It’s been a busy summer with our move from Georgia to Colorado and then our 5 week road trip. At the same time, I was busy launching my Best Life Habits Boot Camp which was emotionally draining.
Recently, I’ve noticed that I have been low on inspiration, optimism and, surprisingly, gratitude. I needed to recharge. I spent some time in the mountains with family. I watched some episodes of the Gilmore Girls. And I looked around me for inspirational people, because they remind me how amazing people can be, of the potential the lies within me to be a force for good, and that there is so much to be grateful for.
Here are a few stories that you may find heartwarming, too.
Organ donor recipient walks the daughter of his heart down the aisle.
Jeni Stepien’s father was murdered 10 years ago. He was an organ donor, and his organs went to help people all across the country. One of those recipients was Arthur Thomas, who had been on the waiting list for a heart transplant for 16 years. In this clip, you can watch Jeni meet Arthur and feel her father’s heart beat. Although her father couldn’t be there for her wedding, Arthur was. He and her father’s heart walked her down the aisle.
Watch it here: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/08/05/man-who-received-brides-fathers-heart-to-walk-her-down-aisle/
Acrobatics teacher works with the disabled
Pitu Blazquez is a well known acrobat who offers free classes for people with disabilities in Buenos Aires. In this short 2 minute video, Pitu sees past their disabilities and celebrates their strength, courage, and possibilities. If you ever doubt that one person can make a significant difference in someone’s life, this story will inspire you to find a way that you can make an impact on someone’s life.
Home visits for homebound elderly
In 2004, Dr. Samuelle Lupin was 66 when his daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. In order to care for his daughter, he transformed his medical practice. Instead of being tied to an office, he now made housecalls. His daughter died a year later, but the need for housecalls was more apparent than ever. Housecalls for the Homebound now has seven doctors, a nurse practitioner, and several medical assistants who bring essential medical care to more than 4,000 patients in the greater New York City area. Their work has led to a 50 percent reduction in hospitalizations and an immeasurable increase in quality of life to their patients. If you’ve ever thought you’re too old to make a difference, this video will reaffirm that it’s never too late.
A New Attitude
After some good self-care, some time in nature, and some time reaffirming that good of humanity, I’m feeling much better. In fact, you might say that I have a new attitude.
Until we talk again, Give. Live. Love!
P.S. Music is a great way to change your mood, too. Hope this song lifts you up.