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PRICELESS GEMS

There are so many amazing lessons from this story, I couldn’t help but share it…
(In their honor I’ve created a new Category of stories:  Heroes Among Us)

Kids doing a triathlon

Kids living life to its fullest

Kid having larger challenges than anticipated out on the course…

Marines sweep in and make sure this kid’s dreams come true!

Life’s lessons:

Never underestimate what you can accomplish!

Victory is sweeter when you share it with others!

There’s a reason why Marines look awfully good in their uniforms – it’s because of the size of their heart!

Feel free to add to this list in the comments section…

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WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES

Whenever I walk through my front door, the first thing I do is kick off my shoes.  How many of us can’t wait to get our shoes off because they feel constricting or uncomfortable? What if the next time you left your front door you had no shoes on?  What if not having shoes restricted your ability to attend school or exposed you to uncomfortable, unhygienic conditions? 

“No matter how convenient it is for us to reach out to people remotely, sometimes the most important task is to show up in person.”  –Blake Mycoskie

Have I ever told you how much of a huge fan I am of this guy?  Do you know who he is? Recognize his name? Maybe you know him if I say the name TOMS – as in shoes.

Comfy and cute with a huge heart! What are you waiting for? Perfect summer shoes! Pix from online shop!

You may have seen many people wearing these comfortable, colorful – even strappy – shoes.  I, myself, am not one of those people who owns hundreds of pairs of shoes, but if I could afford to, I would purchase one pair of shoes TOMS shoes in every shape and color.  Not because I would ever have enough occasions to wear them all, but because TOMS shoes operates with a One for OneTM operating system.  To quote TOMS, “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.”

Even his book is One for OneTM – buy the book, he’ll donate books to local underserved neighborhoods!
Pix from his book website. Click here for info…

This is where my entrepreneurial crush flourishes because:
a) Blake witnessed a problem and founded a company to change the world for the better
b) His generous business model shows that it’s not necessarily the company who makes the most money that wins
c) People are paying attention and companies are revamping their philanthropic sides or even blatantly ripping him off. (Seriously Skechers, if you were sincerely concerned, you could have done a TOMS distribution deal or special edition rather than mimic the shoes, the name and logo and trying to pull it off as your unique discovery! Boo Bobs, I really don’t like copycats!)

They don’t just do shoes either!  If you buy their shades this summer, you’ll help underserved communities get the prescription glasses or eye surgeries they need.

Guess what? You can WIN A TRIP to give with TOMS! They hold a weekly drawing to pick people to feel the heart behind the company. Details at check out! Pix from TOMS website.

Oh, NOW he looks familiar, wasn’t he on Amazing Race?!

Season 2 contenders siblings
Blake and Paige!
Pix from CBS website.

LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN!

I boldly committed to writing 365 words a day for 365 days, and leapt onto the page, typing enthusiastically until the screeching realization about 10 days into it, that 2012 actually has 366 days! Dang it!

I could write 366 words for 366 days, or write 366 words every 4th posting. Perhaps I should blaze through the first 365 days of the year and take New Year’s Eve off. Then it dawned on me that Leap Year threw me for a loop, so for Leap Year, I would leap into something new!

Grab my hand and let's leap!

I cruised through the blogosphere enjoying the scenery and feeling for some inspiration and found it on Smile, kiddo. The blog introduced this 101 in 1001 project, shared their list and experiences. In a nutshell, the goal stands to complete 101 goals in 1001 days. Smile, kiddo referred to Day Zero Project for a pile of ideas and suggestions for one’s lists. The fact that it was called Day Zero meant that really, I could still call it 365 days of 365 words since a zero doesn’t count.  I’m a little OCD like that.  Even if you don’t do a list, it’s a fun site to browse to see what occupies other people’s wish lists.

It took longer than expected, but I finally compiled my list of 101 things:

I’ve always wanted to do but never made time for
I loved as a child and couldn’t wait to share with my own children
That made me sweat a little because they test my usual comfort zone
To allow me some time for introspection and growth
To allow me to connect with others That are completely random and wacky
That I’m leaving up to YOU! Leave a comment on the list page to suggest what you’d have me do and when we get a bunch, I’ll do a random drawing to pick out the activity!

I will indicate on the list as things are completed, or link to the blog posting about my experience.  I hope some of you will come along and consider making your own lists as well, and wander off with me for some exciting adventures!

I’D BE LYING IF I SAID I’VE NEVER LIED

I hate lying. Every physical sign revealing a liar calls me out if I try. I prefer being trustworthy and get anxious if trying to keep lies straight.  To know this much about my reactions to lying implicates me as having lied at some point. I cannot tell a lie…

We all know of his trials and tribulations!

Being a parent, creativity flows when barraged with questions. Do white lies keeps things smooth or blow up, causing more damage, if revealed?  I’ve lied to my children’s faces about Santa trying to prolong their magical childhood. My son followed a creative schedule to stop believing in Santa, Hungarian St. Nick, and the Tooth Fairy and I couldn’t keep track.  One night, my daughter lost a tooth and my wallet only held plastic. Relieved for a bail out, I burst into my son’s room, “Please loan me silver dollars tonight, I’ll double your money tomorrow.” His eyes went from dollar signs to moist as he replied, “Now I know the truth about the tooth fairy.” Shoot!

Are omissions of truth, to shield someone from undue stress, lies?  What if you get diagnosed with something and don’t want your kids to worry?  What if you lose your job and don’t want to distress your folks? What if you get paired up with an ex-beau in a wedding party and don’t want to alarm your current beau?  How about glossing over answers?  A recent accident resulted in a precarious dance between what truths my kids needed to know and avoiding details too large to process.  What if you text that you’re stuck in traffic when you’re at Happy Hour? Lying about your age? We wouldn’t dare!

Consider the following before speaking: Whose business it is, how the knowledge will be utilized, if your lie harms or protects someone, and what do you gain? I err on the side of Karma. I believe if you call in sick when healthy (or blame it on family members) you or your scapegoat contracts the worst flu; peeing in a pool turns the water purple; faking a clean bill of health leaves people to diagnose you online with something way worse. Let’s give each other credit and keep it real!  Thoughts?