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Cup of Golden Sun... Refill Needed

Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli

There is so, so much darkness right now. We were grabbing lunch at Wendy’s yesterday and there was a TV with CNN playing and I had to tell the kids to keep their eyes off of the screen. I don’t want to spend another week writing about the bad.

I think I need to refill my Cup of Golden Sun. I need to focus on finding that light to bring my eyes out of the dark. 

So, here’s my list for today:

  • Summer Thunderstorms
  • Fireflies
  • Homemade Iced Tea
  • The way Dylan’s tiny hands look when he’s working on the computer
  • When Marlowe laughs spontaneously—how beautiful her face looks
  • All the business ideas and plans Marlowe is continuously hatching
  • How smart Dylan is (even though his consistent “whys” are trying, for sure)
  • Hanging out at the pool with the kids
  • Summer festivals and Kona Ice
  • James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke
  • Sticky popsicle fingers
  • Nature in full bloom
  • When Chris walks in with a handful of sugar snap peas or radishes from the garden
  • Finding Dory
  • Watching Marlowe prepare for her Summer Camp
  • Watching Dylan play baseball
  • Listening to both of them sing
  • That the sun basically never sets right now
  • Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling
  • The sound of “Mommy…” (even though I need to sometimes remember that I love it, rather than sighing at it)
  • Coffee
  • Eating outside
  • Our new patio table
  • Looking at Marlowe’s smile in her current state of missing several teeth
  • Dylan’s constant joy… he is walking golden sun
  • This blog, and the current webinar series we’re running
  • Thinking about summer adventures
  • Remembering "I Think I'm A Bunny"
  • Being told “I love you”
  • This quote by e.e cummings, that my mom sent me, that my mom said made her think of me:  "We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

It's so important to gather all the light that you can find around you and pull it close, especially when at every turn you seem to be met with another dark corner.  

Does your Cup of Golden Sun need re-filling? What would you add to it today? 



refill needed

“2-16-07 232a”
David MW
*Edited for size






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“Golden Sun: Time for a Refill”, The Leadership Program, 2016


Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.