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THE ULTIMATE CYCLING EXPERIENCE
Christiansen Gran Fondo is a series of events that welcomes riders of every skill level for a weekend of riding and celebration of all things cycling. Join professional cyclists, weekend warriors, and first-time riders on routes planned and tested by Lisa Christiansen herself.
This little slice of old Jerusalem in Oklahoma makes for a perfect ride whether you choose the piccolo, medio, or gran fondo.
Nestled in the Wichita mountains is what appears to be the stone ruins of an ancient city, this breathtaking structure is actually an experience known as the Holy City of the Wichitas, where for the past 90 years, the story of Jesus Christ has been retold to thousands of onlookers, now you can participate in this EPIC ride that will bring memories to future generations to relive and continue to participate in.
Begin this journey with friends you have never met, familiar faces, new family members, and become a citizen of the holy city.
Remember to stay for post-ride fellowship and an outstanding dinner!
- All riders receive a T-Shirt in every Packet Pickup filled with discounts and several unique gifts. You also have the ability to have the paparazzi experience on the “Red Carpet”. Meet and Greet with photo On the red carpet.
Step and repeat “RED CARPET” brought to you by RUDY PROJECT, CHRIS CARMICHAEL, VIKTRE SOCIAL, LISA CHRISTIANSEN COMPANIES, LE TOUR DE’ FRANCE, and MORE!
- VIP Members will receive everything included in the Elite Piccolo, Medio, and Granfondo selections (T-Shirt along with outstanding discounts and several unique gifts. You also have the ability to have the paparazzi experience on the “Red Carpet”. Meet and Greet with photo On the red carpet), VIP members will also receive premier parking, extra items in their packet, and will become citizens of the Holy City. You will also be at the front of the start line to lead with the Dignitaries. You will also have a reserved table for dining after your victorious, glorious ride.
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The Morning will begin with prayer by the last monolingual Cherokee Guyadahi ᎬᏯᏓᎯ, followed by Changing of the colors by the Honor Guard, followed by the National Anthem to be sung by Natalie Gibson in her Native Tongue of Cherokee
88-year-old GuyadahiᎬᏯᏓᎯ is a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is one of the lastmono-lingual speakers of the Cherokee language.
Guyadahi ᎬᏯᏓᎯ (Mack Vann) grew up in a predominantly Cherokee community. He is known as the “Last Monolingual Cherokee”.
Natalie Gibson is from Afton, Oklahoma and resides in Miami, Oklahoma. Natalie Gibson started singing in the Cherokee language with the Cherokee National Youth Choir at age 12.
Natalie Gibson has sang in the Macys Parade, at Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, with Foreigner and Kenny Roger’s in concert, at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Bass Pro, PBR, Drillers to name a few. Natalie sang at the White House and states her favorite was singing with Cherokee elder Guyadahi impromptu during a recent visit at the heritage center. Natalie has sang at the Tulsa Oilers. She is also on the Cherokee Tribal Youth Council, attends NSU Natalie is majoring in Medical Administration. Natalie is honored to sing the National Anthem in Cherokee at the Holy City Granfondo.
The Changing of Colors is lead by Seminole Nation Honor Guard Commander Rex Hailey
Rex is an Army veteran, having served during Desert Storm in with the 101st. The Seminole Nation Color Guard is made up of men and women of several tribal nations, serving in every conflict from the Cold War to today. They started in 1980 and were the first tribal honor guard in the state of Oklahoma. They have laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, presented the colors at the Thunder games and traveled throughout the country educating people on tribal and military service. Their priority is military funerals, flag presentations, speaking engagements and military functions.
