"The constant heat of the sun on my face, the soft soil underneath. Another day at the farm, another day with the sun."
Her motivation when she was young was simple: maybe if she works hard enough, she'll be rewarded. She has faith in God; it was one of the things that motivated her, a reason to work for more than what was needed.
Jean Thomas is now 83, still persevering with a family of her own.
When you're going through life so fast, you start having regrets. For her, it was not having enough time for people – not having enough time to cherish each person's thoughts and feelings.
She grew up with four brothers; their relationship was not as strong as she wanted it to be. She really wanted to know each one, get to know their story. Since she was on a long and arduous journey, there didn't seem to be time for many of these things.
Her life motto is, "Sharing and Caring." She wants to be there for others, which she has accomplished. Throughout her life she was willing to learn, always willing to share. She played piano, baseball, sang in a choir, volunteered for work. But there never seemed to be enough time.
Everyone is on a different chapter of their life, but in the end it's all the same: the book comes to an end. There's no such thing as an everlasting book. So, before it ends, make the last page exciting. Life is basically a story; what's yours about?
In the words of author Stephen Covey, "Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important."
Jean Thomas is a person with a story – ready to take the time to share it with you.