It was a quiet, balmy 82 degrees on Sunday evening as I was driving home after watching the Academy Awards at my friend’s home in Palm Beach. I was thinking about work and feeling excited about the week ahead as The Art of WOW Conference was about to begin in two days. As I neared my home, literally fifteen feet from my turnoff, I noticed a car heading towards me. Just as we were about to pass, the driver of the other car swiftly, at full speed, smashed directly into my door. The force of the impact pushed my car into a guard rail, ricocheted off, and spun 180 degrees. The other driver’s car door embedded itself to the splintered metal of my door.
I remember Palm Beach police officers helping me out of the car and protectively sending me off in an ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital. Fast forward, three hours later, I miraculously walked out of the hospital. Although my car was totally destroyed, I felt like the luckiest person in the world!
One of the videos I play for the women in Art of WOW is of Oprah Winfrey talking about how life whispers to you from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed every day. And, if you don’t hear the whisper, it gets louder and louder until it thumps you on the head. Although there are certainly unforeseen disasters in life, Oprah believes there are many things in life you can control if you pay attention. I believe I was ‘thumped on the head’ Sunday night because I need to embrace gratitude more often.
Now a week later, I feel so blessed for my wonderful family, friends, and clients. I was reminded that the root of joy is gratitude and that I don’t need to look for extraordinary moments to feel joyful.
Is life whispering to you?