We've all heard of people who have gone through a medical crisis, or a near-death experience, who pull through tragedy and start really living life to the fullest. Many people find their purpose and start living a life that truly serves others.
Through the Bakken Invitation, Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken is honoring people who are doing just that after being given a “second life” with the help of medical technology. Each year, Medtronic grants 10 such honorees $20,000 toward their cause.
Serving all over the world in places as near to me as Minnesota and far away as Japan, their stories are a true inspiration. Talk about making a comeback!
The thing is, we don't have to wait until we go through something “big” to start living the life we were put on this earth to live.
In fact, that's why I write here: because we can blossom right where we are.
I used to think that as soon as I got a good routine down, I’d be all set. I’d be on my way. Life would finally run smoothly!
Or, as soon as I ate a 100% healthy diet and worked out at least 3 times a week, I would have the energy and mental clarity needed to finally achieve all my goals.
If only I could remember to take my vitamin and drink 8 glasses of water every day, I would finally feel well and be able to get it together.
As soon as I organized my home, I would finally be able to show hospitality to others and build friendships and connect with my family more.
See a pattern here?
I was putting off life until things were just right.
Now I know better.
Now I know that life is a big mess. Now I know that as soon as I get the hang of one season in life, it will change. Now I know that I don’t have to get it right all the time for life to be sweet.
It’s never going to be perfect, but it can always be beautiful. We can blossom right where we are.
We can start living and giving right where we are, too.
- Teach what you know, whether it's as simple as teaching a new mom how to swaddle her baby or organizing a class on how to eat healthy on a budget.
- Buy a few extra items on your grocery trip and drop them off at your local food bank.
- Reach out to the elderly in your community and offer to mow lawns, run errands, or move snow.
- Offer to babysit for young families and parents on a budget.
- Pick up trash, plant flowers, or make needed repairs to make your neighborhood a more beautiful place to live.
Medtronic is giving away a $100 Visa gift card to ONE Everblossom reader to use toward benefiting their community in some way. Live On. Give On.
This post is lovingly sponsored by Medtronic as part of the Live On. Give On. campaign. ♥