Inspired By You
Originally Published: Aug 13, 2014
"Because of you, I didn't give up - Anonymous"
9:45 AM Sunday morning, I woke up after sleeping in. I ran a half marathon on Saturday, so I was in for a much needed sleep. I went through my normal routine and checked my phone for emails. I had received a comment from a follower of Happiness in Handfulls, but I decided to let it sit on the back burner.
10:00 AM My sister came into my room to wake me up, I groaned and struggled my way out of bed. We were going to Grandma's today and we had to get moving. I got dressed and put my hair up in a messy up-do.
11:00 AM Alright, I'm ready. To Grandma's we go.
12:00 PM: We are at Grandma's. We let ourselves in and looked around for her. Hmm, no where to be found. She must be with her friends eating brunch.
1:00 PM Found her. She was eating with friends. You are probably picturing a woman in her 70's, who moves with a general ease and has defined age lines. Well, you are wrong. This woman is 91 and walks at her own pace. She has grey hair and clear wrinkles, but I can't think of anyone more beautiful. Grandma, you are my inspiration. I am inspired by you.
5:00 PM Back home.
9:00 PM I am watching TV with my sister and mom and the phone rings. It is my uncle. He has bad news. My grandfather (DziaDzia) is in the hospital. You are probably picturing a man who is old and frail. Well, you are wrong. This man is in his 80's and he has a few physical impairments, but I can't think of anyone else stronger. DziaDzia, you are my inspiration. I am inspired by you.
10:00 PM I check my email. I find the email that I never read. This email makes every past, present, and future blog post worth every second.
Sunday, August 10th, 2014 6:37 AM
"Because of you, I didn't give up. - Anonymous"
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about. These people are the real inspirations. I don't know the context, or the motivation of this email. I only know that Happiness in Handfulls changed someone. One person is all that counts. Inspiration can come from so many things and I have found that I am moved by the smallest things in life. Usually my best inspirations come from things that are not expected. Anonymous, YOU are my inspiration. I am Inspired by YOU.
I may know you, I may not know you, but always know that there is purpose in a mistake, and imperfection in happiness. There is laughter in sadness and sunshine in failure. You are an inspiration, whether you believe it or not. You always have a home here.
-Happiness in Handfulls
People may forget what you looked like, what you said, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.This week I learned that the things I am passionate about are not random.
They are my callings.
Why not climb out on a limb?
-Because that's where the fruit is.
What if I fall?
-But, what if you fly?
My best guess is that you will fly.
You will fly prettier than a butterfly and stronger than an airplane.
You will fly.
Live today like it is perfect, because it is. Find a passion, pursue it. Tell your best friend you love them, because you do. Drink wine, because you can. Love with all your heart, and some more. Believe, even in the unbelievable. Be happy, live for today. How inspiring could you be if you made every moment count?
Wow, you inspire me. I am inspired by YOU.
Every single one of you.
-Happiness in Handfulls