Today, June 16, 2017, is a very special day for me in so many ways, because on November 15, 2016, I was told that I would be lucky if I lived 6 months. So, when I made it past six months, I turned over to Mary that morning and said, “Honey, how does it feel to be in bed with a dead man?”
You don’t have to put up with or believe anything you’re told unless you want to!
In the past year, Mary’s been told four or five times that I wouldn’t live. And again, just this past April, she was told once again! So, I’m here and am feeling better than I’ve felt in several years!
It hasn’t been easy, but has it been worth it? Yes. Have I had days when I wanted to quit? Yes. Have I had days of depression? Yes. I’m a human being and those are things that we deal with on a day-to-day basis, and we fight them if we want the right outcome. We put them behind us and find ways to deal with them.
I appreciated so much Shawn Achor talking about happiness and how happiness can be found in many different forms, shapes, and places. Happiness can come out of pain. Happiness can come out of suffering. In suffering and pain, we can see happiness if we choose to.
I would like everyone who has a bottle of Fulfill Your Destiny to take it out of your pocket, put a couple of drops in the palm of your hand, rub it around, cup it over your nose, and breathe it in. And while you’re doing that, I want you to close your eyes and visualize where you want your destiny to take you and what you would like to see that look like. In health, in finances, in emotions, in spirituality, see what that looks like to you.
Then, for example, people are here tonight who have a financial struggle, see yourself living outside the struggle. See yourself living in grace and ease and happiness. If you’re needing better health, see yourself already healthy. See yourself doing the things that maybe you can’t do right now and feel what it feels like to be able to do what you may be limited in and can’t do at the moment.
Because what we put in here and how we articulate the information in that space between our ears determines the outcome of where we’re going tomorrow. And it may not happen—your vision, your desires may not happen tomorrow, next week, or next month. But if you believe in who you are, and you believe there’s a God in heaven, then you can change it.
Donna Riley presented with the Spirit of Young Living award, Convention 2017.
Gary: Donna, we present you with this beautiful Spirit of Young Living Award for your dedicated service and all the years that you’ve put up with me and been part of Young Living.
Donna Riley accepts the Spirit of Young Living Award from Gary Young, Convention 2017.
Donna: I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ve got to tell you, this was a dream of Gary’s from the very beginning, and here we are. The Lord was good enough to allow me to be here with you all, and I’m so happy to be here. Love you, Gary. What a pioneer. And to have seen this man in the early years when we hand-poured all your oils. We labeled them, we sealed them, and we shipped them. So think how lucky you are today. The first time I saw the machines putting the oil in the bottles was almost more than I could bear. I just wept. It was such an exciting thing to see. You are so blessed to have this man as your leader, and just remember that through the years as you help others to know this man as well. Pray for him much. I love this guy dearly.
It was so beautiful when my husband and I first met Gary, who said to my husband, “Well, why did you bring her here?”
He said, “I can’t let her go.” Wasn’t that sweet? So, here I am today, thankful to Gary Young and the wellness program he created for me!
Gary: Thank you, Donna. Another round of applause for Donna, the 2017 Spirit of Young Living Award recipient. Thank you, Donna. Bless your heart!
Donna Riley at the 1999 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The next thing that I’d like to share with you is the Spirit of Young Living Award. We have selected a person I have known for over 30 years, who has been a Diamond in my eye from the very beginning. This lady was diagnosed with cancer. She’d had several surgeries. She’d been through the whole gamut of the traditional medicine and was given up on when I met her. She has had a beautiful life since then, but this is a lady who tried Young Living products when they were being developed. ComforTone was made for Donna Riley. ICP, K&B, and some of the products you have today, I developed over 30 years ago for this beautiful lady.
She is one of the greatest examples in my career of a person who did the things that were suggested for her to do, and the success that she has had is absolutely fabulous. After our first few years of working together, her husband Hal (before he passed away a few years ago) worked with me in the laboratory as I was developing many of the products and mixing some of the very first blends.
And that was only part of it. We traveled together through California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, and Utah; and she taught wherever we went. She set up and ran booths at the health shows. It was amazing. She educated so many of our early distributors back in those days about the products as well as about the oils. So she has been an ambassador of Young Living for over 30 years, which has been so exciting for me.
Help me welcome one of the greatest women I know, Donna Riley.
Gary and Donna, onstage at the 2017 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Okay, one more thing. I have been inundated with requests, and I can’t believe this is real; so I need a show of hands—how many of you women would like to have a Women’s Camp? Holy smokes! I thought there might be just 5 or 6 of you! Okay, next year there will be a Women’s Camp. Maybe a couple. It just depends on how many of you would like to attend.
All right, so these are wonderful things that we’re looking at putting together and creating to give everyone a great opportunity to experience life in a greater way. Also, it gives me the opportunity to be with you in a smaller group, where we don’t often have that today. So, I really look forward to it.
When we did the Men’s Camp last year, it was one of the most rewarding seminars I’ve taught in years because I got to be with the guys. I got to be one with them; I got to know them. It was just fantastic, and we learned together. It’s all about how to become more successful and harmonious in our relationships and growing.