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SOMETHING MORE


Something MoreIf you’ve perused the ‘Inspirational People’ page on this blog, then you’ve seen the mini profile for Nick Vujicic, a remarkable man who hasn’t let his physical limitations put a limit to the extraordinary life he has led. He has inspired thousands with his positive outlook on life. Please watch the touching video below. The message is very powerful, especially for anyone who might be going through a difficult situation or thinks that they have obstacles which are too big to overcome. Most importantly, please share. You never know if someone you know needs to see it.

 

 

Life of Pi


My favorite movie of 2012 was ‘Life of Pi’. It is a spiritual story of a young boy who pushes himself through insurmountable odds to survive – mentally and physically. The film is visually beautiful and has a great message. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Check out the trailer below.

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If You Never Try, You’ll Never Know


Fear has stifled many a dream. Just imagine what you could experience or accomplish, if you didn’t let fear keep you from doing certain things in your life.

We have all been there; whether it has been a split-second decision that we’ve had to make, or a more difficult decision that we’ve pondered – perhaps, even stressed over – for a long period of time.

Fear of the unknown, has held every one of us back, at some point or another: relationships, job opportunities, new experiences, etc.

No one wants to fail, be embarrassed or hurt. It is very easy to stay in our comfort zone;  however, being stagnant is very detrimental to one’s growth. Not everything you attempt will work out – but, that’s life. It is filled with failures and successes, but, not trying stifles many wonderful experiences that could be on the horizon. Believe in yourself and live your life with no regrets. Remember, nothing beats a failure but a try…and, the first step is always the most difficult.

*** If you’ve had an experience that turned out well, because you tossed your fear aside, or fulfilled a dream because you stepped out of your comfort zone, please share below.

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Love, Patience and Time


written by: Eric Benet

I believe in the power inside of my heart
God is the source from whom we’re never apart
No challenge too great and no cause is too small
This infinite love is inside of us all

My buddy Greg, he lost his leg serving time in the desert
He’d sit and drink and think of things he couldn’t do no more
Took a while for Greg to smile, but I heard he’s doing better
He just won a marathon, second year in a row

Oh, there’s a storm that you’re gon’ have to ride in your life
Hope is the beacon that saves when you’re lost in your life
Just hold on and you’ll go with the tide

With love, patience and time
And it won’t take long and it’s gonna be alright
Love, patience and time
That power is strong in your heart and mind

I knew a girl, a pretty girl, but her daddy never loved her
She wondered why every guy left her out in the cold
What daddy did she must forgive before her heart grows colder
And all the love she’s dreaming of, maybe then she will know

Yeah, we’ve got stories and people to blame for our lives
No, don’t get lost in that circle
Don’t you know that’s a lie?
The only way is to leave the past behind

With love, patience and time
And it won’t take long and it’s gonna be alright
Love, patience and time
That power is strong in your heart and mind

Love, patience and time
And it won’t be long till it’s gonna be alright
Love, patience and time
That power is strong in your heart and mind

There’s so much more inside you and me
That the world needs to still believe
Nothing’s too great for this God and me
Keep in mind love and life
Everything is gonna be alright

Grab a gun everyone, said the leader of many
We’ve got to kill to change the will of the other side
Some people swear that blood and fear
Is gonna bring the world together
I believe that all we need is love, patience and time

Love, patience and time
And it won’t take long and it’s gonna be alright
Love, patience and time
That power is strong in your heart and mind

Love, patience and time
And it won’t be long till it’s gonna be alright
Love, patience and time
That power is strong in your heart and mind

Love, patience and time
Love, patience and time

Sisters Find Donor Kidney on Craigslist


Three sisters help others find organ donors after finding one for their father on Craigslist.

By Jennifer Flood

We are three sisters (left, with NBCNewYork’s Cat Greenleaf) from New York who had one out of the box idea: to post an ad on Craigslist for a living donor for our father after he was diagnosed with kidney disease.

We were not compatible to donate to him, so we put the word out there to the universe! I am a nurse, my twin sister works in finance on Wall Street and our other sister is a social worker and Columbia University alumni. We had used Craigslist for selling our jewelry, advertising, looking for jobs and finding childcare (I’m a single mom). We figured it had worked for everything else so why not a living donor for Dad?

After a year and four months, much publicity and more than 100 responses, an unknown woman from Monterey, Calif. donated her kidney to our father. Today, they are both doing amazing!

Out of our journey with our father, we decided we wanted to help others in need, so we launched a nonprofit kidney foundation, The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America. Our foundation matches those in need of a kidney with a donor. We also educate the world on kidney health.

So far, we’ve saved three lives, and our fourth transplant was on Sept. 18. We connected a 17-year-old young man Adam McCleskey with his cousin’s friend, Brett Conerly Hartmann, through our organization. The successful surgery was performed at John Hopkins Medical Center with world renown transplant surgeon, Dr. Robert Montgomery.

McCleskey has been on dialysis all of his life and has polycystic kidney disease along with high antibodies, which make it harder for him to receive a suitable match. McCleskey’s mother donated to him a few years ago and the surgery did not go well. As a result, his mother’s kidney was damaged during the surgery.

McCleskey’s cousin, Mackenzie Denton, tested for McCleskey and she was not a match. Finally, Denton’s friend, Hartmann saw how much this meant to her and decided he would test for McCleskey. Sure enough, the transplant team confirmed that Hartmann was a match. It was a miracle for everyone and our first transplant surgery to watch besides our dad’s. In one day, McCleskey went from being a very unhealthy, struggling and unhappy young adult to a very healthy, vibrant and happy teenager. Our organization gave him hope again.

At Flood Sisters, we educate the world on kidney health and organ donor awareness, as well as making sure those waiting for a kidney donor, receive one. At the end of the day we know our work is complete when another life has been saved.

Our story is simple. It is a message that conveys the courage to go beyond the norm and act upon it. It is only through courage, persistence, hope and love that we can start saving lives together.

To learn more about the Flood Sisters or to help out with their charity visit www.floodsisters.org.

source: http://www.tonic.com/article/kidney-donation-craigslist-survivors-club/

Photo courtesy of the Flood Sisters.