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Minty Mondays: A Hero is Born!

Monday, February 20, 2012


A Mini Minty MoMINT

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

My mom says that her brother, Jeff is a hero because he never gives up… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

02/19/2012 – No Data
02/18/2012 – 6,258 Steps
02/17/2012 – 4,044 Steps
02/16/2012 – 7,662 Steps
02/15/2012 – 5,067 Steps
02/14/2012 – 3,080 Steps
02/13/2012 – No Data

Good morning Spark Heroes!

Tomorrow, my youngest brother, Jeff, will turn 50 years old. It is so hard to believe. I remember when he came home from the hospital, shaking head, and that was 50 years ago – I barely feel like *I* am 50 much less having a ‘little’ brother who is 50. Last night our family and close friends celebrated Jeff. He is an amazing young … ooopps I cannot say that anymore. LOL Seriously, Jeff is a miracle. While he was in high school, had a serious medical issue that left him legally blind (he sees a quarter out of each eye and only in black and white) along with other challenges. These challenges have not stopped my brother from doing what he wants to do in life. It did not stop him from graduating from high school or the University of Santa Barbara. It has not stopped him from getting married and being a GREAT father to his children. He is unable to drive a car; however, it has not stopped him in business or from traveling all over the world, even in places like India and Russia where it might be difficult for lots of us! Best of all, I have yet to hear my brother complain or feel sorry for himself.

Last week, I read a blog from a young woman who had a diving accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Of course, you cannot compare the injuries; however, as I read her blogs, it was clear that she was unable to accept her condition even with the support of her family. On her 31st birthday, she writes that every birthday is a bittersweet reminder of what she does not have. In fact, most of her blog centers on what she does not have or what she is unable to do. In the end, she made the decision to end her life by refusing treatment and food. I thought about my brother, when I read this, and how his focus centers on the things he has, and the things he CAN do. He is an inspiration and a joy to be around! Happy birthday, dear brother, you are one of my heroes and I am looking forward to the next 50 years!

AffirMINTion: I appreciate those around me every day!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS The headline for February 20, 2012 (the day before you were born) was for another hero of that time, John Glenn

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Sorry this is so much after-the-fact, but you have every right to be VERY proud of your "Little" Brother! It is so very hard to have such challenges and not fall into that pit of a pity party. BUT you know, he's realized that the situation can't be changed, but he is in control of his reaction to it. HUGS to him. And HUGS to you for being a good big sister!

    2246 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Happy Birthday to your brother, Jeff! emoticon He is amazing! But so are you!
    2257 days ago
  • FLAME42
    Happy Birthday, Jeff!! You are a true hero and example for us all.
    Please relay this message to your amazing (I can say that) brother.
    Your family has some wonderful people in it, and you are one of them. Yes, I am talking to you my SP friend.
    Say Hi to Minty too!
    2257 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2012 9:41:02 AM
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