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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.




Courage and Determination

If you’ve ever watched a personal video on YouTube, you more than likely have seen negative comments directed towards the person who has uploaded the video – or, even towards others who leave comments. Some of the things stated may, in fact, have absolutely nothing to do with the actual content of the video, and may even steer off into personal attacks, for the mere sake of doing so. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has a right to express their opinion. Over and above that, what point does initiating an attack on someone on the internet serve – especially, if the person you are attacking has no control over what you are attacking them for?

It takes little energy or thought to attack someone over the internet, however, with the safety of distance and anonymity, many choose to do so. However, how would you feel if a complete stranger took the time out of their day to upload a video to specifically make a personal attack on you?

Bullying is a serious situation in every part of the world and too often, some cannot handle the pressure; we have all seen the devastating toll it has taken on too many individuals. It doesn’t take much intellect or courage to attack others – especially, those who cannot defend themselves; however, it does take courage to ignore the negativity of others and move on, without the need for retribution.

Check out the touching video below and see how Lizzie Velasquez, a 23-year-old young woman, handled being bullied for her appearance due to an undiagnosed syndrome that she has had since childbirth. It is truly a remarkable testament to how far someone can go when they don’t let the negative comments of others hold them back.

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook or emails – so, that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

For more of Lizzie’s inspirational videos, check out her official YouTube page:


Lizzie’s website http://www.aboutlizzie.com/


‘Thoughts for Thursday’ are my random thoughts, which I started sharing on Twitter and Facebook for at least a year. I posted them in hopes that they would reach at least one person and either put a smile on their face – if they’re having a tough time, give them something to think about – as far as changing a situation they’re in, or just put them in a positive frame of mind.

Since this is the first Monday of the new year, I’ve decided to start adding them to my blog, as well. I think this weeks ‘Thought for Thursday’ is a great message on how we should live our lives on a daily basis. 🙂

I will be posting on this blog on a weekly basis; so, if you’re interested in the messages, please subscribe to my blog and you will receive them every week. If anything you read makes you ‘think’, please feel free to comment (on the blog), or share with others.

Blessings to all and have the best year ever!

True Inspiration and a Heartfelt Performance

I’ve watched ‘Dancing with the Stars’ since the first season; however, I’ve never been touched by a dance as much as the one below which was during the theme week of ‘My Most Memorable Year’ . By itself, it may just seem like a nicely executed dance, but, put it together with the back-story of the remarkable J.R. Martinez and it becomes a true inspiration for those who feel as if there is no hope after going through a traumatic and/or life-altering experience.

Following His Dreams, Armless Pianist Wins ‘Chinas Got Talent’

“For people like me, there were only two options. One was to abandon all dreams, which would lead to a quick, hopeless death. The other was to struggle without arms to live an outstanding life,”

These are the words of an outstanding 23-year-old young man who followed his dreams despite the odds.

LIU WEI was 10 years old when he had to have both of his arms amputated after he suffered an electrical shock while playing a game of hide and seek. By the age of 18, he had learned to play the piano with his toes – even after being told by a piano teacher that he never would. It was challenging but he didn’t give up. In October of 2010, he was crowned the winner of ‘Chinas Got Talent’.  His final touching performance – with a very appropriate title – is below.

The Giving Pledge

I just read about this a short while ago and it brought a smile to my face. To see a story about those with wealth giving up the majority of their fortune. Now, THAT is inspiring. Wow!

SEATTLE – Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.

Six weeks after launching a campaign to get other billionaires to donate most of their fortunes, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. released the first list Wednesday of people who have signed what he and Gates call the “giving pledge.”

Buffett decided in 2006 to give 99 percent of his fortune to charity. Then, he was worth about $44 billion. After five years of investment returns while making annual gifts to five foundations, Buffett’s fortune totals nearly $46 billion.

Buffett said he, Bill and Melinda Gates, and a few others have made 70 to 80 calls to some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals. The people who agreed to the pledge are from 13 states, with the most participants in California and New York.

Among those who haven’t signed the pledge, some prefer to keep their philanthropy anonymous, some were not available to talk, and others were not interested, Buffett said.

Many on the list will be asked to call others, and small dinners will be held across the country in coming months to talk about the campaign.

“We’re off to a terrific start,” Buffett said.

Buffett said he and Bill Gates also will meet with groups of wealthy people in China and India within the next six months to talk about philanthropy. They hope the idea of generosity will spread, but they have no plans to lead a global campaign, Buffett said.

Gates and Buffett estimate their efforts could generate $600 billion dollars in charitable giving. In 2009, American philanthropies received a total of about $300 billion in donations, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

In addition to making a donation commitment, Gates and Buffett are asking billionaires to pledge to give wisely and learn from their peers.

The group has no plans for combined giving, and none of the philanthropists will be told how or when to give their money.

“Everybody has their own interests,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who participated in the teleconference as one of the individuals who has signed the giving pledge. “That’s what’s wonderful about private philanthropy.”

Bloomberg, who has a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $18 billion, said he has changed his personal philosophy over the years from wanting to be more private about his giving toward trying to play a leadership role. He said his whole family is in tune with his giving plan.

“I’ve always thought your kids get more benefit out of your philanthropy than your will,” he added.

Others who have signed the pledge include filmmaker George Lucas, media mogul Ted Turner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100804/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gates_buffett_pledge_3

ABOUT The Giving Pledge is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death.Each person who chooses to pledge will make this statement publicly, along with a letter explaining their decision to pledge. At an annual event, those who take the pledge will come together to share ideas and learn from each other.The Pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract. It does not involve pooling money or supporting a particular set of causes or organizations.While the Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires, the idea takes its inspiration from efforts in the past and at present that encourage and recognize givers of all financial means and backgrounds. We are inspired by the example set by millions of Americans who give generously (and often at great personal sacrifice) to make the world a better place.
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