Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today Oct 28 2011

This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today newsletter focuses on change. Judy Williamson writes about the change of seasons. Kathleen Betts is the guest columnist and I loved her article. Make sure to watch the video of Judy and Ray Stendall discussing How To Deal With Change. This is a new feature for the newsletter and you will really enjoy this additional learning tool.

Dear Readers,

When leaves change colors, when pears and apples ripen, when the sky darkens earlier and evening air has a crisp scent, we know that the season of fall is here. Houseplants are taken indoors and seasonal plants succumb to the frost. Many animals look for warmer lairs and some birds migrate south. Lawn furniture is stored, mowers are put away and the last of the summer garden is harvested. With all this occurring around us, there is little doubt that a season of change is upon us.

As participants, many of us look forward to the change in seasons. Living in the Midwest, I enjoy the four seasons and almost set my clock by the arrival of certain perennials and birds in the spring, the fireflies in the summer, the sound of crickets chirping in the fall, and the first snowfall in early winter. These are things we anticipate because they remind us of the normalcy and expectancy of change in the seasons.

All change, however, is not welcomed. A death in the family, a missing pet, a move out of state, or loss of a friend or mentor, can cause changes that are dreaded rather than anticipated. But, change is inevitable and needs to be understood as an opportunity for growth and development. Stagnant feelings and surroundings do little to nurture one’s spirit. Change by its nature causes a person to step outside of their comfort zone and spiritually stretch to new heights.

So, change can bring hope or hurt initially, but in the process of change beneficial growth can occur. When change impacts you, why not ask yourself what this process now frees you up to do. What gifts are hidden in the change? How can you embrace it and grow beyond your own limitations? These are the diamonds in the rough that can be mined for our future benefit. Prospect in your own backyard and uncover these gems. They just might be priceless.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Director The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet

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