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Welcome to Day 12 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy by GAINING PERSPECTIVE.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.Og Mandino

CHALLENGE: How can changing your perspective change your life? The path of possibility recognizes that no matter how hard life gets, there is power in how you respond.

INSPIRATION: When I was ten, I heard some words that no child should ever have to hear: If he was a horse, I’d shoot him.

Those words came from one of two world-class surgeons capable of cutting into my palm, creating fingers from the webbing and providing some dexterity for me. We couldn’t get out of that hospital room fast enough.

Two weeks later, we visited the other world-class surgeon, Dr. Pappalardo. He took my scarred hands, looked into my eyes and said, They are as beautiful as an Italian sunset!” Through four surgeries, this man’s enthusiasm, hope and joy seeped into my soul.

One doctor saw a child without hope. The other doctor saw a child ripe with potential. How we choose to view others impacts our interactions directly and dramatically.

ACTION: There is power in choosing what you see. As many of us are self-quarantining in our homes, how can you use this time as a gift? Will you choose to reconnect with your children or spouse, learn a new skill you’ve been putting off, or develop a self-care routine?

Inspire us all by posting in the comments on the Day 12 Challenge Page here or on social media tagging me and using #inawe. I can’t wait to read it… and will randomly select one commenter to win a copy of IN AWE!

My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary

Did you know? 
John shares more about Dr. Pappalardo’s life-giving perspective in his forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.


*One winner will be selected every day until publication 5/5/2020.

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  • Rachel

    I will miss my students in my classroom and our end-of-the-year activites, but this will give me time to find/make some much needed new activities for the beginning of next year!!

    • John O'Leary

      Love your perspective here Rachel. We’d like to send you a copy of IN AWE once it’s released in May. Please send an email over to brian@johnolearyinspires.com and include the best address to send to. Thanks!

  • Renee Carman Vasnaik

    What we all need now… this world can never have too much love. Thank you to the students at Berklee College of Music who took the time to make this unforgettable video: https://youtu.be/QagzdvzzHBQ

    • John O'Leary

      Gave me CHILLS!

  • Amanda

    Can I use this time to reconnect with my family? Really SEE them and learn more about them? Based off the book “The Listening Life” that I’ve been reading, what does it mean to truly listen?
    I’ve been journaling again too, and it brings me so much joy to write things down, knowing I’ll eventually read this, and it’ll all be over! It gives some valuable perspective.

  • Marie-Josée

    I took this opportunity that I have to work from home to get 1 extra hour of sleep (thank God!),
    and also to practice my Miracle Mornings, as I used to do.

    Finding time for me in the morning helps me to get through my day, as my husband and kids are home too, but NOT working… this is hard to find peace other time than before they get up!

    I am grateful for this peaceful time that I gain back.

  • Deanna

    Gaining Perspective
    Seven months ago, life as it seemed was forever changed. Seven months from today, life as it seemed is forever changed. Hope changes everything.
    When a mother witnesses her child suffer, she would give anything to take away the burdens of her child and carry it for her own. Through my child’s suffering, I gained a new perspective on how to approach new challenges, sufferings and burdens. Seven months ago, when learning the news of my child’s illness, my husband was worried by my response, because I was anxious, worried and wanted an immediate solution. Becoming the witness to my child’s pain, I was able to find the blessings that surrounded me. There I found, “hope.”
    Seven months later, I am witnessing the same fears in others. My hope during this time is allowing myself to comfort and bring a stillness to others, so they may also find their own hope during this time of uncertainty.

    • Marie-Josée

      You were ready for this unexpected challenge Deanna 🙂

  • Jill

    YEAASS! I love this one! This is no joke how I live and I LOVE to share with others. I see so much opportunity at this time. I am deemed an essential so I’ll still be working even though we’re closed to the public. I get to wear jeans and t-shirt to work which is my fave thing to wear. I get to leave work on time. I get daylight to get my chores done. I get extra time to talk and FaceTime with my pilot husband also a necessary human to keep the world moving. I get to order food out to support local and make my mouth happy. I get to see my neighbors in their driveways and we can talk from a safe distance about the fun things that happened in each of our days. I get Fridays off now, I plan to plant my indoor garden. My house cleaning is better than it has been I get to paint my walls, a project I’ve been putting off forever. I’m also hoping to start my Spanish lessons on Rosetta Stone. CD ROM I’ve had for at least 5 years. THIS IS THE BEST DAY for me. I so much love sharing all my joy with others too. I’m extremely blessed and I do believe I live the absolute best life. Cheers friends to the most opportunity we’ve had in a while. #inawe

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