The title of my first book is: One Day: The Difference A Day Can Make. This title was the result of one life-changing day that rocked my world, and that day was the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In life, we have all experienced those days that change life in a moment. Many of those days are exciting and celebratory; however, there are others that leave us grieving, questioning and searching for answers.
March 30, 2015 was a day that started out like any other normal day, but one text changed everything. The text informed me that my father was suffering stroke symptoms and being rushed to the emergency room. Since he lives three hours from me, I quickly packed a bag and jumped in the car. Thankfully, my younger brother was able to get to my father within minutes; thus he communicated to my other siblings and I what was taking place.
Life happens for all of us, and I know that many of you have similar stories because you have shared them with me. What does my father’s stroke have to do with BURST Communicators? A lot! Because first of all, I was spending weeks between home and being with my father, and those three-hour drives back and forth gave me a lot of time to think, but not a lot of time to write or work.
Thankfully, I was in between events and projects; however, I had several speaking engagements on my calendar that needed to be fulfilled, a daughter’s senior prom to celebrate and other obligations to adhere to. Our priorities can shift and stop us in a moment and that shift can be the path that leads us to a new norm.
Often answers are found and blessings abound in the difficult and trying times and that is the material that can be used to impact the lives of others. And, after all, most of us long to make a difference in the world by encouraging, supporting and inspiring others to live, laugh and love more. In this particular situation of being with my father, several positive outcomes have come from the past six weeks since his stroke:
The outpouring of LOVE. I am so very grateful for all of the love from friends, family, colleagues, clients and the amazing healthcare providers that have cared about and for my father over the past several weeks. Receiving so much love and concern from others has reminded me that often times we will find ourselves in a season of receiving, and those are the times for us to allow others to help and support us because they are in the season of giving. Giving and receiving love crosses all boundaries, demographics and barriers, and it is a beautiful gift that we can share.
The sense of overwhelming GRATITUDE. Not only am I extremely thankful that my father survived and has been moved back to his assisted living home, but during those days sitting by my father’s bedside in the hospital and rehab facility, I thought of his life. He has had a long rich life filled with interesting activities and accomplishments—this is something for which I am deeply grateful.
The importance of LEGACY. Because my mother is no longer with us and my father suffers from dementia, their stories that were never shared with us cannot be recovered. To have the stories of the lives of my parents would be a rich legacy for my brothers and sisters and our children. They lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the 60’s, 70’s and so much more. Their stories are rich classics that I wish had been recorded. Acknowledging this has made me more determined than ever to help those of my clients who have a story to share to get it out there in a BIG way.
When you ponder the legacy that you’d like to share, consider writing your history, experiences and lessons learned because it is your own outpouring of love that will be gratefully received by your readers. Are you ready to use your own life experiences to impact others? If so, then join me on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. for a FREE Webinar: WRITE NOW: 5 Ways to Start Your Book Today.
My hope is that we will all reflect on the ways that we can do for others while they are experiencing those days that have spun out of control. We can show love, be grateful for all the blessings in our lives and, in turn, leave a legacy and to always remember that positive outcomes often come from the difficult.
TODAY is a gift; a beautiful gift to be cherished, opened and shared.
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