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How I Learned to Shake Hands After Losing My Fingers to Amputation (ep. 339)

On this week’s Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moment segment, John O’Leary shares how he learned to shake hands after losing his fingers to amputation.

We live in a marketplace that feels so isolated, stressed and divided.

At age 10 a painful experience revealed how broken, disabled, and imperfect I was, and it’s a lesson we can all benefit from today.

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Today, I invite you to view your painful experiences as a gift preparing you for something bigger. You will not find peace, acceptance or joy in someone else’s opinion of you, but by choosing to love yourself. Approach friends, acquaintances and strangers with confidence, love and an open embrace.

Accepting this challenge is certain to elevate the way we feel about our own lives. It will also liberate us to extend our hands and hearts to those still desperately seeking acceptance in theirs.


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