I recently attended the #ocpa2018 annual conference about Resiliency and was also scheduled to be a program session presenter on Friday at 9 a.m.!
Early Friday morning, I was getting ready when I got a call on my hotel phone at 6:30 am from my babysitter.
It’s not the call you ever want to get, but at this time, my babysitter told me that my son had a temperature of 102.
I made a few calls, one of which, was to my emergency contact who had a sick child of her own. I made the call to leave the conference and cancel my program session. I spent a great deal of time preparing and was going to share 15 resiliency practices.
I knew the workshop was just an hour but my son was every second of my life. I loaded all my stuff into the elevator and headed home.
I am thankful for the lesson about managing priorities and actualizing what is most important.
I reflect a lot (a resiliency practice) & knew there was also a secondary lesson in this!
In life, we are asked to prepare ourselves for the next step, even when it fails to send a formal announcement. Change just happens. Life precariously unfolds & we have to be willing to do the heart-work, the hard work of preparing and fulfilling our purpose in the midst of stressors and stress.
We never know when we will be given the opportunity to step into our future.
My session for others became a reminder & full-embodiment of what I need to practice in my own life, daily.
Resilience is accessible to everyone. We ensure our ability to cope when we welcome change, even when it is uncomfortable. Give yourself permission to try and fail and try again. It’s especially hard when we experience chaos. We can bounce back when we make the choice to lead with our purpose. Our attitude and choices are integral to how we move forward, through pain, loss, illness, trauma, abuse, disappointment, fear, hurt, etc.
Begin the heart-work today. Cultivate ways to stay viligant about caring for your own needs and the needs of those you love. Do not procrastinate or say, “I have plenty of time.” Start with a single step and another. Write down one goal today and do it. Never Never Give up!