Still not as savvy as I’d like to be with social media and picture taking, but here are a few photos of a wonderful event last Wednesday at the Prescott Chamber’s Women in Business Luncheon. People stood on their feet to cheer the Resilient Message, post Covid, that I brought to the community which was a reminder that “a common definition of hero is one whose heroism is born in a glorious moment by demonstrating exemplary courage. But isn’t it something we also train for over our lifetimes. We may never have a single, splendid moment of heroism, but we are part of the ranks of everyday heroes and sheroes: simple ordinary people who, when plunged into the crucible, find the character to persevere and the resilience to rise.”
The first photo on the left Prescott Woman Magazine posted on Instagram – a throwback photo when they wrote an article and featured me on the cover in 2008. (Totally surprised me with that from 13 years ago).
The middle photo of the beautiful Petunia Night Sky was a Speaker’s gift from our local Ken Lain from Watter’s Garden Center. As you can see, it has already been planted in our front yard. (If I’m not mistaken, I believe Ken told me this is an original concoction). Beautiful!
We had some technical difficulties in the beginning and edited them out. You will miss my opening, “1982, the year I broke my neck was a helluva year. Last year, 2020, was a helluva year. There are seasons in our lives that are disruptive, fearful, and anxious. Anybody? A week or so ago, I sent out one of my “DDOR”quotes from the movie, The Princess Bride. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” “Life is suffering” is a tenet of EVERY major world religion. If we accept and believe this then when it shows up, and it will, it will not destroy us. I was just 22 when suffering showed up for me, and my life instantly and irreversibly changed. A camp counselor at a winter camp for jr. high and high school kid”…video picks up here as I describe my injury.
And as always, “Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” Lam. 3:22-23
Praying you find a new mercy today and everyday,