INSPIRATION

is something that influences and stimulates you.

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“I learned that inspiration does not always come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time. ”

Brenda Ueland (1891-1985); Journalist, editor, teacher

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880); novelist, editor

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.”

Charles Swindoll (1934-0); Founder of Insight for Living

“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592); Essayist, Author

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Oprah Winfrey (born 1954); American television host, publisher

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913); Abolitionist, humanitarian

“I showed the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978); painter, illustrator

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917-1996); Jazz vocalist

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. ”

Wendell Berry (born 1934); Farmer, writer, academic

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault poet

“If I had influence with the good fairy, I would ask that her gift to each child be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. ”

Rachel Carson (1907-1964); marine biologist and conservationist

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.”

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961); Swedish political leader, Secretary-General of the United Nations

“I believe that friends are quiet angels who sit on our shoulders and lift our wings when we forget how to fly.”

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“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.”

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004); 40th U.S. President

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former president of South Africa

“Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of the fire. Happiness is something we are.”

John B. Sheerin

“Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”

Bruce Garrabrandt (born 1955); artist, writer

“Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.”

Colleen C. Barrett (born 1944); President and CEO, Southwest Airlines Company

“There's only us, there's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.”

Jonathan Larson (1960-1996); Composer; Playwright; Creator of Broadway Musical RENT

“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”

James Thurber (1894-1961); American author, cartoonist

“Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones.”

Marsha Sinetar

“Success is nothing more or less than being who you want to be; progressing toward your ideal each day.”

Jaren L. Davis

“When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.”

Susan Sarandon (born 1946); actress

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

Peyton C. March (1864-1955); General, US Army

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.”

Cesare Pavese (1908-1950); Poet, Novelist

“For it's not light that is needed, but fire; it's not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake in our hearts.”

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895); American social reformer, abolitionist

“Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object. ”

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962); Writer, 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient

“Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.”

James Baldwin (1924-1987); author

“Your spark can become a flame and change everything. ”

E.D. Nixon (1899-1987); American civil rights leader

“Know in your heart that all things are possible. We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none had ever happened.”

Libbie Fudim

“Just don’t give up trying what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917-1996); Jazz vocalist

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.”

Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974); aviator

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true.”

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“Just go out there and do what you've got to do.”

Martina Navrátilová (born 1956); Chzec-American tennis player

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

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Everyday Hero: Aaron

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Aaron is my big brother and the most inspiring person I know. Growing up my brother was overweight. When he meet my sister in law 13 years age he made a major lifestyle change. He started exercising and eating healthy and dropped all his extra weight. Two years ago my husband put a team of 10 people from our church…

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Everyday Hero: Paul

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hes the one who inspired me to join the military after high school, without him i would've never imagined i could do something like that. Pj Thank you.

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Everyday Hero: Leanne

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In September 2010, at age 11, Leanne was at Duke Children’s Hospital waiting for her yearly cardiology check-up for her congenital heart problem. Two teenage hospital volunteers came up to her and the other children who were waiting to be seen. They offered each of them a gift suited to their age and gender that were on a cart they…

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Everyday Hero: Sarah Rose

My Daughter, Sarah Rose has just turned seven years old. My family has hit the hardest of times. We have been homeless for over a year. Even though my daughter has gone without and struggled, lived in shelters, she has not changed. We were at Wal-Mart on Sunday night. Sarah went to the bathroom around closing time, while in there…

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Everyday Hero: Keli

My mom is my best friend in the whole world. She's always there, either as a shoulder to cry on or a force to be reckoned with. She's brave and smart, forever saying she'd take a bullet for me or my siblings, and the homework help is always a plus. She's very handy, capable of working, cooking, playing, and farming…

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Everyday Hero: kimmy

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Aunt kimmy is not just my aunt she like a REALLY great friend. She will do everything for me and she loves me a lot. I always love going over her house because I love to spend time with her and she is so fun and she will think of a way for me, my brother, and her kids to…

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Everyday Hero: Wayne Gretzky

My story is very short,he told me to keep trying even when stuff gets tough.

