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Be Brave

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

We often get defeated by the day to day, the small. Harsh words from a customer. Work filled with unending unreasonable deadlines. We get lost in transactions, lists and the sheer volume of tasks, losing our humanity in the process.

I started this blog to write more, to challenge my introverted self to open up and to search for the good in each day. We long to be lifted out of the small and to be cast into the moment, into the light. We have the power to shape our life and to encourage others along the way.

The video below was made by the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. The young lady in the beginning of the video and who has the courage to remove her wig in the middle is the daughter of my boss. She’s gone through a second round of treatment for a rare cancer. The bright beautiful smile you see in the video is who she is through and through, finding and giving joy despite the depth of her circumstances. The video was posted on October 7th on YouTube and now has 288,820 hits.

Take a few minutes, turn up the volume and count your blessings. Be brave.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Artist of the Everyday and commented:
    Do yourself a favor and watch this video. I guarantee it will touch your heart and inspire you to “be brave” no matter what is going on in your life.

    October 13, 2013
  2. all of this is so true, and beautiful, and brave, and lovely

    October 13, 2013
    • Indeed – brave young warriors showing the way, casting light.

      October 13, 2013
  3. Perfect timing – we just checked out of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC with our son (now 28 years old and multiply disabled) who is seen there at the adult congenital cardiac clinic. He faces his 5th open heart surgery soon, and was hospitalized in childhood too many times to count. I love this video, for obvious reasons. We have survived together thanks to the good cheer and compassion of so many people such as the ones in this video!

    October 13, 2013
  4. Thanks for sharing. Lots of tears but happy tears seeing all those kids being so brave. Thanks again.

    October 13, 2013
    • A beautiful reminder of living well and filled with joy, no matter what.

      October 13, 2013
  5. Magical! Puts my silly little challenges and “defeats” in perspective.

    October 13, 2013
  6. Truly inspirational. My heart goes out to all in the video. Thank you for sharing. Love Jenna

    October 13, 2013
    • Thanks for watching – wonderful living examples of bravery.

      October 13, 2013
  7. How wonderful to see this as I looked at new posts today! I worked in survivorship programs until leaving the “U” last October.
    They did an amazing job putting this video together. Seeing the kids- and even a nurse and doc I knew- is an inspiration. Thank you again for sharing this with all of us…

    October 13, 2013
    • Thanks for your work and for sharing. It’s a fantastic video.

      October 13, 2013

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