2018-01-10 / Editorial

PURPLE RAIN

Martha Chalker

The decision to do something even when the naysayers say you can’t: That’s what Dr. Karen Osburn, a Canadian coach and podcaster of “Women Wanting More,” (don’t go there if you’re offended by foul language) calls your purple rain moment. The Purple Rain album and movie from Prince from 1984 are her reference points. For those who are too young to remember, just Google Purple Rain.

Now 2018 is here and with it many opportunities for you to create your own purple rain experience. Mine came in 2014 as I envisioned the possibility of creating a Veterans’ Hall of Honor. The True Citizen had a collection of years of pictures and information on many of our local veterans/heroes and I thought we needed to have them on display for our community.

I heard, “No, that will never happen here.” “ You will not get the support,” and “We don’t know what you’re talking about.” And it’s true, I heard some very disheartening comments, including,” Why are you telling me about this?” “I’m not interested,” and “Well, we just spent 30,000 dollars on remodeling a bathroom, so we can’t help.” So with my training and experiences with others over the years, I used the skills I taught. You tell me what I can’t do? Especially when it’s a worthwhile project for our community, our veterans and something I am passionate about? Watch me!

We opened the Veterans’ Hall of Honor September 12, 2015, and had much more participation than even I could have imagined. .More than 200 people browsed through the halls including Rep. Gloria Frazier, Sen. Jesse Stone, and our local veterans office representative Carol Crawford. Mayor Pauline Jenkins and Sheriff Greg Coursey were also in attendance. Veterans Commissioner Mike Roby was present to recognize our Vietnam veterans for their service. And we had an overwhelming attendance from our local veterans and businesses and individuals who supported this endeavor. If you haven’t been yet, please come in and spend some time remembering our veterans and see the businesses and individuals who helped make this a reality. Without them, it would not have been possible.

What purple rain moment can you identify for yourself this year? It may be something big you want to accomplish at work or it may be restoring healthy relationships with family or friends. You may want to renew a commitment to write a book or start your own podcast or You- Tube channel. The possibilities are endless. Just go for it.

Martha Chalker is a Life and Business Coach with more than 20 years of experience. She can be reached at (706) 564 4458.

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