“It makes me happy to make people smile.” That is the last sentence on the Designer Beads by Jess Etsy page that I scrolled through after meeting with Jessica Reed and her mom, Patty. If you read the post about No Label At The Table and watched the video, you already have met this “little angel” as her mom Patty calls her. Patty and I started corresponding after she read my last post that included pictures of her daughter. I do not know what compelled us to want to meet. Curiosity, maybe? Now I have two more remarkable friends to add to my collection.
It was just a coincidence that it was Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the cold, snowy afternoon that I met Shelly Henley at a local Starbucks. A coincidence, but it was so fitting because she has a dream. Employment opportunities for people who have the following character traits is Shelly’s dream.
On a bell curve my life used to be about average. My math ability would be slightly below, verbal ability slightly above, but most everything else about me and all of my experiences would be considered right at average on a bell curve. For years, I would say that I had many reasons to smile. Life was smiling at me. That is until I faced my 49th birthday. Then the world I knew shifted on me, and I found myself having experiences that were considered statistically rare. Oh, how I sometimes long for the top of that bell curve again.
It is a Christmas present that I requested because I thought it was a calendar with inspirational sayings all through it. Then, I broke the seal and actually looked inside. The purpose of this “Life Planner” is to help with action steps for achieving goals for 2018. Lose a little weight -- now I have no choice. Ugh! It’s not what I expected. At first glance, it looked overwhelming. Then the more I flipped through the pages, I started to get excited. The inspirational quotes gave me enough motivation to start filling the dang thing out. My favorite page so far has a quote about action.