The beach always inspires me and gets my mind whirring. Today I was thinking about how our time on Earth is filled with moments that can be sad or happy, painful or pleasureful. We tend to welcome the good and shun the bad but without one we cannot have the other. We need failure to appreciate success, right? It has taken me years to appreciate this but the realisation has changed my life for the better and helped me become more resilient, able to bounce back from disappointment, face fear and live my dreams. I’m learning to live as if each day was my last – appreciating the miracles around me – but more importantly planning for the future with purpose and passion. Truly living with heart and soul – this is what ‘carpe diem’ has come to mean for me. What does it mean for you?
Michael J Fox is one of my childhood heroes. I loved watching Family Ties and specifically Michael J Fox for his wisecracks and business savvy. So much that for years I wanted to be like him and even signed my name with the middle initial “A” for Alexander. Haha… makes me smile thinking of it.
Then he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 10 years ago, effectively ending his acting career as he focused on dealing with the illness. But he still used his celebrity status to raise awareness for the cause through political advocacy and fundraising. More recently he has turned back to acting as described in the article below. That’s it for me right there – combing passion with purpose. You’re still a hero for me man!
Check out the non-profit foundation he set up to support research efforts into a cure for Parkinson’s disease – the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, also on Facebook.
|Michael J. Fox participates in 9/11 event to raise money for charitiesMichael J. Fox is marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by helping others. The actor is spending Tuesday participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Charity Day, along with a host of other celebrities. Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that lost 658 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, has marked the anniversary of that day by raising funds for charities. This year, more than 100 organizations are expected to benefit.|
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E.B. White