Living in Community Part 1
Point to Ponder:
Do you open up regularly and share your life experiences, advice or wisdom?
by Neissa Brown Springmann
Really, I love our iGnite community for so many reasons. The list is infinite, but to name a few: I work with amazing women, I meet and am around wonderful women all of the time, I get everything I need and am looking for out of our fitness classes, and I learn from everyone. With 150-ish members (all women), iGnite is not only a network of brilliant resources, but more than anything, it’s a brain trust of wisdom — which I am a total sucker for! There’s not one situation or dilemma (that I can think of at least) that I couldn’t get several spot-on advice nuggets for. As similar as we may seem, we are oozing with diverse upbringings and life experiences. How do I know? Because I’ve been a wisdom sponge for the past 8+ years and what I’ve learned from just being around so many women and asking questions and listening is greater than any set of self-help books I could purchase at Barnes & Noble.
I’m not sure if you had the chance to read it yet, but last week we shared our February Real Women, Real Stories article featuring two young and healthy Austin women who unbelievably both had heart attacks: Darby Denison and Jennie’s Covert Stewart. Darby and Jennie knew one another for many years, and after Jennie’s heart attack, Darby memorized the symptoms which allowed her to identify her own heart attack symptoms- just a few months after Jennie had hers.
After visiting with both Darby and Jennie, I am both thankful and inspired. I am thankful they are both alive and able share their heart attack stories with us. Their stories will save lives — maybe my own?! Then, I am inspired by the way they are choosing to live their lives, post-heart attack. Jennie shared this: “Before my heart attack, I was crazy busy — which was brought on by myself. I volunteered for a lot more than I do now, but now it’s just more about quality and focus now. Not that what I did or who I spent my time with before was not important, it’s just that it took up too much time and took me away from what mattered most.” “It forced me to re-purpose my life. It empowers me to say ‘no’ when I need to and focus on just having an audience of One. I have an attitude of gratitude and a true awareness of how blessed I am.”
When asked the best advice they’d ever been given, Jennie shared advice that her father shared with her, “Honor one another’s differences. I always fall back on this when I lose my patience. It also helps me have an open heart and an open mind.”
I LOVE this advice and am so thankful Jennie shared it because not only does it inspire me, but remembering it will help me be more tolerant and kind, when I would otherwise be judgmental and get frustrated.
I’m convinced that living in community and sharing life together is no-doubt the design by which we are created to exist. Therefore, throughout this week and moving forward, I invite you to live in community and share your life, your experiences, and your wisdom for the benefit of yourself and others. And if comfortable, please share the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will share your wisdom and advice in the upcoming March Journals for others to benefit from.
Live in community and share your life, your experience, and your wisdom for the benefit of yourself and others.