Saturday, February 28, 2015

Amazing Individuals

This past week, I had the opportunity to do a magic show (with my co-magician, Greg) at an event called Private Pink Party. The event was sponsored by The Circle Of Hope Duluth. The Circle of Hope is an organization dedicated to serving breast cancer patients. I have performed at events like this before, and I always enjoy the positive nature of these events.

The Private Pink Party is a special evening for cancer patients where they are the star. They have a great meal, and enjoy various speakers and entertainers. It truly is a fun event.

I was walking around mingling with the guests, and as you can imagine, most of the ladies were wearing hats or scarves over their heads. I walked up to one of the tables where five women were beginning dinner. There were a couple of empty chairs where meals were placed. There were a few last minute cancellations due to the extreme cold (-18 degrees with a wind chill about -30 degrees.)

One of the ladies asked me if I would be joining them for dinner. I explained that I would not be joining them, but looked forward to doing some magic for them. She looked at me and asked me if I would like a free meal. Before I could answer, she grabbed one of the napkins from the table and said, "Here, wrap this around your head and no one will know the difference." As we all laughed, I thought, "What a priceless moment." She had a wonderful sense of humor.

Here is a group of people that have some major challenges in their lives, and yet have the ability to keep a positive outlook. So many times in our lives, we make a big deal out of the little things. We take something small and allow it to ruin our day. Then if something major happens, we have no idea how to handle it. 

"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and it's all small stuff"  ~Richard Carlson

We can learn from these amazing individuals. They live every day to the fullest, even in the face of great uncertainty. If we adopted that same attitude, what could we accomplish? How much better would we be able to handle major challenges in the future? 

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