“Best of” Your Life

August 14, 2012 | 6 Comments »

Our Personal "Best Of" Life momentsLoved this “Best of” list from the London 2012 Olympics, and thought how fun it would be for each of us to have our own “best of” collection.

Not necessarily of our favorite Olympic moments, but from our own personal lives.

So if you’re game to play, let your mind entertain your favorite highlights from these “best of” categories.

(Better yet – share them with us in the comments!)

Best Meeting of a New Friend
Best Heart Throb Moment
Best Compliment
Best Date
Best Visit to a New Place
Best Moment of Spiritual Insight
Best Gift Ever Received
Best Gift Ever Delivered
Best Moment of Support
Best Breakup Moment
Best Surprise
Best Opportunity to Be of Service
Best Laugh
Best Phone Call
Best Experience

Or make up your own topics!

I’ll share some of mine below, and will add yours in as you comment.

Imagine all the appreciation and love being activated just by considering the question, let alone reading our answers!  woo hoo!!

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Best Meeting of a New Friend

Jeannette: In ’97 a good friend (and also ex-boyfriend) suggested my latest ex-boyfriend meet his newest ex-girlfriend. I didn’t know her at all, hadn’t heard much about her, but was very interested in getting my newest ex off my hands. A new love interest would do just the trick! So my ex-beau introduced me to his ex over drinks one day, and we’ve been best friends ever since. More than friends, she’s a sister, and to this day there isn’t a person walking this planet who I love more.

Jeannette: There’s one more meeting of a new friend I’ll never forget: I was living in a third floor apartment with two cats.  It was early Sunday morning.  I heard a kitten meowing outside.  Sounded to be in distress.  I was still in pajamas, so I kneeled on the floor to poke my head out as I opened the door.  The cutest orange tabby kitten I’ve ever seen in my entire life with these huge eyes came bounding across the landing right at my face.  I’ll never forget the image of this scrawny, dirty kitten with the biggest eyes ever running straight for me.  Flamer was my best friend for many, many good years.

Best Heart Throb Moment

Jeannette: I was at a club with my fabulous friend Carol.  She was super hot and the guys always liked her best.  There was one guy there who had my full attention (David, aka “the Greek God”).  I’d met him years prior when a mutual friend introduced us, but nothing ever came from it.  I knew when he met Carol it would be over for me.  (He’s the kind of guy every girl would love, and Carol was no exception.)  The three of us were talking just as it was getting to be closing time.  He was heart stoppingly handsome.  The last dance of the night began playing – a slow song.  Without saying a single word, David reached out, took my hand, led me onto the dance floor, and we slow danced.  Carol was as stunned as I was, and I still have the hots for that guy to this day.

Michele: I had just left working for a beer company in the marketing department,had moved back to DC and was feeling “in transition”. A friend who was still with the company came to town with the Miller Lite Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest Tour (I am not kidding), and asked me to join her. So, I did. We sat at the VVIP table, with absolutely no interest in the chicks in micro-bikinis strutting around the bar. A man came and sat at our table. A handsome, dark, slightly brooding man with a dazzling smile. He sat right across from me, looked me right in the eyes and asked if I needed anything. Anything at all. “A beer”, I croaked. He smiled that radiant smile and moved the beer in front of me closer. That man was John Stamos.

Best Visit to a New Place

Jeannette: My top three, in this order: weekend in Paris while visiting best friend Sharon in London for the summer when we were 15; slot canyon hiking in Southern Utah with Murray; Maui last year with Russ & family.

Nicole: I took my kids to Disney and Seaworld, stayed at a really nice vacation hotel in Orlando, bought them whatever gifts they wanted and enjoyed time with my nephew at the pool every day. It was so amazing to have the freedom to take them there and let them experience the magic of Disney at the perfect age! Plus, they were able to stay with their Florida grandparents for a month, which was a dream come true for them.

Michele: I spent 5 or 6 weeks in Tokyo working on an event, and it was incredible. I made a point of eating in local restaurants and dared myself to try things I’d never tried before. In the few spare moments I had in those weeks, I also drifted around the city, soaking up the neighborhoods, sights and smells. I had a driver, Mr. Tsugi, who sensed what I wanted to learn and he took me – at 4am – to the Tokyo Fish Market to see the catch come in, and then we had breakfast with the fishermen in a small, small cafe (miso soup, fresh fish, tea). It was magical.

Best Moment of Spiritual Insight

Jeannette: I felt my physical self  literally change (meaning, I was not the same person afterward) when I read this sentence in Ask and It Is Given: “You are not here to fix a broken world.”  In that moment something big “clicked” and I finally got it.  I was literally a new person.  With one sentence.  Wow!!

Sara: When I realized it was ok to stop trying to be “extraordinary.”  Months later my ordinary life is way more fun, magical, and extra-ordinary … as in an abundant flow of beautiful, magical yet seemingly ordinary moments.

