Anyone who had the privilege of knowing my Granny Rube, will smile today and know that she is grinning from ear to ear in Heaven too. After last week's LESS THAN LOVELY bombardment of YUCK.... this week has been an equal bombardment..... of WONDERFUL.
I could almost hear Granny saying...
I told you,
"This too shall pass!"
I am not sure why I remember her saying that particular phrase, but every time I hear it, I always think of her. Of all the people in the world I have ever known, my Granny Rube is without a doubt, the kindest, most genuinely giving human being I have ever known. She loved everyone, fed everyone, hugged everyone, and always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world to her. She LOVED like no one else, and smiled so big your heart would almost burst with JOY knowing that smile was directed at you.
So.... as this week began, on the HIGH HEELS of an UUUUGGGGGLLLLYYYY week, I heard someone in the store say that phrase,
"This too shall pass !"
and I giggled and thought of my Granny.
AND... I have to say, Granny was RIGHT!
This week has felt like a hug from Heaven.
In my quest to understand GRATITUDE and how the brain processes and builds more happiness, I have read hundreds of books, devoured countless scientific articles, and listened to what feels like Millions of TEDx talks and podcasts about anything and everything that has to do with HAPPINESS. During my hunger for understanding.... several people's names continue to pop up as leaders in the field, whose work stands out above the rest, and whose information speaks to my soul. Among these is
Shawn Achor, a leading happiness researcher who spent 12 years at Harvard University teaching and studying happiness. He has been one of my idols in the field, and I have watched his TEDx talk no less than 50 times,
and shared it with almost all of my students.
link below to watch it his TEDx talk
Tuesday, I had the opportunity to go to the Dallas, Center for BRAINHealth with the University of Texas at Dallas to hear him speak. OMG..... I felt like a groupie at a Rock concert. I was on the second row and snapping pictures like a teenager. He is literally one of my very favorites! As he was telling us about meeting Oprah and how awkward EVEN he acted because he couldn't get over being at Oprah's house... I felt myself giggling so loud and smiling so big that I forgot there were hundreds of other people in the room. His lecture was AMAZING, and he received a standing ovation. As I stood there mesmerized I felt my Granny saying..... I told you, "This too shall pass."
I had to smile and realize...She was right!!!!
As I was daydreaming about my MOMENT of BRAINgreatness, my husband said,
"Why don't you hang around and see if you can meet him."
In that instant, I felt overcome with the "I'm NOT important enough" to meet someone like him voice inside my head. I told Butch, "He doesn't want to talk to just anyone." As I caught myself feeling smaller and smaller while walking to the door, I gathered my strength and told my BRAIN... what have you got to lose girl !
And, I marched up to him and introduced myself and explained my own research into GRATITUDE & the brain, and how I had used GRATITUDE journaling in my classroom.
I was blown away by his genuine kindness and interest and willingness to talk to me about something I am so passionate about.
And it was in that moment that I realized.....how incredibly important it is to
STOP the negative loops we play in our minds about being:
1. Not good enough
2. Not smart enough
3. Not young enough
4. Not skinny enough
5. Not from the right place
6. Not having the right degrees
7. NOT< NOT> NOT
He even signed his newly published book I had just purchased and left me with a hug and a challenge to continue my desire to change the world by teaching anyone who will listen about the power within us all to use our BRAINS to create more happiness.
book link: https://www.amazon.com/Before-Happiness-Achieving-Spreading-Sustaining/dp/0770436730/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1519930543&sr=8-4&keywords=Shawn+achor
I walked into that conference 5'2" and left there 7' tall with a smile
(just like my Granny's) from ear to ear,
feeling even more determined than ever
to understand how the BRAIN works
and to help anyone who wants to learn....
to use theirs to create more happiness.
May we all catch ourselves in the middle of the "I'm NOT's" and gather a few seconds of CrAzY courage to grab the opportunities God has laid in front of us. We are so much more than we think, and have so much more ability than we realize. Grab a Heavenly HUG from my Granny Rube and tackle every crummy day knowing....
This too shall PASS !
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!