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Everyday Hero: Tanya

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The person I would like to recognize as my hero is Tanya Raab. You may recognize the name because she was the one who nominated my dad, Pete Raab. I wanted to shed light on the fact that my dad, has been blessed by finding and loving another hero. My stepmom, Tanya Raab has one of the biggest hearts out…

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Everyday Hero: Cindy

My hero is my Aunt Cindy who is a teacher at Stanly Community College and is going back to college to get her Doctorate degree. The reason that she is my hero is because she has inspired me to follow my dreams and go to school and get a college education. She is the only one in my family to…

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Everyday Hero: Jamie

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Jamie Holmes is a great example of a caring individual of an unsung hero and my nominee for the Values everyday hero of the month contest, because of her unselfishness, and endless energy to help others, while at the same time overcoming her own medical obstacles in her own life. I first met Jamie in August of 2011, and since…

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Everyday Hero: Marie

My mom (94 years old) is my heroine, but not because she's my mom. She's my hero because she has always demonstrated an incredible zest for life, leaping over barriers and seeing them as opportunities. Among the many potholes she circumvented in her life's path, was the fact that she was blinded by macular degeneration at 87 after spending 5…

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Everyday Hero: Holly

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Holly has never spoken a word in her life! The only sound she makes is laughter. After 22 years of silence, by using a keyboard Holly has broken the silence! As Holly learned to communicate slowly typing away she decided in 2012 that she wanted a platform to teach about love. Holly has co-written lyrics to a beautiful song, "God…

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Everyday Hero: Marie

My hero is my older sister. We were a family of six [3 girls and 3 boys] growing up in the 50's and 60's. I was the youngest and of course picked on relentlessly by my older brothers. But my sister Marie always came to my rescue and was my second "mama". She always went out of her way to…

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Everyday Hero: Michelle & Perry

My heroes are my parents. They are my heroes because I cannot think of a single time that they have not been there for me. They have always stood beside me and supported me 100% in everything that I have done. They have taught me responsibility, discipline, and many other things. They also taught me how to be a good…

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Everyday Hero: Tom

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Would You Recognize Greatness? One summer day a player sweated all alone in a gymnasium long snapping footballs from the half court circle on the basketball court to a target hanging on the wall underneath the basket. No one in that community had ever seen a player do that before. A couple weeks later the same player walked up to…

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Everyday Hero: Barack

Barack Obama is my hero, because he has inspired me, as well as many other young people across the nation, to volunteer, to get involved in the political process, to take initiative and get things done. He has inspired me to be a public servant, to help progress this country forward.

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Everyday Hero: Bill

My hero is Bill Kjer. I wear a necklace in his memory every day. He made a difference in my life, my past coworkers and the community. He always had a smile on his face, a positive attitude, and the greatest smile. He would ride around in his golf cart always with the greatest big smile on his face and…

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Everyday Hero: John

My father is my hero. He was a German immigrant who came to this country in 1924. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps when WWII broke out to fight for the country he'd grown to love. He was wounded in battle and his best friend died beside him. Although we have newspaper clippings stating he was awarded the Purple…

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Everyday Hero: David Beckham

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Was once the most hated.. now an inspiration.

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Everyday Hero: Jillian

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She is 18 yrs old a high school senior in Columbus Ohio at Northland High School. Her Father passed away of a heart attack in 2007 while she was laying next to him on the couch. She showed great maturity at a young age to stay positive thru adversity and continuing to be productive in her studies. In high she…

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Everyday Hero: Martha

Martha (my mom) has been a single mother since I was less than a year old. My mother raised three kids on her own, never asking for help. I love her and she taught me values, manners, and respect.

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Everyday Hero: Tory

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Everyday Hero: Tracey

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My mother, Tracey Jones is my hero. Not only does she take care of me and makes sure I have everything I want and need. She serves in the U.S Military. My mother is so wonderful. She helps anybody who needs help. She is caring, and is a role model. I love my mother. She is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: Carlos

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Carlos is an amazing young man, I raised him as my own and just recently told him I am not his birth mother. With help from counselors I was able to tell him, I feared the worse yet he turned and said " your my mom" the load I carried for so long was lifted, despite suffering from food allergies,…

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Everyday Hero: My Children

My children are my heroes. I have two beautiful little girls and they inspire me to be a wonderful mom. I want my children to have a good life,they deserve it. So, when I wake up and look at my beautiful babies, I am very inspired, and proud. The reason I wrote about my babies is because they are mine…

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Everyday Hero: Azalee

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My hero is my baby cousin Azzy. She never gave up, and not one time did she wine or want to give up, everyday there was a smile on her face. Azalee Mae Carroll was just a normal 4 year old girl from Port Allen, Louisiana until the day her whole world was changed. The day before Azalee's 5th birthday…

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Everyday Hero: Derek

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Derek is my hero. I have been through so many struggles and challenges in my life and Derek has truly made me a survivor. He was born with cerebral palsy. Every thing he does is a struggle for him. He is very stubborn....I think that's why he has come such a long ways. Derek also loves to listen to music…

