The Power of Inspiration 

 Originally Written: October 28, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

I know this may be a little step away from what I usually put on this website, but I am convinced that everyone has low points in their life and there are times when we all need a little inspiration. Hope you will read the book I am about to recommend and you really should see the video I have included a link to. Watch and listen carefully to the words this lady has for all of us.

Please allow me to explain why I decided to do this now – just when you are thinking about getting enough candies and looking for Halloween information and tips. There is never a bad time to send a good message, powerful words of those, who have earned the right to inspire all of us.

This past February, I had the worst possible event enter my life, when my son died tragically in a car accident. How do you go on, how do you hold yourself together, how do you keep being able to put a smile on your face? Through a number of absolutely incredible events, I have met more special people then I could have ever imagined. We all found out just what a huge impact my son’s work and his beliefs had on people – especially children. Our family has set up a foundation to honor him and keep his dreams and his work with children continuing. You can see more information on https://www.dusansfoundation.org

Here is what helped me and inspired me the most – and still does, every day.

One of the most inspirational people I am now proud to call my special friend is Lynda Weinberg Fishman. She is the  author of Repairing Rainbows – a book that has been beside me every single day. The original copy that I got is now with my younger son and I was thrilled when Lynda sent me a copy with her special message to me in it. Whatever your challenges in life are, this book will help you put everything in perspective. I have now read it three times in full and keep opening pages when I need a little inspiration to feeling positive. Here is very short part from Lynda’s book – it is the one that I have typed out, framed and hung it in front my desk to look at each time I need to remind myself what I need to do:

I choose hope instead of despair

I choose acceptance as opposed to judgment or rejection

Forgiveness feels much better than holding a grudge

Recognizing opportunities to learn and grow outweighs the burden of guilt and regret

Truth and honesty are way easier than lies

I choose gratitude and appreciation rather than greed and jealousy

I choose happiness for others, instead of envy

I much prefer being upbeat and joyful, compared to down and miserable

I choose to smile

I choose to laugh

I choose to live

I have said this – especially the last 3 lines to myself and to others hundreds of times – and I hope you will all keep this advice with you: “We always have choices”

Lynda’s book is available from:

Repairing Rainbows from Chapters/Indigo

Repairing Rainbows from Amazon.com

One thing I want to add here – proceeds from Lynda’s book are being donated to organizations who help children deal with grief. I think Lydan and her family are very special and will always be and I want to express my personal gratitude for that.

And this morning – it was Lynda who posted a link to YouTube on Facebook. I thought I will check it out and what an incredible experience watching and listening to Alice and her story – all about the power of human mind, attitude and enjoyment of life. I will let you be the judge – I guarantee you – this lady will put a smile on your face and make you realize just how beautiful life is!

Alice The Film

Have a wonderful day and hope that you are inspired to smile!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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