Archive for June, 2014

How People Are Like Penguins

June 24, 2014

As a professional piano entertainer in Houston for  20+ years it struck me how much  sense of community one can build around a piano…….Up until recently many people gathered each week wherever I was performing and caught up on each others lives and activities. Friendships formed, relationships flourished.

Now that I’m working more as a motivational speaker and not playing in a piano bar,  no one sees anyone.That is, up until last week.

Thursday’s girls night out was a huge success on many levels…connecting with fab femmes that have supported my work for so many years was a special treat since I could actually sit and visit instead of having to play it again Sam.

Everyone was so delighted to see each other there were many hugs and stories exchanged…..kinda sorta like a family reunion (except everyone likes each other).

Just like penguins.
Penguins form large groups, stay socially interactive and look after each other for life. The more I mature (ahem!) the more I realize the importance of people to connect with – not just in times of sickness but to build a network of support and fun to enjoy them while we can.

Be sure to nurture your nest of birds of a feather….you never know when you’ll need a fish for dinner.

Are You Willing To Make A Difference?

June 11, 2014

Being a professional motivational  speaker has its ups and downs just like any otherAHA indiana - audience job……but unlike other jobs there is one MAJOR plus to speaking in front of audiences like these 450 attendees at the Go Red for Women luncheon in Merrillville, Indiana recently:

Instant gratification.

My program was “Fifty Shades of Red: Keys to Living Life Large!” and one point is about taking risks to experience new people and things to live a vibrant healthy happy life. The audience consisted of stroke survivors, people with heart disease, their friends and families, together with supporters of the American Heart Association who hosts this annual fundraiser.                                                                     AHA Indiana - Theresa acknowledging audience applause

Long after I left the stage in a state of high energy exhilaration from the enthusiastic response, a woman approached to talk to me alone. Her demeanor was somewhat shy and hesitant as she said:

Thank you for making a difference in my life. Your words seemed like they were meant especially for me. I suffer from panic attacks when I have to be around a lot of people and I nearly didn’t come today. But I made it. And now I know why. I was meant to hear what you said about being fearless in taking risks to live fully and be happy. I’m so glad I came.” There were tears in her eyes.

And that’s why I do this.

You may not be so lucky as to reap immediate rewards for your work but you CAN make a difference in someone’s life.

You can reach out, uplift, encourage, praise, compliment, help, smile at one person each day. You may never know how much they needed something nice right at that moment.

Making a difference is a win/win deal…..you reap what you sow.