This is the lesson I learned from a 68-year-old Viking woman this week.
I’m in Gottenberg, Sweden visiting my cousin, Heleaukalani. He and his family have a summer house there. We walked out to the beach and the ocean is incredible.
They have a little archipelago of islands. The water is freezing, icy cold, and they dared us to jump in. It took a while for the family to take the plunge, but when we did it felt amazing. Breathtaking!
As we got out of the water and in a rush to get our clothes back on, I saw a woman come to the water’s edge. She must have been in her late 60s.
She looked so vibrant and full of life. She was doing her own self coaching saying, “Okay, I’m going to get in. I’m going to do it. I’m going to get in the water. But it looks so cold”
She was talking out loud in preparation for the icy plunge. Standing on the dock. And then, she looked over to the rocks and said to me, “Look at that little flower over there.”
I looked over, and there was one lone flower growing out of of these massive rocks.
She said, “Do you know what that means? Look at that.”
“Oh, it must mean that summer is here,” I replied.
“Yeah, yeah, that’s what it means as well. But look how that one flower can grow out of the rock without any dirt or anything.
That brave woman made an impact on me that day. The lovely woman, did eventually jump into the icy cold water with the words, “I can do this. I am Viking!!!!!!”
I loved to see her get this empowerment from her Viking roots. Hardy people.
Life is so strong. That happy daisy reminded me of one of our plants in Hawaii, the ohi’a lehua.
This plant is the first plant to grow out of pure lava rock, just out of the rock. The lehua reaches its roots deep, deep, deep, deep beneath the lava.
The lava is so thick and hard that it’s really difficult for life to grow, because the lava traps all of the nutrients. Hardly anything can penetrate, but the lehua has found a way. Its roots find their way down to the subterranean aquifers.
As the water drips through the lava, it captures the minerals as it makes its pathway through the tiniest cracks. The Lehua roots suck up all of these nutrients from the water as it passes by, and that’s how it’s able to survive.
Just like the lehua, life is strong. No matter what happens, we find a way. We are supported in miraculous ways. The body wants to heal. The plants want to survive.
As you go through your life with whatever may challenges you are faced with. I encourage you to think of the happy daisy and the hearty lehua.
For clients or loved ones, see them as Well. Strong. Full of life and Vibrant. No matter what diagnosis or prognosis. No matter how long it has been there.
…and remember to do the same for yourselves. Because all life works to survive to it’s fullest. LIVE STRONG!!!