Be Passionate. Be Courageous. Be Your Best

I love watching TED Talks. They are easy – it’s literally watching TV. No effort. The talks can be thought-provoking. They can be inspiring. They can also be life changing. Today I watched Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s Talk Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.

Both Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, lived inspiring lives before the shooting – a state senator / congresswoman and an astronaut! These are pretty amazing professions, which few people achieve. I can only assume both of their personalities include qualities such as passion, drive, hard work-ethic, skill, personable, etc. All those skills that many of us work to achieve. Both of them, in different ways, have spent their entire lives working tirelessly to make a positive impact in their day-to-day life and promote positive change in the world.

The day their lives changed forever, they chose to continue to live with courage. They put all their efforts into a really hard recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. I can only assume that this is a harder recovery than almost anyone can imagine. When asked, how do you maintain your optimism and positive outlook, Gabby’s response is simple – “I want to make the world a better place.” Watching this video, it is clear that she is optimistic and determined to be “better, strong, tougher”. I would guess, that many people would struggle to come back from this type of injury both mentally and physically, but they are determined to do more than just survive this experience.

But, they have also chosen to dedicate their lives and time to a meaningful, controversial and polarizing cause – responsible gun ownership – through the creation of Americans for Responsible Solutions.  They are not willing to just focus on a healthy recovery for themselves, they want a healthy recovery for society! They have taken their personal life changing circumstances, and are putting their time and efforts into continuing to promote positive change in our society. They are fortunate because of a lot of their life experiences are the result of lifetimes of hard work, they have the connections to help make this happen. They know people in high places. And they know how to make new connections when they need them. They are skilled. They have passion. This will make their ability to promote positive change just a bit easier.

The most important message from this talk, was Gabby’s closing statements “My spirit is strong as ever. I’m still fighting to make the world a better place and you can too. Get involved with your community. Be a leader. Set an example. Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.” Regardless of your feelings on the gun debate, or where you live in the world (I’m Canadian, not American), or your political affiliations, this is such a critical message, with so much power. Something we all need to listen to.

Imagine what the world could be, if we could all just do this. No, actually, imagine what the world would be!

Thoughts? I love hearing from you!

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