THE GRAN FONDO WILL BE HOSTED BY THE HOLY CITY OF THE WICHITAS
HONORARY HOST IS THE LEGENDARY OLYMPIC CYCLIST CHRIS CARMICHAEL, ALONGSIDE CELEBRITY HOST DR. LISA CHRISTIANSEN
The Christiansen Gran fondo is founded by Lisa Christiansen and supported by the Holy City, Sonja Ellis-Hamill, and Deena Delaine Dolch inspired by the many visits to the Holy City during Lisa Christiansen’s training rides through the majestic Wichita Mountains Wildlife refuge. Christiansen frequently stops at the Holy City Of The Wichitas to take a break before embarking on her long rides. Sonja and Deena invited Christiansen to host an event and Christiansen replied “I would be honored to help any way I can” and from a vision was born reality.
Cyclists from around the world are being welcomed to participate in this historic event and tickets are now available online. The Holy City reminds people of old Jerusalem in Oklahoma, and the location makes for a perfect ride in the Wichita mountains that appear to be the stone ruins of an ancient city.
“The Holy City is a very special place for me and I always refer to it as my home.” Said Lisa Christiansen, a renowned author, motivational speaker, athlete and the host of this inspiring event. “All of the proceeds will benefit the future generations of the Holy City and the American Cancer Society. You are invited to be part of this special occasion.” She added.
According to Lisa, all VIP participants will have the unique opportunity to share a red carpet in a paparazzi experience walking the red carpet and she has especially made herself available to a meet and greet.
In addition, Lisa Christiansen is supporting this event alongside renowned cyclist Chris Carmichael, Rudy Project, and Viktre Social.
The Event will begin from Holy City Of The Wichitas, which is conveniently located at 262 Holy City Rd. in Cache, Oklahoma. Furthermore, this event is exclusive to the first 100 cyclists to better serve and provide them with the best VIP experience. Moreover, there will be a post ride dinner available to purchase for 7.00 to elite cyclists, VIP cyclists are provided complimentary dinner in reserved seating area.
Built in 1935 to depict the city of Jerusalem during Biblical times, this 66-acre area is located in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Chris Carmichael is a retired professional cyclist and cycling, triathlon and endurance sports coach as well as the founder of Carmichael Training Systems and cycling legend.
Lisa Christiansen is also a renowned Best-selling Author, Transformational Speaker, Wealth Innovator, a global celebrity, and athlete who is passionate about everything related to the Holy City. Lisa will be available to accompany the cyclists and participants of the event.
To find out more about the Holy City, please visit: https://holycityofthewichitas.net
To find out more about the American Cancer Society, please visit: https://www.cancer.org
To learn more about Lisa Christiansen, please visit: https://www.christiansencode.academy
IMPORTANT! This event is exclusive to the first 100 cyclists to better serve and provide them with the best VIP experience.
The beneficiary is The Holy City of the Wichita’s and The American Cancer Society. Located in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, this 66-acre area was built in 1935 to depict the city of Jerusalem during Biblical times, and is the site of the nation’s longest running outdoor Easter passion play, “The Prince of Peace.”
Over 100,000 guests visit the Holy City every year from all over the world.
The Holy City is completely funded by donations and sales from the onsite gift shop. All donation are greatly appreciatated and you will be supporting the future of The Holy City for many generations to come!
Note: There will be a post ride dinner available to purchase for 7.00 to elite cyclists, VIP cyclists are provided complimentary dinner in reserved seating area.
Early packet pickup pickup begins on Friday March 15, 2019 from
12:noon and 6pm at the Holy City gift shop.
Packet pickup begins at 6am on Saturday March 16, 2019
Holy City Of The Wichitas
262 Holy City Rd
Cache, Ok 73527
The start line will be at the Holy City.
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In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Holy City Gran Fondo, its related events and activities, I, ______________________________, the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:
- The risk of injury from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
- I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
- I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the Company immediately; and,
- I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS Holy City Gran Fondo and USA Cycling, Inc., their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property associated with my presence or participation, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
Date Signed: _____________
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This is to certify that I, as parent/legal guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent and agree to his/her release as provided above of all the Releasees, and, for myself, my child and our heirs, assigns, and next of kin, I release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s involvement or participation in these programs as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Date Signed: __________
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IMPORTANT: Holy City Of The Wichitas and the organizers of this race do not provide insurance coverage for injuries that occur at the race. The costs related to those injuries are the responsibility of the individual participant.