Nicole: In my twenties, I had an awakening where I completely felt empathetic and love for myself. After years of basting in false premises about ‘who i am’ it became clear to me that my source was infinitely perfect. It was a great relief to realize I was fine and didn’t need to fix anything any more.

Michele: Yes, I’ve had a “white light” experience. And it was powerful. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the message I received prepared me for a whole new way of life. Almost too personal to share, to tell you the truth. But if you ever feel as though you are being spoken to, you are. Listen well. That’s all I can say.

Best Gift Ever Received

from Jeannette: When my parents gave me permission to get a cat (I got two from the local shelter); when Verrall hooked me up to foster a 5 week old blond chow puppy from Humane Society (now known as Koda Bear); when 2 and a half years ago I asked Verrall to find me foster puppies and instead he gave me a blind foster kitten for Christmas; and when Marc gave me a year long SEO service for my business one Christmas.

Best Gift Ever Delivered

Jeannette: Flowers sent to the life saving office worker who destroyed the fax I accidentally sent to her boss.  (I was talking about her boss with a vendor, and not super favorably.)  Luckily the secretary was sympathetic and phoned to tell me she wouldn’t be delivering that fax.  Lifesaver!

Best Moment of Support

Christina: Two, actually.  My mom was a wonderful support when I called her at 3am during my divorce. And an aquaintance from Facebook, someone I didn’t know well in person, reached out to me, offered me books to read, prayed for me and emailed me. There was no reason for her to do any of that, but I appreciated it so much.

Best Breakup Moment

Jeannette: Throwing my engagement ring across the room at my fiance when he said something so hypocritical I couldn’t even pretend the relationship would work.  (That he could see his ex in person, but I couldn’t even talk to mine on the phone.  Also goes on Smartest Decisions list.)

Michele: not mine, but it’s a great story. 🙂 So, in college, fraternities and sororities were a big deal, and a friend of mine was dating a fraternity boy who had given her a lavalier (which is a necklace with his fraternity letters on it – sort of a pre-engagement thing). They were in his car after having gone out, and he told her he wanted his lavalier back, and wanted to break up.  My friend farted. Spontaneously. Really loud. Said nothing. Just pulled off the necklace, handed it to him and left the car.

Best Surprise

Jeannette: The ski date when Jon Little taught me one little tip that made me feel like an expert skier.  It was a day of unbelievably renewed confidence in my entire self, not just my ski skills.

Sara: When I found out I was going to be a mom of TWINS!! Indescribable amazement.

Best Opportunity to Be of Service

Jeannette: I liked the day I made my boyfriend stop the car in one of the busiest intersections in the city to make sure a mama duck and her ducklings safely crossed the road.  Also liked pushing past the blockade with same guy to help evacuate the local farm sanctuary when a nearby fire threatened the 200 animals there.

Best Laugh:

Christina: When my son was younger and would say the funniest things. We took him to see the re-release of Star Wars at 5 years old. He didn’t remember being at a theater, we’d stopped going when he was a year old. We’d only watched videos at home. We’re watching previews for the movie and he says, “Mom, can you fast forward?”

Best Phone Call:

Christina: When I got the call that I’d gotten my job. It’s not my forever job, but it met every single requirement I’d put out there for it to have, and I am thankful to have it.

Best Experience

Susanne: delivering my son; it was an exhausting as well as a spiritual experience, it is now 30 years ago.  Also, a 12 day hike in Lapland opened for new insights to who I really am.

Michele: Seeing the world through my children’s eyes. Watching them have a light bulb moment, or really mastering something. Good lord – this happens every day, so every day I get to have a Best Experience! What a wonderful life!

Your turn – what are some of your favorite “bests” in life?

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6 Responses to “ “Best of” Your Life ”

  1. Sara says:

    Best meeting of a new friend: Walking into high school history class on my birthday and learning that it was another classmate’s birthday too. We’ve been buds ever since, and even dated for a little while.

    Best heart throb moment: When the “hot white collar guy” walked into the coffee shop I was working at and told me, “Hey weren’t you singing at the bar last night? Damn girl, you’ve got a voice!” …Been married five years. 🙂

    Best moment of spiritual insight: When I realized it was ok to stop trying to be “extraordinary”…Months later my ordinary life is way more fun, magical, and extra-ordinary…as in an abundant flow of beautiful, magical yet seemingly ordinary moments. 🙂 🙂

    Best Surprise: When I found out I was going to be a mom of TWINS!! Indescribable amazement.

  2. Susanne says:

    Best experience was while I delivered my son, it was an exhausting as well as a spiritual experience, it is now 30 years ago.

    A 12 day hike in Lapland opened for new insights to who I really am.

  3. Christina says:

    Best Compliment – Being told I had beautiful eyes. I’ll never forget how that made me feel.

    Best First Date – Not first date, but best date was my now hubby took me to the resort where he worked during high school. We rode bikes, walked on the trails, ate lunch, and rode back to drop off the bikes across the lake on a ferry at sunset. Perfect day.

