Letting you know about a wonderful FREE opportunity!

My friend Samantha Bennett from The Organized Artist Company is offering a free teleclass that I am DEFINITELY attending.  I think you might really like because she always shares LOADS of innovative yet practical content (not like those annoying nonstop sales-pitch calls) and she’s funny. Really. Just ask her.

Get Your Work Out There is a Free Teleclass. Once you click the link to register, you’ll receive information about how to call in from wherever you are or listen live via streaming audio online which is perfect if you live outside the USA. It’s scheduled for Thursday, May 26thfrom 9:45am-11am (Pacific Time). Even if you can’t make the call live, register for it and you’ll automatically get free copy of the recording. Click Here: www.GetYourWorkOutThere.com
P.S. I am a Big Fan and an affiliate of The Organized Artist Company.

Sam also wrote this poem that I LOVE
An Ode to the Overwhelmed
And as you stand there
Late again
Because you forgot to allow time to park
And the elevator was slow
And you left 10 minutes late to begin with

With your shoes that pinch
And your pants that are a little too small
Since you started eating white bread again

And as you paw through your bag
Looking for the suite number
That you’re not sure you wrote down to begin with

Let us now praise you.

You, the untidy.
You, the careless.
You, the easily distracted by sparkly things.

The money you spend on late fees alone
Could feed a family in Africa – Which reminds you that you meant to send in the kids’ Unicef money and
Forgot.

And that despite your best efforts,
You rarely eat a square meal,
You almost never get enough sleep
And exercise seems like a word that magazines have developed
Just to make you feel bad about yourself.

But you are good and brave.
You, flying by the seat of your pants
Making it work
Putting out fires
Saying your prayers
And dancing your dance of now and later and maybe and
I’ll-have-to-call-you-back-on-that-could-you-send-me-an-email-to-remind-me-to-call-you-back-on-that?

As innocent as each morning’s sunrise,
You are a fount of good intentions.
Your good humor is as graceful as a baby giraffe,
Even if that joke you were trying to make to the hotel clerk fell flat
And your toast at the wedding came out sounding a little…funny.

But you have gifts that no one knows about.
You have the strength to bend in the wind
You have the joyful spirit that loves a good belly laugh,
You have the wisdom to understand that everything will all come out all right in the end and
You have the faith to light a candle rather than curse the darkness.

That is, if you could find the book of matches from that romantic restaurant that you went to for your anniversary but since you didn’t have a reservation they made you wait at the bar for half an hour during which you had two appletinis and the rest of the night is a bit of a blur.

So much for the overpriced lingerie.
You are beautiful.
You are beautiful.

Frazzled and overworked and underpaid
You are the one who forgot your wallet
And forgot your receipt for the dry cleaners
And forgot your keys which you just set down five seconds ago, so where could they possibly have gone?
But you never forget to say, “I love you”
And you never forget to give a big smile to that nice parking guy
And you never fail to show endless patience when the
Too-tightly wrapped and overly-conscientious start to offer their
Oh-so-helpful suggestions about how you might feel better if you would just learn to alphabetize your spice rack.

You are beautiful.

So, wear the lingerie on Monday for no reason.
And why not just refuse to participate in the bake sale this year?
And give yourself a compliment for something you did well today.
Because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever known.

© 2009 Samantha Bennett
The Organized Artist Company

P.S. You should really check her out: just register for the call and you’ll get free copy of the recording by going www.GetYourWorkOutThere.com

Thought for Today
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein
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5 Responses to Letting you know about a wonderful FREE opportunity!

  1. Hi, just found you on Twitter. I love this poem. It is awesome. And it made me chuckle. 🙂

    • Virginia says:

      Hi and thanks for the feedback. I’m delighted to know the poem made you chuckle! I’ve purchased multiple copies of Samantha’s book of poetry to savor myself and share with friends. You can more about find the poems (I think there’s a video of her reading one of them) and practical programs she offers on her Totally Organized Artist Company website. I enjoyed checking out YOUR website briefly and will return as time permits. ‘Tis good to connect with you ‘virtually’ speaking 😉
      Hugs and blessings,

  2. Jeanelle Sproule says:

    Hi, just found this site from Reddit. It is not blog post I would regularly read, but I loved your perspective on it. Thanx for making a blog post worth reading!

  3. Thanks for your comment on Transformational Authors regarding the Randy Pauch’s Last Lecture quote. I loved his book and his lecture when I watched it on Youtube. The whole book resonated with me. I helped my daughter write her salutatorian speech for graduation and she based it on the book. Cool thing is I think I jumped up high enough to peek over the wall. It’s gonna be so worth it!

    • Virginia says:

      Vickie,
      You’re certainly welcome. I feel much the same way about the Last Lecture of Randy Pausch. What an inspirational speaker under challenging circumstances! Congratulations to your daughter on her achievement, and kudos to YOU too. You have every reason to be proud and I hope her graduation day is special for all of you. Thanks so much for dropping by here for a visit. Wasn’t Christine’s TAE program amazing? I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and how ready I am to keep on writing. I’m planning to enter the contest and hope for the best.
      Hugs and blessings,

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