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The Power of Joy
Sweet Memories
by: Nancy Werteen
I remember the taste of a just right summer peach. There was a peach farm on the way back from the beach. Growing up on Long Island, just about everything is “on the way back from the beach”. We would stop and my mom would buy a basket of peaches.

I’d chose one, bite down and watch the peach juice drip down my hands and land on my sand covered feet. To this day when I eat a warm summer peach, it feels like home.
It’s interesting how a smell or a taste can transport you to another time and place. So many things you remember and so many things you forget. 

I thought I’d never forget the first 10 words my daughter said. Figured I didn’t even have to write them down, I’d always remember. But I don’t. And then there are awful things I remember and can’t forget. It seems we don’t always get to choose what stays and what goes. I suppose there are good and bad things about that. The past can be a wrecking ball or a soft kiss on a warm summer day.

The past is there-jumbled up in a blender and the smoothie that comes out is sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet. We can drink it up or pour it down the drain. I like to think of it that way-that I get to decide what to hold on to and what to let go. Today, I’ll remember that peach farm, my mom and a trip to the beach. 
Nuggets of Wisdom
From:  Paula YoungDirector of Marketing & RN 
Young Medical Spa
Nancy Werteen:  What have you learned about the challenges in your life?

Paula Young/Registered Nurse and Marketing Director for Young Medical Spa:  “I’ve learned to grieve and breathe.  Feel what I need to feel, take a deep breath and say okay, I’m ready to move on.”
 
The Power of Why
Holding On and Letting Go
by:  Kim Howie
Our memories can be a beautiful tribute to who we are now OR they can be a road block to who we wish we could become.  The difference lies in how we choose to manage them.

Are we living in the memories, spending our days longing for what has passed, or even worse, ruminating over how we wish we had done something differently?  Or are we simply observing the memories, either finding joy in them or being happy that they helped to make us who we are today?  

A dear friend of mine gave me the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  It was a wonderful read with great advice, but what I loved most was the idea of using joy as a form of measure to determine which items to hold on to and which to let go.  I've found this concept to be just as useful in cleaning up my mind as it is in cleaning up my home.  For me this means sifting and sorting through my thoughts and memories to determine which ones bring me joy and which ones I need to let go.

It's wonderful to have the ability to look back with gratitude and appreciation on the experiences that have brought us to where we are now.  And oftentimes it's contrast that helps us to truly appreciate life.  But once those less than joyful memories have served their purpose, it's time to say "thank you for helping me to grow and expand, now I am choosing to let you go".
The Power of Now
The WC News and Events
Tickets are going fast to our Wisdom Coalition kick off celebration!!  If you haven't purchased yours yet, you can click here to do so now.  We hope to have you join us May 12th at 5:30 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. Grab some girlfriends and buy a block of 5 tickets. You'll save $5.00 a ticket this way. Looking forward to seeing you and sharing all the WC has to give!!

COMING SOON
Keep an eye (or should we say ear) out for The Wisdom Coalition Podcast coming to iTunes soon!  More information in the upcoming weeks ahead.
The Who Behind The Wisdom Coalition
The Wisdom Coalition, LLC has been created by Kim Howie, Certified Health Coach, author, and designer of the Pure Energy Program, and Nancy Werteen, television news reporter and anchor with WFMZ-TV-69, currently producing a series called, “Life Lessons” which focuses on health and wellness tips, along with guidance and support from advising partner, Heather Rodale, VP of Community Outreach and a member of the Board of Directors for Rodale Inc., as well as founder of the not-for-profit organization, Healing Through The Arts.

The Wisdom Coalition has an amazing Board of Advisors with diverse skills who provide advice and support.

Our Mission: To create a collaborative community to help women flourish, thrive, and find joy in the journey of life.

Our Basis:  We believe in the power of women supporting other women and the wisdom we all have to teach one another how to find joy in the journey of life.
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