The Amazings

Recently I had dinner with two phenomenal women – amazing women actually. Each exceptionally accomplished. Yet firmly grounded in the reality of living – the good, the bad, the important, the yucky, and all matters of chaos, messiness and muddlings that get mixed throughout the living.

What was wonderfully striking about our dinner was the absence of chit-chat. We immediately engaged in the sincere discussion of living lives. The values we bring to the living. How those values challenge and enlighten the living. Where we find support for living our values. The values that matter and how we go after more of those values.

1484324430_7581e20f50_nAs we said our good byes, I was reminded of author Sophfronia Scott’s quote, “Build your ark before the storm hits.”

Yes, absolutely build your ark before the storm hits. And absolutely, positively stuff it to overflowing with Amazings.

Amazings who honor and value you. Amazings who care about perfectly, perfect you with all of your glaring imperfections and foibles. Amazings who stand arm-in-arm with you on your ark or around a dinner table.

Who are your Amazings on your ark?

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That moment when you’re on the dais making the presentation you’ve passionately created and practiced for hours, days and months.

That moment when you realize the presentation is going horribly wrong.

FullSizeRender-60That moment when your inner mean girl takes over confirming the presentation is an exquisite disaster.

That moment when everything around you devolves into slow-motion including the hijacking of your voice by the Charlie Brown teacher.

That moment when all you worked for and hoped for is finally—thankfully—over.

The next moments and days are full of regret, embarrassment, disappointment and sadness. Feelings not readily shaken. Luxuriating in a hobbit existence.

Eventually you tire of the suffocating weight of the feelings. You step through the door of your hobbit hole into your own perfectly, perfect radiant light – recognizing the horse grazing in the field with the empty saddle – she’s waiting for you.

That moment.