by Karen Eden
Truth be told, there have been times throughout my life when I thought for sure that my career as I knew it was over — as if the “magic” I possessed was suddenly going to disappear and leave me high and dry.
I often talk about the years when I would leave early in the morning before my newscast with FOX News to teach martial arts in the middle of the ghetto. I had made a promise to myself to give back when I knew that I had been blessed. A few years later, the community called out to me with even greater needs. It was a calling I knew I needed to answer. I found myself going from a major market TV anchor job to feeding homeless people in the inner city. “That’s not who you are, Karen. You’re better than that!” I was told.
That was a time in my life when I wondered if I would simply disappear. Maybe this was it for me. But you know me. If I know I have to do something, then I’ll do it simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Three years went by, and I was quite humbled. I often waved at and made small talk with the reporters I had once worked with. I’d smile when they turned away because I could feel them thinking, Man, I hope that doesn’t happen to me.
But what my comrades and others did not know has become very evident today. You see, it’s about “cream.” It always rises to the top.
When I was a field reporter, I did a story with the dairy association. It was a job that landed me in the middle of a cow pasture.
“The cream is the best part of the milk,” the farmer told me. “And if you don’t process it, it will naturally rise to the top.”
I have witnessed, in person, the cream rising to the top. It’s a simple story with a deep message that I’m often reminded of.
Today, many of us find ourselves challenged with being able to make it in our chosen careers as martial arts school owners. We may ask, after all the hard work, if this is it. Are we are going to “lose our magic” or simply disappear?
If we could just realize that the same ingredients that got us where we are now are not going to fail us in the future, we would know that no, we will not just vanish! I’ve come to realize that separating ourselves from all the other ingredients is a natural process that people either have or they don’t. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of believing in yourself and trusting that process.
I humbly stand before you to say that after working in the ghetto, things only got better for me. As a matter of fact, things got better for me in ways that had nothing to do with the TV news business. I’m often asked if I miss being in TV news. In case you’re wondering, the answer is no.
If I had one wish today, it would be that we all stop worrying about whether or not we will rise to the top again. Because the truth is, it’s not about where you are at this particular point in your life. It’s about who you are. And you are cream.
To contact Karen Eden, send an email to [email protected] or visit the Facebook group “The Eden Assignment.”
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