Spent a couple hours today with four of my favorite females on the planet. These fierce females include an infant, a teen and two dynamic women years younger than me. The common thread is each inspires me to push through doubt, fatigue and procrastination to pursue my dreams as a novelist and screenwriter.
Baby Zora has no idea of who I am or her role in my life. But this gorgeous gift to the world is a constant reminder that time waits for no one. If I want her to read my book one day, well…I better finish it. Her mother, Maya, is one of the smartest and talented (and humble!) young women I know. She has coached me on a business and personal level with grace and expertise. She knows what few do: What I crave in my heart. The advice from this extraordinary go-getter plays like a loop in my head.
Syd is a teen I have known since she was born. Her spunk for life, graciousness under fire and overall zeal for life makes me smile every time I see or think about her. Syd’s mom, Stacy, is the kind of friend that stays up with you until 1:15 a.m. on a work night because you need her help. Focused, friendly and just all around fantastic, I treasure Stacy. Many others do, too. Stacy lives each day with charm and purpose. How awesome is that? Just knowing her makes me strive to do and be my best.
The older I get, the more I realize the necessity of reconnecting with those who “get you” and champion your happiness. Too often, we are surrounded by people playing head games, engaging in power plays and other unpleasantness.
This weekend had a theme: positive people.
On Saturday morning I got a heaping dose of sunshine on a gray winter day by serving as a judge for the 22nd Annual Oratorical Contest for Richmond Public Schools, which was presented by The Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
To be surrounded by students and adults who love the written word is my kind of crowd. We all climbed out of bed early on a Saturday to hear students of all ages move us. New this year were smart touches like awarding every participant a medal and certificate (even judges on the latter). One self-assured third-grader, when asked why she participated, said: “To share my talent.” I can’t say it any better.
This event just gets richer every year!
So, here’s hoping my recap of a weekend that was soul renewing will inspire you to seek out positive people and activities as often as possible. Happiness can be contagious if we spread it around!
Until next time, warm wishes.