Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Live An Extraordinary Life

In 1998, The Dead Poet Society, became one of the most talked about movies. The main character of the movie was an unconventional teacher named John Keating. Keating tells his students that, "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world". He goes on to say that those who lived before, "They're not that different from you, are they ...just like you... Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things...  just like you. Did they wait until it was too late... to make from their lives... what they were capable? Because, you see ..., these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary".

Burke the Service Dog. 
To make a life extraordinary, it sounds like a daunting task. It doesn't have to be. It is simply doing ordinary every day things in extraordinary ways. It is the single mother who works two jobs to keep food on the table for her children, who makes time to read bedtime stories, and attend their extra cirricular activities. Yes, this mother is living her life in an extraordinary way. An extraordinary life is that of a young woman that has seizures. She has a service dog, has made it through high school and college with stellar grades, has been accepted into graduate school, speaks several languages including Russian, acts as an interpreter for the deaf, trains service dogs for others, and is one of the most selfless people I know. Yes, she is living an extraordinary life; she is an extraordinary person. 

Some people are able to make important moments, such as a marriage proposal, more than the simple "will you marry me?". Watch this clip Is this the world's most epic marriage proposal? shown via YouTube from channel 7 News.

Listen close after you have watched it. WARNING:  Carpe Diem may be calling you to do something extraordinary or perhaps doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. I know it is calling me.

Burke and Elise mastering the art of living life through their various abilities.

*permission given to use my daughter's, Burke's, and Elise's photo

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