Monday, November 24, 2008

Law of Attraction: Attracting Your Truth Through The Choices You Make

I had just started on a new entry for my blog that particular morning when I momentarily side-tracked to read the Sunday Star. An article caught my attention and after reading it, I was moved by the strength of this French lady in the article. Find the full article in The Star Online at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/16/sundaymetro/2490760&sec=sundaymetro

It is an inspiring outlook that I believe deserves to be share with all net-citizens. I emailed to her immediately, seeking her permission to share her story in my blog. When she replied giving her permission, I became apprehensive and fearful that I had put off writing this entry for a few days. I think they call it a ‘writer’s block’. I fret that I may err in my words and my purpose, lest I may offend her.

I have never personally met Florence Lambert, a wife and a mother, but reading about her, she undoubtedly personifies the following quote by Walter Anderson:

“I am responsible.
Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening,
I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.
I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss,
or I can choose to rise from the pain
and treasure the most precious gift I have ~ life itself.”

Florence lost her young daughter, Sophie, to cancer in January. Sophie was just 6-years-old. Her warm and happy smile will always dwelled in her parents’ heart. Young she may be but her innocence and purity gave her a big heart of gold when she successfully raised RM60,000 for a boy she had made friends with in the hospital. This despite being unwell herself. She also made Florence promised to get her a little brother or sister, so that her parents will not be too lonely when she’s gone. Florence and her hubby are now the proud parents of a baby boy, Alexander.

God gives and God takes
but God does all things well.
He took your darling "Sophie"
to heaven with him to dwell.
He had a little angel band
that wasn't quite complete.
He took your sweet “Sophie”
to fill a vacant seat.

Florence had turned her loss into her strength, so that it transforms into the power that makes her strive. Managing through those trying times and keeping Sophie’s memories alive, was the catalyst to renew a creative project, Gadis Manis that she started almost 2 years earlier. Gadis Manis is a brand of fashion and accessories with a twist of Malaysian culture. She single-handedly conceptualized and designed all the items herself from emblems to bags, scarves, T’shirts, greeting cards and notebooks. Interestingly, Florence does not have any designing background, except for loads of creative inspirations.
Gadis Manis can now be found at several hotel boutiques, souvenir and fashion shops in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuantan. For more details, please visit http://www.gadismanismalaysia.com/.

Keeping with Sophie’s wish to sponsor a cancer-stricken child each year, Florence hopes that the proceeds from the sales of Gadis Manis items will enable her to carry on where she had left off. It is a very noble cause by a lady who conquered her darkest hour, to realise both hers and Sophie's beneficent purpose in this world.

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