Ten years ago I woke up in the ICU after our babies were delivered by C-section and my doctors fixed my heart with bypass surgery, wondering whether we had boys or girls — or one of each. Soon after, my wonderful husband, Clay, came to tell me we had girls. Girls!!
I’d really wanted girls! We would have been happy either way to have healthy babies – but GIRLS!!
My first thought was, GIRL SCOUTS!! No kidding, it was, really!
I’d enjoyed scouting as a girl and really looked forward to the opportunity of helping my girls have the same experience.
With the help of some great fellow moms, we have a troop of 25 fourth graders – most of whom have been with us since kindergarten!
Girl Scouts provides a great framework to have conversations about values, character, and integrity. I am very grateful for the opportunity to experience new things with my daughters and the other girls in the troop.
I am also grateful for the opportunity to interact with wonderful women. My co-leaders and other leaders in the area are an amazing group.
Last year, Girl Scouts in our area sold thousands of boxes of cookies, which were delivered to a local warehouse on pallets. The staff who donated the use of the warehouse was concerned we wouldn’t be able to break down the pallets into individual troop orders and get them out the door in one day.
Delivery day began at 8:00 am, a group of leaders converged. By 9:30 the pallets were unloaded and broken into orders. By 2:00 pm, all of the cookies were out the door. It was all done with smiles, good humor, and everyone worked together.
Amazing what a group of capable and cooperative women can do! (To be fair, we did have the help of a couple of great guys too!)
Taking the opportunity to interact with positive people and do things to serve others is a great way to reduce stress and increase the satisfaction with your life. Where do you find those opportunities? Celebrate them – that would be a great anniversary gift!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.