The Right Moment to Make a Difference in The Life of a Little Snowboarder Girl

This is one of my most precious and personally most endearing stories I like to tell. As part of my “40 Blogs in 40 Days about my first 40 Podcasts” Campaign of Kindness I want to share Blog #5 about my tenth podcast. It has to do with child, one of my favorite hobbies of snowboarding, and being at the right place at the right time. The result was making a small difference in the life of that one child, on that one day, in that one moment, in that one special way.

Often we have opportunities unfold before us where we can make a difference. So much has to do with choice and perspective. Do we make the choice? I guess it has to do with our perspective. The more we look at how in each and every moment we can benefit others, the more each moment offers us. But if we only look at ourselves, at our wants, and our needs… When we only look at ourselves, we cannot see the potential before us. It is not always about us as individuals.

A small amount of help at just the right moment, with kind intention and a gentle touch can help a child blossom and shine. When I was growing up as a child I did not always get the kind of support I needed. And certainly not the kind of support I wanted. My one-handed childhood was extremely difficult at times. At other times very confusing. But I am not here to share the “Dark Side” life. I like to reflect and share on all the good that can be transformed from the bad. As I mentioned, “So much has to do with choice and perspective.”

Yes, childhood was challenging at times. But not all the time. How I look at my past is up to me. It is my choice and my perspective. Therefore, I choose to look at the “good” of the past. When I reflect on the bad things I experienced in the past I change my perspective. I transform anger in to compassion and suffering into joy. When I look at the past and see how I was treated at times, I can see how I do not want to be. I see what I need to do. I realize how I need to be. “It’s a G-Thing Baby!” Gandhi said it best when he said, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

I want to be the kind of person I never really had in my life when I was a child. I want to help and inspire people to grow beyond their perceived limitations and live a life of unlimited power. I want to be kind and caring, and support the dreams that people of all ages dream. I want to help people where ever I can and whenever I can. Since this type of person was not really in my life as a child, this is the person I want to be for other people, especially children.

Making a difference in the lives of children, young adults and people of all ages unfolds in many special ways. Accomplishing many goals and being happy in this one-handed life makes a difference. Traveling as an international speaker and sharing my life with one hand does a lot too. But sometimes it is the small things that make a big difference. And this big difference can happen in small ways. Never underestimate the power of making children smile. 

One day when I was snowboarding up on the Bogus Basin Mountain Ski Resort in Boise, Idaho. I happened to be at the right place at just the right time. As this experience unfolded in front of me my life kinda flashed before my eyes. I realized I had the opportunity to make a difference by being kind, supportive and gentle. Seeing all of this before me I made the choice. This was my moment!

To find out what happens next in the story I invite you to listen to my Podcast Episode OHS010. Please feel free to share this blog or my podcast and I ask you to offer a comment with your opinion and feedback! Thanks!

One Hand Speaks Storytelling Podcast Episode OHS010

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