Happy 2019!!

A quick story to inspire you as you start moving towards your goals for the year:

A few months ago I was waiting for an Uber in Los Angeles. They’re usually pretty quick in LA but for some reason this one seemed to take forever. A few minutes before the driver was scheduled to get me, he cancels the trip. Annoyed, I call another Uber, and just before that driver arrives, she cancels as well.  I do it a third time...and another cancel!

I wasn’t in a rush to get to my destination, but I was definitely frustrated. Finally 25 minutes later, I successfully connect with the fourth Uber driver - a friendly guy with a charming accent. I hop in his car and after the standard greeting he asks me:

"Hey, I’m new to the US. Can I practice speaking with you?  I want to get better at my English."

Of course I said yes and we chatted away the entire trip.

I realized in that car ride an important lesson that I remind myself of almost everyday:

I am part of a bigger whole.

The universe has a larger purpose than just fulfilling my needs; there is something greater than me that I am meant to support and be a part of too.

As you work hard to make 2019 all that you want it to be, know that the unexpected twists and turns sometimes happen not because the universe is against you reaching your goals, but so that you have the opportunity to help others achieve their goals.

So be fiercely determined to get what you want  AND realize deeply that you are a part of something bigger than yourself.  Do both in equal magnitude. It’s the balance of the two that will help you this year to make more meaningful connections and really experience life.

Andrew Abaria

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