So much to be Grateful for . . .

I am emotionally drained . . . I am tired . . . I am sad . . . I am at a loss for words but I felt compelled to write and journal. For those of you that are reading I really hope that you can follow my words and thoughts as I take some time to vent.

I am just arriving home from speaking today in Charlotte, NC where I spoke at Union Academy in Monroe, NC. It was a Charter school and it was awesome. I really liked the staff and the kids. Had a wonderful time.

However, I met this young lady who is in the 5th grade. Her name is Molly. She was a very sweet young lady and after my program she walked up to me with her teacher and she was crying. Of course, I asked, “What is wrong with this pretty lady?” Well, that opened it all up. This is what I do . . . This is who I am . . . I would never wish for a different career or a different opportunity.

Her mother has stage four cancer and they have already moved hospice into the house and the family told her this weekend. That is what the teacher said to me and so I talked to Molly and asked her some general questions. All the while, while I was speaking with her my heart was pounding so hard. I wanted to just hug this girl. Take her home with me . . .

So, because there were a lot of people around me we told her that I’d talk to her during lunch and I gave her a signed picture saying, “Molly, you are my HERO!”

During lunch Molly was the first person to come over and say hi. So cute . . .

So, I talked to her and again asked general questions. She knows what is happening and she is handling it really well. Strong girl. So then the teacher asked me if I would talk to her brother too. Of course . . .

So, Noah comes over and I guess he’s been internalizing this whole situation and not opening up. Certainly, I could understand. So, in our conversation as we got deeper I asked a general question about what this all means and he said, “It means that it’s just going to be the three of us (sister, dad, and him). That about crushed me because he didn’t want to say mom was going to die but he knew. He’s in 8th grade.

So, then afterwards I was talking to the teacher and she said, “You will never know the difference you made in her life today.”

I guess she is right. I do this all the time. I hear these stories and similar ones nearly every day. Whether it be an email, phone call, story from someone, text, etc. this is what I do. I love what I do and love kids and people. It’s ok . . . It just breaks my heart.

So, I arrive Logan airport and get into my car and I have an email waiting from Molly. That just put me over the edge and I just sat there for a second and wished I could take her pain away . . . I can’t though but I could do everything I can to help, inspire, encourage, etc.

So, as I need to wrap this up I want to ask you this:

If there was somebody in your life that you knew had one month to live and you could say anything, what would you say? Who would that person be? Why haven’t you done it?

What is bothering you? Why are you sad? In the big picture does it really matter when you just read this little blog about my thoughts. Do you know a Molly going through something similar?

Let’s stop and be appreciative for our lives. We are at major defining moments in our life right now. Barrack Obama looks like he’s going to be our next president as I write this. We can look at history in the making and think bad things about someone who we think has no experience or that he is black or whatever excuse you could make or we can stop and think this is an unbelievable change in America. We have our first black president. Diversity is something we can talk about all day or I like to say diversity is something that we can celebrate all day.

I don’t care who you voted for but I care about restoring America’s pride and our reputation. Whether that be John McCain or Barrack Obama, I want a president that is going to serve the America people and I’m going to be grateful to have someone serving and sad that someone had to lose.

The bottom line is that Molly and her brother Noah are facing a very tough battle. Do you think Molly, Noah, and their dad are concerned about who the president is right now? Do you think mom cares? Of course not! What do they care about right now? I bet it’s accepting the reality and what is important is TIME.

What do you do with the time you have and the important people that are in your life? Make a difference and do something bigger than you. Be a change . . . Be the change!

Accept what you can’t change and embrace what you can. You have the power to take responsibility of your life and make great things happen but nothing is more important than the difference you can make in somebody’s life.

Thanks Molly for touching my heart today. I have met few people that have moved me as much as you have.

For that . . . I say, “I love you!!!!!”

Jeff Yalden

Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

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