“Courage is the most important of the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.  You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” — Maya Angelou

Happy April!  The weather is starting to cooperate, and it’s feeling a lot more like spring.  After the 3 snowstorms in March, we were wondering when we would be experiencing good weather.

Every month is a good month but April is a little more special to me because it’s my son John Robert’s birthday month. I am dedicating this monthly blog to him.  John Robert loves drama, and has already been in 3 musicals in the first 3 months of the year: He started off with a “Misfit Cabaret” performance from the Lion King, then he was the doctor, the salsa dancer and the chef in Matilda, and finally, he was Rooster (Mrs. Hanagan’s brother) in Annie Jr., where his performance included acting, singing, and dancing (Easy Street).

Yes, he does singing, swimming, dancing, drama, basketball and Boy Scouts, and is an altar boy on Sundays as well.  He also just earned his “Arrow of Light” and has officially transitioned into Boy Scouts.

Do you remember how being in elementary school wasn’t always easy?  Well, he has had his own challenges.  However, just last week, playing kickball at lunchtime he was on base 2 times, and he even got a home run.  These little things make life a whole lot better.  He always seems to amaze me.  He tries to not let the little things get to him.  He will be 11 years old this month and he is excited about his birthday. He’s planning his “friends party,” and of course I will have a family party for him as well.  We usually have his family party at Easter, but Easter came so early this year.

Our son has courage.  From the time he was a baby and well into his childhood, he was having to endure IVs in his arms and hands.  He never complained—just went with the flow.  He was a trooper. We love him, and he is loved by many.  It is amazing how the warm smile from a kid like him can change your mood from negative to positive.  He has a can-do attitude and I, for one, love being around him.

Other noteworthy events that have happened recently and which I’d like to share with you:

  • I was on TV!  It was the Steven Katsos show, an Arlington Cable TV feature, Episode 249. He interviewed me about my new book, Motivation Now! The show airs locally, nationally and even internationally.   If you’d like to watch it, here’s a link:
  • We had a great Easter weekend.  My cousin, Jim Tosi, was married to his betrothed, Karyn, on Saturday, March 30th. It was a beautiful wedding; we sat with my parents, my brother and my sister-in-law.  It was nice to get together for a happy occasion;  there have been way too many deaths in the past several years.  We also had a great Easter Sunday and the Tosi’s and Sasso’s were again all together to share a delicious Easter meal.

John Robert continues to show courage with his annual appointments at Children’s Hospital and his fearlessness on the stage.  I showed courage being on my first TV interview, and my cousin Jim showed courage by writing and saying his own vows.  Three great examples of Courage Now!

With gratitude and best wishes,
Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

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