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Everyday Hero: Mom

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She helps me when I need help with anything. She remembers how to remind me I have school in the morning so nobody can't spend the night. She picks up anything that she spills or things me and my sister spill on the ground. But then she reminds us she is not our maid and does not clean up after…

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Everyday Hero: Emily

Emily is an amazing person; And because of that,I look up to her. She is a 22 year-old woman that graduated from George Mason University and is my sister. There are a number of reasons why she is my role model. For one, Emily is very smart. She went to governor's school (like I want to) and graduated from high…

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Everyday Hero: Harvey

Harvey is my brother that recently passed away November 30, 2010 from Leukemia. He is one of my heroes. Harvey was 36 years old when he lost his battle to cancer, only being diagnosed with it in February of 2010. Harvey was the most amazing person, with a contagious smile that would light up everyone's hearts. His zest for life…

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Everyday Hero: Gail

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Everyday Hero: Aria

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Aria is one of the most selfless human beings I have had the pleasure to meet. She consistently thrives to help others. She started her own business from the ground up and have donated all of her time, devotion and love to it. She created a children's art studio that helps kids express their creativity in a stress free environment.…

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Everyday Hero: Jim

My hero was not a war hero, a fireman, or superman. In fact, he wasn’t anything in particular. Jim was an elderly man who sat in the back of my church with his frail wife. Never did he make a scene, or draw any attention to himself. Never did he ask for anything, even when he most needed it. But,…

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Everyday Hero: Taylor

Taylor Swift has opened the eyes of many young people, but she really has opened my eyes, to a world of giving and caring. She is one of the most caring people in the entire world and is a true inspiration to me, and I would be honored to meet her and give her my ideas on how I'd like…

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Everyday Hero: Jennifer

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My mom takes care of me every day of the week. She buys me clothes, food, and games. She always takes care of me and does anything for me. My mom is the best person ever and she is awesome. I love my mom a lot because she is always there fro me.

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Everyday Hero: Shana

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Shana is more then just a sister, she is my best friend. We may be sisters by heart but we are friends by choice. Its really hard to ever see her, we live in two different states. I really love her and even though we get in ALOT of fights i always know that we will make it out of…

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Everyday Hero: Brady

My hero is my 8 year old daughter. Brady has Down syndrome, and has been through more than any child should ever have to face. Numerous surgeries, illnesses, therapies, doctors appointments, hospitalizations, and the list goes on and on. She and her sister are the lights of our lives, and Brady's strength and steadfastness makes us a stronger family. Anytime…

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Everyday Hero: Emmy

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Emerson Grace went without oxygen at birth resulting in severe quad CP. From day one, her life has been a fight and she's beaten the odds to survive. This little girl has more heart and soul and not only inspires me to be a better person, but everyone who meets her. She works relentlessly for the things that come easily…

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Everyday Hero: Charles

On June 8th, 2011 my brother's vehicle was hit by an IED while he was on a mission in Iraq. PFC Matthew England was killed in action. My brother's legs were severely injured, along with massive wounds to his torso and severe burns on his arms. Two of his fellow soldiers and one civilian walked away from the explosion. Unfortunately,…

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Everyday Hero: Zachary

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As a parent , there's a dream; That you share your wisdom And the truth; Pass unto your children; Knowledge gained long since Your youth. To give them all the courage, They may need to face their Fears, To let them see your open arms And shoulder for their tears. To give them open ears to hear them, Not opinions…

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Everyday Hero: Dallas

Not born to the best situation, my son came into this world with a heart full of love. He's touched and changed lives like no other I have known. He's athletic. When playing baseball and running laps, he sees a teammate not keeping up with the group, and even though he is one of the fastest on the team, he…

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Everyday Hero: Claudia and Emilio

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A hero is someone who is determined, inspiring, and hardworking. Hero's in our world there are not many of them. I believe that my parents are my hero's. One out of many character trait that a hero has is hardworking. I know that my parents show this by going to work everyday and they put effort in everything they do…

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Everyday Hero: David

My baseball coach, David, is my hero. He is my hero because he has inspired me to be the best I can be and to always give 100% effort in each and every game I play. No matter if we are loosing by 20 runs, he is still very positive and pushes us to keep our heads up and to…

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Everyday Hero: Anat

Anat Baniel is causing amazing and often miraculous results for children with cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD and many other conditions. She is not only teaching others to do the Anat Baniel Method, she works tirelessly to better the lives of all who come to her. The work is too valuable to ignore. Anat relates to all persons with compassion, sensitivity…

