Learning from experiences….
In the last seven days a LOT has happened…
Besides my usual every day stuff and work and keeping to my promise to Gym it at least 3 times each week (which I am happy to say I HAVE kept to), I had my Bootcamp last Saturday, which was really awesome! I am so proud of my new ‘Blackbelt Masterminds’. They are all truly incredible people. Congratulations to you! xxx The day was filled with laughter and tears. Lots of emotions and lots of breakthroughs and light bulb moments.
Here are a couple of the comments from the day…
‘I found the whole experience very enlightening and it has me determined to focus on my goals and my future me!’
… and …
‘One of the most amazing days I have had. Nothing has compared to the Blackbelt experience. Danielle has an amazing ability to influence your visual and auditory skills whereby you enter a world of possibilities and undiscovered avenues. I was able to create my future during the course; something that I couldn’t do throughout the 34 years of my life!’
Find out more about the next Bootcamp HERE!
I also held one of my regular talks on Thursday night from one of my Meetup groups – It was all about Awareness. As I am sure you know, self awareness gives you freedom 🙂 If your ever in Dublin please drop in to this group and meet some great people! See HERE
The highlight of my week was on Wednesday and going to the #irishbizparty event created by the really wonderful Samantha Kelly AKA #tweeting goddess. Every day my admiration, and respect for her grows. It was simply wonderful.
I have to admit I was a little late and also a bit puffy eyed (I will explain why in a minute) but from the moment I got there, things were a whirlwind of emotions. There were many super informative speakers and many wonderful people but the one that stole the show- and my heart- was my good friend Carol Brill.
I met Carol a while back through this same group and then she came to my Bootcamp. I was moved and inspired by her gentle but fiery determination. You see Carol has Usher Syndrome, a very rare illness which affects her sight and hearing. Carol will probably be completely blind by next year. We decided to meet after that and went on one of my ‘Walks’. Carol shared with me her dream to go to Disney World with her beautiful daughter Sara, and so we did a lot of visualization after that. Later we spoke about setting up a Fundraiser and hence the Seeing Disney Campaign was born.
The day after a little miracle happened!
People started to donate, call and help. Suddenly a movement was born and the wheels where put in motion. The generosity and spirit was incredible. Among other things, there was a Website created- See HERE! A beautiful song written, a super Pub Quiz, Irishbizparty donated €5 from every ticket and some courageous beautiful ladies even took their clothes off for a calendar shoot!
The outcome is that Carol has now raised OVER €10K!! AND is now going to be speaking at TEDxOmagh! I really think she has found her calling. Carol, I am so proud to have played a small part in all of this. We all salute you…and I love you x
Anyway..besides all this…the lowest point of my week was on Tuesday.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our beautiful baby boy Brandon. An eight year old gentle, goofy, lovable Labrador. He had Cancer and there was nothing we could do. On Tuesday night he went ‘Bo-bos’ (to sleep) as we gently stroked his soft adorable face.
It was hard and that’s why I had puffy eyes on Wednesday morning. Grieving and allowing yourself time to feel sad is natural and often necessary but what helps me is to focus on the good times. Brandon had a good life. He was spoilt and petted and truly loved. He enjoyed all the comforts any dog could ask for. Walks, good food and lots of pets.
Him leaving us has been hard but I am grateful and thankful he left how he did. By going peacefully to sleep and not feeling any pain. I am also grateful for being able to see what I learned from him and how much unconditional love he has given us. We know he is still here beside us and lives on with us and through us. So does his beautiful brother Macchiato.
So, my main message today is this….
We have all been given a gift…in fact many gifts. Brandon was one for me.
I am reading a little book again, its called ‘If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat‘. Here is a little from it….
“You, too, have been given a gift. Along with this gift you have been given a choice – whether or not you will open and use what was given to you.”
You see – you – as the recipient can choose to respond in one of two ways.
The first is to say, this gift is so valuable it can’t be risked. Taking the gift out of the box means it may not always go well. Its always a risk.
The second way is to say, this gift is so valuable it MUST be risked! If you follow this you understand that if the gift is not brought out of the box it will never be used at all!
There is no tragedy like the tragedy of an unopened gift.
I chose to take the gift of Brandon and love him and experience him.
Eventually you may loose the gift but what if I had never experienced it? What then?
Think about what you have experienced. All the gifts you have been given.
Even facing loosing them does not diminish what you have gained from it.
That’s what I am choosing to focus on today.
I hope you do to,
Your Life & Mind Coach