Tag: #Gratitude

You got this!

My best friend brought this to me this morning—one of the first things she said to me after my diagnosis. The date reflects the last radiation treatment for breast cancer! My diagnosis came on December 22, 2021. I am cancer-free today, but cancer will forever be a part of my life.

Facing fear is the first step. You gain courage, strength, and confidence with each experience. As you meet this journey with strength, faith, and support, you know as you continue, you will become strong. It would help if you were strong for others facing this same path, for family and friends who are unsure what to do to help. It is in the faces of those who serve and treat you who bare the most significant burden—rotating through so many patients in and out to provide them with all they can to make it the most comfortable for each one.

I received the best care from exceptional people! Always surround yourself with amazing people! On most days I checked in with Bobbie before heading to my locker to change.

My faith has always remained strong. In my life, I have faced many challenges, heartaches, illnesses, and deaths. God reminds us there is a season for everything. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

My friend Valarie gave this to me, and I carried it each day. A beautiful reminder to me of my faith, hope, and strength.

Encouragement helps each of us daily. We need it to keep going. I am blessed to receive it from many sources. It is so important to lift others daily. A friend of mine has advised me always to show up! I did my very best to show up each day to write, no matter how I felt. It is essential to be there for others consistently.

My daughter, sister, best friend, and spiritual sister took time to take me to treatments, talk to me daily, and pray with me each day. We started today with breakfast and drinks!
I had time to speak with my doctor Daniel H Barnett, MD, PhD. He was paged when we were doing the bell ringing and pictures. I was unable to get a picture with him, but we will meet again in 12 weeks. I can’t thank him as well as all of the others on this journey. I will continue to share more as I see all of them in May!
Let’s Ring the Bell!
Radiate Hope and my Angel come from the department. I also received the certificate signed by all of them about my completion of treatments. A neighbor makes the angel of one of the technicians. Such a special place!

My best friend Jeanette gave me a card that I share with all of those facing cancer and any health issues.

Blessings to each one of you! I am so thankful for so many and feel very blessed in my life. I praise God daily and know the path I travel is meant to provide for others. If you have gained something from this journey story, I hope you can help others rise, rise yourself, and to know: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:11–13 is a little video.

Solution Weekly April 24-30, 2022

Is Culture more important than Vision?

As the leader of your organization, you have a great deal of responsibility. There is no more significant responsibility than taking care of those you serve. All of your team members need to know your vision, but most importantly, they need to know they can trust you.

The culture of your environment is critical. The vision you have can be incredible, but a toxic environment can destroy it before you begin to build. What can you do as a leader? Let’s ask hard questions, design plans, and develop habits, processes, and purpose together.

How to find common ground?

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19

One of my family members talked about how she’d pointedly been asked by a co-worker which political party she belonged to. The aim in asking the question seemed to be to predict whether she could agree with her on any number of issues. In an effort to find common ground between them, she simply replied, “Since we’re both believers, I’d rather focus on our unity in Christ.”

Many issues continue to divide a country which we claim to be The United States of America. How can you find common ground? We can point one another to truths. Instead of passing judgements on one another, we can encourage to seek truth. Why are we living without asking questions, seeking to understand, and having the truth confirmed without any doubts? Are we independent thinkers or part of group thinkers?

When did a difference of opinion cause division between you and another individual?

Absent from learning

“The report Report, originally published by the Government Accountability Office last month but updated with new information this week, is part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to understand how the pandemic affected the country’s public school system. The data was pulled from a nationally representative survey of public school teachers that the GAO contracted Gallup to conduct about their experiences during the 2020-21 school year.” -US News Education, “Nearly Half of Teachers Had Students Who Never Showed Up to Class Last Year: Report” By

Continuing to strive for success

Success is a goal for each of us. Many tools, resources, strategies, and ways to develop success are available. We have looked at many different things on our path to success, and we will continue to strive to look at more. Success is always a work in progress and something you have today but can lose tomorrow. Change brings many elements into the circle, and we have to be prepared to handle change each day.

Celebrate

April 25, 2022

Thank you for celebrating with me this week! I believe in life; we celebrate as often as possible when we have reached a goal, accomplished something, or enjoyed a beautiful day. Gratitude shared daily is a gift we can all share together. Thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, ideas, and space with me!

It’s the final countdown

It is exciting when you have a countdown to completing something! Students think it will not be long now, and school will be done in time for summer fun. I am thinking about other things!

I am down to 6 more radiation treatments! I am so thankful and blessed. I have received the best care and support during this time. The picture is of the treatment area. Let me describe it for you as the patient.

When I first enter the room, I have two individuals who greet me and ask me about my day and questions to help ease my nerves. Typically there is a white sheet over the center table. This is where I lay. It is a little tricky!

I have to take out my right arm because my treatment targets the right breast. My head goes into the red area, and my bottom is where the hump is located (which makes it hard to get on the table). My arms rest on the armrest above my head. I turn my head as far as I can to the left. One technician places a knee cushion under my knees. Then we begin to get aligned for the treatment. They have already identified three small tattoos to line up the lasers to ensure the radiation is targeted to the right areas. The sheet allows them to lift me and move me according to the measurements to align with the lasers. When everything is lined up, the ladies leave, and we begin.

The table moves back, and the machine (the blue) begins to rotate around. It stops, makes a buzzing sound, then clicks, buzzzzzzzzz, and then moves and repeats this three times. You do not feel anything during the treatment. The process for me takes around 15 minutes.

I will take some additional pictures for you this week to give you more insight into the behind-the-scenes look of the treatment process. One important thing you cannot see in this picture is the camera right above the table. The camera sends a live feed to the next room with a bank of monitors so the technicians can monitor the treatment.

