The Girls Fight Back e-Newsletter was sent today…view it online here, or just read the pasted message below.
Today I’m on the verge of a passing a mighty torch. At 7 months pregnant, my husband Peter and I are looking forward to meeting our little guy in August. That’s right – it’s a boy! I suppose God thought we already had too much girl power in this house. (And Peter probably agrees…)
This spring we hired 6 speakers to give the GFB seminar, and have booked 14 Fall events and 9 conferences. This is a new record! These new speakers will be attending the GFB Academy the first week of June. For almost a full week they will be studying the two things that scare most people into paralysis: Self-defense and public speaking. Brave souls!
Many people have asked me if I’m feeling sad in passing this torch, and the answer is a resounding “no.” Having six more speakers means we will reach six times as many people. Besides, for almost 8 years I have traveled the U.S. and spoke to over a half million women about how to become their own best protectors. No regrets! I published a book, produced a DVD, was named 2009 Best Female Performer by Campus Activites Magazine and have an incredible network on the web via our website, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Good work has been done, and I’m ready to lead the Mother Ship to her next big destination. I’d like to conclude with a story to summarize this point…
My final speaking engagement of the Spring ’09 Tour was an event sponsored by the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association in Schaumburg. This was my farewell event until after the baby is born, and I was feeling a little uneasy at the thought of moving on. I wondered if this final seminar would bring some closure as I moved into a new role at Girls Fight Back…but I doubted it. Then someone’s face appeared in the audience, who was more special than words can say. It was Bobby McNamara.
For all these years since Bobby’s sister Shannon was murdered, he has not attended a Girls Fight Back seminar. It must have been too hard and too painful. He graduated high school the week before her murder, and endured so much loss at such a young age. His only sibling was taken too early, and Girls Fight Back must be a bittersweet reminder of that.
But there was Bobby, in the front row. I immediately knew this was a gift from Shannon. With the perfect timing only angels are capable of, she was telling me it was okay to move on, okay to train other people, that I had done my job and now it was time for a break and start a family of my own. In all my pregnant, hormonal glory, I fought back tears at the sight of him.
The seminar was great and the crowd was lovely. Afterwards Bobby approached me, and I was nervous. What if he didn’t like it, or was offended by something I said? But in an instant he put an end to all doubt. With tears in his eyes he simply said, “Thank you.” And then he hugged me. And it was done. Somehow, during the span of that sincere hug, I moved on to the next phase of my life. As Pete Seeger of The Byrds recorded in 1962:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep.
So I will go forward, now with a team of people behind me, believing the final lyric of that song to be true…that there is a time for peace – I swear its not too late.
Strong. Resilient. Spirited. Unified.
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