Who Inspires YOU? Leave a Comment • Win a Book!Who do you know who's not afraid to tackle life's greatest challenges—a true MOUNTAIN CLIMBER? Nominate him or her below in the comments section for a chance to win an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART FOR THAT PERSON and a FREE copy of Desire to Inspire! Leave a comment below for your own chance to win a book! Last week we kicked off Inspired By! The Desire to Inspire Force-of-Good Awards and you can read more about the series and our first spotlit focus—the DREAM BIG Award—here. Thanks to all of you who left comments last week, nominating the good people who inspire you to step big into your dreams. We promised each week we'd give away one copy of Christine Mason Miller's book, Desire to Inspire to one randomly-chosen winner, and that winner from last week's comments is Clearer Reflections—congratulations! We'll be in touch with you soon! The MOUNTAIN CLIMBER Award stems from chapter eight in Desire to Inspire, "Finding the Way Through: Believing in Ourselves, One Challenge at a Time." In the chapter, Christine observes that issues such as cancer, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one or a divorce are all forces that are traumatic on the surface, but which typically "have the potential to open new doors of insight, wisdom, experience and opportunity that would otherwise remain closed." She goes on to say that they key is to be willing to spend a bit of time being present in the scary places of uncertainty and discomfort, for in those places lies a powerful transformative energy! This energy can be constructively observed and then channeled toward positive growth and change within. Oftentimes, this transformative change takes place in the small spaces—the quiet little day-by-day moments. Book contributor Mary Anne Radmacher realized she had been a source of great inspiration to others when a client alerted her that a large vinyl banner outside a fire station in New Jersey—a station that had crews serving at Ground Zero—featured one of her own quotes: "Courage doesn't always roar. Courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Our tough experiences make us who we are—for better or worse. We are lifted up and encouraged to use heartache for positive change when we see that it can work for others. As contributor Anne Carmack put it:
"This thing right now—this feeling, this fire, this frozen brick of panic and shame—this means something; there's something brewing here. This can be transformed. This can be the place where your dream begins."And, through her work supporting children and families dealing with cancer, Carolyn Rubenstein observes that those who chose not to focus on discouraging odds are the strongest and the happiest. She notes that when their focus is shifted in a direction toward their favor, a beauty and source of strength emerges. Christine Mason Miller observes, "Thinking small and giving in to negativity—particularly toward oneself—does not serve the world. Ever." I love that. So tell us, who do you know who has bravely taken life's challenges and turned them into something amazing? Who do you remind yourself to think about when you get discouraged because you know if they can succeed after what they've been through, surely you can, too? Leave a comment here, telling us all about the person you’d like to nominate for the MOUNTAIN CLIMBER award (or one of the three other awards). If you write a post about your nomination on your own blog, you can include a link for that as well. On March 15, 2012, our Force-of-Good Panel will reveal the four Inspired By! winners, and if your nominee is chosen, they’ll receive a signed copy of Desire to Inspire, along with an original collage creation by Christine Mason Miller. But that’s not all; just by leaving a comment that nominates someone, you’ll be eligible each week for a randomly selected winner of a copy of the book! So tell us who you are inspired by!
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