Many of you know this shirt above was created in honor of FIA Ruth Samuelson aka “Poli” who lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. I put on this FIA Poli Power shirt yesterday to go walk our dog. While walking I felt a little voice inside propelling me to update this post about her that I wrote after she left us last January and repost on FiA (the last version got lost with our tech issue).
Was she really whispering to me? With all that is happened the past 2 years in FiA, F3 and our country, I think maybe she was! #PoliPower. We have seen so much change and need change.
Can you believe we are more than half way into 2017?
How are we doing FiAs?
July 4th celebration week is a great time for fun. Why not add a half-time assessment?
To give you some ideas, I wanted to tell you about a conversation on change I had with Ruth. Ruth was a living example of how “being the change” in small and big ways can positively impact ones family, community and politics.
She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandmother, community leader and public servant. Ruth was athletic and loved to workout at 5:15am with her daughter Joy, who we know and love (FiA Santiago) and FiAs. When she suddenly got diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer May 2016, and we found out the cancer had spread, it was a complete shocker to everyone who knew and loved her. Ruth?
Though now gone, I feel she will always be with us in the many lessons she taught, and the good, gutsy and crazy things she did we remember. I personally will always remember her genuineness, that bright smile, willingness to connect and her simple advice.
About 3 years ago, Ruth and I were having lunch together in Charlotte talking about life and change. I was at a crossroads trying to figure out where to best focus my activator type A energy. Should I stay focused on my work and community fitness efforts or launch a female start-up to stop the division in our politics and party? (Ha, ha. I had good intentions!).
When I asked Ruth for some guidance on this, she gazed at me for a pensive moment. You know that gaze if you knew Ruth. She said, “I like that FiA thing.” On stoping division and negativity in this political climate? With her pirate eyes and beautiful smile, she said:
“From my experience, you can’t make others change. You have to be the change.”
I will always remember this clarifying moment with Ruth. No matter her viewpoint, she was always so calm. So matter of fact. She sure loved ruffling us up by engaging change. She wanted change in her city so she put herself in the arena. She put name on the ballot, got elected, and went into politics where she could get engaged with others to contribute to the change she wanted to see in the community and state.
Unlike Ruth, I was not ready to run for office or to force change.
Force change. Nobody likes that.
Want change? The key is you have to step up in your life to engage change.
It’s like Ruth putting her name on the ballot. Or going to a community meeting. Or leading a workout. Or volunteering to Q a location. Or signing up for a race. One small step forward to dramatic change.
So let’s do a half-time assessment:
What line in the sand do you need to step over this weekend to create change?
3 ideas to spark movement:
Written in honor of #PoliPower #LatiniStrong #CoopStrong #CheechStrong #RapunzelStrong #NashStrong #SydneyStrong #SharretStrong #TaylorStrong #Dadstrong #MomStrong and all you all.