Wow, I enjoyed all the prior speakers and the pastor with his beautiful, heartfelt prayer. They hit all the high lights. I must begin by thanking God for blessing me in abundance of portions of immeasurable proportions;
I thank God for joining us together today to unite as one in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will elaborate a little on why we are here on such a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. First, I would like to begin by praying with and for you in my Native tongue of Cherokee….
Thank you for indulging me in prayer because I believe we must remember to always put God first.
I was originally asked to speak at two other March for Trump events, first in Springfield, Illinois, the cradle of Abraham Lincoln.
My opening was going to be something like, almost everyone, including Democrats, would include Lincoln as one of their three favorite Presidents. By no means, do I consider myself as a Historian, but Lincoln would certainly make my list, as well as Ronald Reagan.
With that said, I expect and anticipate that President Trump will become the greatest President in history as for me President Trump is already on my number one President of all time and his stunning wife is most certainly our classiest and most beautiful First Lady ever with Jackie Kennedy as my favorite before the beautiful Melania and I would like to share why I choose Mr. Trump as my favorite President, it is because in 2009 I was invited to NY to have lunch with Donald and everyone thought I was crazy for believing this was true let alone it could happen to me.
I went with 3 objectives:
1. Take a picture with Mr. Trump
2. Get his autograph
3. Get a testimonial for my website from the greatest business man of all time
I would have been happy with even one of these and he gave me so much more, he answered my questions and even made ample time for the more than 30 people in the room to fulfill their request and dare I say their dreams. I witnessed him give money to what appeared to be a homeless person with a joyous heart and buy coffee for a construction crew that wasn’t even working on one of his projects.
This is the integrity and character of a man who cares about our homeless, a man who’s very definition is to protect and serve by putting the needs of others above his own. This is the man I met and know.
I firmly believe he will lead us to put America First and make America Great Again.
The next event was to be the premier event held in Washington, D.C., where there was even hope that President Trump and his beautiful wife our First Lady might attend.
I was excited for this and in talking to a friend he said there will be a lot more pressure on you in DC with probably a lot more people and you will speaking on a different subject than you normally do.
My response was “Bring it On because diamonds are created under pressure and I love a good challenge”.
I then learned that Oklahoma City was to host an event and my excitement overwhelmed me because it flooded my soul with memories of Sunday morning after church sitting on the church steps with lemonade and the ever-popular fried chicken legs talking with my friends. I just knew I had to be switched to Oklahoma so I could share time with my family in each of you.
A little background on myself is I live in gratitude because I had to fight my way into this world not once, not twice but three times as my mother attempted to abort me three times.
I was knew that I disposable and only wanted when I was convenient and my message here is that you matter, each of you are valuable, and loved because God loves you and I love you.
In growing up in Indian territory and attending schools where I only spoke Cherokee until I was 10 years old I also learned that your success is in direct proportion to your contribution, I learned I am a giver.
In my early career I wasn’t familiar with many business leaders, but I had heard of Donald Trump.
My first introduction to President Trump was when I was involved with one of those multi-level marketing companies where everyone’s goal was to drive a pink Cadillac you know the one.
An early part of that process was to create a “vision board” with an “I” story, My ‘I’ story was to meet Donald Trump and ask him one quality question within 5 years, I met that schedule ahead of deadline by 2 years another example that God really does answer your most passionate prayers.
I have no idea why I was chosen for this most prestigious honor because I am just a little girl from Tahlequah, the backwoods of Punkin’ Holler in a tiny little place in the middle of nowhere on the way some somewhere in a home with dirt floors and a place where no one ever sees “you,” the you that is crying to come out, all the while knowing it’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that no one can see but you and realizing through God’s design this the only way to find your direction and today is proof that dreams really do come true and for this I thank you.
