Turn Around Tuesday

“The vicissitudes of life require that you set your goals as high as possible. Never ever give up. And for pete’s sake, if you are not happy with your life, do something positive (POSITIVE) and not destructive, to change your expectancies.” – Dr. Judy Halliday

April’s Word of the Day

Vicissitude a favorable or unfavorable event or situation that occurs by chance…a fluctuation of state or condition…usually beyond one’s control.

Yes, Dr. Judy, I had to look that one up. And while many people before you have said, “set high goals,” the insertion of the word “vicissitude” takes it to a whole new level.

Many of us have our mind wrapped around the need to create goals and dreams that cause us to aim higher than ourselves. Most of us are comfortable having one or two lofty goals. But few of us are prepared to hold on to those ideas when it is impacted by an unfavorable event outside of our control.

Far too many of us allow ourselves to be shaped and defined by our circumstances. Often times, we feel unable to maintain any consistency while engrossed in situations we cannot control. Instead of being the person we want to be, we settle for being the person that life creates for us.

Today I want to encourage you to be the person you want to be regardless of circumstance. Failure is imminent when we allow ourselves to be beholden to circumstances we don’t control. it is quite another thing indeed when we harness the power to define our own reality.

Remember the Rainbows

I don’t mind telling you that bringing attention to the Remember the Rainbows foundation is not my favorite thing to do. I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like to lose a child.

But whether or not we like to talk about it is not the issue. The fact is that parents have lost their greatest gifts to childhood cancer. I am overwhelmingly grateful to those who stand in the gap and provide support and outreach to these families.

You can find out more information about visiting their website. You can provide your support by participating in their annual fund drive. Special thanks goes to Jennie Brewster for donating her time and efforts to such a special cause. May our families never need them and thank them so much for being there if we ever did.

*Today’s quote was found at Dr. Judy Halliday


  1. My mother always said, “You create your own reality!”. When I was young I didn’t get it, but now, thankfully, I do. Life certainly sucks at times, and it certainly has lately, so your message is apropos. Thank you for a much needed positive outlook!

    • Your mom is right. I couple her thought with my own that says “perception is reality.” I think I will stay in my pjs today and work on my perception…

      It was great hanging out with you last night. I appreciate the support and may we never have to go through that together again and if we do at least we can still toast together.

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