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September 25, 2018

I originally connected with them at yoga, but for three years now, we’ve been Inspire: four women who meet once a month for lunch with a main agenda of bringing something inspiring to the table. Might be a book, a podcast, a blogpost, a song, a poem, a photograph, a tee-shirt saying, a real-life story, whatever. I have other friends who I’ve known much longer and with whom I’ve shared many more life experiences; but these women, I cannot tell you how they inspire me and how dear these gatherings have become.

They are strong. And smart. And well-read. And brave. And dedicated to their families and to making this world a kinder place. And they agree with me on politics and religion! Oh, joy of joys! But like all humans, our little group has suffered its share of heartbreak. Two have lost children. One, a spouse. Several have lived through the pain of watching their adult children navigate divorce. Some of us have had cancer. And then there’s just the irritating weekly stuff.

We’re grandmas and Nanas. We love our children and grandchildren so much it aches. We love to travel and read. We sometimes laugh till we’re wiping tears. We’ve shared stories of our youth and aging and spouses who are sometimes under foot too much. We’ve told each other secrets–maybe even something that could have landed one of us in jail.  She didn’t get caught, but if she had, we would have bailed her out. Or baked a cake with a file in it.

We met yesterday, and like always, I walked away with hugs and my spirit lifted. As I was walking out of Portillo’s, a man stopped me and said, “I just want you to know how good that made me feel to see you two hug like that. Too many people are afraid to show they care for one another, in public.” My heart soared. Three years ago, we set an intention for this group–to inspire. We have and we did.

Who inspires you? Here’s a short list of those who inspire us. Their musings have oft been fodder for our sharing:

  • Oprah
  • Michelle Obama
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Glennon Doyle
  • Rob Bell
  • Rumi
  • Maria Shriver
  • Dani Shapiro
  • Marianne Williamson

Here’s a sample from yesterday’s meeting:

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  1. Beautiful, Debi!

  2. Thank you Debi! For being you, for sharing yourself, for writing this down! Love you! Joyce

    Sent from my iPhone



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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

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“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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