One reason perhaps is because I have supported Trump from the moment that I heard that he was running for president, before it was even official, I have supported him through the many threats that my family received through the Native American community because of my unwillingness to back down and my family stood by me in my decision.
My father who always supports my decisions with great enthusiasm had even told me that if I back down because of threats then I am certainly not the daughter that he raised because he raised me to stand up for what I believe in, he taught me to be strong, tenacious, and he taught me that a decision means to sever, to cut off, leaving no other option or alternative so when you make a decision it means you stand up even if it means you stand alone, And there were many times within my Native American community where I did feel that I was standing alone, actually that’s not true, for how could I be standing alone when I have God before me and my father beside me.
Outside of my Native American community I have had many friends that disagreed with my support, I have had many friends that we simply agreed to disagree and I appreciate each one of them for that because I believe we learn from each other.
I believe much of the resistance across the entire nation comes from and unfounded fear that as we rebuild our economy there will be many cutbacks on financial assistance.
And while I strongly believe in a hand up I do not believe in a handout and there is a huge difference. These handouts and many other govt. handouts are wrong and should be eliminated or reformed. People need to realize that our country is like an individual that is bankrupt or so close that they can feel it like a train wreck.
Our country does not have an unlimited black card, more like an ordinary credit card that is about to be rejected at the checkout counter over a piece of bubblegum.
We have a national debt of almost twenty trillion dollars, which is one of the main reasons why China has or is about to surpass us as the major power in the world and other countries have little or no respect for us, understandable so.
We must make many changes, none of which will be easy or popular, such as how to get our entitlement programs, like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid back on sound economic ground.
I did not vote for Obama nor did I vote for Hillary and did not agree with most of their agenda but I did support him during his term and would have supported her because of the position because I was raised that even if you do not like the person you must respect their position, I had hoped that he would began to solve some of our problems during his 8 year term, that did not happen.
The two huge issues I would put at the top of my personal list would be protecting our Country and turning our economy around.
To me, any President’s first priority should be to protect its citizens, both from within and outside our territory. My personal opinion is the prior administration from former President Obama, the Attorney Generals, Secretary of States, on down did a poor job of this.
I applaud President Trump for his beginning to rebuild our military and appointing cabinet members who will help protect us and keep us safe. Our local sheriff and police departments overwhelmingly voted for Trump and for this I am grateful. By the way, I’m pleased that the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruett is a fellow Oklahoman, I would expect major changes in that area.
I realize my other priority of turning around our economy covers a myriad of issues like the national debt, Obamacare, jobs and dollars going overseas, high corporate and individual tax rates, bank derivatives, etc. I think the commitments from some of our prominent corporations to add jobs, build facilities here rather than abroad and cut costs on some defense projects was a huge step in the right direction. The positive gains in our financial markets since the election is another indicator. One statistic I absolutely love was that in the first month of the prior administration our national debt increased 200 Billion dollars compared to the reductions of 12 billion dollars the first month of President Trump’s administration.
With that being said, all I ask is for all the naysayers, specifically and including the media, to give our great President Trump that same respect and support that we gave the previous administration.
Keep in mind, President Trump has only been in office less than 2 months and has made exponential progress already.
I firmly believe President Trump will lead us to put God first, the American people as his priority and make America Great Again.
My goal in this speech isn’t to solve the many Issues our nation faces as that is not my job, rather to focus on society’s responsibility as a whole to keep those individuals whose job it is to solve these problems results focused and focus driven. Both parties, republicans and democrats, have been guilty of complacency and merely kicking the can down the road.
Without even thinking about it, I can list 7or 8 major problems such as terrorism, immigration, health care, infrastructure, our international relationships, drug issues, education, our overload of regulations, etc. I am certain you can probably think of at least two or three others that you could add to that list.
Is it really too much to ask one person to totally solve all these major issues? Of course it is, however, its not too much to ask him including our Congressional delegates, and our state leaders to get started working on resolving them.
