Among family and friends, I’m notoriously known for my inability to function early in the morning. If I don’t get enough sleep, I can’t think straight. I’m a grump-ball for the rest of the day. My ideal schedule would be going to bed late—because I’m more creative then—and waking up late. But when I have no choice, a kick in the butt or a hint of inspiration usually help me snap out of it.
This morning, for instance, I found inspiration at the park. As I was going for a morning walk on Kelly Drive, here in Philadelphia, I saw “the pretzel man,” Mr. Robert Rasmussen, also known as “Chief.” He’s a World War II Veteran who’s held a snack stand on the same spot for over 60 years. (He sells a variety of snacks, but mostly pretzels and water.)
He was getting his table ready—very slowly grabbing the snacks from his van, placing everything on the table, item by item. He’s old, that’s for sure, and he can barely walk. His steps are what I call in Spanish “pasos de hormigas” (ants’ steps). But it doesn’t seem like an impediment to him. I don’t know what drives him, but his determination is impressive.
I first learned about him when I moved to Philadelphia, about seven years ago. He’s very well-known in the area and he still has the energy and desire to be at that spot every day. I admire his work ethic.
When I saw him today, I thought, wow, he’s still here and he looks so happy with what he does. It was all the inspiration I needed to get my morning started.
Awesome video about ways to stay creative.
I do most of these suggestions and they help, that’s why I can say this is very true. Except, maybe, that I need to stop beating myself up and start counting my blessings!
So many reasons to love the play Wicked, and this song was probably all of it for me.
I’m through accepting limits
’cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love, it comes at
much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
I think I’ll try defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.
Watch the Tony Awards Performance
Anyone searching for motivational and encouraging stories should really get this book. About twenty real-life stories are featured in it — stories of people who were born with a disability or acquired it during their youth and who as children were told that they would never move ahead in life. These people refused to bail out. Instead, they worked their butt off and became role models as adults.
I happen to be very close to one of the people featured in this book, Chris Glavin, and I am very proud of him. He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) when he was five years old. Chris was always told by his peers — and even a private school teacher — that he wouldn’t make it anywhere in life. (Oh yeah, a teacher told him that.) That goes to show…
Anyway, today the guy is anything but a failure. In Chris’ own words, “this (the cynical words from classmates and teacher) only fueled his fire” to work his way to the top and prove them all wrong. Well done, bud! Today, at 29, he is an ADD advocate and CEO of K12 Academics, an informational website for teachers, students, parents and districts officials involved in the K-12 education system.
That’s just his professional life. As a person, Chris is a great, genuine friend, son, brother and boyfriend — and may we say handsome! He’s a very happy person with an incredible personality and he’s extremely passionate about life. As you can see, the possiblities are endless. Believe in yourself! Buy the book for the detailed inspirational stories.