Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
It is officially our due date! 🙂 I had Drew snap a couple pictures last night. We’re SO anxious to meet our little baby, but we also want to cherish + celebrate the time that he or she gets to spend safe + snug in my belly. We know you have to come out sooner or later + we already feel incredibly blessed to be your parents. 😉
Enthusiasm for Life
One thing I’ve made a practice of doing is to listen/read/watch things that inspire me. I should do it more often + make a goal of setting time aside. For me, growth happens when I take the time to do it. I feel happier + more motivated + I gain enthusiasm. On Saturday morning, I watched the following 3 videos on YouTube (I watched all 3 of them again before posting this today, so we’ve had an emotional morning). All of these speakers won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award + these are their acceptance speeches. I challenge you to at least watch one of these incredible messages today.
- Jimmy Valvano’s Speech: I’ve heard many quotes + seen clips, but sadly (+ slightly embarrassingly for a cancer nurse) had never watched it. Even after my dad told me I had to. After sharing the story of my patient on Friday’s blog post, I thought…I really need to watch this. It was just as powerful + moving as advertised. I would highly suggest you watch it too.
- Stuart Scott’s Speech: I saw this speech in real time. But, since I was on a roll with inspiring cancer stories…I decided to watch it again. Especially since Jimmy told me to be moved to tears daily. Just as good as I remember + a lot of us probably grew up with Stuart Scott’s emphatic SportsCenter calls. The world lost an incredible man + we sure do miss him.
- Robin Roberts’ Speech: Is there a more inspiring or well spoken woman? I saw this one in real time too, but couldn’t leave Robin out. Her career + her battle are both incredible. She has such elegance, grace, + strength.
There is SO much goodness in each speech, that I could do a blog post about each one individually. But, I thought I’d provide a summation of the quotes + messages that I found most inspiring.
- Time is precious, be thankful for it. I don’t know what each of you is going through + there are no doubt some of you going through a tough time. Maybe you are battling through something you never imagined you would be. That is when it is the very hardest to be thankful. I want to be thankful for each + everyday that God blesses me with down here. Focus on cherishing the day + the people that he surrounds me with.
- Do 3 things everyday. 1) Laugh, 2) Think, 3) Have your emotions moved to tears. (Jimmy Valvano). I loved this. His speech alone allowed me to do all 3 in 11 short minutes. It’s easy for me to laugh each day. I need to challenge myself to think more deeply. And lastly, allow myself to be moved to tears. I can well up with tears thinking about the unconditional love that I have for my husband or family, easily. This message reminded me to take pause to feel raw emotion each day.
- Have enthusiasm for life. (Jimmy Valvano). I titled the blog post with this message. It spoke to me as soon as I heard him say it. Be enthusiastic in what you do, enjoy your life. That’s how to be successful. The three of these people lived/live this. They each picked to make their life’s work something that they were incredibly passionate about + enthusiasm exudes from each one of them. That’s how I want to be.
- “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” -Jimmy Valvano
- “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” -Jimmy Valvano. Our attitudes + mindset have to be greater than our struggles + daily trials, even if the trial is as big as his.
- “Our lives journey is really about the people who touch us.” -Stuart Scott
- Your team matters. Stuart Scott’s message was so much about his team around him. He said there were days where he could not fight. But on those days there were doctors, nurses, his girlfriend, his daughters that could + did. It was an incredible reminder that we’re only as good as the team around us + sometimes we’re going to need to let them carry us through. We can also take the message to heart the other way + if given the chance make sure we’re the ones that choose to sleep in an uncomfortable hospital cot next to our loved ones when they are sick.
- “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell, and when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let someone else fight for you.” -Stuart Scott
- “When fear knocks, let faith answer the door.” -Robin Roberts
- “Momma used to say make your mess, your message. Find the meaning behind whatever it is your going through, because everyone’s got something.” -Robin Roberts. Certainly we’re not all in epic battles like cancer. But, I image there is a message somewhere inside of your experiences that can help someone else. Live it. Share it. At life group last year, we talked about our losses while discussing the Book of Job. I realized that I’m very guarded when it comes to talking about losing my older brother. There are walls that I’ve put up around that experience, so I can protect myself. As the conversation developed, I learned that one of my friends in group also lost her brother due to addiction + multiple other people in the room had been through the trenches with their family member’s addiction problem. I realized that if I opened my little box a little more I could not only help myself, but also and more importantly others. Our stories tend to not be as individual as we think.
Cancer does suck + it took two of the beautiful lives above. I’m so thankful that they were able to demonstrate for us what it means to have their minds, hearts, + souls live on through there messages.
Let’s be thankful for today + live it with enthusiasm. -Ames