Jean Trebek, in a recent interview with Guideposts Magazine, opened up about family, finding joy despite life’s challenges, and how looking for and spreading goodness through insidewink has been a blessing.
It is mostly just “the joy of being in each other’s company” and “knowing we are loved.”
Life’s Challenges & Living with Intention
Jean shares that despite the challenges presented before their family, she looks at each day with gratefulness and cherishes simple, often overlooked, moments.
“The smallest things that I once took for granted now carry more meaning. I think that is how God keeps us in the moment. He focuses us with grace.”
Grace is something that Jean wears well. Living with intention and choosing to view circumstances with a positive attitude, Jean purposefully moves through each day “with” life as opposed to seeing life’s challenges as a struggle. But, tough times are still tough.
“No matter how resilient you are, cancer has a way of making you feel truly vulnerable.”
“Could I Be Strong for Alex and Myself?”
In the interview, Jean reflects on losing her older brother, who she adored, nearly 35 years ago and how those feelings of pain and sadness came rushing back in an instant upon hearing the diagnosis…
“Now, almost 35 years later, came this grim diagnosis. All the terrible pain and loss I’d felt at Chris’s death came back.” “Could I accept this diagnosis? Could my faith sustain me now? Could I be strong for Alex and myself?”
Jean’s strength comes from knowing that there is a higher power that is orchestrating and governing life. Her daily practice of mediation, reading spiritual scriptures and gratitude anchor her and allow her to not take things so personally. Thinking about what she can do for other people is also a way for her to realize the interconnectedness of life.
“Truth to tell, some days I feel really sad and angry. Then I’ll say, ‘That’s enough, Jean.’ I’ll try to do something for someone else to pull myself out of it.” “Thank goodness, I had already started insidewink.com”
For Jean, giving and receiving are really one and the same. She has served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations, has worked alongside some of our nation’s visionaries, is passionate about being socially aware and contributing to positive change.
On creating insidewink, Jean says, “It’s so important that we all see how we have so much more in common than we think. So, I decided to create something that could continually grow. I wanted to share the artistry of so many people and create a ‘place’ that is accessible to everyone.”
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“I can look for the good. I can share what’s good in our lives and in other people’s. How people care for and love one another.”
Sharing Our Journey
“Our slogan at insidewink through all of this has been ‘share the good.’ If Alex is having a rough time…I can look for the good. I can share what’s good in our lives and in other people’s. How people care for and love one another.”
At insidewink, Jean looks to share the good she sees in the world around us with others by highlighting kinder living, creativity, laughter, and experiences that allows people to see the best in each other.
“Alex knows that this is my passion – reaching out to others, creating a space for peace and love, allowing people’s stories to be heard… I’m so grateful to him and the fact that he supports me in this endeavor.”—Jean Trebek, co-founder of insidewink
You can read the full Guideposts interview with Jean Trebek online here.
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