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Blessings in Disguise
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Yes You Can!...
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From the Inside OutBethany Hamilton
BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE ON HALLOWEEN


"Halloween in Hawaii is a little complicated. Unlike on the mainland, where people carve their pumpkins a week before the holiday, here it’s so warm and humid, you only get a day or two to display a carved pumpkin before they grow a moldy beard or cave in on themselves in a slimy mess of goo..."

That Halloween morning in Kaua'i, Hawaii — a glorious part of the world, where it's hard to deny the divine — Bethany Hamilton responded to the shark's stealth attack with the calm of a girl with heaven on her side.

Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: "Get to the beach...." Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R.

It's the kind of coincidence that isn't mere coincidence to the Hamilton family. To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they'd been working on themselves — which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was "When can I surf again?" it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story — a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

She began her career as a surfer with her first competition at age 11. By age 13, Bethany was an accomplished competitor and well-respected in the surfing world. They say she has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing — not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack — could come between her and the waves?

Bethany had always been a compassionate child, but since that shark attack on Halloween, her compassion has deepened. Four days after the incident, she learned that fishermen on Kaua'i's north shore were talking about hunting down the 13-foot, 1,500-pound tiger shark. From her hospital bed, she tearfully insisted the animal not be harmed.

A few hours later, her empathy surfaced again, during a stress debriefing session with Kai Swigart, a psychologist who is legally blind. Bethany told him his loss of sight was far worse than her loss of an arm. She offered to donate money being raised to help pay her medical bills to pay for an operation to restore his sight. Swigart added, "She told me that she had visited heaven and then had come back to be with her family. Anyone who touches heaven has a serenity, a spirit, a presence that transcends normal human experience."

Bethany has already lived more than a lifetime's worth of triumph and tragedy. After the shark attack she rose once again to the challenges of competition and dealt with the maelstrom of media attention. She relied on her faith and innate positive thinking to embrace changes that would undo most people. When she lost her arm in the fall of 2003, it looked as if the career of one of the country's top amateur surfers was over. But just ten weeks later, she returned to competition in her native Hawaii, vowing never to give up the sport she loves. Bethany continues to compete in the most challenging waves in the world and amaze everyone by achieving the unimaginable. She dominated the 2005 National Scholastic Surfing Association Nationals Championships, taking 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division.

She has earned an indelible place in America's heart in appearances on 20/20, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Entertainment Tonight and a host of other venues. She's been featured in People magazine and her story has been written up in newspapers in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. In December, 2003, Bethany touched hearts again when, on a media tour of New York City, she suddenly removed her ski jacket and gave it to a homeless girl sitting on a subway grate in Times Square. Wearing only a tank top, Hamilton then canceled a shopping spree, saying she already had too many things. "Bethany was always very giving, very loving and very kind, but I've never seen anything like this," says her father, Tom. "She's got more wisdom, I guess."

Surprisingly, Bethany doesn't view herself as strong, driven or courageous. She sees the loss of her arm as her destiny, as a blessing in disguise. Her life is richer and fuller — and her surfing career more tangible and lucrative — than before the attack. She has chosen to use her experience to become an inspiration and help others to overcome adversity, no matter how great. “I know I have something important to say. Something that people need to hear — but sometimes they get so caught up in the story part, that they miss the meaning,” says Bethany. As always, she remains undaunted and is looking forward to the future. She's asking herself, "How can I show the world I still have a life, that I enjoy my life and that my life is filled with joy?"

~Visit Bethany's website at www.BethanyHamilton.com

SOUL SURFER is a moving account of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith — and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing. Written with passion and insight, and filled with thrilling moments of the sport Bethany has come to personify, this is a portrait of American heroism that will captivate readers of all ages. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing — perhaps even less so — than the soul. Now, in Soul Surfer, this extraordinary fourteen-year-old recounts her incredible, harrowing story in her own unforgettable voice.
By Bethany Hamilton

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FIND MOTIVATION WITH "ALIGNMENT"

As a life coach, I often hear people say they lack motivation – in fact, the “motivation discussion” is almost a ritual with my new clients. You really want something, in fact you almost need it, but you just don’t have the drive to get to it.

As a result, you blame yourself; you get stuck in your disappointment, your guilt, or your frustration – further and further away from your goal.

But why are we not always driven enough to meet our objectives in the first place? Is it that we are not sufficiently determined? Or maybe we are not tough and strong enough?

