Just want to say, this is how I felt on Friday and still today!

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I try my best to remain focused on helping others each day, but I must confess that this past week has been quite challenging for me. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the incredible circle of medical professionals who have been by my side since the unfortunate incident in 2010 when a semi-truck crashed into me, leaving me with significant injuries. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in my journey towards recovery.

Over the years, I've faced additional hurdles, such as a breast cancer diagnosis and even being struck by lightning (though thankfully, it was an indirect hit). But through it all, I have persevered and continue to do so. Recently, my medical team discovered some issues with my liver functions, leading to a series of tests and ultimately the decision to undergo a liver biopsy.

The day of the biopsy arrived, and I had a conversation with the doctor who thoroughly explained the procedure to me. As a precautionary measure, they started an IV just in case it was needed. The doctor would inject a local numbing medication into the area, and then the biopsy needle would be inserted into my abdomen to obtain the necessary sample. I braced myself for the procedure, mentally prepared to endure some pressure and the sound of a loud clicking as the samples were taken. I was awake for the entire procedure.

Though I did experience some pain, I remained as still as possible during the procedure. The last thing I wanted was to make a wrong move that could lead to any complications. Now, I am anxiously awaiting the results, and I am immensely grateful for the skilled hands that took care of me throughout the entire process. Many people prayed for me, and I firmly believe that divine guidance played a role in our journey.

I share my story with you today because I want you to understand that when you encounter others in your daily life, you might not be aware of the struggles they are facing. So, the next time you find yourself waiting in line, why not engage in conversation with those around you? A simple "Hi, how are you today?" could brighten someone's day and make them feel seen and valued. If you come across well-behaved children, take a moment to praise their parents for doing a great job. Kindness and empathy can go a long way in making the world a better place for all of us.

My friend Janet sent me a message through a card with an additional note on the inside. I told her I was going to share the message with others as we all need to know this as we face the week ahead.

Hold onto this message for each day you face, the storms ahead, and the moments you think you can’t, but you can.

“O Come, All Ye Faithful" (originally written in Latin as "Adeste Fideles") is a Christmas carol that has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), John Reading (1645–1692), King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656), and anonymous Cistercian monks. The earliest printed version is in a book published by Wade.[1][2][3] A manuscript by Wade, dating to 1751, is held by Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Come,_All_Ye_Faithful

The lyrics are at the end of the blog and contain the words that many saw as restoring. The controversy of the song when it appeared in the 1740s, composed by John Francis Wade as Adeste Fideles, helped Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, a Catholic, to the British throne.


As we approach Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we look back to 1914 when the power of the song became extraordinary on these days as 100,000 British, Belgian, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front laid down their arms to join the German soldiers in celebrating Christmas.

Christmas carols were being sung by one side, and then the other side would sing one of their carols. Then as O Come, All Ye Faithful began, everyone sang in their language together . The Germans sang the hymn in Latin words, Adeste Fideles.

In a terrible war, a few brief moments of peace stretched across 400 miles through France and Belgium. The echoes of songs of peace, hope, joy, and love brought blessings to the ears which could hear them. If only we could find in our hearts ways to listen to these messages long before we get to the point of the war, we would have no more.

The troubles of today can make us struggle and doubt. Through our faithfulness, we can find the light in the darkness to hold onto the strength we know we have been blessed with as we celebrate his birth. Gather together and hold onto the promise of understanding the blessings of Christmas.


O Come, All ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O come, o come ye to Bethlehem
O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

I am not sure if anyone is counting, but 20 more days until Christmas! Ho-Ho-Ho or Yo-Ho-Yo-Ho is my favorite holiday! My gift is when others share with me all of the love, hope, and joy they experience during this time. Let me hear some of yours!

“Difficulties come to each of us in waves of storms, bright sunshine, or in rainbows to paint the skies. Each day and every moment, we have the opportunity to respond, react or be reactive. The choice is always ours to make, but also are the consequences.”-Brenda Yoho

Each day is an opportunity with lessons to learn, knowledge to gain, and always to share the gifts you have. Be strong and courageous in all you do, and many blessings will come to a well-served life.

Well, I tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen,
Pour myself a cup of ambition, Yawn and stretch and try to come to life

Jump in the shower, and the blood starts pumping
Out on the street, the traffic starts jumping
With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5
”~Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 released in 1980. This song received a Grammy for the best country song, and she received a Grammy for the best female performance. The song has gone on to produce a movie, musicals, and so much more!

