Lessons from Heather...

Picture this.  Day one of summer camp.  Ms. Heather arrives with a huge smile on her face, wearing every color of the rainbow and gives me a big hug.  Her bulky, velcro boot is simply an accessory.  She jokes about her sky zone injury (a trampoline park where she took her students on an end of year field trip because she's the best teacher ever). 

"Not even a good story...I just fell!  I took it as a sign from the universe to slow down.  I was able to spend time with my new niece and help out my brother and sister-in-law."

Now let me tell you something about summer camp.  It's active and requires A LOT of energy.  Kids, sand, sweat, sunshine, crafts, games and anything we can think of that is FUN and nourishes our minds and bodies!   There's rarely a time we're sitting still. 

Can you imagine the thoughts that would run through your mind if you had a fractured ankle and were about to embark on 6 weeks of camp?  Heatherhasn't mentioned her fractured ankle once, other than when I check in with her about it.  She's been a rockstar and her attitude is contagious.    

On day four, in true Heather fashion, I caught her playing water games with her group...sandy, wet boot and all.  I couldn't help but smile and snap some photos.  

Heather's mindset never ceases to amaze me.  In any situation, she's able to see the positive and find a lesson.  Pretty amazing person to be around and work with, right?! 

So why share this?  Well one, if you have two healthy ankles, be grateful. 

And two, check yourself this week:

Pay attention to the signs the universe/God/higher power is sending you.How can you find the positive in any situation that is presented?How can you be a contagious light of positivity for your children, friends and family?

Here's to Heather's last day with the boot!


Joanie Plake Founder of B&L | M.A. Childhood & Special Education | E-RYT 200 www.breatheandlearn.com

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