Living Fabulously Fierce Factor #21: Embracing Family, Friendship, and Fellowship

So, when we last connected, I shared that we would be kicking off the Personal Branding series as the next step in our Living Fabulously Fierce journey.  While I am still super excited about us delving into that, I wanted to take a moment to pause in the light of the events that took place in Boston over the past week.

As of last Monday, post the bombing at our 117th Boston Marathon, the spirit of the city was definitely more withdrawn and actually, on some level even just imperceiveable…as if there wasn’t even a spirit at all.  It was really weird getting off the train at South Station and walking through street corners of cops and SWAT team members…sitting in my office full of accountants in the midst of busy season and it being even quieter than usual…then at the end of the week having the city literally on lockdown…feeling like a caged bird with my fellow Bostonians.

In the midst of it all though quite a few things have come to light…

Boston is made up of communities committed to each other, of people who will fight for each other and our city, and maintains a resilience, really a relentlessness in fighting for what’s right like none other.  Of course, I am biased but what shown bright this week was the respect and honor that the rest of the world actually has for this city in recognition of our founding fathers, and the impressive people, entrepreneurs, citizens who make up what is current day Mass.

Our President and First Lady came this week to address what had happened and pray for the folks who were lost and injured.

There was much that was said and so much honor that resonated I really was just overwhelmed, positively, by it all.  As it relates to living fabulously fierce, The President highlighted what Marathon Monday is really all about which is what brings me to LFF Factor #21: Embracing family, friendship and fellowship.

At one point during his address at the Interfaith Service on Thursday, President Obama said

 “And every third Monday in April, you welcome people from all around the world to the Hub for friendship and fellowship and healthy competition — a gathering of men and women of every race and every religion, every shape and every size; a multitude represented by all those flags that flew over the finish line.”

The line about friendship and fellowship really stuck out for me and I don’t think it was just because it shared the same alliteration as Fabulously Fierce.  There was just something about that that gave me pause….friendship, fellowship.  There is just something about all of that that really serves as a call for embrace.  How many of us, often times when things are difficult, withdraw and just try to figure things out on our own?  How many of us are so limited by our inability to trust that we limit our circle of friends?  How many of use think of fellowship as just that “church thing” that we don’t really want to engage in?  I learned this week that there are so many of us that actually fall amongst those in these categories, if not 100% at least just a bit.  This week however, Bostonians didn’t allow each other to go there.  As a matter of fact, the rest of the country didn’t even allow us to go there.  I never thought I’d see the day where we’d get so much love from our brethren in New York, Chi-Town, Philly etc etc.  We were called to embrace if you will, our friends, and welcome the much-needed fellowship both live and virtual.

As an Eagle, “For Boston”, our fight song and hit by the Dropkick Murphys, resonates with me on so many levels.

I was reminded this week that I was a student on the campus of Boston College at the time of 9/11 and it was actually the first time that I really understood the line of that song that says “for here all our one and our hearts are true.”  This week, looking at the love across the city, throughout our state, and pouring in from all over, I was reminded, that here, on this earth, that indeed, here all are one and our hearts are true.

And so this week, I dare you to challenge yourself to embrace, family, friendship and fellowship, not only to receive, but to pour out from your own heart in a way that reflects the love we’re all suppose to exhibit for each other, not just in times of trial and testing, but in every cherished day that we blessed to live.

Fabulous week ahead my friends!

Soundtrack of the week: For Boston, by Dropkick Murphys

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