6/21/11

Living the life, and teaching them to sing at the same time...



Living positively.

That’s always been a way of life for me; even when thrown incredible obstacles, I’ve managed to have a happy heart and look forward to each day.

When I was invited to join ten other women for a “Conversation with Coca-cola” about this very thing, I was thrilled. It wasn’t clear, frankly, what might occur during this “conversation” but I was positive that it would be amazing. (A weekend away from my own drama? How could it not be amazing?)


And it was.



We who gathered together in Atlanta (the invited and the invitees) left our titles and expectations at the door, and shared our lives.


We were provided with many forums and activities, but in the end we really DID have a conversation; a conversation that spanned two days.


I was struck by the number of battles that we are all fighting, and the number of fears we all share. I was reminded that we are all worried about balance, about failure, about the rainbows that always seem right around the corner.


This gathering gave me a chance to peek into the lives of women just like me.


There were many stories shared, and many ideas that were passed from one heart to another, and several continue to resonate.


The fact that the quest for “balance” may indeed be futile; you have to find a way to make balance happen today: TODAY, and be happy with that balance, whatever it may be.


And one other important reminder for all of us? When you are climbing that ladder; when you are making that journey; when you are achieving success – don’t forget to lift as you go.


Yep. We must remember that true success is sweet only if you have your community to share it with; and the best way to have them with you, is to lift them up as well.



Lift as you go, people. Lift as you go.


16 comments:

Gigi said...

What a beautiful post...and a reminder to myself as well...to find balance, and be happy, in TODAY.

Brian Miller said...

thank you for lifting as you go as an example for us...smiles.

Malisa said...

You are back...I am back...we are back!

Now, since you have pull with Coca-Cola, do you think you could talk them into bringing C2 back? That was my FAVORITE!

Malisa

Lynn MacDonald said...

Sounds like it was a great experience and exactly what you needed.

ChiTown Girl said...

I'm SO glad you were able to have this blessing. You truly deserved it.

Cheryl D. said...

Great topic to discuss! Finding balance is so elusive!

Scope said...

I hope you quick vacation was "the pause that refreshes."

kirida said...

I miss you! I will carry you close to my heart, where I keep my spare bottle of travel-sized hairspray. :)

Leslie said...

yup. what you said.

That Janie Girl said...

you rock, girlie. you do.

Rick Daley said...

We are not measured by the challenges we face in life, but rather by the steps we take to overcome them.

Elaine said...

From someone else who is also always the shortest person in the picture, "lift" can have more than one meaning.

Fiducia said...

Inspiring topics to discuss...Lift as you go, stays the latest motto..Glad you awakened on the true meaning of life, in its best sense..Nice!

Shannon Bradley-Colleary said...

Another rather nice side effect of lifting as you go are the sinewy biceps you develop. I weigh about 140 (oh alright 142 dammit) and heave!

Sherri said...

I'm so glad you had this chance!

thesisterhoodofspiritualsinglemoms said...

You are so right, but it does get hard sometimes to lift and stay positive. Without that kind of an attitude we don't stand a chance, do we? I happened on a blog The Meanest Mom and she listed all of you that were in Atlanta. I live nearby. Sounds like a great group of ladies that got together!