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Everyday Hero: Emzy

His life hasn’t always been filled with shortcuts or happy endings but he’s always made the best out of it. He doesn’t have the best job out there but he still manages to wake up everyday with a smile on his face. He never had much go his way. He had to give up on his dreams, which would have…

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Everyday Hero: ash

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He lost his wife in 2006. But they found a cancer treatment used in hospitals in USA but not in Australia. He began petitioning to get it there. He lost his home and B&B at Byron Bay in the meantime. While doing all this he was helping Aussies (and a few Americans)get Cyberknife in Asia until we got it. Last…

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Everyday Hero: Victoria

My hero is my twin sister who is currently fighting her for her life against breast cancer. Mind you this is her third battle with cancer. Her first battle occurred at the age of 15 when she was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkins Disease). She endured surgery, radiation and the loss of hair but survived her battle with a glowing attitude.…

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Everyday Hero: My dad freddie johnson

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My dads is my hero he tought me the greaests vaules of life and the main thing is LOVE and to be happy he created the strongest famliy in which he will SHINE through forever dad we love you and miss you but will always forever be in are hearts thank you for being my strength provider Freddie .S. Johmson…

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Everyday Hero: Jenny Lynn

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Jenny Lynn is an amazing woman! She suffered a sexual assault while on a business trip 20 years ago, and as part of her healing has now written a book about the experience and recovering. She now takes the time to do speaking engagements to encourage and empower others, as well as to raise awareness on this issue. She has…

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Everyday Hero: Raymond

This character sketch is about someone who is nice, brave, strong, smart, wise, good, tall, a thinker, and cool. This person is someone who I look up to. I call him my dad. Hope you enjoy it. My dad is a nice person. Because whenever something is going on he is very nice to us. Even when my soccer team…

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Everyday Hero: Johnny

My paw paw is and will always be my hero. He and his family overcame the depression. He later joined the Navy during the Korean war, an after that he married his love and had 3 children. He started a plumbing business. He is now retired, but he keeps on inspiring me and others around him with his stories and…

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Everyday Hero: Eric

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My hero is my teacher Mr. Vander Loop. I choose him because he is so inspirational, and does amazing things for people! He also does a cancer benefit called Unless. He calls it unless because of the book the Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. This year it is the sixth year of the cancer benefit. Over the last couple year the…

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Everyday Hero: kimmy

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Aunt kimmy is not just my aunt she like a REALLY great friend. She will do everything for me and she loves me a lot. I always love going over her house because I love to spend time with her and she is so fun and she will think of a way for me, my brother, and her kids to…

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Everyday Hero: Angelica

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My hero is a great women with many ideas. she inspires not only me but about 6 other rooms each full with about 20 kids each. she motivates us to do our best and be our best. she is one person that believes in us even if others have given up. she is part of a club known as key…

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Everyday Hero: Dale

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My uncle has always been like superman and I have always looked up to him as my hero regardless. He's been there for me my entire life and not only me, but everyone who knows him thinks he's the best man in the world. He's worked hard his whole life and never complained or hurt anyone. I am biased as…

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Everyday Hero: Michele

My sister's life parallels that of Job. As the middle child in a family of 3 girls, she had a tough time competing with a type A older sister and a rambunctious younger sister. Little did she know how much I've admired her since we were children. Starting with her outward appearance and ending with her kind and giving inner…

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Everyday Hero: Tremele

17 on the ACT, raised in a single parent household, attended two high schools on alert, didn't pass the high school exit exam until the fall of his senior year, and today Mr. Perry possesses not only a high school diploma, but a college degree and law school degree.

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Everyday Hero: Mitch

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Words cannot capture the spirit of empowerment, kindness and good will that Mitch Shapiro embodies. Ten years ago Mitch started the Foundation for Sight and Sound after having been with the Foundation Fighting Blindness for a number of years. Mitch has Usher Syndrome, also called deaf-blindness. He began wearing hearing aids at a very young age and now has two…

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Everyday Hero: Maria Belen

She is my wife and business partner. She co-founded with me INSPIRADORES as a way to promote giving and receiving positive inspirations using an internet social community. She has been the driving factor behind this inspired project to promote persons who would like to inspire others. Everybody looks for inspiration in their lives at some point. Maria Belen, gracias.

