December is always a time of reflection for me. Therefore, to gather my thoughts and reflect on what I learned over the past year, I decided to go for a walk in the forest. On my walk, I found a very tall tree and decided to stop and think. As a nature lover, whenever I see a tall tree, I term “growth” comes to mind. Growth of any kind is a process, whether it be individually or collectively.
The one tree I was admiring was connected through the roots to another tree. (c) Arianna’s Random Thoughts
Suddenly, Henry David Thoreau’s passage came to mind, “It’s not what you look at it that matters; it’s what you see.” On prior walks, I have admired the height of the trees; but on this walk, I was focused on the base of the tree. Many of us often think of the tree standing tall and supporting itself all alone, yet the support of the roots may be forgotten or unnoticed by onlookers. My focus on the base of the tree and the presence of the supportive root system on my walk reminded me of how grateful I am throughout my life to have an amazing network of people who support and care for me.
So often in life we can become so focused in strengthening ourselves that we neglect to nurture a strong network. Having a supportive root system will help us stand tall! Thank you, tall tree, for helping me see the importance of strong roots. I am grateful for your presence on my walk.
** Starting tomorrow I will post daily up until Christmas one thing that I am grateful for in my life! I’m excited to share
As I said in my last post, conversations change lives. For me, one of those conversations was seeing Mo Isom being interviewed on Ellen. Mo’s story really inspired me and I had to reach out and connect with her. I’m so excited that today, Mo Isom, is “Speaking From the Heart” and sharing her experiences with all of us.
At just 23, Mo Isom is recognized as a powerful, fearless female voice rising up for her generation. Her unique personal story and athletic endeavors have provided her with a platform to inspire, empower and encourage others to live boldly, despite their circumstances. Having faced great personal tragedy—including battling an eating disorder, overcoming the suicide of her father, and surviving a horrific car accident—Mo is passionate about speaking on a wide variety of topics and is able to connect with men and women of all ages and demographics. Read her interview below.
(c) Mo Isom
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Is there a common word that keeps appearing in your conversations recently? I find that when I’m being taught something important, the message is usually repeated in different situations throughout my life. That way, I’ll pay attention – even if I don’t want to!
When talking to people over the past few months, many have independently mentioned how years ago I was “floundering” in terms of transitioning from recent graduate to established professional; now, they love how I have found my balance. Each has used that exact word, floundering, which means: “to make clumsy attempts to move or regain one’s balance” (thefreedictionary.com). The reason the word was used was because I took a different route than what they were used to so they thought I was off course. However, I never thought I was “floundering,” I used the term exploring instead. I knew exactly where I was going and working hard to get there.
Have you felt like you were “floundering” after graduating? (c) Arianna’s Random Thoughts
Looking back now that I have moved beyond the choppy waters of being a recent university graduate, I know what kept me moving forward: conversations. When you graduate you are encouraged to “go make it on your own.” However, hearing the stories of others who made it through the transition from new graduate to established professional and the lessons they learned along the way provided me with encouragement and support to persevere. Their words helped me regain my balance and stand tall. I now speak from the heart and share my story to provide others in the same boat with a lifeline of support, hope, and love.
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