A Wonderful Call From “Withheld”
Today started out like any other Thursday, but shortly after 12:30pm, it became a very special Thursday. I had a call on my cell phone from “withheld.” I've never noticed “withheld.” I've noticed “blocked” or “unknown,” but never “withheld.” I almost didn't answer the call. I figured if it were real important they would leave a voicemail. For some reason I decided to answer it anyway, and what I heard on the other end was absolutely wonderful: “Sean, it's Richard Simmons.” I immediately recognized his voice, this wasn't someone playing a joke on me, it was THE Richard Simmons! I've looked up to and admired him since I was a kid. Even as a child I was keenly aware of his compassion and sincerity toward people struggling with morbid obesity. We talked for over twelve and a half minutes about my journey so far and my family's weight loss success. He asked me many questions and I was happy to answer each one. I told him about how happy I was to have Amber home for a summer of losing weight. I also shared Courtney's triumphant girdle story and how after years of being strapped into that thing, she burned it on the patio! And I talked to him about Irene's weight loss success and how switching jobs really helped her kick start her weight loss. I was honored that he took the time to call and offer encouragement. I can't believe I almost didn't answer the phone!
Tonight I spoke briefly at the kick-off for the 2nd Annual Ranch Wellness Center Optimal Health Challenge. Nearly 60 people packed the lobby of the Ranch for the event. It was a wonderful event and I look forward to many more over the next six weeks. I'll write about it in greater detail tomorrow evening.
It's been a very long day and I'm cutting tonight's blog short, I have only a few hours before I need to get up and into my Friday. I hope you have a fantastic one! Goodnight and...