When Inspiration Hits

In working on this blog project, I spent some time exploring Scott Dinsmore’s site LiveYourLegend and I came across the Impossible2Possible youth adventure charity that he contributes to and  Wow!  Once I watched the video, I couldn’t stop thinking about how absolutely awesome this was and how it’s exactly what kids need today.  I have a 14 year old son – so I’m thinking about specific kids when I say that!  I see so much potential in many of his friends, but I’m not sure that they truly believe in themselves at this point.  I think with some encouragement and some vision injected into their lives, great things could happen.  I think that kids aren’t always encouraged to explore the limits.  Frequently the focus is on keeping them inside the boundaries… but if aimed in the right direction, I know that instead of being a disruption, pushing the limits could be a priceless education and a path to a better future for all of us.

That’s why I emailed the link to his teachers! Maybe one of them will be as inspired as I was when I saw it and pursue the possibilities.   I’m looking for the principal’s email as well.  Then I’ll start on the school board.  We don’t have to send kids to 3rd world countries to run 100 miles tomorrow, but we could start with getting our school on the video chats with the kids who are there and see where it leads us.  I can’t come up with a down side.  The world is a smaller place than it used to be and what better way to bring that fact home to today’s youth than to connect them to kids across the world who are making a difference.  It’s one thing to read about kids your own age building a bridge a world away and accomplishing things that seem impossible, but it has a whole different impact when you see and talk to the actual kids one on one while it’s happening.

Check out the video for yourself and see what you think.  Then email all the teachers you know.  :)



They Say Beginning is the Hardest Part

So, Here goes!  I have wanted to write for years but there has always been an excuse to put it off:  making a living, having a family, work, life, laundry & all the usual stuff that takes up our time.  It seemed like an indulgence that should only come after all the work was done but that never happens.   However, my daughter recently introduced me to a TED talk by Scott Dinsmore about finding your passion in work & life that really spoke to me.  Not that I’m unhappy in my work, because I’m not.  I like what I do, but I have always felt like there should be something more, some creative outlet where work could feel more like play!

I went to his site http://liveyourpassion.net where he challenged us all to start a blog to get the ideas out of our head and into writing.  Do it today, he said.  Do it now!  So, for once, I followed directions.  No more excuses, no more procrastination!  I will use this blog to find my passion and try ideas that I have been collecting for the past 20 years about stories, videos, projects & more!  I’m excited to fearlessly explore all the possibilities that pop up – to write the story, make the video & ask the questions of myself & others and see where it takes me.