This past week, I attended the “Educating for Resilience” Conference by Canadian Positive Psychology Association at University of Toronto.
One question asked at this event has stayed with me since then.
What would be ONE WORD that describes your life?
for Mahatma Gandhi.
for Mother Teresa.
How about for you?
It was Dr. Greg Wells who asked this question. He is a health and high performance expert, working as an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and an Associate Scientist in Physiology and Experimental Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympics.
He talked about the significance of FOCUS that enables those top athletes to perform SUPER WELL at such an extreme high stress state. This focus must be aligned with our passion, vision and DREAM in order to unleash our potentials to truly achieve our goals and purposes.
This focus also needs to be trained and cultivated in a daily life so that when it is really needed, it will do the job.
For most of us, we may not need to sharpen our focus as much as Olympic athletes do so that we may not even care to develop that as much. However, it is a fact that we can encounter quite high-stress moments in our life at some point. And interestingly enough, usually those unexpected drastic events often become the opportunity for some to find such focus and start living with it.
Julia is a great example.
She is a perfectly healthy, beautiful, and young woman, a daughter of my friend’s friend, and four years ago, on February 28th, she was in a car accident and left her with a C4-C5 quadriplegic. She was told by healthcare professionals countless times that she would never use her arms and hands, let alone walk again. She has, however, been proving them wrong. She has continued to progress past their expectation, and now she is learning to drive a car again so that she can regain her independence. (please see more of her story from here.)
Her ONE WORD has become so obvious to me as I was learning her story.
This is what she is showing the world that miracles DO happen and teaching and inspiring us that WE CAN MAKE MIRACLES HAPPEN.
We are the miracles.
Our paths are amazing that let us realize and remind us this fact again and again in so many different ways so that eventually we really recognize it consciously. When you find the ONE WORD that describes your soul purpose and living with it, isn’t that a truly Delicious Moment?
What is my one word?
for me, of course 😉
Happy Loving Weekend to you, miracles!
With love, hope and gratitude from my heart,