Sunday, April 9, 2017

Seasonal Lessons From Passover & Easter (and Cherry Trees)

One of the wonderful things about living in the DC beltway region is the onset of spring. Passover and Easter are usually ushered in by the blooming of cherry trees that line the Potomac River, the highways, and the neighborhoods surrounding our capital.

But this year, our beloved cherry trees were hit hard by crazy weather patterns. A heat wave initiated too-early budding and blooming. A severe cold front followed, dumping snow and ice on the delicate blossoms.

I have two cherry trees that sit on either side of my driveway and I eagerly await their bloom each year. This year, my beautiful trees were covered in brown, withered petals. I almost felt ill when I saw them and worried that my trees might be permanently damaged. 

I did the only thing I could do -- I left town for a week because I just couldn't bear to see my beautiful trees so decimated. 

But then I returned. 
And, miraculously, so had some blooms on my cherry trees!

Though the blooms were not as profuse as previous years, they were still beautiful. They reminded me of something important:

Never write something off because it has been hurt or damaged.
This is particularly true of people.

We all possess an underlying strength to conquer harsh circumstances and the winter storms of life only serve to help us tap into that hidden reserve of fortitude. We are made to miraculously overcome!

(At SOWW we get to observe inner resilience up close and at work in the Willing Warriors that we serve. They are our daily reminders of the power of the human spirit!)

Perhaps you have just weathered some difficult circumstances in your own life and things are looking pretty grim. As we enter into this sacred season of Passover & Easter, I would like to encourage you and challenge you to: 

Think on the Passover story;
Meditate on Easter;
Observe the Cherry Trees . . .

They all illustrate the story of Overcoming
of Victory in the face of death
of New Beginnings.

These stories are your stories too.

Wishing you a beautiful Passover & Easter A Year Filled with Renewed Strength and Vigor Good Things Blossoming!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017: Feel the love!

Who among us wouldn't rather receive a gift of warm, homemade cookies over a box of store-bought ones?  

There's just something about a handmade gift that says, 

"You are special; 
You are loved; 
You deserve my time and attention."

That's why we give a handmade quilt to every warrior family that stays at The Warrior Retreat at Bull Run. It is a warm reminder of SOWW'S "Home Away From Home" that they can take with them once their stay is over.

We have seen firsthand what these quilts have meant to our Warriors 
and the strong emotions that they have evoked.

This Valentine's Day, we wanted to say a big 
to the incredible quilters who donate their time, talent, and awesome quilts to the Willing Warriors + Their Families during their stays at The Warrior Retreat at Bull Run.

Your gifts are "love made tangible".
Everyone at Serve Our Willing Warriors salutes you 
for providing such a thoughtful way for our Warriors to 
"Feel the Love"!

A Valentine's Day Thought:

Life is less a Quest than a Quilt.
We find Meaning, Love and Prosperity through the Process of
Stitching Together our Bold Attempts 
to Help Others Find Their Own Way in Their Lives.

~ Keith Ferrazzi: Author     

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Simple Thought for a Happy 2017!

I like to plant good thoughts in my head; especially at the start of a new year.

I had been looking for an inspirational saying for 2017 and began digging through all my usual sources for finding great quotes -- you know the kind -- the great words that have been uttered or written by world leaders and iconic, historic figures.

I read through lots of incredible things said by renowned people.
But the words that really spoke to me the most at the close of 2016
came from a place I did not expect. 

As I relaxed during New Year's Eve, I was reading the premier issue of a new magazine; 

In the pages of this lovely new magazine the editor, Joanna Gaines, expressed a simple, yet difficult-to-master, truism that we often forget to apply on a daily basis.

Here are those wise words.

Look too far 
Ahead or behind,  
and We risk missing 
the JOY 
Intended for Here and Now.

There's a Certain Richness in 
that May never be Around Again. 

 . . . I Continue to Move My HEART toward 
Contentedness and Gratitude 
for What THIS Day and Time Hold. ~

~ Joanna Gaines ~

We Hope You
Embrace the Blessings of 
Every Day in 2017

From All of Us
Serve Our Willing Warriors