We had another great turnout today! Thank you, Table 2, for all the delicious breakfast goodies.
Reminders: October 31st will be our Trick or Treating outing at the nursing home with our costumed kiddos. Details on time and place will be forthcoming. Secret Sister “day” will be on the third Friday of each month. Be sure to check to see if your Secret Sister has left something for you at the next meeting.
Jeri gave our devotional message this morning, focusing on the Biblical story of Esther and her inner strength throughout her life–specifically when she courageously confronted the king and saved the Jews from death. Jeri also talked about how God has given us a spirit of courage, not of timidity. How brave we are can be related to how strong we are feeling in our faith. And even though some of us might feel like our brave acts were in our past (before becoming moms), we all demonstrate simple acts of bravery in our everyday lives. Standing up for yourself or someone else or even facing that mountain of dirty laundry can take an act of courage!
Our guest speaker today was Sensei Shawna Fisch. She gave a very informative and interesting seminar to help us Be Strong through self-defense. She started by telling us that we learn to be brave through adversity and challenge, so instead of feeling fear, we should try to embrace the opportunity to be brave. She addressed how not to be a victim by walking assertively (1) hands free; (2) keeping our cell phone off or waiting to check it until you are in the car with the door locked; (3) walking quickly and with purpose; and (4) knowing where you are going–use your key fob if you need help finding your car. She talked about trusting your instincts (“should I or shouldn’t I?” moments are always “Yes, I should”), never going to a secondary location (this is a “must fight” situation), and if asked for your purse or keys, throwing the item over the attacker’s shoulder and running. Main targets if attacked are the (1) eyes, (2) throat; (3) fingers; and (4) ears. If you are interested in classes or more information, you can view her website at http://www.fistkarateandarchery.com
Our next meeting is in two weeks, on October 17th.