Bloom Where You’re Planted

by centers8 on November 30, 2017

Sooner or later adversity comes to us. And when it comes we must choose whether we want it to be an awesome teacher or a cruel master.
One day adversity came at me like the Texas wind and turned my world upside down.
It was my first day of school. Feeling both excited and scared I couldn’t keep from frolicking. However, the end of the day found me beaten down though. Things changed drastically when the teacher discovered I didn’t possess an important communication skill–I didn’t speak English. She labeled me, “unteachable.” Then she gave me a seat, not among the other students but, behind the piano. A dark coldness crept into my soul. Big fat tears splattered on my lap as they rolled off my cheeks. I couldn’t understand the punishment.
From then on I struggled through the days. The kids tormented me with ridicule and the teacher seldom spoke to me. In my lonely spot behind the piano, I learned about a beautiful family. The kids, Jane, Dick, Sally and their pets, Puff, and Spot intrigued me. I also learned words like run, see, jump and I fell in love with them. “Words” reminded me of a train. I could link them together to form sentences. I listened to my classmates and emulated them. From my high perch behind the piano, I also learned how putting numbers together exploded and made more numbers.
Finally one day, after Christmas break, I earned the right to seat among my peers. Happy me.
I don’t tell you this story to elicit sympathy but to show you that you too can bloom where you’re planted. I bloomed. From behind the piano, I learned that knowledge is power and that I possessed an incredible spirit of fortitude. Never again would anyone sit me behind the piano. The ignorance of that teacher became my saving grace. It kept me from being a high school drop out, it kept me from taking a destructive path, and it forced a goal on me–to acquire a wealth of education. It was my tool of sweet revenge against the teacher that so callously punished me. The unteachable kid earned a bachelor’s degree.

It would be years before I discovered I had the gift of “serendipity.” It is the ability to unearth good fortune from adversity. As my life moved on, adversity continued to be an unwanted companion but I had a knack for bouncing back from life-disrupting events. Adversity created opportunities for new directions in my life and that was exciting to me. I realized Adversity is a blessing turned inside out(TM). I chose to let adversity be an awesome teacher and it has served me well.

Bloom where you’re planted. If you haven’t done it yet, take time and I mean committed time to search out your serendipity. It’s the substance that will help you bloom.

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Why? Why am I so lazy?

by centers8 on August 9, 2017

Volunteering–giving back to the community is one of my passions.

I have not, for some time now, actively participated in any volunteer organizations. I don’t feel good about about my lack of enthusiasm. I’m lazy. Finishing projects is a struggle. I feel guilty and shame for being a lazy human being but I have resigned myself to it. Then August 4, 5 and 6th, 2017, I attended the Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Conference in Dallas, Tx. and my whole perspective Changed.

I’m not lazy. What I feel is extreme fatigue. It is a symptom of Atrial fibrillation (afib).  Afib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat.   It is characterized by heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. It is a progressive and debilitating disease that can lead to stroke, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease and doubles our risk of death.  Scary.

Afib takes a physical and emotional toll on those living with it and it also takes a toll on the patient’s family. Before the conference I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Anxiety and fear of the unknown kept me from activities that I enjoy. An episode leaves me feeling weak, dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded and extremely exhausted. After an episode it is normal for me to sleep 2-3 hours.

Afib is often considered to be a minor health issue and this was my case. I felt alone, and misunderstood. Have you noticed symptoms abscond when they see a white coat. Through many tests my doctor knew I had a problem but he seemed to take it lightly.

It is my hope to make you aware of how risky and life-threatening afib is.  Afib overworks the heart and after a prolonged period will cause heart failure.

By attending the Afib patient conference I empowered myself. I learned I can control and manage afib so it doesn’t rule my life.

Meet me here in a couple of weeks.  I will continue to bring  abif awareness. Age contributes to afib. As Baby Boomers age we can expect to see the afib epidemic worsen.

I have a new passion–providing information and support to those living with Atrial fibrillation. Watch for the next posting on Facebook.



Suzi can help you alleviate stage fright stress. Contact her at or call (806) 672-1132.

A Thought To Chew on

June 1, 2017

Is your soul dying?Maybe its because you’re stuck in a box where you have to conform. Want out of the box? Then it’s time to change your agenda. It doesn’t have to be big turn over. Do you know that in mathematics the biggest movement is from zero to one–in other words the hardest thing […]

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January 11, 2016

The characters in my head are restless. They wake me in the middle of the night. “Release us,” they holler. I’m their prison, their jailer. I’m the omnipotent one, I give them life or death. It may sound like these characters are at my mercy but it is I who am at their mercy. I […]

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Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss

February 18, 2015

A never-before-seen book by Dr. Seuss will be published by Random House–titled, “What Pet Should I get.” Two decades after his death, the manuscript was discovered by his wife and secretary. The manuscript was written in the 1950’s. It hits the book stores in July, 2015 and you know I’m going to be first in […]

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Fearless Speakers

May 21, 2013

Who are they- the fearless speakers? Perhaps they are TED speakers or maybe the World Champion Speakers. Maybe its children who can laugh and cry with equal abandon. They don’t worry about how they sound, look or care about grammar. Children express. They show. Creativity is spontaneous but adults become boxed in by the, ” […]

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Tapping The Power Of Storytelling

May 21, 2013

Storytelling is one of the most powerful medium of communication. It has been used through out history to pass life lessons from one generation to another.  Do you have an important message to share?  Use storytelling to touch and inspire your audience.  Cindy Ashton, from, suggests you answer the following questions to help you […]

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Know Your Audience.

April 24, 2012

It can’t be said enough! Although you’re on stage and in the spotlight, the audience is the most important aspect of your speech. A good speaker takes time to learn the demographics of  his/her audience.  Doing an audience analysis–their beliefs, attitudes, age, education level, language, and culture– is the best way to create a link […]

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