Today what I’d like to share with you on this episode of ‘Coffee With Jody’ is something that happened to me a week, or so, ago, in a restaurant. We were going to a concert and we went to this restaurant we’ve gone to a number of different times. And, there was a new waitress there, and she was awesome!

She was friendly. She was she was helpful. She was just very ‘on’ and great with us. We had people coming and she had their wine ready. I mean, it was just, you know, wonderful.

I was acknowledging her at the end, and I said, “So tell me about you. Are you in school? Where are you from?”

She was from Venezuela and she had moved to Canada, and then down to Miami within the last couple of months. I said, “Why? Are you in school or are you planning on going to school?” “No, I’m a doctor.”

And I said, “OK, let me get this straight, you’re not in medical school, you’re a physician?” And she said, “Yes, in Venezuela I’m a physician. And, I left my country because of how terrible it is there right now. And, I left my parents, which I miss deeply. Then I went to Canada, where my brother is, but I didn’t like Canada, so I came to Miami.”

I was blown away! Here’s a girl, who could have been really upset and feeling sorry for herself. But, as a waitress in a restaurant in Miami, was Happy, Joyful, contributing. Letting people think whatever they thought.

And so, when you look at the concept of above and below the line – that line being the choice we have in any given moment about how we’re going to respond to what life throws our way – we can be below the line, in blame, excuses, denial.

And, I wouldn’t say there aren’t times when it doesn’t break her heart, what she’s dealing with, but she chose to take ownership of her life, to be accountable for what it is she wants, and to take responsibility for the cards that were dealt to her. And she came to Miami to start life over again, Happy!

I don’t know about you guys, but there are times when my life is great and I still feel sorry for myself – below the line. So the circumstances don’t change, our response to the circumstances – whether it’s a below the line or an above the line response – can give us the condition in which results can happen.

I predict great things from, and for, this young lady – a physician, serving me wine, here in Miami, from Venezuela. I was really moved and I just wanted to share that with you guys.

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