Tuesday, July 17, 2012

'A heart full of happiness'

Two days ago I helped a friend celebrate her 60th birthday. The surprise party was organized by her family and included a mix of family and friends. Even in the wilting heat, we all had so much fun: so many laughs and even a few tears.

Among the things I love about Eileen are her infectious enthusiasm, joie de vivre and resilience. Like most everyone, she has experienced many setbacks and lots of pain and disappointment in her life. But she keeps on keeping on. And not just as a survivor. She does so as a sparkling participant in life. She takes seriously the saying, Live until you die.

Eileen is the type of person we all want to be around. Does that mean she never gets down? No. But it means that she works through her disappointments and grief and climbs right back on life's roller coaster for the next part of the wild ride! She is an inspiration to me and to many others.  Eileen bears out something author Joan Chittister says, "What we bring to life is what we get out of life.... Bring an open heart, get a heart full of happiness."

What do you bring to life these days? Want to ratchet up your happiness quotient? I'd love to help if you need a little coaching around that. Please contact me today, and we'll set up a no-obligation, complimentary strategy session.

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