Dan Gilbert asks, “Why are we happy?” http://ow.ly/6i9Dw
This last weekend, I spent some quality time with four of my dear girlfriends. We had all worked together at IBM (at one point), and have kept in touch over the years. Although we have only gotten together as a group every couple of years, the bonds we forged over many years remain strong and in tact (LOL girlfriends – our inside jokes!)
In about 24 hours, we caught up with each others’ lives, challenges and triumphs. We truly have been a witness to each others’ lives over the years. We laughed until our sides hurt, and we shared tears through touching stories. We vowed once again to make this an annual event.
The gift of friendship is one of the greatest human experiences, in my opinion. Friendship must be cultivated, nurtured and honored at all times. Each one of us felt blessed to be in the presence of such powerful, yet humble women. We share common values of respect and love for each other as well as those in our lives.
I was reminded once again that what really matters in life are the relationships we hold dear. I am once again inspired to be the best me I can be, to be a great friend, and to seek ways to leave a legacy and to make a difference in this world. Thank you dear friends for your love, for your support, and for your lasting friendship!
One day this last week, I was rushing to the grocery store, in between appointments, to pick up a few items we needed. I mean I was almost literally running through the store. As I left the checkout line and headed for the door, an older gentleman was ahead of me, so there was no way to pass him as he was going out the door.
It appeared this man was just getting used to his new prosthetic limb for a recently amputated leg. He was struggling, gingerly using his walker as he made his way out the door. It was obvious that this was a new experience for him – he was so totally focused on each small step he took. It caused me to pause, and to reflect on how thankful I am for my health, and all I have in my life.
Sometimes, God puts in our path something or someone to provide us with a reminder to slow down – to be thankful for what we have, and to love each fellow human being for the gifts they share. I said a small prayer for this man, giving him strength as he walks his path.
What about you? Are there parts of your life where slowing down a little could bring gratitude, insight or another perspective? I know there is for me. Here’s to taking time to reflect and appreciate all that we have been given.
Here is a great article on where we need to be spending time and energy as a leader. Enjoy!