I was in Bamako,Mali. We were there to teach a number of courses to include the Rule of Law and Human Rights. I had decided that during my opening remarks, I would not review the courses that we were teaching; instead I would speak of our partnership and how we could learn from each other. I asked the audience of soldiers, what it would be like if their country was the source of overflowing love for world. I then asked, “What would be possible if each Malian citizen was loved, nurtured and valued and if Mali was called upon by other countries to teach them how to build thriving communities?
It was dead silence when I finished and then they begin to clap and stand. That was the beginning of a great week , because now they could see the courses as a pathway to being a country that showed the world how to love.
That is when I confirmed for myself that people are people. That no matter where they are located physically, people want their families , communities and countries to thrive and they want it to matter that they lived.
On Memorial Day, we remember those who have made a big difference in our lives and we celebrate those who serve this great country. Our military service members are the reason this country thrives. Our beloved family members are the reason that we thrive.
As you remember your loved ones that have died and yet profoundly impacted your life, take a moment to think about how you will be remembered. What will your family remember about your contributions to their lives and the community? What will they say was your reason for living?
Happy safe Memorial Day.
Which one suits you? Our fabric choices are meant to inspire and enliven you. No only should your purse be beautiful – it should be uplifting. Are you a bright or subtle kinda gal?
‘Sometimes we allow things to happen to us INSTEAD of causing what we want in our life”.
When you look at these two fabrics which one calls you to take action on the things you want in your life?
Does the yellow fabric remind you of your kinder, gentler side or the feel of the warm sunshine on your face? Does the blue remind you of “sugar and spice” or the elegance of a fashionista?
Which one calls to you? Choose.
I love saying this to the people in my life — and to my favorite fabrics! (:
For you, which fabric below is easy to love? What words of inspiration would you add? Express yourself!
Several Sundays ago, I was in Danita and Don’s home with 15 other friends discussing the response to this question; who do you say I am? The responses were amazing! People were generous and great as they told each person how they make a difference: some people were love in the community; some were tagged for always finding a way to help people, some were pure energy and joy and others were peace into the midst of a storm.
When it was my turn, people told me that I was walking love, power and grace, passion for people, and the space where anything is possible. While my committment is that people live lives that they love, I wasn’t sure how this was perceived by others. Now, I know. I worked hard not to ruin their gift to me (the acknowledgment) by bringing up all of my imperfections and failures.
After all acknowledgments were complete, people were visibly moved to tears as they discussed how they would use their gift to make their families and communities better. It was clear that the people in the room wanted other people to benefit from their gifts.
Melinda, the discussion leader, bought up WHO?Bags and explained how the Bags tell the world who you are and how you make difference (I should hire her!). Before I knew it people were taking their responses to ”who do you say I am” and matching them to fabric! It was an amazing experience as people found fabric that expressed the essence of their gift to the world and created an expression that inspired them. I was moved and touched by people’s desire to be known and their created expressions of who they say they are. My friends were touched to be acknowledged in such an authentic and simply way.
Be brave, ask someone you trust this question: who do you say I am? This is not an opportunity for them to dump on you or try to “fix you”. This is their opportunity to be generous and tell you how you make difference for them. Listen with your heart as they tell you. Own it — even if you don’t see it (sometimes we don’t believe the good things others day about us). Walk in that expression.