I will tell you; I described this to my family and friends as my first ever Playboy photoshoot. It felt like I was experiencing something I would never in a million years do. I am an individual that wears two shirts because I think the first layer is too thin. Now I am lying on a table, hands over my head and a camera hooked up for all to see. I had no tattoos before, and now I do. This has taken me to a whole new level!

You have to find ways to laugh through the process and make the best of the situation you are in. The people taking care of me are the best! Make Monday more of a day to begin a week full of meaningful conversations, actions, and memories. Mine will start with gratitude as my friend Jeanette takes me to my treatment. We like to get ice cream after treatment!

Solution Weekly, December 19-25, 2021

December 19-25, 2021

Which is Better?

Is it better to know all of the answers or some of the questions? Take my poll on LinkedIn, Twitter or just comment. We will find out your answer to this question and why I asked the question this week. Intriguing! http://linkedin.com/in/brendayoho @BrendaYoho

When is Enough?

How do you know when your job is done? You answer one email, and three more appear. It is 9:00 a.m. when you look at the clock, and when you look at it again, it says 2:00 p.m. You have not completed everything on your list for the morning or had lunch.

Time is our most valuable resource. Deciding on what you do with it is so critical. We can look at a couple of things to help you decide on when it is enough.

Silence helps at times

Choose to remain silent in order to hear even in the silence of the day. What would you do with five minutes of silence after a question is asked? Do you get nervous thinking you should say something? How long do you wait before someone speaks?

HOPE

This is one word that echoes loud throughout the world; when it is not, then we need to be concerned.

What messages of hope have you heard? How do you spread hope? Share this week how you plan to help spread hope for 2022! This coming year will be better than 2021.

Oh, holy night…….

The stars are brightly shining. All is calm; all is bright. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east beyond them far, and to the earth, it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night.

O star of wonder, star of night. Star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. The silent stars go by yet in they dark streets shineth the everlasting light. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in there tonight.

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay. The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. Joy to the World; The Lord is come; Let Earth receive her King: Let every Heart prepare him Room.

Can you figure out the Christmas carols I used? Hint it is 7…as we countdown to a wonderful Christmas!

Christmas time is here 🎄🌟

Many blessings from our home to yours for health, happiness and hope.

Childhood memories are the best; continue to create the best ones for yours, young and old!

Blessings, rights, freedom-multiple them

The alarm sounds, and we are off to a new day! The daily calendar is full! Every minute is scheduled with tasks to complete, meetings to attend, places to go, meals to prepare, messages to answer, decisions to make, and the list goes on. When is there time to notice the blessings?

Instead of focusing on the “what we have,” it seems we have enough time to focus on “what we don’t have.” A question was asked to me about another individual, “When do you think she will stop being mad at the whole world?” My answer is: Instead of focusing on our trials and losses, stop talking about them until all we can see on the horizon is darkness instead of light and begin to pay attention to recognize blessings. She and others like her will continue to believe they have no blessings at all.

Your blessings include life, family, friends, freedom, talents, possessions, and abilities. Daily you are blessed through these gifts you have received, and they multiply when you share them with others. My heart is filled full when I receive a message from someone that they have liked what I have written or will use it to share with others. Joy is in giving to others and hoping it provides them more.

I continue to work to put my blessings to work for others. My passion and purpose are to provide for others solutions. It is through a positive mindset and collaboration with others many accomplishments can be made.

Change your focus to see the blessings you have and could miss if you are not looking.

Cultivating Culture with Gratitude

Many of the posts and articles I have written speak about gratitude. One of the most important aspects of a leader’s responsibility is providing, modeling, and supporting this character trait.

Authenticity is the approach to everything you do. The worse thing you can do is to fake your approach to an appreciation for others. Then next is to overdo the gratitude approach by making it feel “expected” or “not special” and just like saying “great job.”

The following article from Edutopia is a great one to read as you look to add gratitude to your culture. In my history of gratitude, I have done:

  • Shout outs by email about individuals to all staff
  • Personal notes, cards, and gifts
  • Pictures in positive cards home!
  • Poems created for individuals
  • Mailed home personal postcards over Christmas break to all staff and students (675 postcards handwritten)
  • Themed celebrations

Share your gratitude ideas with us as we lift all in times of critical need.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/cultivating-culture-authentic-gratitude

Flip the switch

Each morning we flip a switch at some point in our routine. We turn off the alarm, flipping the light on, the coffee pot, the microwave, blender, or something. Why not flip the switch of our focus to gratitude.

Gratefulness is the best reminder to focus on each day. Our days are filled full, hectic, chaotic at times, and exhausting. There are moments, points of time where we can reflect with gratitude. Our team needs to hear appreciation, see our support and encouragement. As we are visible in our working environment, we can see and listen to who needs us.

It can be easy to fall into a habit of finding faults, pointing out problems and negatives. Many times things happen we have no control over. It is during these most difficult times; we see opportunities to be grateful. Experiences and relationships can be transformed by reflecting on gratitude.

Gratitude is one of those habits you want to have as an individual. The funny thing is when you begin focusing on the things you are grateful for; you lose sight of the things you think you lack. Life is hard; I do not care who you are. It is for everyone. No one can escape illnesses, heartaches, death, and loss. Everyone, however, can have gratitude.

I don’t know your story; you do not know mine, we do not know theirs, but we are grateful to know we can share a part of the story with each other. The world is shouting right now, at least in our neighborhood, about all of the problems. I am grateful for all who choose to be part of the solution daily because tomorrow will be better than today when we flip the switch to focus on gratitude, positive thinking, solution-focused leadership, and sharing our stories together.