One of the perks of what I do is the many opportunities I have to meet new people and hear their stories. Every once in a while I meet someone that I know I will never forget; someone that creates a shining moment in my life journey.
Last week I met just such a person at a session I was facilitating in Thompson, MB. The session was about customer service and in the morning we spent some time focusing on the benefits of a positive attitude. Dawn, a tiny dynamo who was in the session, indicated that counting her blessings on a daily basis helped her maintain a positive attitude. Later that week, Dawn was in another session I was leading and I had the opportunity to speak with her one-on-one. She shared her story with me and gave me permission to share it with you as well.
Dawn was not always been the positive person she is today. Dawn had made some poor relationship and life decisions when she was younger. She ended up in a small town in British Columbia with her four children, broke, with family far away. They found a place to live in a small, run-down townhouse with no money to afford furniture. Dawn firmly believes that the emotional baggage she was carrying and her negative focus on life were dragging her down. And so she made the conscious decision to shed that baggage and to focus on the things she did have, instead of the things she didn’t have. Dawn decided to start each and every day counting her blessings. She had four children, she had a roof over their heads and she had enough money to put food on the table. Dawn chose to turn her focus from the negative to the positive and she credits that one, difficult, challenging choice to turning her life around. It took some time to go from having to consciously choose to focus on the positive to a natural state of positive energy, but it got easier and easier each day. And the more positive energy she radiated outward, the more positive energy she received in return.
Dawn has done so much with her life since that decision. She has actively worked with her community to create restorative healing and justice programs for at-risk youth; she is working with her son to open a restaurant that not only promises to provide great food and service, but to also support the community in various capacities. Dawn is passionate about caring for the earth and for caring for the people she shares it with. Dawn spreads a message of joy, of abundance, of compassion and of caring. Her positive attitude and take on life is infectious. I consider my life just a bit better because I was given the opportunity to meet her.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach