There are days when you stare at a spreadsheet of budget figures until your eyes burn, when nothing is gelling and when you want to shut yourself in a dark room and seal the door. Because even amidst all of the joy and satisfaction that comes with living for a purpose greater than yourself, you’re depleted, overwhelmed, and frankly you could use a nap.
But, if you’re lucky, every time you question whether it’s possible to keep pushing through the mountains of uncertainty and the valleys of fear, synchronicity shows up in the perfect way.
Whether it’s a friend who reminds you to follow your heart when you are inches from a meltdown, an acquaintance who offers you their guest room at the same time you realize you can’t afford the astronomical Chicago hotel rates at an upcoming conference, or a survivor who makes an unexpected $5000 donation because she believes in your dreams and the potential this cause has to make a lasting impact on patients, survivors, and communities around the world. In a moment, you can be lifted out of exhaustion and filled with fresh determination and excitement.
These moments of synchronicity (defined as the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection) are the guideposts to remind all of us to keep going. To keep believing in a purpose greater than ourselves. To keep trusting that everything is unfolding exactly as it should.
Over the last three years, I’ve been continually blessed by synchronistic moments. Today, I want to share a little about the two inspiring dreamers who showed up at perfect time in the last two weeks.
- Friend and fellow blogger, Catherine Brunelle, just launched her first novel: The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending. At the book launch party, she organized a silent auction and raised over $800 for the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation. We are SO grateful to Catherine for using her dream to help make dreams come true for other patients and survivors. Her latest post is a must-read: Life Between The Scans
- Survivor, Fresh Chapter Tribe member, repeat donor, and friend (let’s call her Angel as she prefers to remain anonymous) donated $5000 last year. She made it possible for us to offer a trip to India for a participant who didn’t have the financial means to get there, then she helped me cover the cost of my flight from Tanzania to New Delhi during my recent #fcafAfrica scouting trip, and yesterday she called to tell me that she wants to match her $5000 donation from last year to help FCAF grow and impact the lives of more survivors and patients. She said that we are her “tax receipting charity of choice” and I couldn’t be more grateful. As a growing charity, the money is hugely helpful, but even more important is her faith in our cause. Her ability to remind me – at the perfect moment – that we’re building this dream together meant more to me than I could possibly articulate. For that – and for the many people who have supported me in big and small ways over the last three years – I am forever grateful.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. One of my favourite parts of blogging is reading your comments. How and where has synchronicity shown up in your life?
If you are a cancer patient or survivor with big dreams of starting fresh with us, check out our new Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation page with our target program dates for 2015. That’s right. We have THREE programs planned in 2015 including our first program in Africa. Stay tuned…the adventures are just getting started.Read More