Thanks to Shauna for scanning the photo & pointing out I’m holding a Coke can.
My friend Sue would have turned 56 today.
She passed away four months ago only two months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The picture above was taken at her 50th birthday party.
A surprise party I helped plan (knowing my ‘gifts’ as you all do Im sure you can imagine my piece of the ‘planning’ was nodding in vigorous assent at the ideas party-planning types generated) and which even at the time seemed a fantastically, perfectly over-the-top celebration of my friend’s 50 years.
Ive spent lots of time lately pondering how I could honor Sue today & feeling grateful her family chose to honor her that day and *daily* while she was here with us.
Sue was passionate about helping others.
She was instrumental in both helping me discover my voice and celebrating with me all the small successes along the way.
Sue ‘got’ me.
(I recall one time a woman I did not know commented to a woman I did how Sue & I made a motley crue. That phrasing still inexplicably makes me giggle.)
I feel the loss of her daily and most acutely on days when Ive a small step to celebrate.
No matter how diminutive.
Sue’s mantra & life-mission was reminding people that every step matters™.
Every movement toward achieving our goals is a step that needs to be both recognized and celebrated.
Big or seemingly small.
So that’s how Ive decided to celebrate my friend today & I demand lovingly ask that you join me.
A two-fold assignment request if you will:
- Take a moment today to STOP, reflect, identify a recent success and *celebrate* you. No matter how seemingly insignificant MAKE the time to recognize a step you’ve taken toward creating the life you desire.
- Find the time today to remind someone else of their successes. Email, call, tweet, blog-comment, visit a friend & let him/her know one way you’ve noticed she’s been successful lately. It may seem silly (hell it may even feel incredibly awkward) but I guarantee you’ll make her day & perhaps, as Sue did for me, propel her onward toward continued success.
And that’s where I leave you on this reflective Friday.
No questions to spark your comments.
No please to hit us all up below.
Just two simple requests & an urging to git on your way.
I know Im preaching to the proverbial choir here but life is short, People.
Today truly is a gift and indeed why it’s called the present.