What Really Matters
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice.” Bob Marley
The holidays are upon us and we give thanks for our blessings. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have our share of potholes along the way, but we learn not to focus on them.
Some are small and some not so small, and some catastrophic. Those potholes are there to remind us of what is really important.
On Thanksgiving, like many families, we have a ritual of expressing what we are grateful for, rather than being obsessed with what we don’t have or what went wrong. Yes, their still is struggle, which is part of the game; how we navigate this struggle determines our ability to flow with what is. Sometimes it isn’t pretty.
The power of Love helps us through these challenging times. It can come from unexpected sources when we are open to it.
I am currently seeing it demonstrated in the community of Paradise, which has been ravished by the recent tragic fires. Many lives have been lost and tragically altered. The BBS Radio Network, which I have been fortunate to be part of these last three years, is located up there. It is operated by Doug and Don Newsom, twin brothers who live there with their family. With hearts of gold they have helped get the Inspire Possiblity Show and other similar shows heard on most major podcasts. I feel privileged to know them and to be able to guide them in any way I can through this challenging process of recovery.
The raging fire didn’t give them time to think about much except grabbing everyone in the family and trying to make it to safety, which they did. In shock, devastated and confused they caught their breath. All of their possessions, including family memories passed on to them by prior generations were lost.They had no place to live and their successful network of transformative radio hosts would be on hold until they got on their feet again.
Doug and Don and family, even with all of the uncertainty in their lives, were some of the lucky ones. They were alive. Over 88 people have lost their lives and many others are unaccounted for. Many are homeless. FEMA and the insurance companies are doing their best to come up with temporary solutions but they are overwhelmed by the extent of the loss.
In the midst of loss and devastation, it is the power of love that gives people hope and comfort and the will to move forward.
I have always I have always believed that in a time of crisis, there are angels in our midst. Sam Hasson, of LA Talk radio, in some ways a competitor, began a GoFundMe campaign on their behalf. They are close to reaching their goal of $30,000.
Over 300 people have reached out to them.
Their situation has given me perspective. When I think about what upsets or disappoints me, I temper it with what’s going on up there in Paradise and am grateful to help in anyway I can.
Being generous of spirit goes a long way. Yesterday, Doug and Don shared with me that Don’s daughter Kayleigh, who is a student at the local high school in Paradise, was interviewed by the local paper. The interview was reprinted by a San Diego paper. As it turns out, Bob Wilson, a philanthropist in San Diego read the article and donated $1000 to all 980 high school students and to each staff and faculty member, including bus drivers and janitors. In all his donations were over a million dollars.
I know that the Newsom family will rise from the ashes and soon be on their feet again, reaching millions on their network with inspiring messages of love and hope. In fact i’ve just been informed that the network will be up and running again in a few days.
Each of us, with our unique gifts and talents, make a difference in peoples lives even if we don’t know it. Reach out and share your love with others. You’ll be amazed at how you make a difference in their lives.
You know I love to hear from you. Feel free to share these messages with those in your circle. Until then,
Embrace this Great Mystery, this Great Adventure, called, “Life,”
Mark Susnow is a life coach and strategist and thought-leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. A former trial attorney for 25 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation.
If you are curious to find out how Mark can make a difference in your life both personally and professionally, you are invited to contact him at 415.453.5016 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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