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Everyday Hero: Anne

My grandmother is and was my hero. She passed away a few years ago. She lived a very difficult life that was filled with tragedy. However she made it sparkle and shine. My grandmother was a child of immigrants and grew up in a family that was very hardworking. She got married young, but unlike many women of that time…

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Everyday Hero: Mileni

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A hero is kind,caring,and nice. A hero helps a person when they need help, and they do good things for you. And my mom isn't just my mom who takes care of me and loves me. My mom is my hero because she is caring,respectful, and helpful. She just isn't caring,respectful, and helpful to me but to everybody. My mom…

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Everyday Hero: Christina

My Mom, Chris, who is now 89 years young has given and given to her family all of her life. She has done without many comforts so we could have things we needed or wanted as we grew up. She has discovered that she has advanced stages of breast cancer and just recently found out that it has spread to…

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Everyday Hero: Jeff

My hero is my childhood friend Jeff. Jeff was Captain of the football team, class valedictorian, and the first graduate from our high school to attend a US service academy. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1983 and went on to become a pilot. He was the all-American boy, and grew to be a fine man. Although…

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Everyday Hero: Coleton

Our 14 year old son was a big baseball player in east Texas. His dream of becoming a baseball player came to a halt when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma Cancer. He touched the lives of people all over east Texas and in other states as well. He is one of 200 teenagers that are diagnosed a year(very rare).…

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Everyday Hero: Bella

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Bella is 8yrs old and was born with morning-glory syndrome, a rare eye disease. She is blind in one eye and could lose vision in the other. When Bella was diagnosed at age two, the doctor told us she would never be able to do sports, activities or any profession that requires good vision, depth perception or balance. That was…

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Everyday Hero: Ben

My dad is my hero. Since I was 2 years old it was only my dad who raised me. We struggled a lot and he worked as many jobs as he could to make more than enough money to support us two and buy me anything and everything I wanted when I was little. Still to this day, he is…

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Everyday Hero: Melissa

My hero is my sister, Missy. Technically, she's my half-sister, but I don't bother with that. She is my sister, through and through. She was 21 when I was born, so in some ways she's more mentor than sibling. She is the exact opposite of me. She likes punk music, I like country. She's a big city girl, I'm a…

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Everyday Hero: Hannah

Ever since I was a baby I have always followed in my sisters footsteps. When she took dance lessons, I wanted to too. When she played soccer, I had to. When she got to high school and became involved with student government, so did I. I don't see myself as a follower because I'm not. But I do recognize Hannah…

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Everyday Hero: Maraiders Cricket

THE EXCELLENT DINESH R MAKWANA. Richness of cricket is everywhere, just look at this story. It was by far the best day of the year as far as the sun and the weather was concerned. There was a serene calm with little wind and little movement. The calmness of the midday luncheons of over two hundred expectant cricket lovers was…

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Everyday Hero: Julie

My hero is Julie Andrews. To me she seems to be perfect. She is talented, strong, smart, and most importantly so sweet and caring. She is so strong in everything she does. What I like about her is that she is very positive. She takes any negative in her life and turns it into a positive. For example, when she…

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Everyday Hero: Harry

My hero is my dad. As a family physician, he was also a hero to many people by saving lives everyday. However, he was my hero day in and day out. He was such an inspiration to me in making sure that I did something in my life that would help others. I have always known that I wanted to…

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Everyday Hero: My friends

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My friends are always so supportive! Im so thankful i have met the people i have, and they help me so much. Whenever something goes wrong at least one of my friends are there to support me! I have doubted things in my life that i want, and some of my friends have to. But there has always been one…

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Everyday Hero: Uncle Louie

My hero is my Uncle Louie. The reason why is that my Uncle is strong, smart, kind, courageous, genuine, goal-oriented and carries so many other character values. His persistence and determination keeps me going. He's a leader and not a follower. Family values is important to him and I appreciate him. As a little girl with an absent father -…

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I took my diagnosis of skin cancer (which includes surgeries and burning) and turned it around to help kids know about addictions (mine was to tanning) and skin cancer. I turned a negative into a positive for both myself and the students I talk to.
Jana 22 days ago from Illinois

My life is falling apart quicker than i can repair it
angela 3 months ago from portland

Inspiration is an internal event. I seemed to have locked the door, yet got some serious help opening it through an online mentoring site (their name says it all!) called FTRnation.com (aka Free Thinking Renegades). I realized my thinking wasn't free, and had to find my way back to it. Loved your post and other comments. Thanks for the info!!
Sedona Cole about 1 year ago from Vancouver, BC

Inspirations of this nature have really helped in people's lives.
Ediomo Iton over 1 year ago from Nigeria uyo

Every time that I read the inspirational massage I feel relaxed.
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