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Beginnings and Ends

As this year comes to an end, Star Winar Magazine reflects on the stories we’ve shared of men and women who chased their dreams, created something, and inspired us. Taking the initiative to establish a new “beginning” is the most daunting part of a new story, especially when you’re the one writing it. However, the most important part of any story is the end.  It’s the last chapter, when the reader has connected with the characters and you don’t want the story to end.  You want it to go on forever. Before this new year take a moment to reflect on your life.  Take a mental picture of those people who inspired you.

There’s one individual who has impacted more lives than she even realizes.  You won’t find her in an encyclopedia; she wasn’t a professional athlete, and she never shook the hand of the President of the United States.  She was an ordinary girl who did extraordinary things.

Her name was Janet Bauernschmitt.  Janet’s life changing story takes place on a Sunday morning where Janet was on her way to church. Unexpectedly she was in a tragic car accident that took her life and changed the lives of those who knew her.  Before she left this earth she wrote, “It’s amazing how we go on everyday and just assume there will be a tomorrow.  We make plans for tomorrow.  We mess up and promise we will fix that problem, tomorrow.  But will there be a tomorrow?  It was never promised, we just assume it’s going to be there.  We assume it’s going to come for everyone else too, and never make right with that person, because I can do that tomorrow.”  Monday never came for Janet, but she lived life abundantly.

She lived with a grateful heart, she chose to smile, she chose to laugh, she chose to see the good in individuals.  Janet once said, “We don’t get to choose when we are born, what family we’re born into, or the circumstances that are brought with that.  We also don’t get to choose when we die.  BUT we do get to choose what we’re going to do with the time in between.  That time is called our life.”  What Janet did with her time should make us all reflect on how we choose to make each decision in life from this point forward until our end. This New Year, I hope you take the time to write letters to friends and tell them you appreciate them, and how you love them.  We hope you encourage your friends to reach their potential, and don’t wait until tomorrow.

Janet posed a question we have all thought about, and probably talked about with our friends late at night, “What would you do if you found out you only have a certain amount of time left to live?”   Would you wait until tomorrow to call your sister?  Would you make it a point to read more stories to your kids? Would you chase that dream you always have at night?  If you knew you only had a certain amount of time to live, would you be more forgiving, quicker to appreciate a sunset, wake up a little earlier to see the sunrise, be a little more generous with your money?

Be thankful for the life you have been given today.  For the Christmas you’re celebrating this year with your family.  Janet says it better than we can write, “Many times looking into our life and other’s lives, we don’t understand why situations pan out the way they do. ”  It’s amazing that tomorrow’s happen so fast and come sooner than we ever imagine.  We hope you take the time to call or write a friend, and if you’re thinking right now you will wait until tomorrow then we recommend you read the beginning again.  May you be able to inspire people this year.  May you dream BIG and help others along the way.  May this year bring new beginnings for you and may you leave a beautiful end like Janet who, even to this day, is impacting individuals all around the world with her legacy of love. May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steven Greenwood permalink
    December 26, 2009 8:47 pm

    Jordan again your stories enlighten the mind to think deeper and prove that something we do or are can be so much more. With the willingness to combat what we were and realize janet, robby jones the texas stars player how you can be positive and live to live for the purpose of helping lifting up our brothers and sisters. Though a sad story shows how the underlying emotion shows theres a passion for more that just living. Thank you

  2. Brittany permalink
    December 26, 2009 11:42 pm

    Jordan, Thanks for writing and sharing this!

    …i miss her too…

    But, I am also inspired to live life more fully as a result of knowing her. So thankful for her friendship!

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Brittany Donald

  3. Virginia (Bauernschmitt) Mlinek permalink
    December 27, 2009 11:00 pm

    Hi- I am Janet’s Big Sis.
    THANK YOU for writing this- it was Beautifully done and I hope it inspires others as well and gives people something to think about!
    God bless,

  4. Beth permalink
    December 30, 2009 6:39 pm

    That was beautifully written! I knew Janet and do miss seeing her smile every time she came home to PA! Thank you for taking the time to remember and to write something to inspire all of us to never forget and to live life to the fullest each and every day! We only get one life!!! Thank you! Beth

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