Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Energy In The Room

Me at 60---okay, I'm just 54. GOTCHA
The Energy in the Room; My Birthday Message to You

For years I’ve told people that I’m only as good as the energy in the room. I’m well aware of the fact that I have to raise the energy, but I’m also clear that we are all connected and need the energy of those around us (I’m including pets and plants here as well.)

Last week, I had the opportunity to be in a room of folks from Medtronic. Excel is the African American field resource group. This room was filled with highly successful beautiful people. Now, I don’t know what’s in the water at Medtronic, but folks there seemed to thrive on learning and evolving.

 I had already been with the women’s network, so after meeting the Black folks there, I knew that the company was on to something.

Medtronic has taken a deliberate course to raise the energy in the room by making it more diverse. Additionally, they add support to affinity groups empowering them to be stronger as individuals and more productive as a collective.

The energy in the room of those African Americans at Medtronic gave me a very beautiful vision of the future. These folks were bright and beautiful and they truly cared about the wellness of others.

In that room, I was free to be my own authentic self because they were themselves.

Now, here’s the truth; you can’t expect to take energy from a room if you have not brought any to it.

Everything is energy. We thrive and connect and then thrive again. Life requires that we all bring our best so we can leave the best and take the best from all that has been created.

Today, November 12th is my birthday. I had promised myself that I would not work, but I’m doing it. I’m with the wonderful folks at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. I decided to work on my birthday to give back what they gave me.

Years ago when I lived in San Diego, my mother was treated and healed by the hands of the energy of Sharp employees. We had ten more years together.

Life is a beautiful quilt of the threads and fabrics we bring together. Individually, we may be a worn, too old and faded to wear alone. Together with others, we create a picture, a map, a story of life well lived; one that creates the energy for others to do the same.

What do you bring to the room?

What do you get from the rooms you are in?

Are you more concerned with having than you are with being?

We are the energy in the room. You can bring joy or you can bring pain; choose joy.

Be you, be well, be beautiful.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Come Together Children

Dinner and A documentary family
Come Together Children

If you want to be well, truly well, you can’t do it alone.

Wellness requires a community of folks feeding and leading one another.

Longevity research finds that people who are a part of a community with common interests and activity tend to live longer.

Moreover, (sorry boys and girls, I have to drop a moreover every now and again) these people tend to live healthier lives; lacking any of the diseases associated with aging.

Simply put, you need to get you some people.

You need to be a part of a group of folks who gather regularly to think, move, laugh, share, learn, and love with one another.

I’m giving you the short version, the even shorter version is this; come together children.

Be you, be well, be gathering.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

Laughing and Learning together