I love this true story of Ted.
Just one week ago, he was panhandling in Ohio.
He’s 53 years old.
Struggled with alcohol and drugs.
Lost his career.
And was homeless, living day to day, panhandling to get by.
But there is one thing Ted never stopped doing… that was, sharing his gift, his strength, his voice.
Even while panhandling, he didn’t just say “Gimme” – he was willing to share his talent…and he did.
One week ago, Ted was homeless, without a job or future.
Today, everything has changed.
Watch this video - and dust off that strength of yours and eagerly share it with the world!
My husband and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary. That’s a high.
Our daughter made the deans list. That’s a high.
I was mentioned in John C. Maxwell’s book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. (affiliate link) That’s a high.
We watched my sister-in-law fade from this world due to cancer. That’s a low.
Just days before she passed, she shared with me about her regrets, those things she wished she had done, tried and participated in, and that was both a low and a high.
I was saddened to learn of things she wished she had done, some very special, some not, but each special to her. What saddened me even more is that in all the years we knew each other we never had this discussion before, because you know what…she had everything she needed to have accomplished each of them. Her strength, her resolve, her compassion are exactly what was needed. But she was a private person and never shared any of her dreams with us until that night at hospice.
Now weeks after she’s passed, I find myself grieving for my sister and friend, but I also find inspiration in our conversation. That’s a high.
I’m great at helping people discover how they’re wired and finding ways they can use those strengths. So now, I’m inspired to press on further to seed this world with the most average individuals who are in fact doing exceptional work simply because they lean into their strengths.
That inspires me. That’s a high.
What inspires you?