The way I see things, motivation is akin to the sap that runs in the tree: it keeps the tree alive – in fact, it’s essential to it – but it’s useless if the tree (our objective) is rooted in poor, unhealthy grounds.

It’s not our motivation that makes the objective real, it’s the other way around: when our goals are healthy, the drive to take action flows naturally. When our goals are unhealthy, we have to push ourselves all along the path to “success” – and we don’t even feel like celebrating at the end (when we do get there).

So what is an “unhealthy” objective? It’s an objective we hold for the wrong reasons, or with the wrong attitude: it’s rooted in poor grounds. It’s not that we should not lose weight; it’s just that we decided to do so because we don’t like (let alone love) ourselves and we think that will patch the problem.

It’s not that we should not start this new business; it’s just that we are dead afraid of failure. And there’s nothing wrong with studying law, it’s just that we do so only to honor our (deceased) father’s values and wishes.

There are many factors that can literally kill our motivation at its roots, but weakness certainly isn’t one of them. The real motivation inhibitors go more along this line:

- Our objective is not a real priority (Going to the gym, when you have three children to take care of)

- We feel our objective is inaccessible (A brand-new Volvo when we can’t afford a Toyota)

- Our objective was inspired or chosen by someone else (That law degree…Or maybe your partner wants you to stop smoking)

- Our objective is motivated by self-rejection rather than self-respect (Very frequent, and always overlooked. People trying to lose weight often experience that)

- Our objective is a strong “should”, or a vibrant “must”; but not a “want” (It would be appropriate to be in better terms with the other members of our family, but we are too resentful about past events to really change anything)

- We are afraid of success, afraid of failure. Afraid of something (We are conflicted about our objective, we have mixed motives – even if we are not aware of them)

- Our objective is not in alignment with our true self (Looking for a job in a field that doesn’t feel right to us)

- Some part of us doesn’t want to reach our objective, for some reasons (We know that when we do reach our goal, we’ll have to do or experience something that repulses us)

- We feel overwhelmed by all the actions we have to take (we have a hard time taking one small step at a time)

- A recent failure makes us feel powerless, etc.

When we start looking at this, we realize that the results we get (or do not get) are an accurate reflection of what we deeply think, and feel.

We do not experience in life what we hope for, but rather what we think we deserve, what we expect, what we are the most confident in. That’s how we create.

We will not feel much motivation for a goal that is incongruent with our profound beliefs and thoughts – as idyllic as this goal may be. Motivation isn’t about toughness and strength – it’s about alignment.

It’s not necessarily about wanting something very badly… but more about wanting something completely.

When we lack motivation, some part of us is saying, “I don’t want to reach that goal – it doesn’t serve me”.

Maybe it’s time to change our objective… maybe we need to look inward and take care of other things first (see the list above). Or maybe we just need to take a deep breath, relax, and listen to the wind for a while…

About the Author: Marie-Pier Charron, life coach, is founder of Implosions,
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I love Halloween. It reminds me of my happy childhood days as a student at Wampus Elementary School in Armonk, N.Y., when we youngsters used to celebrate Halloween by making decorations out of construction paper and that white paste that you could eat. This is also how we celebrated Columbus Day, Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Year's, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Armistice Day, Flag Day, Arbor Day, Thursday, etc. We brought these decorations home to our parents, who by federal law, were required to attach them to the refrigerator with magnets.

That was a wonderful, carefree time in which to be a youngster or construction-paper salesperson. But it all ended suddenly one day — I'll never forget it — when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, called "Sputnik" (which is Russian for 'Little Sput'). Immediately all the grown-ups in America became hysterical about losing the Space Race, which led to a paranoid insecurity about our educational system, expressed in anguished newspaper headlines asking, "WHY AREN'T OUR KIDS LEARNING IN SCHOOL?" I wanted to answer, "BECAUSE ALL WE EVER DO IS MAKE DECORATIONS OUT OF CONSTRUCTION PAPER," but I couldn't, because my mouth was full of paste.

But getting back to Halloween: It's still one of the most fun holidays of the year, as well as one of the most traditional, tracing its origins back more than 2,000 years to the Druids, an ancient religious cult that constructed Stonehenge as well as most of the public toilets in England. The Druids believed that one night each year, at the end of October, the souls of the dead returned to the world of the living and roamed from house to house costumed as Power Rangers.