Going to work each day can be redundant. People can feel isolated. So many other issues, and problems come to mind when I think of all of the issues we face today in our work environments. It seems just getting to work; we may be dodging bullets (literally), arrows, and fear to get through or out of the door to begin our work day.

Dodging Bullets

When I write about dodging bullets today, I can mean literally as our world has turned the corner in becoming more violent with the rise of crime. Neighborhoods and cities which were safe are now becoming unsafe. However, it was not my intent to speak about the increased crime but the trauma behind dodging bullets.

Trauma is more than dodging bullets. The phrase, “I dodged a bullet today,” means you escaped a bad situation or something that would cause harm to you. Many individuals around us, or even ourselves, are dodging bullets daily, weekly, or monthly. The circumstances are different for each of us, but the reality is reflected in the environment we all share. Recovering from a global pandemic, higher costs for everything we need, shortages of products, a rise in crime, and the unknowns.

As leaders, we must consider dodging bullets with our staff and arrange a time to address ways to find support solutions.

Arrows

Arrows have sharp points and are shot to have a direct hit at the bullseye. My husband is a great shot! So are those who shoot targeted arrows of negativity at their co-workers. The craft of arrow shooting is spot on when a toxic environment exists within your culture. Individuals have practiced arrow shooting for a long time.

Toxic cultures begin with one. Once they have achieved the arrow shooting with precision with no repercussions, others notice and start to join because of fear. This is when the toxic culture grows, and fear sets in as others remain quiet.

As leaders, we must recognize when these sharp points begin to surface and address them by reminding staff of our core values and beliefs.

Fear

Did you know fear is how people can control you? Fear is an emotion. It is our most powerful emotion and is our defense mechanism. When you are told something over and over, shown something repeatedly and when people you feel are in leadership positions tell you something, fear begins to take hold. Now they have power over you.

Bullying is like this for children. I often tell children and teachers not to give away their power. Power is what everyone seeks. There are lots of steps to take when dealing with bullying, but ultimately it is about placing fear to gain control over you. Children also like to see how far they can go in the classroom to gain more power as well. Why have the power struggle?

We all have fear; it is an emotion to warn us of danger. Fear is a needed emotion but not one we want to get out of control. When our fears overcome us, we have anxiety which can lead to more health-related issues. In the workplace, fear is something we need to address. People should not be fearful.

As leaders, we need to work to help all members of our teams to feel good and safe about being in our workplace environment.

S.O.S

Setting up a System of Support is a great way to help the culture of your work environment address trauma and issues faced.

The system of support will not look the same in every workplace. The framework will be the same, but the elements inside will vary based on the needs and wants of the team. Remember to listen to all voices and pay attention to those dominating conversations; you need all agents.

Framework of S.O.S

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Taking action steps to help teams dodge bullets and arrows from the past and present to avoid fears today and tomorrow will improve our teams. Let’s become bulletproof on our way to conquering fear and overcoming all the arrows shot in our direction. I can’t, you can’t, but we can be the solution daily in a world that needs us!

Have you ever had a time when you were so tired and weak? Do you struggle each day to get up and go, to continue to put on the smile to get your job done? If you have felt that way, then you are not alone.

Many individuals do a great job of masking their feelings. They hide emotions well and can “fake” their way through the day. Practice like this is not healthy for anyone, but it happens daily.

You can make it through the storm you may be in today. There is no time limit set for the storms we have; I will tell you I had one last over three years until I resigned. A new door opens, and your purpose continues. Embrace today’s grace. Refuse to drag the heavy baggage and memories of the past another step. Let go, and let God.

I do not judge others and their actions; it is not for me to make or for you. Instead grab hold of today’s mercy, grace and power offered right now. No matter what comes our way-the fear of days unknown to us with health and finances. Remember this: This is not the end of my story, it is not the worst of it either and there will be more to come. I will face those days with God as my guide, clothed in strength and dignity, and a smile.

If I have not mentioned this before, writing a book is a great deal of work if you want to ensure the message you provide is clear and reaches the right audience to help them. I have had breaks because of health issues, but I have a great editor who keeps me on track. Thanks, Kate!

Blessings and opportunities today!

"I only have 2 rules!"
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