While her husband was a POW, Louise Harris was in Mississippi raising 3 young children and using her voice to advocate for other wives of POWs. Hear how she endured those 8 long years away from her husband on this week’s Live Inspired Podcast.
Colonel Carlyle Smith “Smitty” Harris spent 2,871 days (that’s nearly 8 years!) as a Vietnam POW. At the same time, his beautiful bride Louise was courageously raising three young children while becoming an advocate and role model.
Today, Smitty + Louise take us on a 60-year journey that’s packed with love, but also the horrors of a North Vietnam prison and how a forgotten military code changed everything.
If you’re looking for a story of forgiveness from a decorated war hero or a romantic love story filled with drive, sacrifice and compassion, you’re going to love today’s episode.
Believe in that person in your life who may not yet believe in themselves. Remind them that the best of their journey remains in front of them.
Today I’m thankful for the hero attending @FOCUS Marines Foundation this week who had the courage to share a small yet LIFE-CHANGING chapter of his story: the former coworker who stepped up and urged him forward when he needed it most. ... See MoreSee Less
After an event last week, an audience member shared that over the past few months her son had simply lost passion for his life. We chatted about him - what he used to like, how he’s acting today and why he is so discouraged.
She summed it up saying, “I think for him it comes down to this: He just doesn't believe there are any good people left in the world.”
I shared a couple resources to consider and a Cherokee legend my dad once shared with me.
"Two Wolves" One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute. Then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed.”
My friends, it’s easy on a Monday to read something like this, write it off as being an old fashion fable and ignore it as not relevant for your current situation.
Instead, I challenge you to acknowledge the profound impact of intentionally choosing your focus each day. It turns out that whatever you choose to pay attention to most certainly gets bigger.
You may choose to be like many of our friends in politics and media focusing on anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. And you’ll be utterly convinced there aren’t good people left in the world. OR you can choose to view those around you making a difference, impacting lives, helping things get better. These are the individuals who focus on the good by living in joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. In seeking these traits and the kind of people who model them you’ll be convinced there are countless good people left in the world... Including the one in the mirror.