Wednesday mornings before work, Georgie and I go to the gym. We meet with our trainer and a group of ladies - they are so amazing! This morning we were on the bike to get warmed up. Jenny, our trainer, took the group over to another area. She told me to ride for five more minutes and then join the group. When we were finished, I realized I had no idea where they were! I could wait there and eventually she would come back and get me. Or, I could tell Georgie - "Find our friends" and see what she could do. She can do it with people she knows -- Steve, Kendall, Natalie - perhaps she would understand this group was our friends. I bent down and said "Georgie find our friends". She trotted off and brought us right to where our group was ready to lift weights! Her whole body wiggled proudly. I was so impressed! Thank you, Georgie!
Later we met two dear friends for lunch at the Garden Restaurant in SLC. Such a lovely setting - enjoying friendship and good food.
Feeling blessed for Georgie having the ability to find our friends and also the blessing of friendships!
Feeling grateful that Steve's latest basal cell carcinoma cancer was taken care of this past week. It was deep and had spread further than they expected ... but the bandaid can come off tomorrow and the healing is going well.
Grateful that Kendall had such a positive time in Vegas at the Table Tennis Open.
Grateful for such incredible supportive grandparents (my parents). Steve, Kendall and I said several times in the last day how cool it is that they drove down and cheered him on. They are amazing!
Grateful for a sweet guide dog that took Vegas and all in entails in stride. She wore her booties for the hot pavement, navigating through the busy crowds and even found our room through the confusing casino area on the second time.
Grateful for safe travels home and back to work tomorrow. So much to be grateful for in each day.
I think the beauty of twinkle lights is a perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments - most often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on bursts of joy because we're too busy chasing down the extraordinary moments. Other times we're so afraid of the dark that we don't dare let ourselves enjoy the light. A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude and inspiration. -- Brene Brown
Last year when searching for a couple friends' gifts, I was introduced to Alex and Ani Bracelets. I fell in love! I love that each has a unique and special meaning. After I had bought several for different friends for gifts, Steve bought me one. I was hooked. I love them! I put on the "Love" and "Bike" bracelets and think of Steve. I put on the "Its not a sprint - its a marathon" and think of our different runs. The list goes on ... I have a stack of silver and a stack of gold. They all have a special message and a lot of them they contribute a portion of the proceeds to a charity.
Well, today I put on the LOL - Laugh out loud bracelet as well as the Sand dollar bracelet which represents: Trust the process and receive the blessings that flow toward you. For a pop of color, I added a red one. Most of them I can distinguish by feeling their raised designs.
We just returned home from an awesome 11-day travel adventure. The journey started in Baltimore at the two-day Visions Conference. I had the opportunity to be a presenter and it was a lot of fun! My topic was "Finding your personal resilience."
I chose to have a discussion with lots of audience participation. It was inspiring to hear everyone's input and comments.
Before the presentation we went back to our room to get ready. There was a lovely surprise of sunflowers from Natalie wishing me well. Special and fun and a great way to start the discussion on Resilience ... I think sunflowers are an amazing example of searching for the sunshine and thriving in adverse conditions!
Here are some of the points we discussed:
*The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. -- C.C. Scott
We have an innate desire to bounce back and be resilient.
*Importance of articulating and sharing our feelings. Feeling is healing.
*Being Proactive and open to growth. Allowing our challenges to be our teachers.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. -- Charles R. Swindoll
*Identifying your personal strengths and utilizing them in our resiliency plan.
Understanding and implementing our strengths in challenging times can help us know how we can best feel happy, capable and engaged in life.
*Authenticity - Being true to ourselves.
The greatest act of courage is to be and own all that you are. Without apology, without excuses, and without one's masks to cover the truth of who you really are. -- Debbie Ford.
*Making and keeping healthy reciprocal relationships. When we feel understood, validated and cared for it fuels our ability to thrive.
*Generating Alternatives. Creativity helps us find choices and options. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. -- Epitetus
*Sense of Humor. When we notice humor in a situation we are in an observant role. Every time you are able to find humor in a difficult situation you win -- Avinash Wandre
*Seeing Gratitude. A practice of gratitude can connect us to everything and everyone.
*Find your meaning and purpose in life.
Strength, courage and resiliency exist in everyone, but they start as a tiny spark and its only through facing challenges that they grow and blaze into the force that directs our lives. -- Erik Weihenmayer