I recently had the opportunity to hear Kim Malek, one of the founders of Salt & Straw, speak at a conference. If you have not heard of Salt & Straw, it’s a gourmet “farm to cone” ice cream company from the Pacific Northwest. If you have not tasted their ice cream, put it on the Bucket List now. It’s worth it.
Lately, a lot of friends have had extremely tough times financially, professionally and personally. Friends have lost fathers and children. People have lost their homes or jobs, and others soon will too. I’m not sure why right now. I just know that it is.
One of my friends has had more than enough heartache; in fact, I think she’s dealt with more in her 30-some years than most people will in their lifetime. She has had health issues, family issues, relationship issues, money issues, lost parents, lived without power and running water while working full time and caring for kids… you name it. But if you met her, you would never know it. In fact, I have never seen her without a smile on her face. She is one of the most uplifting people I’ve been honored to know. She never complains, but instead keeps marching onward – living her life for others. She is the first to lend a hand or a heart. I’ve often referred to her as a living angel, and I think she is. I aspire to have the spirit, the generosity, the wisdom that she has.
What an odd circle. I heard this many years ago and again last week.