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05-16-16 Someday is no way to live Image

“I have learned that ‘someday’ is no way to live your life.” – Rachel Macy Stafford, The Hands Free Revolution

Last week I traveled from St. Louis to Atlanta.

From Atlanta to Florida. From Florida to San Francisco. From San Francisco to Richmond.

And from Richmond to my hometown, St. Louis. Phew! It was a full four days of travel.

Weeks like that have so many inflection points within them (if you’ve not yet read my #1 National Bestselling book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, an inflection point is “a moment in time that changes everything that follows”), but the most significant inflection point happened early on Monday morning.

What a blessing! I could not manage this schedule every week, but this inflection point absolutely fired me up for the busy travel week ahead. It occurred when I met a new friend and her 9-year-old daughter as I traveled through their hometown.

My friend, Rachel Macy Stafford of The Hands Free Revolution, summed the experience up best on her Facebook post, which I am sharing below because I cannot say it any better myself:

My friends, I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of John’s recently released book. I ended up doing something I never did with any book – I read it again, and again, and again. Yes, I have read ON FIRE three times and now I am reading it to my 9-year-old daughter – she is the same age John was when he was burned on 100% of his body. Like me, she has her favorite parts of the book that we read over and over. I was not surprised when I told her he was in our city and I was going to see him. She said, ‘I want to meet him someday.’

I have learned that ‘someday’ is no way to live your life, so I took her with me. [Tweet this] | [Share on Facebook]

As John and I talked, she sipped her Shirley Temple and soaked up every word of our conversation. Before it was time to go, the two musicians sat at the piano together. John played “Amazing Grace,” and my daughter sang along softly—which was unusual for her.

Later she explained why. She couldn’t sing like she usually does because she was focused on John’s hands. She knew he’d lost his fingers in the fire, but she never imagined “how beautiful they’d look and what amazing things he could do with them!” She told me it was hard to sing because she was trying to remember that moment forever, in case she loses something she thinks she can’t live without.

My friends, may today be a day when you experience a perspective shift. May your view change from what you’ve lost to what is still there. May you see what you can do rather than what you can’t do. Instead of seeing what doors are closed, may you see what opportunities still exist.

My friends do yourself a favor and join The Hands Free Revolution today. Because someday is no way to live your life.

This is your day. Live Inspired.

What is one thing you CAN do that you want to celebrate today? Share your story in the comments below.

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