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Hope

My stomach hurts from laughing last night. 

My throat hurts from talking too.  The band was loud and I was shouting and at one point, my husband leaned over and said, you haven’t stopped talking all night. (Of course, he didn’t mean this in a bad way…) I guess I hadn’t been out in awhile.  I had a lot to say. 

I was at a fund raiser for Epilepsy Research.  I am so inspired by the women who started this group.  They are neighbors and they both have children with epilepsy.  They decided to start a fund to raise money for research to help families that are dealing with the devastating effects of this disease.  They started with a block party to raise money and over 400 people showed up.  Check it out at www.rocktheblockforcure.com.

These women are amazing.  I don’t know them personally but I see their passion and I can feel their power.  They are amazing as mothers and friends and advocates and fund raisers. They are not going to sit around and wait for a cure for epilepsy. They are out working and willing it to happen. 

The love and support they are receiving for this cause is overwhelming.  Everyone wants to help because no one wants to see a child suffer.  We watched a video of some of the families that are dealing with this disease and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Every person there felt the pain of these parents and cried in solidarity with them. 

But hope was there too. 

That’s the thing.  Pain doesn’t show up alone.  If you accept it, it brings hope along. 

Here’s what I saw last night:  Pain, hope, worry, faith, fear, courage, doubt, certainty, sadness, joy, laughter, love, encouragement, support, friendship, humility, and power.

It was a full night.  It was like life.  A little bit of everything wrapped in Hope and Love and Friendship.  I feel full.

I’m praying for a cure for Epilepsy.  I hope you will join me.   

Oh, and for all the women out there who are changing the world. 

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
Washington Irving

Superhero

You know how you look back at some things and cringe about the way you behaved at that point?  (Maybe you don’t but I have more than a few examples of cringe worthy behavior.)  I’ve accepted that to get me where I am today, I needed to have each and every experience I’ve had.  Every embarrassing experience, every nervous moment, every break up, every friendship, every job played a vital role in getting me here today.  One little thing changes and the whole thing is different. 

 Take a minute to think of your most embarrassing moment. (If you are me right now, you’re thinking, “which one?”)  It’s really bad, huh? What did you learn from it? 

 Now think of your biggest heart break.  I know, it makes your stomach hurt.  Take a moment, I’ll wait.  What did you learn from that?

 Now think about interviewing for jobs in college.  Oh sorry, is that up there with your embarrassing moments? 

 Think about the first day of high school.  The seniors sat on the steps and made fun of the freshmen.  We were all dressed alike and hovered so close to each other we couldn’t move.  We felt gangly and awkward. (Just for reference here, Cindy Crawford was a senior in my high school when I was a freshman so you think you felt gangly and awkward?)

 Think of what your hair looked like in the 80’s. 

 Think about speech class. 

 Think about when your best friend decided she hated you.  Or maybe everyone just started ignoring you for no reason.

 Think about your first job.  Think about the first day. 

 There are many other examples of growing experiences that I could insert here but frankly, I’m starting to feel ill.  Funny how the same “butterly in the stomach” feelings can resurface 20 years later, huh?

 Sort of makes you realize what your (older and wiser) parents were talking about when they said, “That which doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” 

 Don’t you feel like a Superhero at this point?