Create a Green Zone Life


By Vicky Westra

When my husband Pier and I first met it was love at first sight and we felt that we had each met our soul mate.  Eventually, we got married and started to create our Green Zone Life, filled with joy, fun, excitement and adventure.   We each had budding careers, purchased our first home and had plans for a future family.   After many years of trying to have our own child, we concluded that adoption was the way to create the family we dreamed of.


After many years of going through the adoption process, we ultimately adopted our daughter Gabbi from an orphanage in Romania at the age of 27 months.  We knew we would have some challenges to overcome, but not as significant as the ones we encountered.  Because of the effects of being in an orphanage setting, Gabbi was extremely delayed on all fronts.  However, from the start, I suspected that something else was going on, which started a series of testing of all types which concluded with the diagnosis of Autism at the age of 4.


Over the next several years, we would allow our situation, Gabbi’s behaviors and the diagnosis of Autism to keep us in the Red Zone.  We lived in a place of frustration, worry and fear.  It was definitely taking a toll on us individually as well as a couple.


I ultimately turned towards my spirituality (through spiritual teachings), my faith and the study of many topics including emotional management to find a path back to the joy that I and we had once experienced.  I found, adapted and created some tools that I used to help me focus on what I wanted to create.


I came to the realization that every day, we get to choose what type of day we want to create.  When we start making the choices that are aligned with who we really are more times than not, then those days start adding up and soon we can find ourselves creating a Green Zone Life experiencing emotions such as hope, enthusiasm, love and joy on a regular basis.


Where are you finding yourself today?  Are you creating a Red Zone or a Green Zone Life?  Did you know that you can choose?  Starting today, you can make a choice that your dominant intention is to live in the Green Zone.


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