An Unplanned Recharge!

by Skip Cohen ​Two weeks ago I arrived at IUSA. The anticipation of catching up to old friends and associates and making new friends bordered on overwhelming. I was that stereotypical little kid on Christmas morning. IUSA, although slower than anticipated attendance-wise, was no disappointment. It was a great trip and just what I needed to recharge my "battery," add a few new projects, and set the stage for the new year. I didn't anticipate that two days after getting home, COVID would knock on our front door. And a week after that, Sheila picked it up. But overall, there was more good news than bad. First, to date it's been no more than a bad cold. Second, it was relatively fast-moving. ​Third, and this was the best part - the lack of energy was perfect to simply rest and follow the doctor's orders to take it easy. That gave me plenty of time to ponder - create a couple of fun new projects and get closer to figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Although our routine of reading something motivational slowed down a little, today's was perfect! Author Cyndie Spiegel hit a home run this morning.​ THE WORLD DOESN'T NEED MORE SAMENESS Say what you feel. Wear what you want. Do what you please. Believe what you believe. Have your opinion. ​ Graciously hear the opinions of others, but do not allow anyone to bully you out of your truth. Stand in who you are. Take a stand for others. Celebrate what makes you different. The world is awaiting your honesty, rebellious, and wild soul. Show us who you really are. ​And here's my point...It's a new year with an empty canvas waiting for each of us to "show who we really are." I'm not sure I could be more excited about 2024 - I just need to get out of this real-life NyQuil commercial I'm still stuck in! LOL Wishing everybody a fantastic day ahead! Go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs with the people you love the most. Let them know how important they are in your life, and don't forget how important you are in theirs. Happy Sunday...or Monday on the other side of the world.

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