Inspiration on this Friday the 13th:
Brad Blauser arrived in Iraq as a civilian contractor in 2004, but quit that job last year to devote himself full time to his program, without compensation. I was most capitvated by his logic behind the initiative. "There's no paycheck. It's not really safe here. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "By providing what they need, I'm hoping to start a movement to change the way people think about disabled children. They are not a curse, they are a blessing and they deserve to have their needs met." Blauser has been nominated for CNN's Hero of the Year award. His story is one of tens of thousands of ordinary people doing extraordinary things with their lives. He put his entire life on hold to follow his heart and give meaning and purpose, not only to himself, but to the 'forgotten', helpless children. I admire and respect Blauser for sticking to his gut, no matter the cost or loss.
I have not concluded that I want to move to Iraq and live this fulfilled life, despite an absence of income. I do not assume his life is easy, I'm sure his family misses him terribly. However, his story offers inspiration and hope. I believe in fate and destiny and I'm certain that my journey will leads me towards the Emerald City I belong in. To read more of his story or to check out the other nominees for awards, click on this link.
I end this post with a song that has touched and inspired me in ways I have yet to tangibly express--
Embrace and enjoy the day, I will write again later this evening.