Nov 22, 2012

Our Next Leg - Week 23

<p>Happy Thanksgiving folks! Regardless of your thoughts about this holiday, I'm a person who enjoys this day. It's the one day of the year that's&#160; been designated as a day of gratitude. It's a day where we can get together with family and friends and enjoy each other's company - and let's not forget the food! Lol It's the day of the year you can make phone calls to those you don't get to speak to as often as you'd like, stop by someone's house unannounced without shame, and a day to socialize the old fashioned way: in person.&#160; In my book, that's a great idea.&#160; So happy turkey everyone!</p>
<p>As difficult as this year has been, I'm thankful for so much. I'm thankful for my faith in miracles and the generosity and goodness of people that has been restored since Dylan's hospitalization. I'm thankful for the nights that I fall asleep without anxiety and sleep peacefully through the night. I'm thankful to have family and friends that I can rely on and thankful for the silence of solitude when I'm blessed with it. I'm thankful for impromptu meetings with old friends and for making each of the scheduled calls and meetings on my calendar. I'm thankful for my determination to fulfill&#160; my dreams and in doing so establishing Dylan's legacy on her behalf.</p>
<p>I'm thankful for being blessed with a brain that crafts ideas that not only will provide me with economic freedom but also provide economic freedom to others as well. I am thankful to have the support of a great team of colleagues - some I've known for years and others that it just feels like that - to assist me in accomplishing my business goals. I'm thankful for the experience of knowing those who I should not be doing business with - even if the lessons had to be learned painfully. I'm thankful that I possess the burning desire to be a successful businesswoman that puts as much emphasis on morality and social responsibility as on the bottom line.</p>
<p>And, of course, most of all I'm thankful to be blessed with the ability to see Dylan's beautifully angelic face. Last week I was tasked with having to relive the events of Mother's Day evening and in prepping for the hearing with the city's attorneys I realized that Dylan was without oxygen for at least 20 minutes. Twenty minutes!!!!! It's truly a miracle that she's here. The ER doctor who worked on her for over 10 minutes to get her heart beating again and keep it going told me they never work on someone who arrives DOA for that long. He'd actually gone outside the normal window for resuscitation and said he "wasn't sure why but felt like it was the right thing to do".&nbsp; I know that God heard my prayers that night. And I'm thankful that He answered them by allowing her to stay here with us. It's been a very difficult journey but nonetheless I'm thankful for it. Each day I'm blessed with the realization of life's blessings, it's wonders and lessons in every moment and am left in awe of Our Creator. I mean, think about it! This existence was created specifically for this purpose. We in our haste and short-sightedness sometimes don't realize the gift that's been given to us. But then that's the true beauty of its design. Because some of us live unconsciously, that allows those of us living consciously to experience the gift. And we can experience it for as long as we want or choose to. Whether it be a moment, an hour, a day, a week or for the rest of our lives, we can experience the wonders of life as needed. It is truly beautiful. And although I knew this on a subconscious level, I lacked the discipline to live my life consciously on a consistent basis. This leg of Dylan's journey has brought me to a place where I sit in consciousness more often than not. How can I not be thankful for that?!
So as I head back to Brooklyn after my visit with Dylan today, I'm full of hope, strength, resolve and love. A love for life in general but for my life specifically.
Happy Thanksgiving y'all! Enjoy today but more importantly, enjoy life.....each and every moment of it!
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