So often, we seek explanations for when things don't go our way, but also, when things do, are explanations as important? Or, can we just say "Who Hoo, and Thank You!"
I was inspired by an unanticipated delightful surprise from YOU, my own listeners and subscribers who almost overnight last week, qualified my "following" numbers to be considered for IHeartRadio, a huge music and podcast platform. That was fantastic! Also, another wonderful surprise, half of you listening are men! I love it! You gentlemen are clearly evolved because you know that understanding a female's perspective will only enhance your life and love:)
We also spoke about surprises that happen, which are not delightful, but rather awful, scary, even tragic. I shared my personal story of our shock that happened after I had just given birth to our second daughter Aura, To our alarm, she was rushed to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for life-saving treatment and all we could do as parents was wait and pray. Out of that experience, I was asked by the medical staff to write a children's picture book that included education, resources, and supportive family exercises to enhance communication during this time of uncertainty for baby and family. Waiting For Emma: A Brother's Story (For Siblings and Families with Babies in the NICU) was created and this now multi-award winning and Amazon #1 best selling book is here to help even more families then before. I didn't know it at the time, but that was the "golden nugget" resulting from that unpredicted and scary experience. My beautiful, gregarious, daughter Aura is now five and this was just a minor blimp on our family timeline. Nevertheless, it was still life-changing.