The best way to accomplish this is for each one of us, as individuals and collectively, to do our part by working together, coming together across the great divide, and be willing to compromise and learn from each other as we all share a common goal.
I’m proud to be from Oklahoma for many reasons, one being conservatives while still becoming more and more progressive. I know that you are already aware that our two United States Senators and all five Congressmen, including MarkWayne Mullen, who we are so honored to have with us today, and our Governor are all Republicans.
I knew that Trump would easily carry Oklahoma, but was pleased that he got 65.3% of the vote, carried all 77 counties, with Cimarron County in the Panhandle having the highest percentage% of 83%. There were only two states that had a higher percentage% of Trump votes than Oklahoma.
In closing I would remind each of us that we have played a part in electing President Trump, but it’s not just a matter of handing the ball over to Trump and our elected officials and standing back and watching. We need to stay committed, keep them in our prayers, and let them know we support them and their efforts.
Please keep in mind that everything we are praying for won’t get done in six months. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and there will be some compromises as there is strong opposition and we can create a favorable transition if we choose to love them through it and remember it is always better to follow a great example than to lead by ignorance, personally, I choose to follow the example of Christ Jesus and love them through gratitude and forgiveness.
With that being said, I am asking us to each love each other, accept each other, even agree to disagree because in the big picture we all want the same things, to be loved, to matter, and to live with passion.
Let us all continue to keep President Trump and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless President Trump and his humble family, God bless America and God bless each and every one of you and your beautiful families. I love you.
If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.
Armani custom designed gown valued at $100,000,… Harry Winston, Chopard bracelet cuff valued at 500,000,… As for me I am just a child of God the one true king, a little girl from Tahlequah who grew up on dirt floors always keepng my trust in Christ Jesus and keeping my eyes fixed on God knowing he always provides me with his grace.
Do you want to know how to become successful? It’s easy.
Turn your dream into your goal. Plant it deep in your heart, then for as long as it takes, eat, sleep, breathe, laugh, and cry without ever taking your eye off your goal.Not even for a second. An obstacle is what you see when you take your eye off of the goal…
Don’t be limited by your past, satisfied with your present or uncertain about your future: Define Your Prime. Take the reins on your life today and everyday!
Dream so big it scares you and watch it happen right before your eyes. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you. Mine was a dream that nobody saw but me and every time I shared my dream others would say be realistic… realistic is for the ordinary who are willing to settle, I dream the impossible because God makes it possible… Only then it becomes real…”
I gave you a shout out Johnna Kelley, Dee Martin Gauthier, Chris Silva and everyone for making tonight possible and special in this video as I chased someone down to take my pictures and even WhoSay, Getty Images and others were generous to take a few pictures of me with my phone … Experience one of the most coveted events “the Oscars” 2017.
This is my favorite TRUE story of an amazing Christmas miracle, The Christmas Miracle, a True Story by Santa Mark Leonard
In December 1997, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. The child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl. “Who is this?” asked Santa, smiling. “Your friend? Your sister?”
“Yes, Santa,” he replied. “My sister, Sarah, who is very sick,” he said sadly.
Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
“She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!” the child exclaimed. “She misses you,” he added softly.
Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy’s face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas. When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted.
“What is it?” Santa asked warmly.
“Well, I know it’s really too much to ask you, Santa, but …” the woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa’s elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors. “The girl in the photograph, my granddaughter … well, you see … she has leukemia and isn’t expected to make it even through the holidays,” she said through tear-filled eyes. “Is there any way, Santa, any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That’s all she’s asked for, for Christmas, is to see Santa.”
Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do. Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do. “What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed, dying,” he thought with a sinking heart, “this is the least I can do.”
When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was staying. He asked the assistant location manager how to get to Children’s Hospital. “Why?” Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.
Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah’s grandmother earlier that day. “C’mon, I’ll take you there,” Rick said softly.
Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They found out which room Sarah was in. Rick said he would wait out in the hall.
Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed. The room was full of what appeared to be her family – there was the Grandmother and the girl’s brother he had met earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah’s mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah’s thin hair off her forehead. And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah’s aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their love and concern for Sarah.
Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, “Ho, ho, ho!”
“Santa!” shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him, IV tubes in tact.
Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug. A child the tender age of his own son – 9 years old – gazed up at him with wonder and excitement. Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears. Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah’s face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room.
As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa’s shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering “thank you” as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she’d been a very good girl that year. As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl’s mother. She nodded in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah’s bed, holding hands. Santa looked intently at Sarah and asked her if she believed in angels.
“Oh, yes, Santa, I do!” she exclaimed.
“Well, I’m going to ask that angels watch over you,” he said.
Laying one hand on the child’s head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed. He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this disease. He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing softly, Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright. The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, and tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all. When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah’s frail, small hands in his own.
“Now, Sarah,” he said authoritatively, “you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next year!” He knew it was risky proclaiming that, to this little girl who had terminal cancer, but he had to. He had to give her the greatest gift he could – not dolls or games or toys – but the gift of HOPE.
“Yes, Santa!” Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright.
He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room. Out in the hall, the minute Santa’s eyes met Rick’s, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed. Sarah’s mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa’s side to thank him.
“My only child is the same age as Sarah,” he explained quietly. “This is the least I could do.” They nodded with understanding and hugged him.
One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap. “Hi, Santa! Remember me?”
“Of course, I do,” Santa proclaimed, as he always does, smiling down at her. After all, the secret to being a ‘good’ Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the ‘only’ child in the world at that moment.
“You came to see me in the hospital last year!”
Santa’s jaw dropped. Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little miracle and held her to his chest. “Sarah!” he exclaimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were rosy – much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before. He looked over and saw Sarah’s mother and grandmother in the sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.
That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus. He had witnessed – and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about – this miracle of hope. This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and well.
He silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered, “Thank you, Father. ‘Tis a very, Merry Christmas!
© 2000-2016 Susan Morton Leonard
The Tim Bremel Show:
Interview With Susan & Mark Leonard featuring Lisa Christiansen
Your attitude is the inner architect building resilience in your mindset, you can choose to be happy or choose to be miserable and whichever seeds you decide to nurture will bear the fruits of your future.
What’s at stake? Your outlook involves your perception of success (or failure) and has a big impact on the viability of your career. The great thing is, setting your attitude is your choice.
See all the ways below that you can positively enhance your attitude:
1. Find your inner coach.
What you think about yourself, your abilities, financial gains (or losses) and your assessment of your ability to succeed becomes what you actively live out. Actions follow thoughts.
To be successful, choose your thoughts wisely and deliberately.
When your attitude is unproductive and you need to shift from a negative thought pattern, draw upon your inner child: Reprogram fearful, defeatist thinking toward thoughts charged with power, conviction and faith. Focus on your ability to meet your goals, begin with one action however insignificant it may seem because that one action leads to follow up and follow through leaving no other option than success.
Learn to coach yourself into a productive state of mind. This coaching will lead to forward movement and can be reignited anytime you face a setback.
Think of your attitude with this equation: Energy = Motion. From this paradigm, attitude determines movement forward or back.
2. Determine incentives.
Discover what motivates you to take action. Think back to what has inspired you to make changes in your life and pursue your goals. Knowing why you do what you do is vital to your current motivation and passion.
Is your incentive financial gain? Is it self-preservation, stability, anger or fear? Having clear incentives can instantly shift your attitude to a positive one.
Begin with a smile, give compliments freely and inspire others. When you can motivate others you will automatically move yourself toward a goal, your attitude becomes infused with your inner power, enthusiasm and passion. Your outlook on business is elevated. You walk faster, smile more and carry a posture of self-assuredness, all of which draws even more success your way.
3. Set benchmarks.
Write it down, make a vision board, select benchmarks to help you visualize goals so they seem to be right before you as you strive to develop your skills. To maintain an attitude of enthusiasm it is important to be grateful for things already achieved because gratitude breeds abundance. Build benchmarks of success and think about them intentionally and consistently.
