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Week 23 – Hope: Out of dire straits, good can come


I had a beautiful conversation with Robert Holden, author of the new book, “Be Happy: Release the Power of Happiness in You,” during last week’s special telegathering.  I even had the opportunity to benefit from his wisdom by allowing him to coach me through a process that he uses with clients to help them better understand the meaning of happiness in their own lives.  It was eye-opening and very helpful.  You can listen to it here and on itunes podcasts under “Change Your Life with Cheryl Richardson.”  Thanks Robert!

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Have a wonderful week!



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Topic of the Week


I’ve just returned from the “Celebrate Your Life” conference last night and it was wonderful to meet so many of you in person.  Rather than write the newsletter, when I came home, I opted to practice what I teach and spend time with Michael and Poupon.  This morning, as I head into the office to get caught up, I wanted to share a special story with you.

A month ago, Michael and I had thirty trees planted in our yard.  As soon as they were in the ground, birds began to build nests.  I was so excited to find a robin’s nest in the pine tree behind the barn, an oriole’s nest in the Norway spruce at the bend in the driveway, and a tiny wren’s nest in the juniper tree by our front door.  Every day, as I left or entered the house, I would carefully peek into the wren’s nest to see how things were progressing.  I couldn’t wait to hear the chirping of new babies once the eggs were hatched.

Much to my dismay, however, one afternoon when returning home from a meeting, I found a tiny baby lying on the ground with two eggs at its side – one broken, one not.  Shocked, I gently moved a branch aside only to find another baby bird, alive, and hanging by its claw from the nest.

I stood by the tree on the verge of tears, so disappointed and concerned about what to do.  I’d always heard that you should never touch a bird or its nest for fear that the mother would abandon her babies.  But, knowing that I couldn’t just leave the scene like that, I rushed into the house, found a pair of latex gloves, and went back to at least give the baby birds a respectable end to their lives.

I oh-so-gently unhooked the baby from the nest and placed it inside.  Then I picked up the unbroken egg and set it next to the baby.  When I reached down to pick the other baby up off the ground to bury it, I discovered that it, too, was alive.   So I carefully placed it into the nest next to its sibling.  Then, I went into the house to tell Michael what happened.  I assumed that the birds would at least die together huddled in their nest.

The next morning I braced myself as I left for a meeting.  I prayed that the mother would come back, but I assumed the babies would have died overnight alone in the nest.  Sure enough, when I looked inside, there was no mom to be found, however, I could see a tiny heartbeat.  Feeling frustrated and so sad, I left for the day.

When I returned home, much to my astonishment, I found the mother wren sitting on top of her babies!  I stood there, mouth open, stunned by the sight.  I stared into the little mother’s eyes, feeling such joy.  I thanked her for coming back and ran into the house to share the good news with Michael.

This morning, I was a bit nervous to check in on them to see what may have happened while I was gone.  But, I’m happy to report that there are three babies in the nest!  Yes, even the little egg hatched.  The babies are covered with feathers and look like they’re almost ready to open their eyes to the world.

Finding these beautiful, little beings alive and well makes me so happy and fills me with hope that even out of the most dire circumstances, good can come.  I hope it gives you a lift, too, as head into your week.

Take Action Challenge

Look for the hope in your life – a sign that something is still alive, a chance to set things straight, or the opportunity to see the good in what appears to be a heartless situation.

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