I saw these three videos within a half hour of each other, and the result was a blubbering mess. I really couldn't decide which order to share them in, so I'm just listing as I found them.
When I think about what I want to share as "inspirational," I wait to see what crosses my path, I don't (not saying I haven't EVER, but it's proven useless, so I don't anymore) go out looking for something to inspire. The way the world seems to work (for me) is that what is meant to come into my field of vision, does. And the less I go searching it out, the more I just pay attention, the more I find what really moves me.
First... Mitchell. I found Mitchell's Journey off a "like" from a friend on Facebook. The video below is one of many videos about Mitchell--the family has done an amazing job at documenting the past couple of years of Mitchell's Journey, as their Vimeo page attests. If you're on Facebook, the notes and updates are similarly thorough, and I guarantee you won't come away without awe at Mitchell's parents' strength, courage and faith in the face of the unthinkable.
Much as I'd like to embed the next video I saw, the happy couple wants you to go watch it on YouTube. I'm amazed I've never seen it before--since it has more than 18 million views, you probably have... But how happy I was to finally see it! From what I've read and seen (they did a followup video--Yes to Love), there was a lot of family assistance in the video, which is very sweet.
Seth and I watched this one together and both felt very moved and inspired by Tim's story. I can't imagine you won't, as well. It's a hopeful kind of story, so these tears were at least happier tears...
So the takeaway from all this feeling and crying? I guess I would say:
In the face of loss, in the joining together of lives, in the triumph over adversity: Love is all.
I hope your Monday (well, the whole week, really) reminds you of love, to love, to *be* love.