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My definition of Wonder Woman

Susan Galbraith is one of the most resilient people I know. I seriously don’t know how she does everything that she does. She is incredible!

Susan and Roddy have 4 children: Amelie, Eliza, Leon, and Louis. On top of the regular demands and busyness of a family of 6, sweet little Eliza has special needs that require extra attention and focus to make sure she is getting the care that she needs to grow and develop.

Susan also manages and runs the back office and member services for Empowerment Mentoring, which is a full-time job in and of itself, not to mention the 100-mile school run that she drives every single day during the school year.

She pours into her marriage with Roddy, very intentionally keeping that relationship vibrant and full of life, which also takes time and effort.

Susan Galbraith is my definition of Wonder Woman!


What you might not know is that Susan fractured and dislocated her shoulder back in May, jumping from the very top of a 30-foot telephone pole towards a trapeze. Most people who make this jump do not successfully catch the trapeze, but Susan just so happened to manage to catch it with one arm at the wrong angle with the wrong amount of force… and there you go… Yikes!!!

Susan told me afterwards that she wasn’t even going to do this particular activity, but then at the last minute she decided to go for it. Well, her shoulder caught the bad end of that deal.

So, there she is, 4 kids, full-time work, and a bum shoulder. And you know what, she just kept doing her thing. Of course, she had to take some down time for the initial recovery. It was rough. Shoulder injuries are never fun. I’ve had injuries on both my shoulders, and they take weeks, months, and even years to fully recover. She is still recovering, but she is persisting like never before.

So why does bad stuff happen to good people? That’s a question I am asked a lot and have pondered many times. You know, I just don’t know. Sometimes, the answer isn’t evident. We wonder why, why me, why this, why now?

I just don’t know. But if you really want to think on this at a new level, go read Man’s Search for Meaning, by Dr. Viktor Frankl. Dr. Viktor Frankl was a Jewish man who lived through the horrors of Auschwitz in Nazi Germany. One of the most impactful ideas that he shares in the book is this: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

We just don’t know, and we will never know why certain things happen to us. Some things are just not for us to know. But truly, in life, 10% is what happens to us and 90% is how we respond.

So, when the yogurt of life hits you, how are you choosing to respond? Are you choosing victimhood, or are you choosing to live from a place of personal power? It’s entirely and completely your choice.

I look at Susan and I see a woman who has chosen to live an empowered life, who has chosen to rise above her circumstances, and who has chosen to persist towards her own purpose and dreams. When she broke her shoulder, she could have EASILY thrown her hands up in the air (figuratively speaking) and said, “Forget it… I can’t drive, I can’t cook, I can barely operate a computer… forget it. Life will just have to go on hold… Poor me!”

And I think this is how a lot of people would respond – in a state of victimhood, allowing the “becauses” of life to take control, rather than stepping up and choosing their attitude and finding ways through the struggle.

Looking at Susan now, only 3 months from the accident, you would NEVER know that she has a fractured shoulder. She still has very limited mobility and use of her arm, but she doesn’t let it hold her back, and she certainly doesn’t complain. The only time she tells me it’s hurting is when I ask her about it… otherwise, she just gets on with it, and does the next thing.

Just take a short self-inventory, and ask yourself, “How would I respond if that was my current state? How do I respond when life hits me out of the blue? Am I choosing victimhood or am I choosing an empowered attitude?”

Trust me, it will make all the difference in the world.

It doesn’t matter what the “because” is… you still have the ultimate choice as to how you respond.

So let me invite you into an experiment with your life. For the rest of this week, whenever something “happens to you,” let me suggest that you take a moment to pause, to step back into observational thinking, and see how you would naturally respond in the split second when it happens. And then choose… is that how you want to respond? If it isn’t, then make a shift. Leave the pity party. Don’t allow yourself to sink to that level. It’s your choice.

And as you practice this shift, just remember that how you do anything is how you do everything. There will be a ripple effect, I promise you. It takes focus, energy, and practice, but you have all that you need within you to choose an empowered state of living and being.

I believe in you and I believe in your dream!!

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