Welcome to Day 17 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy by FOCUSING ON THE GOOD STUFF..
CHALLENGE: Choose to see the possibility + beauty before you.
INSPIRATION: In 2018, the Carr Fire swept through Northern CA burning 200,000+ acres of forest, destroying more than 1,100 homes, causing more than $1.5 billion in damages and claiming eight lives.
Instead of letting this fire, the sixth most destructive fire in California’s history, break them down, residents in the hard-hit community of Redding came together to rebuild an even brighter future.
While speaking in Redding months after the fire, a young 14-year-old woman shared this beautiful poem:
Mr. O’Leary by Rudy LaFrance
This hope that you bring,
This wisdom you carry.
Pushing through everything,
Even when scary.
Through smoke and through flame,
Your spirit burns brighter.
A faith no one can tame,
Making light, even lighter.
Sky full of stars,
Each one its own.
Stronger from scars,
Reaping every seed sown.
Strong in a way,
That one rarely sees.
Joy day by day,
By the way you believe.
Letters shaped with gentle touch,
Words stacked into towers.
Weaving paragraphs, from little to much,
A single page lasting hours.
So Redding does thank you,
For all that you do.
The words you have shared,
Bringing broken to whole, and old to new.
ACTION: What can happen when we view life through the lens of possibility? How can you be like my friend Rudy who made the choice to not simply focus on the devastation and negativity but on the opportunities and beauty within it? Today, focus on at least three positive things in your life.
Share those positive things in the comments below or on social, tagging me + using #InAwe.
My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.