Whoa----I pushed myself today, but I've never felt more gratified. 365 days ago, when I found out about the International Day of Happiness--I was incredibly touched in a spiritually humble way. I made a choice that day, I was going to do 365 days of Happy Acts and see if it would change my life in any way at all. I began by writing everything I did in a private calendar. Then I got a planner and made it an intentional goal for my everyday personal growth. I had to be intentional with my thoughts, but not intentional with my actual act of kindness. I let those come naturally but looked for ways I could help another person. After 6 weeks of doing it everyday, I was put into the hospital for 3 weeks, still I was able to follow through with those acts, they were on my mind constantly. I became obsessed with overcoming obstacles and achieving this goal. 2 Weeks at Mayo Clinic, I came up with ways to help nurses or doctors out--sometimes just by thanking them using their name, and sincerely getting to know them. Smiles, special notes and gratitude were my best friends. I handed out Live Happy Magazines to everyone I could. Then I went to Cleveland Clinic for 7 weeks. This time I went prepared, not knowing what the circumstances would be--I was still able to give thanks, and share happiness. In the past year I was blessed with 8 surgeries to help save my life. What better way to say thank you? These are people who loved, cared and helped me through some tough times....Diana Lents I will forever be grateful for, Angel and John were constantly giving me #HappyActs. Evgenya and Alex Kreymerman visiting me and showing #HappyActs was a huge surprise, but so much needed during that time when I had no family with me.
March 20th, 2014--- from this day forward I will give at least one act of kindness a day, and I promise to do this for 365 days.
Today March 20th, 2015---✔ I did it....
I can't even explain the overwhelming feeling of such an achievement and what it did to change me from the inside out. I can honestly say, I am a different person now than I was a year ago. I'm not talking about the facial paralysis, I made this goal before that happened. My motivation behind this goal was to see how many people I could touch. Turns out the Lord had a different motivation in mind when he lead me down this path. He wanted me to see how achieving this goal would change and help me.
|THESE people give unselfishly everyday as they|
work at Mayo Hospital--5 and a half years with them
I'm grateful BOSA DONUTS FOR EVERYONE
|You know if you read my blog I like to visit the chemo lab|
and always take Holiday Treats for them to enjoy during
March and April before Easter...lots of tears today
Today as I drove the long freeway to Mayo Clinic, I pulled over to the side of the road, cried some tears of joy and actually said a prayer of thanks for helping me achieve this incredible goal. I actually start goals and give up, but not this time. It was certainly not for glory, or to boast in anyway. I wish I could post every act of kindness I did, however for a couple reasons I will not:
1. HIPAA laws and the privacy of some acts that are too sacred to share.
2. Heavenly Father and I may be the only ones who will ever know the change these people made in my life.
At the end of the day, trying to change one life at a time, will hopefully help others to feel what I've felt this year. These people have made an indent in my heart that will never ever be removed. Most of these people will never know the difference they've made in my life--some of them are my hero's as I watched them struggle with different trials. I was placed in some places at the right time for a reason--I am so eternally grateful for those times-- This year I found out how strong I am, who I am, what I can achieve and most importantly that because I intentionally found these people, I was then able to find myself, I like what I found--for the 1st time in my life nothing can hold me back from being BRAVE--I've let it define me. Today I realized while I was having that tender moment on the side of the road, I'm OK with me. I'm no longer afraid to open the door to a me I've never seen before, and I know on those days when the walls seem to high to climb Heaven is on my side. I'm ready to let nothing hold me back from what I feel inside of me-- I will be forever be grateful to Jeff Olson for going before the United Nations and officially making March 20th the International Day of Happiness. I had the opportunity to meet Kym Yancey, CEO of the Live Happy Magazine he is a wonderful man, with a love for his family and for spreading happiness--I will never forget my interview with him. Good people, attract good people--don't we all want good people in our lives?
Happiness is part of who I am now, I look forward to inviting more blessings not only into my life but to give to others--365 days of Happiness.
|I bought a couple extra Happy Tee's to give out to random|
|Two of my grandson's, bought them Oreo's and Kool-Aid|
something their mom doesn't buy them. good thing for
grandma's to bring a treat every once in a while
instead of the apples and bananas #HappyActs
|One of the Happiness Walls from today--love when parents|
participate and encourage their children. What a great
Dad--no hesitation at all.
|How cute are these sisters? They are going to fill the|
buckets of others who need it with their love
|Another mom showing her children the value of|
Happiness and sharing in their lives
|These are elementary school kids, no one helped them|
come up with these ways to share happiness..
another tearful moment
|Some of the cute notes from one of the boards the|
children wrote on
|I love these happy people for coming graciously into|
my life a year ago.. I love them
For the anniversary of this day, I intentionally made plans. The two walls of Happiness were so fulfilling, more than I thought they would be. With the help of Carrie and Lindsay we set up 2 walls at elementary schools. What a complete gratification to see every student want to participate, to watch parents instead of dropping their children off they got out of their car and walked their children to our wall. I was so impressed by these sweet children and parents--if our next generation could share love everyday in some small way, we would be raising a new generation of grateful children.
ONE DIFFICULT YEAR--TODAY MADE IT ALL WORTH IT....This was such a rewarding, fantastic day. Thank you Danny Jones, Elizabeth Decker and Shelli Richardson for never giving up on me.