What Are You Thankful For?

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This Thursday when you sit around your table with family and friends, what will you be thankful for?

If your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving prayers will generally consist of being grateful for food, health and shelter.

While there are many blessings in life to be thankful for this holiday season, I feel the most gratitude for the ability to breathe, to move and think. This allows me to experience life’s beautiful opportunities. Some may see my life and ask, “What’s to be cheerful about, everything you do is dependent on being tethered to an oxygen chord. To that I retort, “There are no problems in life, only challenges.”

On the days I feel my difficulties are insurmountable, I remind myself that things could be worse. If I compare myself with Hulk Hogan, I’m a wimp. If I compare myself with Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl, I’m the strongest man alive! It all comes down to perspective and controlling your mindset in order to achieve personal goals.

Mind over matter.

When I was in the hospital with a collapsed lung and hooked to a ventilator, it was uncertain if I would ever breathe on my own again. After weeks of fluctuating recovery, I was weened off the breathing tube as my lungs became stronger! My mentality was summed up by my favorite Sir Ben Kingsley quote: “Where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY…..and there’s ALWAYS a will.”

It’s been over 20 years and while I am not fully independent of breathing assistance, I AM breathing independently!
I guess the moral of the story is that if you have the ability to think, move and breath, ANYTHING is possible! That is something we can all be thankful for.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

 

 

Do You Believe In Magic?

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Not to be meladramatic but if we want great things for the world, we must stop telling our kids to “Be Realistic.” What does that even mean? The only thing REAL is the PAST. Why would we want humanity to re-live the past?? Time moves forward and the world changes and grows at the speed of light. We need people who can get ahead of the curve and lead the way, people who conquer illusions and escape chains, the Harry Houdinis of their industry.

Who will be the ones to captivate our hearts and minds and inspire imagination?

In the words of Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” You never know who may be the next Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Howard Hughes, Marie Curie or Elon Musks.

The bottom line is: It may be too late for us but we can inspire our children. Encourage their curiosity and interests so they can become Innovators. Explorers. Mavericks. Pioneers. Outaws. Trailblazers. Guide them as they learn who they are destined to become, not what others THINK they should become. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them. Share with them your wisdom and watch them drive full steam towards their passion!

I believe in that youthful magic and with a little love and compassion, any child can make the impossible REAL.

~ Breathe This Life ~

1 Good Idea Can Make Huge Changes

Today I was surfing YouTube and found a story/video….or “stideo” (yea, I just made that up)…about a 24-year-old girl, Veronika, who turned her family tribulations into a solution for other families in need. It started like the scene from the film Pay It Forward when Veronika’s school teacher assigned her a new project: “design something that would fill a real need.” Veronika’s creation: A puffy coat that doubled as a sleeping bag. Her goal: to help the homeless by keeping them warm. However, that solution didn’t fix the deeper issue and instead of saying, “that’s good enough,” she challenged herself to do better. Discover Veronika’s new idea at the bottom of the page.

Everyone has at least one idea or gift that can change the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is or how much money you have. Once you find your talent, that one thing that makes a positive impact, that’s when the fun begins! Even the smallest of impacts can affect huge change: it’s the Butterfly Effect.

Put in the effort and watch the world change right before your eyes…..all it takes is confidence and inspiration. As Sir Ben Kingsley’s character challenges in the film Sexy Beast, “Where there’s a WILL there’s a WAY. And there’s ALWAYS a will.” You just have to find it.

When inspiration and passion merge…..lives are changed.

There is a brilliant idea within you too…..just put in the work.

~ Breathe This Life ~