After suffering a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and being dead at the crash scene, Patti experienced, and amazingly learned, a lot MORE about what’s really important and truly matters each moment of our lives! Dive in and make it yours… Because of Patti’s closed-head injuries and fractures all over her body caused by the crash of June 18, 2002, she passionately encourages us to live life to the fullest! She urges us to step out of the box and connect with others. Patti shines some light on ways and opportunities we can put her motto M.A.D. Now! into living-color each and every day…and find our motto for living!
The white sheet was pulled over Patti’s dead body at the crash scene. Life had ended for her until…a gurgling noise was detected by an unexpected eyewitness. And a sliver of Hope appeared on the scene.
So, what about you? How do you persevere when Trouble erupts? Each of us can see problems as opposition or as opportunity…it’s our choice.
Patti opens the door to some change-challenges:
Dive in and SEARCH FOR YOUR PURPOSE THROUGH ADVERSITY – with you, what’s important to you
As you discover it, LIVE YOUR PURPOSE – find opportunities, lay hold of moments
And choose to BECOME BETTER THROUGH ADVERSITY – ask for help, pay attention, learn from mistakes, makes changes and lay hold of your “DASH”…on purpose!
Why do you do what you do? Patti points out how important it is to live with intention and be on-purpose. Learn how to mentor the people who follow you! Talk with them. And don’t merely talk, communicate effectively with them – listen to them, remember what they said, ask them questions, challenge them. And remember to pass along some encouragement…it’s like Vitamin B-12 — gives strength to the heart! A wise man once said, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Relationships play a major role in the legacies we leave….they make up the fabric of life.
“The life we live today is the legacy we leave tomorrow.” ~Patti Foster
“A legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.” ~John Maxwell
When it feels like you’re entering a total-chaos class in the schoolroom of life, what do you do? Who do you turn to to help you get back on track? What do you “Google?” Learn new perspectives of dealing with life when you feel like you’re passing through torrential waters and walking through life-changing flames. When it seems you’re being reshaped, choose to trust the Potter.
Patti encourages us to take a step toward life. Lay hold of each moment. Lean into life. And live the moments we have for more than ourselves. As a recovering traumatic brain injury survivor, Patti learned valuable life-lessons that raise our perspective of living. She keeps sticky notes with her almost everywhere she goes. “Why?” you ask. So, she can remember things that she doesn’t want to forget! She points out how important it is to write things down – whether on your phone, a sticky note, or in a journal. When life gets tough, try again. Don’t give up! Remember to laugh at yourself. And make sure to go out of your way to live your moments to the fullest, pulse by pulse!
In life, there are two kinds of people: basement people and balcony people. Patti shows us how our non-verbal communication can speak volumes to others! The doldrums of life have a way of taking us prisoner. This is where the negative world of the basement people abounds. However, when we want to get on the healthy road that raises us above mediocrity, balcony people have a way of coming to our rescue just when we need them the most! A wise man once urged people not let nasty, foul talk come out of their mouths, but only words that built up others and helped people with whatever they needed. Balcony people have a way of encouraging us to be “uniquely” who God crafted us to be. Patti offers us some good, down-to-earth tips for living that bring us out of the basement and into the balcony. We’ll taste and see how small things can so often make a BIG difference!
Patti Foster, TBI Survivor and Inspirational Communicator