And thus it is that to this day, youngsters come to our door on Halloween night shouting: "Trick or treat!" According to tradition, if we don't give the youngsters a 'treat', their parents will 'sue' us. That's why most of us traditionally prepare for Halloween by going to the supermarket and purchasing approximately eight metric tons of miniature candy bars, which we dump into a big bowl by the door, ready to hand out to the hordes of trick-or-treaters. The irony, of course, is that there ARE no hordes of trick-or-treaters, not any more. We in the news media make darned sure of that. Every year we publish dozens of helpful consumer-advice articles, cheerfully reminding parents of the dangers posed by traffic, perverts, poisoned candy, and many other Halloween hazards that parents would never think of if we didn't remind them ("Have fun, but remember that this year more than 17,000 Americans will die bobbing for apples").

The result is that many children aren't allowed to go trick-or-treating, and the ones who ARE allowed out come to your house no later than 4:30 p.m., wearing reflective tape on their Power Rangers costumes and trailed at close range by their parents, who watch you suspiciously and regard whatever candy you hand out as though it were unsolicited mail from the Unabomber. So for most of Halloween, your doorbell is quiet. This means that you pass the long night alone, hour after hour, just you and the miniature candy bars. After a while they start calling seductively to you from their bowl in their squeaky little voices: "Hey, Big Boy!" they call. "We're going to waste over here!" As the evening wears on they become increasingly brazen. Eventually they crawl across the floor, climb up your body, unwrap themselves and force themselves bodily into your mouth. There's no use hiding in the bathroom, because they'll just crawl under the door and tie you up with dental floss and threaten to squeeze toothpaste in your eye unless you eat them. At least that's what they do to me.

By the end of the night my blood has the same sugar content as Yoo-Hoo. But eating huge amounts of candy allegedly purchased for youngsters is only part of the Halloween tradition. The other part is buying a pumpkin and carving it to make a 'jack-o'-lantern', which sits on your front porch, a festive symbol of the age-old truth — first discovered by the Druids — that there is no practical use for pumpkins. I'd give you more details, but right now I need to do something about these tiny Milky Ways crawling up my legs.


~By Dave Barry, Miami Herald Columnist (October 27, 1996)

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College professor and author Lee Ryan Miller recently shared the following article for Inspiration Line readers. The theme fits well with this week's story about Bethany Hamilton. "Who You Are Speaks Louder to Me Than Anything You Can Say" is from Lee's book Teaching Amidst the Neon Palm Trees ...

"At the beginning of my 8:00 a.m. class one Monday at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I cheerfully asked my students how their weekend had been. One young man said that his weekend had not been very good. He’d had his wisdom teeth extracted. The young man then proceeded to ask me why I always seemed to be so cheerful. His question reminded me of something I'd read somewhere before: 'Every morning when you get up, you have a choice about how you want to approach life that day,' I said to the young man. 'I choose to be cheerful. Let me give you an example,' I continued. The other sixty students in the class ceased their chatter and began to listen to our conversation.

“In addition to teaching here at UNLV, I also teach out at the community college in Henderson, about seventeen miles down the freeway from where I live. One day a few weeks ago I drove those seventeen miles to Henderson. I exited the freeway and turned onto College Drive. I only had to drive another quarter-mile down the road to the college. But just then my car died. I tried to start it again, but the engine wouldn’t turn over. So I put my flashers on, grabbed my books, and marched down the road to the college. As soon as I got there I called AAA and asked them to send a tow truck. The secretary in the Provost's office asked me what had happened. ‘This is my lucky day,’ I replied, smiling.

“‘Your car breaks down and today is your lucky day?’ She was puzzled. ‘What do you mean?’

“‘I live seventeen miles from here.’ I replied. ‘My car could have broken down anywhere along the freeway. It didn't. Instead, it broke down in the perfect place: off the freeway, within walking distance of here. I'm still able to teach my class, and I've been able to arrange for the tow truck to meet me after class. If my car was meant to break down today, it couldn't have been arranged in a more convenient fashion.’

“The secretary's eyes opened wide, and then she smiled. I smiled back and headed for class. So ended my story to the students in my economics class at UNLV. I scanned the sixty faces in the lecture hall. Despite the early hour, no one seemed to be asleep. Somehow, my story had touched them. Or maybe it wasn't the story at all. In fact, it had all started with a student's observation that I was cheerful. A wise man once said, 'Who you are speaks louder to me than anything you can say.' I suppose it must be so." www.LeeRyanMiller.com


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