Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: May 2016 (Page 2 of 2)

A mother is the truest friend

I honestly feel that I am who I am because of my mother.  From taking my first steps to having kids of my own.  She always made me feel that I could do anything.

She is a soft place to fall full of unconditional love and hope.  I never felt the risk of failure when trying new things because I knew she believed in me.

How can one day be enough to celebrate the person who fueled your soul, taught you how to dream and reminded you that you always had wings, you just needed to take a chance and fly?

Washington Irving said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

And Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

May we spend time with our mothers today and every chance we get.  May we support those whose mothers are now watching from above.  May we remember our maternal role as we raise kind, independent and hopeful children.  And may we lift up other mothers and remember that each is doing their best, their way, and no one way is the only way.

Pablo Picasso said, “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

We each have a gift, just like Picasso did.  Use your gift and show the world the masterpiece your mother saw the first time she set eyes on you.

The captain of my soul

Prince Harry was a soldier fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan.  When the media got word of this and shared it, he was forced to come home and leave his fellow soldiers behind.  It would have made it more dangerous for everyone if he stayed.  But it devastated him to go.

On the flight home, he saw a soldier’s coffin being loaded onto the plane.

Harry said, “Once in the air, I stuck my head through the curtain to see three British soldiers, really young lads, much younger than me at the time, laid out on stretchers in induced comas.  All three wrapped in plastic, missing limbs, with tubes coming out of them everywhere.  It struck me that this was just one flight of many carrying home men and women whose lives would be changed forever. And some who had made the ultimate sacrifice.”

It got him thinking.  How could he do something to help these heroes live the new life they would be living?  Help them feel valued and validated?

And the Invictus Games were born.  This is an opportunity for wounded soldiers to find a new meaning in life after being injured.  To pour their energy into competing against others just like them. To fuel their soul.

The second annual Invictus Games starts shortly in Orlando and the third Invictus Games will be in Toronto in 2017.

William Ernest Henley said in his poem Invictus, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

Being the captain of your soul is the ultimate goal in life.  To have a purpose and to put one foot in front of the other with that purpose in mind.

Harry’s creative solution has changed lives and given our heroes their power back.  What can we do to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us?  How can we be the master of our own fate?

How far can you go?

I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard an interview with a man named John Maclean. In his early twenties, he was a rugby player and triathlete.  Then one day when he was 22 years old, a truck ran him over while he was training on his bike.  He was left a paraplegic.

He was devastated and depressed.  He mourned the life he would never live.  Then one day in recovery he was moved into a room at the hospital that he shared with three people who were quadriplegics.  He could get out of bed and into his wheelchair while they couldn’t move. This perspective lit a fire in him.

Although he worked tirelessly at physical therapy, he didn’t see the progress he wanted. When he started to lose hope, his father reminded him about how far he had already come and asked him, “How far can you go?”

In answer to that question, John went on to take part in the Paralympics and the Olympics, he was the first paraplegic to complete the Iron Man competition and he was the first paraplegic to swim the English Channel.

He never stopped working hard and he never gave up.

Then, 25 years after his accident, he walked again.

Not only did he walk, but he has since competed in a triathlon without his wheelchair.

John D. Rockefeller once said, “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

So my question is if John can walk again, what excuse do any of us have for not making our dreams come true?

We all need to answer the question John’s father asked… how far can you go?

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