I know posts like this aren’t going to be everyone’s “cup of tea” and I know this won’t draw huge numbers for the site but every once in a while I like to be real with those of you who will read just about anything I put out (and I appreciate that more than you may ever realize).

So, if you follow the site, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve not put new content or a new article out on this site in 17 days. Rather than just throwing out more content I wanted to take a second to explain why, and I do this not to say “look at me” but rather to share in hopes that it helps someone else out along the way. I can tell you Disney tip after Disney tip but the “real life” stuff is what really matters and I don’t doubt that in any way shape or form.

To be quite honest, about three weeks ago a lot of things changed in my life. Some were a huge step in the right direction, some lead in weird directions, and some taught me lessons that I’m not afraid to share. I realized about two weeks ago that I needed to take a step back from the site. One, my heart wasn’t in it, and two because I was really, really, busy. I knew I’d be back but I didn’t have the motivation I once did to try and push out articles every single day. However, the incredible people (like each of you) kept coming back though and kept reading articles and that showed me something. More than anything it showed me that people care and that this site can genuinely help people. No, none of this may be life changing information, but having even a small role in helping families create memories from the parks is something I can’t explain the joy it brings to me. I enjoy that more than just about anything else.

Also, a few short weeks ago I started a new job and it’s a learning process every day with a company that I’m so incredibly blessed to be a part of and one that supports the site in ways that I can’t fully explain. It’s incredible but it’s also different. But different in a really, really, good way.

Then there’s another part of my life that changed and while I wont go into the details for so many different reasons, it’s taught me that there’s more to life than what everyone sees at surface value. That’s been good to see but also very hard to see. However, it opened up my eyes to a new perspective and reaffirmed in my head the realization that so often we assume that everything is “great” in the lives of people around us that look like they “have it all” but, in all reality, everyone is dealing with something. They may just not be advertising it to the world.

When I started writing this post, I didn’t really know how it would end up or what message I wanted to convey, but I think I just found it. Everyone says you should never judge a book by its cover, but I think that should go one step further and say that you should never judge a person by their past or what “looks” like is picture perfect. You have to take the time to appreciate people and understand their perspective. When you can do that, you can really change your mindset on life and potentially even change that persons life that you took the time to get to know and understand.

Empathy is a powerful thing and if I learned anything these last few weeks, it’s that it truly is unbelievable how powerful it can be. If we can take the time in life to understand people and their perspectives, chances are you can open yourself up to a world of new ways that you can help and understand what’s really going on in their lives. People aren’t robots. We ALL have our own issues. Some are big issues, some are small issues, but it’s important to understand and appreciate the people and the purpose of those people in our lives. I don’t believe in coincidences, but I do believe things happen for a reason. We may never know the reason but sometimes what seems like a misstep can change the way you look at life in a surprising way. While all of this is going on in my life, I knew I had to share that message because somebody, somewhere, needs to hear it.

In the grand scheme of things we all look at everyone else’s lives as perfect. We all want what everyone else has, but we often fail to realize that nobody’s life is perfect. EVERYONE has something going on, something they regret, or something that they think isn’t quite right. Our job should never be to point those things out but rather to do and say anything we can to help them and more often than not that involves setting our own issues aside. Be someone that people respect. Be someone that people go to in times of need, and be someone that cares about people, and you’ll be shocked how your life will change. Life wont be easy following this route but it’ll be one heck of a story to tell. I’m in no way, shape or form a good example of this but I believe this realization is important to share nonetheless.

For your “Disney” tie in for the day, it’s funny how we all look at Walt as this brilliant business man. When in reality his greatest strength wasn’t business, it was people and understanding people in a way that very few fully realize. He created this place that reaches people not because of any attraction or any story but rather because he knew families needed an escape from the “real” stuff in their lives. Sure, Walt was a business man in a small way but more so he was a people person and perhaps a great example of this concept.

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