Last week was a busy week with the invitation to share at four different events. I actually enjoy this opportunity and find that each experience brings a chance to reflect on the requested topic and ponder and this speaker learns much more than the audience.
*To a group of teachers - I shared .. we are in the human potential business.
Strength, courage and resiliency exist in everyone, but they start as a tiny spark and its only through facing challenges that they grow and blaze into the force that directs our lives.
As that spark is ignited ... our young clients/students begin to believe in themselves and independence is desired.
*To the state convention titled: It is Respectable to be Blind. Of course! Love that empowering title of the conference and the messages shared. My specific title was: A Respectable Professional: What does blindness have to do with it? My short answer is nothing. I believe being a respected professional is through integrity, being a hard worker, having a specialty/skill that others see as valuable, and a passion for one's profession. I broke down the word Respectable with a key word for each.
R = Respect for ourselves and others. We must believe in ourselves and know that we deserve respect.
E = Effort. Lots of it. It takes much effort to reach our dreams.
S = Serve others. Put yourself out there for someone else.
P = Passion. Find your passion and make it happen. When we have a passion, we don't see the obstacles. We can be dreamers or doubters. Dreamers so.
E = Engage with others. Connections. Relationships with others. Reciprocity.
C = Create. Action word. Create the opportunities that we want.
T = Truth. Speak your truth. Find someone you can trust who will give you that honest feedback and hold you accountable.
A = Authenticity. Acknowledge your own inner strength. Hold your head high with that cane or guide dog or sighted guide.
B = Believe. Believe in yourself, your abilities, your strengths. (a little repetitive but I think one to be emphasized).
L = Laughter. Find something that makes you laugh each day. Walk with a smile on your face.
E = Embrace your life ... blindness included. Find a way to do what you want to do.
Of course, I had to share a running story at the end! That is such a fun way to end with a victory to visualize being cheered on.
Another presentation message was: LOVE. Shared my favorite song - There is Only Love by Karen Drucker. I feel such gratitude for the Love in my life.
Just had a call to do another presentation next week. Perhaps that is part of the celebration of the human potential! That quiet Becky is enjoying presenting.
Side note: I have been enjoying yummy lunches with friends this week. Its been fun. Another one today. We are going to the same location that I went yesterday. Do you think they'll notice the lady and her dog are back? :). Warm soup, sitting by the fire, with a friend is so nourishing on another rainy day.