She Did It!
When my husband Danny and I met Joeel and Natalie, the editors of our areas wonderful new Transformation Magazine, we had no idea that I had won first-place in their contest in the November 2010 Premier issue. Their contest was to write about one’s own transformational journey. The grand prize was two tickets to a full three-day weekend experiencing the nationally renowned speakers of the “I CAN DO IT” conference.
The Sunday before my experience was to begin, I had an experience of a different kind, tripping and falling face first at a friend’s house while visiting in Atlanta. The trip however (no pun intended) actually set stage for the preceding series of events that was to be experienced on the upcoming weekend. The series of events that was to follow was truly inspirational and revolutionary. After an emergency room visit and leaving with two arms in casts and slings, the look was indeed pitiful. Glancing in a mirror and chuckling, the reflection resembled more of a little wounded bird with broken wings rather than a green preschool owner/teacher. The airport experience is anything but pleasant however things began magically happening, situation to situation and moment to moment.
After arriving home to Sarasota the orthopedic, Dr. Sugar, removed the right cast as my elbow was not fractured after all. Praise God! Going from two casts down to one for the five weeks was an amazing blessing. Husband Danny and Mama Wanda lovingly cared for the school keeping everyone loved and safe, allowing the broken wing to heal. Being a cancer survivor since 1993 of a 6” Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma tumor on the heart, I have a belief system that God never gives us anything he knows we cannot handle. Hummm, and now a broken wrist, what’s a girl to do?
Attending the conference and enjoying the victory of winning the tickets was just like dipping my big toe into a pool of sparkling cool water that ripples and ripples into connections of all the people to meet and all lessons that were to be humanly learned. As expected, the universe did not waste any time presenting God’s miracles. Why? Because asking and expecting miracles is easy. Trying to get on a plane in the wheelchair with two full-length arm casts was not so easy. Upgrading two tickets to first-class was even easier and not a normal practice for someone who would rather spend the money on vegetable plants or garden supplies.
The magic started before the conference even began. Standing at the parking meter, preparing to enter the Conference Center, we spot a young woman holding a stack of Transformation Magazines. I mention to her that I was the winner of the contest and the author of the story on page 4. It turns out that this young lady was Emily Andrews, one of Transformation’s columnists. After wiggling into the comfy seats of the fist session, this intense urge to pop up and relocate to the adjacent classroom occurred. In Sonia Choquette’s opening statement, Sonia remarkably expressed the importance of “In this time and age, we must take control of our lives and stop living our lives on standby”. She then extended her arms and invited her audience to make the life-shifting decision of “upgrading to first class”. WHAT? Did she just say “upgrade your life to first class”? Astonished and looking at the soul mate beside me, both wiggled our eyebrows in unison. Wow!
Making it next into Deborah Knight’s presentation, she requested volunteers from the audience who needed healing. Humm, a broken wrist needs healing. I stood up and wailed the good arm anxiously to catch her eye. Going onstage and expecting her to know the casted arm needed healing; she chose to remove some negative energy instead, stating that the results could come as quickly as in a day as the body heals. Amazingly, upwards of 20 strangers approached the next day inquiring on the healing progress. Feeling better indeed began that same day, and as energy increased the coincidences, or better yet GOD sequences, prevailed on and on.
The next session was Jean Haner’s Children’s Face Reading. The next lesson learned would have been beneficial to have learned in childhood. It was right in front of my face my whole life. The reflection in my mirror is reflecting the image of what is now understood to be a “gift”. It was explained that a high forehead (which is a painful childhood memory of daily teasing) is now an indication of being a highly spiritual and intuitive person. This facial characteristic also indicates strong ancestral attachments, she explained. Every face holds its own patterning, stories, every line and wrinkle indicating a meaning or message. No mistakes, no flaws she was happy to see “joy lines”, her name for crow’s feet. Joy lines, sounds even better, don’t you agree? Joy lines apparently are something to be proud of for accomplishment to experiencing life’s lessons. Looking at a crow in the near future will defiantly be a changed vision.
Sitting in a ballroom speckled again with hundreds of comfy chairs were 900 people. It was amazing to feel the stillness and calm as Dr. Brien Weiss’ voice soothed us all into a meditative state. Awwww, breathe, breathe, breathe. As words were spoken and pictures were vividly produced individually deep into the quieted folds of the mind. Some experienced the lovely pearls of hypnotic peaceful state for the first time, while others traveled with him into a deeper journey. All awakened with more inner peace and relaxation as his voice was transforming to everyone within ear shot.
Helpful friends and family continue to call with dinner invitations to their homes while the cast remains until just before Christmas. Fresh foods are lovingly delivered and friends come by to prepare it for a speedy recovery. Blessings abound with each lesson when hearts open up to receive them.
As the caterpillar transformed into a healthy butterfly as told in the November Transformation Magazine, the butterfly’s flight of lessons never falters. Life blessings continue to appear like the white whispery clouds. As magically as the dew forms over the still nights, transforming the mornings into new experiences and adventures, just sip it up and enjoy the hydration of each day and each gift, and don’t forget – to breathe and fly first class!
The Publishers would like to thank Karen Leonetti from Earth Angels Preschool in Sarasota again for sharing her amazing stories with us and our readers. Karen’s positive attitude, big heart, dedication to her students, passion to give of herself, and ability to see the joy, wonder, and miracles in every life lesson exemplify what Transformation Magazine is all about. You are an inspiration, Karen. Thank you for touching our lives.