100 Days of Happiness (77/100)

100 Days of Happiness (77/100)

Yesterday, Peter and I drove down to Baltimore to meet up with a small circle of friends from my work.  My last day is rapidly approaching and they planned a Bon Voyage of sorts.  The food, drink and the company was just perfect.  If you are lucky, as I am, to meet certain people who transcend the “business” side of what you do together….and bond to each other through experiences that connect your hearts — Well — then you are living a bountiful life!

Toward the end of dinner – they pulled out a card and a gift.  When I opened the box, I found a Pandora bracelet.  Just beautiful.  That’s what my eyes told me.  What happened next, well…..it spoke to my heart. <3


Each of the charms on the bracelet was carefully chosen by my friends for me.  Chosen by these beautiful people, to represent our connection, our tie.  They handed me a scroll – that explained it all.

A palm tree….to always remind you of your happy place – jana

A suitcase……for the friendship developed during our world travels together – carey

An apple……..for my teaching partner in London, and my mentor – john

A labrador…..Zoey – Love never ends – donna

A wishbone….I feel ‘lucky’ to have worked with you – joan

Warm tears began to run down my cheeks from behind my glasses.  They “get” me.  The gift itself was/is/will always be precious.  But what I will never forget is – the experience.  Those moments at that table, looking at their faces, knowing that to even “think” of a gift like this…..they would have to know me, know my heart.

And they do.  And I know them.  And that connection, that tie — cannot be broken by distance or time.

I love you all.  And thank you, for…..All Of It.  Every day.  Because it brought us, HERE.  #100happydays (77/100)

Ciao for now…..Diane

About Diane

Ciao! My name is Diane. I'm a wife, a mom, a working professional, and a Weight Watcher from New Jersey. I started blogging in 2011, at 45 years old, when I was training for my first Half Marathon at Rutgers on April 22, 2012. Since then, I've lost 80 pounds, completed my Half Marathon goal and gone on to train for and run my very first Full Marathon. On Jan 13, 2013, I ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Fl! What an incredible day. As the saying goes -- "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." I am forever changed! So now we move on to the next phase of this journey! Come along. We're in this together!! Ciao for now!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *