From Our Founders
It took 9 months from conception to delivery for the birth of our 2023 Signature Experience. Sound familiar? It was truly a labor of love and worth every: pain, cramp, conversation, hour of lost sleep, follow-up appointment, and late-night or early-morning phone call. Yes, on April 23rd our phenomenal event was delivered! It brought us such joy to see how excited more than 700 guests were to learn more about Lotus Network and have the incredible opportunity to experience a morning of connection filled with meaning and inspiration.
Can we let you in on a little secret? While those in attendance were all dreaming big and stirring the pot of hope at our Signature Experience the two of us were doing our best to stay in the moment. For you see, we were both dealing with personal issues. We are sure some of you were as well.
There is an old proverb, “Man Plans, G-d Laughs”. As many of you know, we, L and L are known as planners. However, we have learned that no matter how much planning is done, the road of life can be unpredictable. Thankfully, our Signature Experience was a huge success, and everything went off like clockwork. However, at the same time, we were holding opposites and dealing with unforeseen health detours of loved ones.
As we all know experiencing joy while also feeling concerned for a loved one facing health issues can be challenging. We’ve all been told to ride the waves and roll with the punches. However, we have come to the conclusion that our minds dislike uncertainty and the two of us have not perfected the skill of being willing to not know how things are going to end up. It’s stressful and can make compartmentalization difficult.
So to aid us in finding moments of lightness and maintaining our own well-being, (so we, in turn, can provide much-needed support to our loved ones) we decided to open our toolboxes and pull out a powerful tool, called humor. We found this extremely valuable for our emotional balance, coping skills, and of course, much-needed stress relief. It has enabled us to hold the tension and anxiety gracefully and not be consumed with worry. To be honest it feels so good to laugh and get those endorphins flowing!!
It is a fact that humor can offer a broader perspective on the situation. Keeping that in mind… our next Timely Topic’s title is “It’s Never Too Late to Learn that Talking About Death Won’t Kill You”. We have a feeling you too are smiling now. The incomparable Jamie Sarche will share insights on addressing sensitive issues about death and dying. Register HERE and join us on June 8th at noon.
If you are up for an easy two-mile walk, please join us on June 3rd at noon for another Stepping Out adventure. This tour will take place in Denver’s oldest neighborhood, LoDo. It will be an opportunity to make new connections, laugh, and learn how this area went from a dying mining town to one of the hippest cities in the country. Register HERE.
There are two Conversation Salons on the calendar this coming month. These gatherings are always so enlightening and fun! So, if you have some free time and want to be a part of a circle of women who come together in a safe place where the conversation flows in a very authentic way then register HERE for our North gathering and HERE for the South gathering.
There is a time and place for humor always keeping in mind the specific circumstances. On a more serious note, we want to bring your attention to our June Lotus Lady, Vivian Delgado of the Yaqui/Tiwa nation. We are so fortunate that this spiritual, intellectual, and inspiring woman gave us the privilege of telling her story. Please take a moment and click HERE to read how Vivian, who comes from a direct line of enslavement and captivity, blazed her own accomplished trail.
It’s true that best-laid plans can be upended by unexpected changes. Our wish for each of you is to allow yourself time to step back from the immediate concerns you are facing and see the bigger picture. Find moments of levity that will remind you that life is multifaceted and that both joy and challenges can coexist.
Until the universe throws us another curveball…
Lisa and Leslie
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