The always wonderful, wise, and witty Moira McCarthy Stanford hit it out of the park again. Hopefully, you remember Moira from my shout out yesterday. I didn’t plan on using one of her posts for today’s challenge, which is to comment on a blog post and ping back to that post. But a funny thing happened on my way to write this response. I was going through a list of d-blogs and checking each of them out. I skipped Moira’s because I was trying to be an equal opportunity promoter. Then up on Facebook popped her link to her most recent post “Can We Motivate the World With Happiness? (The One Where I Refuse To Be Sad All The Time)
First off, I am a crier by nature. My mom always said “you cry at the blessing!” And I do. And at kindergarten performances even when I don’t know a single kid. At every program my children have ever performed in. At graduations. At talent shows. At pep rallies. And yes, of course, at Hallmark commericals.
I cry when I’m sad. I cry when I’m angry. I cry when I’m happy.
My daughter recently created a video for a contest. The theme is Faith Hope & Love KC wouldn’t let me watch the video with her because she said “Mom, you will definitely cry!’ She is not a crier. She lives life to the fullest–wrenching each moment from her days. She is positive and hopeful. Diabetes doesn’t get her down. Yes, the daily management is annoying. Yes, it stinks to be high or low. But LIFE is wonderful! Like Moira’s daughter, Lauren, KC doesn’t really want to reach people out of sadness and as you watch the video you will see smiles….lots and lots of smiles! And HOPE!
But I did cry, and laugh, and smile. And this morning, a non-d mom friend who is part of our JDRF walk team saw the video for the first time. Her words: “What a wonderful message and I especially enjoyed the smiles, even with all the struggles. Beautiful. Can we forward it to our friends when we ask for donations?” So Moira you are absolutely right….we can motivate with smiles.
And KC is in the process of making another video to share with her classmates which shows just how much fun a JDRF walk can be.
….but I will probably still cry when I see it….tears of joy