Note: As you will see below, I started writing this post Friday morning of last week. As I brought my head up early in the afternoon, I bore witness to the shocking events of the day in Newtown, CT. It is a town that is a mere 30 miles from where my kids attended elementary school. Words could not express the horror and sadness of these events. I felt it. We all felt it. Suffice to say, I did not want to post on my blog anything having to do with anything that day or over the weekend. Today on Monday morning, I continue to be filled with sadness for the loss suffered by the families directly affected, their community and our nation at large.
In times like this, perhaps it is useful for us also to be reminded of the power of the human spirit at work. So, with this intention, I am now sharing the post that was written, but the “send” button was not yet depressed.
It’s December 14, and I am trying very hard to exhale deeply. I’ve just finished a truckload of work, our new program launched (Yay!!!!), and our plans for next year are being finalized. It’s always a crazy time of year in which I barely have a second to reflect on the holiday spirit of the month. Truth be told, it’s been a long time since I had a big dose of Christmas spirit, mostly because I’m just too busy to take a second an reflect on it. However, I don’t need to stay an Ebenezer Scrooge. I can now choose to get my priorities straight and be thankful for all that really matters in life.
About 11 days ago, we had our annual holiday Townhall meeting for Weight Watchers corporate headquarters. We use this annual event to talk about the future, share an early preview into our marketing plans, talk about the new program, and mostly to give our people thanks for all of their hard work. From there it’s off to the holiday party where people can enjoy themselves and have the opportunity to watch me and countless others dance poorly.
This holiday Townhall, we added an extra element. It was a very simple idea, really. We asked two of our local successful members to come in and tell their stories to help all of the folks toiling away at headquarters remember why they work so very hard all year long. When these two members came, our request to them was to simply share their story. Both of of their stories were incredible, but nothing on Earth could have prepared us for Jennie.
I will not attempt to tell Jennie’s story because I could never in a thousand years hope to do it justice. All I can tell you is that it is one of the most moving experiences I can ever recall in my 13 years at Weight Watchers. There are moments in life when we get to observe the awesome power of the human spirit in action. There are moments when we can realize that anything is possible. There are moments in life when we can be truly inspired and see a clear path to a better life. For me, this speech was one of those moments.
So with this in mind, please accept my holiday gift to all of you. May it inspire you as it did me, and may it remind you that there is nothing that cannot be overcome.
The whole talk is about 20 minutes in total, so I had it broken into two YouTube video files. PLEASE TRUST ME. These will be some of the best 20 minutes you have ever spent. So without further delay, allow me to present Jennie.