Only a few nights ago, I was invited to fill in at the next Momondays event here in London, Ontario. As soon as I received the message, I immediately wrote back, “YES!! Thank you, that’s amazing!” A wise woman I know had recently been speaking at an event and had said that we need to be watching out for opportunities and jump on them when they come. (Right Paula Morand?) This, in my world, had OPPORTUNITY written all over it and I did not waste a moment, even though I had no idea what I would talk about.
You see, I had only sent my application to be a speaker a few days before and had never expected to be invited so quickly. At that moment, I had a vague idea what my topic would be. It had come to me as I drove home from the last event as I’d been very inspired by the stories and one of them in particular had really hit a chord with me. I’ve been writing and speaking for the last several months about the transformation that’s been happening in my world since we lost my sister two years ago and I know that people are really responding to that story so I decided to keep with that theme.
A few minutes after responding to Victoria’s message, she wrote back that there was an agreement I needed to fill out as soon as possible and submit. They had been holding the advertising and needed that back so they could start promoting. So I clicked on the link and started to fill out the forms. For just a moment, it was a bit overwhelming. What would I say? How would I say it? But then I started to really follow the format and before I knew it, the words were flowing. In fact, they were flowing to such a degree that I decided to start writing when I finished and before I went to bed that night, I had composed almost 5000 words toward what I believe will be my book “Finding My Funny – How Tragedy Helped me Learn to Laugh Again”.
Facebook has become such an amazing tool for business. Many of the people I know use that forum to promote their businesses. For me, it gives me an opportunity to build relationships with people I may not otherwise have the chance to interact with, to get to know them, and to allow them to know me in a more personal way. I use it most often to share something amazing or funny and to offer support and encouragement where I can.
On Saturday, Victoria posted an ad announcing me as one of their featured speakers and my breath caught in my throat. I saw my picture and my story, and tears of gratitude and joy came to my eyes. My story starts with a woman who didn’t think anyone cared to hear what she had to say. Who believed that her thoughts, feelings, and opinions were of no interest to almost anyone so she didn’t bother sharing. Now, after all of the work I had done to heal and move past the things that had caused me to feel unimportant, unworthy, and of little value, there – right in front of my eyes – was a picture of me on an ad that said I had something to say that’s worth listening to. And the best part is that I now know it to be true! Those tears were a celebration of having taken every step and every action that was necessary to lead me to this place.
As often happens, I found the most amazing post the night before the big announcement was made. It’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson and it says, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” What is it that you, and only you, have within you that is waiting to come forward? If you don’t yet know what it is my friend, I encourage you to challenge yourself until you do. And when you know it, share it with the world. After all, you’re the only one who can do what you were born to do in exactly the way you do it. How lucky are we that you’re here?
See you on Monday, September 15th at the Momondays London event!