    Best Visit to a New Place – My three weeks in Oxford in 2008. I got to see so many wonderful places – Oxford, London, Stonehenge (was the best!), Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cambridge. When I want to get quiet, I close my eyes and I’m standing in the field across from Stonehenge with the wind blowing through the grass.

    Best Moment of Spiritual Insight – In February 2011, during my divorce, when I felt unloved and completely lost, and God told me he loved me, he forgave me, he would never leave me, and everything would be okay.

    Best Gift Ever Received – My son 🙂 He was a promise from God.

    Best Gift Ever Delivered – One Christmas we decided to help some friends of ours. We did a 12 days of Christmas thing, secretly leaving presents for them outside their door. It wasn’t until much later I read a letter they’d sent our church – they still don’t know it was us – telling them how much those gifts meant and how they came at exactly the right time. One was a gift certificate for $40 at our local grocery store. We had no idea that they were in need of groceries at that exact time.

    Best Moment of Support – Two, actually. My mom was a wonderful support when I called her at 3am during my divorce. And an aquaintance from Facebook, someone I didn’t know well in person, reached out to me, offered me books to read, prayed for me and emailed me. There was no reason for her to do any of that, but I appreciated it so much.

    Best Surprise – When I was 16 I was working as a babysitter for a couple that owned a restaurant in town. They threw me a surprise party, bought me a cake, gave me a bonus, and let me drive their car home when they dropped me off that day.

    Best Laugh – When my son was younger and would say the funniest things. We took him to see the re-release of Star Wars at 5 years old. He didn’t remember being at a theater, we’d stopped going when he was a year old. We’d only watched videos at home. We’re watching previews for the movie and he says, “Mom, can you fast forward?”

    Best Phone Call – When I got the call that I’d gotten my job. It’s not my forever job, but it met every single requirement I’d put out there for it to have, and I am thankful to have it.

  4. Nicole says:

    This list is just what I needed today!

    Best Job Offer – Every time I’ve been offered a job, I’ve been very excited. It was so much fun meeting new people and learning new things.

    Best vacation – I took my kids to Disney and Seaworld, stayed at a really nice vacation hotel in Orlando, bought them whatever gifts they wanted and enjoyed time with my nephew at the pool every day. It was so amazing to have the freedom to take them there and let them experience the magic of Disney at the perfect age! Plus, they were able to stay with their Florida grandparents for a month, which was a dream come true for them.

    Best spiritual moment: In my twenties, I had an awakening where I completely felt empathetic and love for myself. After years of basting in false premises about ‘who i am’ it became clear to me that my source was infinitely perfect. It was a great relief to realize I was fine and didn’t need to fix anything any more.

  5. These are so fun to read and add! Thanks ladies, for your high vibing contributions!!
    🙂

  6. This is such a great reflection! I’ve really enjoyed reading this, so here is mine:

    Best Heart Throb Moment – I had just left working for a beer company in the marketing department,had moved back to DC and was feeling “in transition”. A friend who was still with the company came to town with the Miller Lite Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest Tour (I am not kidding), and asked me to join her. So, I did. We sat at the VVIP table, with absolutely no interest in the chicks in micro-bikinis strutting around the bar. A man came and sat at our table. A handsome, dark, slightly brooding man with a dazzling smile. He sat right across from me, looked me right in the eyes and asked if I needed anything. Anything at all. “A beer”, I croaked. He smiled that radiant smile and moved the beer in front of me closer. That man was John Stamos.

    Best Visit to a New Place – I spent 5 or 6 weeks in Tokyo working on an event, and it was incredible. I made a point of eating in local restaurants and dared myself to try things I’d never tried before. In the few spare moments I had in those weeks, I also drifted around the city, soaking up the neighborhoods, sights and smells. I had a driver, Mr. Tsugi, who sensed what I wanted to learn and he took me – at 4am – to the Tokyo Fish Market to see the catch come in, and then we had breakfast with the fishermen in a small, small cafe (miso soup, fresh fish, tea). It was magical.

    Best Moment of Spiritual Insight – Yes, I’ve had a “white light” experience. And it was powerful. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the message I received prepared me for a whole new way of life. Almost too personal to share, to tell you the truth. But if you ever feel as though you are being spoken to, you are. Listen well. That’s all I can say.

    Best Breakup Moment – not mine, but it’s a great story. 🙂 So, in college, fraternities and sororities were a big deal, and a friend of mine was dating a fraternity boy who had given her a lavalier (which is a necklace with his fraternity letters on it – sort of a pre-engagement thing). They were in his car after having gone out, and he told her he wanted his lavalier back, and wanted to break up. My friend farted. Spontaneously. Really loud. Said nothing. Just pulled off the necklace, handed it to him and left the car.

    Best Experience – Seeing the world through my children’s eyes. Watching them have a light bulb moment, or really mastering something. Good lord – this happens every day, so every day I get to have a Best Experience! What a wonderful life!

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