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October 21, 2018
Edition 87: LISA’S STORY: What Dancing @ Madame Tussauds in LA Really Meant💖

I first learned about Daybreaker from my friend Andrew. You might remember him from a previous Morning Mischief musing.

At 36 years old, Andrew received news that his heart was failing. After the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted in his chest to help his heart pump until a suitable donor heart could be transplanted, all he wanted to do was dance.🕺

His desire to dance, to sweat, to sway, to move, and to groove with life became a short-term goal in his recovery as he adjusted to a new normal. Imagine right smack in the prime of it all going from strapping and robust one day to being told your heart is failing and your life was at risk the next?

Think about it for just a minute—

Contrast most certainly heightens awareness.

So our small posse of devoted #TeamAndrew friends rose before daylight to commune with other sunrise revelers at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hollywood to go into the jungle…of life and to celebrate Andrew’s aliveness.

It was an emotional rollercoaster watching my friend dance in his footed animal PJs that hid his battery pack affectionately named Bernadette. We laughed. We cried. We hugged.  We danced hard…because we could.

I prayed and continue to pray for his health and the bittersweet next step of him receiving his donor heart.❤️

This brought my attention to the beautiful cycle of life that I witnessed at Daybreaker. Young and old — from toddlers to blue-haired folk meeting on the dance floor, each motivated by their own stories.

During those few wee hours of the morning time converged. ☀️Past, present, and future met up in a cosmic twist to celebrate the only guarantee in life — the gift of the present moment. And during that time, we were one in the United States of Inter-Dependence.

There is a quirky quantum interconnectivity of all things.

As I entered Daybreaker on that day the first person I saw, before Andrew, was a former addiction recovery client working as a sober companion to a newly sober young woman showing her how to have fun without drugs.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” –Rumi

With love & mischief,
// Lisa
Host of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio
www.HarvestingHappiness.com

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