1,600 groups. 49 states (you're next, Alaska!). 14 countries. And not once had I ever begun a presentation with the words above....
... until this past Saturday. Let me explain.
I had the honor of sitting next to my dad ( that awesome man is seen in the picture to my right ) and 477 Assistance League leaders listening to their opening keynote speaker.
Susan O'Leary (aka mom).
After she shared her incredible journey guiding a little boy through an unexpected and unthinkable event, how the community showed up to support, the lessons she learned and what it means for us (she crushed it, BTW!) mom introduced me.
We hugged. I told her I loved her. Then I turned to the audience.
I thanked her publicly. For the intro, certainly. But for much more than that.
I thanked her for being my mom and for there for me as a kid. ...For being in the ER the day I was burned. ...For the courage to challenge me and love me and encourage me and demand of me that my life wasn't over... but the journey forward would require both uncommon fight and deep faith. ...For her steady guidance after coming home, during recovery and throughout my life ever since.
And then I told her the only problem I had with her at the moment was that I had to follow her! (She really was outstanding and looked beautiful, too!)
My friends, don't wait 1,600 events...or even one more day to thank someone in your life who profoundly impacted you. Share your gratitude with that person now.
I'm guessing not many, and if I'm being honest, I'd have to admit that I don't always embrace change. Isn't it so much easier to accept the status quo than to make the necessary, but difficult transformations that change requires?
I've been thinking about change a lot lately thanks to my most recent #LiveInspired podcast guest Christine Hassler. And in today's #MondayMotivation, I share some specific tips that have helped me embrace change in my own life.
May these tips help all of you to focus not on fighting the old, but on building the new.