The more deeply you believe, really believe and appreciate a goal in the present the more likely it will be. This type of mental practice keeps your attitude positive and directed toward attainment of success. I believe you naturally strive toward what you visualize.
4. Manage anxiety.
When challenges surface in business and in life, you might experience a loss of control over emotions and thoughts. To remain optimistic, discipline your mind to stay clear of catastrophic thoughts and the “what if” slippery slope of anxiety. Remember, an obstacle is what you see when you take your eye off of your goal.
Anxiety is simply fear projected forward. Remind yourself that a “what if” is not happening now: It is just a story. Focus on what you can control right now. Each thought is a seed you plant that programs your attitude and your subsequent behavior. To keep a great attitude, learn to focus your mind on solutions, not problems.
5. Create a positive impression.
To reach your peak potential on the climb to success, be driven and shrewd but also happy and enjoyable to work for and with. The heights of success attained grow the more infectious your energy appears to other people.
Your personal vibe can either repel people or draw them in.
When you carry an attitude of excitement and vigor, this transfers to those around you and increases business morale. If your attitude is gregarious, infectious and all about living life to its fullest, you seem to have unlimited potential: You positively motivate others to support your attempt to achieve even higher levels of success.
6. Show your hunger.
Be hungry for success. That way a natural eagerness will permeate your attitude. It will seem that you cannot wait to get to work and put that hunger into motion.
This hunger becomes the emotional “speaker of the house.” This energy serves as the driving force behind your attaining your goals when you have 100 percent commitment to what you are doing.
Total commitment cuts through doubt.
7. Find the deeper meaning.
Connecting with your spiritual empowerment system will nuture your soul and your business. The deeper the connection you feel to the purpose of your business the more you will experience your higher life purpose as being expressed through your work.
Your business is a place where you have the ability to impact others positively on a grand scale. This type of empowerment gives meaning to what you’re working for. You are able to see that your purpose is powerful and helpful in the lives of others, which further strengthens you to do what you do.
8. Carry some lightheartedness.
Find the humor and lighter side of life as you climb the ladder of success. This will decrease your stress. The less stress you feel, the more positive energy you will have available to support your hard work.
To be lighthearted is a great skill that lightens up the business environment around you. It adds charisma (a highly attractive quality) to your persona and breeds trust and the desire of others to want to work with you and for you.
9. Engage in physical activity.
One of quickest ways to shift from a negative attitude is to change your physiology. If you are stressed, physical activity provides a quick release. This can help you cleanse a negative thought pattern and redirect your energy to seeing the positive. The thoughts you have during physical exertion will become reality.
Exercise (or movement of any sort) propels you into an altered state of mind, letting you increase your optimism. Movement provides a natural stress release, ideal for continued motivation and mental clarity. If you can’t hit the gym on a stressful day, escape the office for a 15-minute walk to shift your outlook.
10. Aim for self-mastery.
To be successful, understand two things you have control over: your thoughts and feelings. If you are naturally more pessimistic, take responsibility for consciously selecting your attitude.
Exude positivity in your work ethic and in your interactions with others. When you master your inner world, you can dominate your outer world.
In the business world where every person has the same access to strive to build their resources, talent, finances, technology and the like, a person is often successful because of determination, resilience and attitude.
In business, attitude is everything. If you believe you can succeed, you very well might. Your attitude about success can become your self-fulfilling prophesy. Choose to be a victor.
11. Remember Your Success Is In Direct Proportion To Your Contribution.
It important to give back, the most valuable contribution you can offer is your time. Schedule time to help out at your local shelter, food bank, hospital, or my favorite is to visit a local “nursing home” and share time reading and crafting with someone who doesn’t have family or get visitors because the warmth of appreciation is such an awesome experience and enriching.
These people become family, we must remember the generations that came before us and never let them feel forgotten.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”