In order to exercise a character strength and inspire listeners to do the same, here are some of the moments that left me awe inspired this week! Please share one of yours at #InAWEtoRISE.
- During a stressful and busy time of year, my husband inspired me when he surprised me by saying how much he was going to miss his students. After seventeen years, and knowing he was talking about students who would return in the fall, not seniors, I did not expect this from him. What a great reminder that even in the midst of stress, we can still find the joy and remember our purpose!
- Both my daughter’s teachers inspired awe in me on the final day when one came home with a water bottle and her name on it and the other with a blank stationary note addressed to her teacher’s home. Each of these examples shows an extra level of love for our children, and I am in awe of them each doing something for my children that was not necessary but so much appreciated!
- While I was thinking about one of my acquaintances and the gift she is to the world in her message, she was messaging me about how she had an interaction the she believed was s sign that she needed to contact me! So fun when the timing goes like this in our lives.
- I received a text last weekend from a former colleague asking me to help a former student by driving the individual to a bus stop over an hour away. Though I needed to focus on my manuscript, I knew that helping this person was important. Honestly, my awe inspired moment is that the student reached out to that person who then allowed me the opportunity to serve in that way. What a privilege to be able to serve someone whose life has been touched with incredible trauma and challenge and show the individual that love comes in all forms. I am in awe of this individual’s perseverance through continued struggle.
- While waiting in line for my sister to get 12 more tickets for family to attend her daughter’s graduation ceremony, I struck up a conversation with two teens who were in line to each get one ticket to be present to celebrate their friends. First, I was in awe of their hearts to do that (Waiting in line for an hour seems more likely to hinder friends than welcome them.) but I was awe struck by what they did for me at the window. When they learned that you could only get four tickets, each of them asked for the maximum, giving me six more tickets! Whoever says teenagers think of nobody but themselves are simply not talking to the right teens. Wow. If you are curious, my daughters got the remaining two tickets because sometimes their heart for helping others overpowers any fear they feel to do something new. And that inspires me too.
Finally, beauty in the world like this: