your purpose and know that you have one and you can do it!


cate b




Everybody Has Something To Say

It’s been a while since I posted a blog.  I had a grandiose idea to write a blog a day, much like people take a “photo a day”.  Well, I hope the photographers are doing better than I am.  It’s hard to write something every day.  There are days that I think I have nothing to say.  How can that be?

Everybody has something to say.  Yes, EVERYBODY.  I truly believe that.  I grew up thinking I had nothing of any importance to say.  Therefore, I was extremely quiet and withdrawn.  As I grew up and began to walk on that road to discover who I was and what “made me tick” I began to talk, to express myself.  It was hard at first and after years have gone by and I now know more of who I am it can be still hard in some ways.

There is always going to be some circumstance or even some person who blocks you from being heard.  That’s life.  We live in an imperfect world.  We need to surround ourselves with people who want to hear us.  Those friends and family who truly have a love for us and who can see past our imperfections and see who we really are.  The ones that see our potential.  They also see our strong points and our weak points but love and encourage us just the same. They listen to our dreams and push us forward to get there.   I love those people.  I also want really bad to be one of those people to others.  Really bad.  I want to listen to their dreams and tell them they can do it!  Because I really believe they can.

This last week I found a long ago High School friend.  One of the few I had and one of the best.  We connected on FB – of all places – hearing from her took me back to the days of High School where it was painful to be heard.  But she heard me.  And now we have families and have gone through great growing pains seperate from each other and I see how much she has grown into who she was made to be and I’m proud.  Yes, actually proud to have been a part of her life long ago and even more proud to have her back in my life.  Thank you JP if you read this!  You are awesome!

I have many words bubbling up in me about this subject right now.  I’ll keep it simple.  I believe that the One who made me knew all those growing pains I would go through and who would be in my path along the way.  He knew how hard it would be at times but He also sees my potential and knew I would come through.  I thank Him daily for watching over me and getting me to where I am today.  I plan on helping many others to see their potential too.  There is something so sweet when you come to realize you really CAN do that thing you so desire to accomplish.  Don’t give up.  There is so much more for YOU.

Keep Dreaming.


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